After a long day of traveling, sleep was a precious commodity. Luckily, Haiti does not have daylight savings time…so we did not lose an hour last night. I had every intension to photograph the sunrise, but missed it by about 11 minutes. Everyone was up and ready for breakfast at 7:30 a.m. Our host prepared an omelets and toast. It was pretty tasty. We were then off to a church across the street. It was modest, no walls, titled floor roof. We could feel the passion, especially those of us who speak little or no Creole. However, two members of the Howard delegation took turns simultaneously interpreting. Attendees were urged to remain on the metaphorical tree because if they were fallen or severed branches they could not survive.
It was clear that everyone sang from the depths of their souls. A drum, a tambourine and a metal homemade instrument that resembled a vegetable grater provided the pulse of the worship service.
People sang with outstretched arms and kneeled on the ground when they prayed. One song stood out to me, “Great is Thy Faithfulness” or En Fidelite in Creole. As you drive around Haiti with all the need, the devastation how do people have sustained faith?
Follow through March 18 for service activities led by Howard students, faculty and staff throughout Haiti.
Kerry-Ann Hamilton, media relations manager, is traveling with Howard University volunteers on their service mission to Haiti. Her blog “Howard Brings Hope to Haiti” chronicles the travels and work of more than two dozen students, faculty and staff during Alternative Spring Break 2011.