Monday, February 20, 2012

Kanaval

It’s Kanaval Nasyonal time right now in Haiti (Carnival or Mardis Gras for you English speakers.)  For the first time ever, the national celebration of this festival is officially being held in a city other than Port au Prince—our town of les Cayes.  That means the Haitian President, Prime Minister and all government officials are here, along with a massive amount of police and dignitaries.  Our town is hopping (literally--  I can feel the bass and Kompa music blaring a few miles away.)

Carnival is celebrated all over the world leading up to Ash Wednesday, primarily in Catholic or orthodox countries.  Each country blends in much of their cultural history in this festival, held over many days.  Karnval includes loud music, floats, all-night partying and general revelry.  Since Haiti’s cultural history is thick in African roots and voodoo and this is reflected in their Kanaval celebrations. 

You can guess we are not attending these all night parties!  But, WOW, can we hear it going strong all night long!  It was really neat to see the preparations in Cayes the last few weeks leading up to Kanaval.  Streets being cleaned, lots and lots of painting going on to make everything look fresh, new asphalt on some streets, and huge grandstands being erected.  There are these huge ‘floats’ pulled by massive Mack trucks—some are floats as you know them, some are trailers with huge speakers on the bottom and the band rides on top.  I haven’t gotten to see them first hand in action, but here are some pics of the action taken by some people Rob follows on twitter.

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Here are some pics we took of the preparations leading up to Kanaval.  You can click on any of them to see them larger.

New grandstands lining the main road into Cayes:

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There is an area closer to us that they cleared out for vendors and big partying.  Here you can see some of the Mack trucks lined up with the trailers ready for huge speakers and bands.

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Rob went up in another missionary’s plane yesterday to check it out.  Here are a few pics:

Here is an aerial view of the same cleared area.  I imagine it’s packed at night.

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Here is some pics downtown.  Again, much tamer during the day.

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And finally, a really cool picture of downtown Cayes:

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~Becky

Saturday, February 4, 2012

Recent Favorite Pics

We have bee SO busy lately!  We are on week 5 of 5 weeks in a row with teams.  Much ministry has been happening, but we’ve had little time to blog.  Our whole family just returned from a few days out in Astruc with a team from The Orchard so I thought I’d take a few minutes and post some favorite pics of the trip. 

 

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Rob’s getting pretty good at photo editing too!  Here are 2 really good pics of the pastor’s daughters:

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Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Wahoo! This feels good!

thermometernewI am dancing a jig.  If you could see me now!  (Actually, I am glad you can’t see me because I can’t dance! It’s quite a sight!)

We are FULLY SUPPORTED!  Due to the generous donations of so many, we can say we are fully supported going into this new year. Thank you to our monthly donors. Thank you to those who have given special gifts.

We can’t express our gratitude.  We can’t begin to explain our appreciation.  We can’t describe to you how supported/loved we feel.

Thank you.