We thank God for our 11-member team who traveled to Haiti this week to continue to live out our mission to “serve one another in love” (Galatians 5:13). We were blessed with the privilege of seeing old friends and meeting new friends.
It was a joy to spend time with such courageous and precious people – and at the same time, it is always heartbreaking to be reminded of their daily struggles for food, water, and basic healthcare. Life is hard for our friends in Haiti. We pray that we brought them a little joy. We worshipped together and passed out food and supplies; we prayed, laughed, and cried together.
A main purpose of our trip was to install a commercial grade liquid membrane overlay roofing system on the main orphanage building, the deaf kids’ dorm, and the church in Sarazin. This coating system will extend the life of the existing roofs and dramatically reduce the heat transfer into the buildings. I’ve dreamed about installing this roof coating system in Haiti for the kids for many years. By God’s grace, we finally installed the silicone roof coatings this week.
Our team did an outstanding job training our Haitian friends to apply and install the roof coatings. We power-washed the roofs, removed the rust, applied primer, sealed all seams and screws, and installed two layers of the silicone overlay membrane.
These new roof coatings will prolong the life span of the metal roofs from 20 to 30 years and will reduce the heat transfer into the building by 10 to 15 degrees. When we finished the final coat on Wednesday night, we went into the attic, and the attic was the same temperature as the outside air (the attic normally reaches 110-130 degrees).
We praise God for our team’s hard work and for our Haitian roofing crew! God is good! Thank you to all of you who have contributed to this project in prayer and by donating. Special thanks to each team member who sacrificed to serve together with us this week!