“The English class was awesome!” I was unable to get more information immediately about the ESL classes that she taught to Haitians but the one line above says a lot.
Let me continue by saying, although Shelley-Ann’s heart has been for missions, she’s never actually had experience working in the field – well, not that I know of. She now completely understands why there are few people who feel called to do Missions….
“Who could keep up this pace for any length of time??” she says. She affectionately nicknamed Pastor Iris “Iris ‘wastes no time’ Hernandez!! That woman does not stop moving if she can help it.”
Shelley-Ann went to Valiente and mentioned that it was fantastic. She says the kids were simply fabulous!! They put on several dances and sang many songs. They were young but they were like little dynamos!” She was able to to speak to the kids a little bit and although she didn’t tell me what was said, I can imagine that she inspired and encouraged them to be their best selves.
She mentioned that the poverty of the kids was evident and that the church which is their main meeting place was basically a poured concrete floor and wood walls.
She talked about how there was only one light bulb hanging somewhat precariously from the ceiling. Pastor Iris explained that they were just recently able to provide electricity for these children and they were so proud of the light! Everyone brought a flashlight though just in case the generator ran out.