"Dumping Our Plans and Making a Way for His"
A Category 4 hurricane can't keep the CCH Education Team down! Even when the group was forced to shelter in place at Isaiah House for three days and Haitian schools closed for an entire week of their two-week trip, God used the team in amazing ways.
As the sun came out and roads were being cleared, the team invited partner educators for informal gatherings at Isaiah. Principals from 5 partner schools in Jacmel gathered for a full day of laughter-filled learning and problem-solving together. A total of 17 teachers arrived the following day for seminar and fellowship! The team returned to the schools during Week 2 to model lessons and provide one-on-one mentorship.
An invaluable part of the experience was the countless hours spent in reflective conversations with three new team members from Evergreen Church in Minnesota. A long-time partner of CCH, Evergreen Church would like to build an education team in Minnesota to serve the only school in Chabin, a mountain village located approximately 45 minutes outside of Jacmel. CCH and Evergreen are coming together to learn from CCH's successes, failures and lessons learned over the years and prepare a unique plan for the Chabin School. This collaboration will also serve as a guideline for CCH's support of other teams who are also interested to replicate our model for teacher development and school partnership.
Tammy Sova, a member of Evergreen Church and the Oct2016 CCH Education Team, summarizes the trip beautifully with these thoughts:
"Every time I've gone to Haiti,
the best laid plans have always gotten tipped upside down.
This week was no exception...and I'm grateful for it.
God has always done His best work in dumping our plans
and making a way for His."
The Oct2016 Hurricane-Proof CCH Education Team (L-R): Tammy Sova, Terri Thompson, Wood Parker. Emmy Parker, Mary Hall and Mel Bolduc