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Take a walk in the Village of Terrier Rouge.

Travel Photo by IgoUgo member

Come along with me on a walk through the village of Terrier Rouge. As a missionary, you can go be among the people in their daily life and we have an advantage over a tourist because we get to live with and in the same lifestyle as the people as much as possible.

As soon as you leave the back gate, there are at least three children playing nearby who immediately grab your hand and intend on accompanying you wherever you go. You do not, I would like to add, have any say in the matter. Eventually you look like the Pied Piper because you will have several more children following you and your teammates, each hand is held, and you soon look like a parade of white and black bodies intertwined. We have a few families to go and see today, need to check on a sick girl and make a phone call home to America.

So come along, as we go down the Main Street towards the Telephone mini-business, we pass by a "Casket Making" shop. It is not unusual to have at least one funeral a week, so casketmaking is a viable business. Later on, you might pass some men passing the time (who do not have jobs, I might say) playing the very popular game in Haiti, dominoes. They have a custom that the loser wears clothespins attached to the skin around his face. Eventually, they look like a weird sort of lion. A little further along, we finally come to the telephone place, he charges us $3.00 for a three-minute call to America which is not bad at all. Having a group of missionaries in town has upped his business for the day. After the phone call, we stop and see a young girl who has been sick. She is paralyzed from the waist down and has had a lot of swelling all over her body. The physician's assistant that is with us has been monitoring her progress on a new medication. After that, we head back to our house through more narrow alleys past a town well, across a small gully bridge. It doesn't take too long, and then we will be off to the school down the street to process 50 more children for sponsorship. This takes the work of the whole team of eleven members, each doing a different task. Biographies are taken of each child, measurements for sizes, feet measured for shoes, height, each child is photographed twice and, of course, candy is given out when finished. That is one day. There are meals in between and time to play with the neighborhood children who are always waiting for you at the gate.

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