Cement Pour and More

Jim & Marcy Ryken   -  

Our first full day at UCI was busy and fruitful.  We were stretched and strengthened.  We listened and laughed.  We are praising God that he prepared the path for our ministry before we even arrived.

The marquee project for Friday was pouring a cement floor in a local home, a home where a family had been living in a house with a dirt floor.  This is a traditional ministry project for teams at UCI and it helps improve the health of the entire community.

Our team spent the morning assisting the Haitian experts by hauling water and forming a bucket brigade.  At the end of the morning we prayed with the family and presented them with a New Testament in Haitian Kreyol.

The afternoon included English class, woodworking, a women’s bible study, meeting a pastor who also owned two pigs and a beautiful mango tree, collecting soil samples, Awana class, and a meeting with Sol, the Haitian UCI board member in charge of the Ag programs.  (Not everyone did all of these tasks).

The team is in good condition.  Everyone is acclimating to the climate, food, and culture and serving with passion.  Thanks for your continued prayers!



The cement floor in pictures:


Hauling water from the river, about 1/3 mile haul.


Bucket brigade starting point


Bucket Brigade


Bucket brigade


The experts pouring


Entertaining the baby of the house


The crew and the family

A couple of our afternoon activities:


Mike teaching English


A meeting with the farmer and his pigs


Awana Games-so much fun!