I had probably read for about an hour when Wesner suddenly came to my door. He said he had been reading, then fell asleep and now was board and wanted to do something. For those who remember, back in September Wesner had taken me on a moto adventure around Montrouis for “An Adventure for my Soul,” now it was time for round two.
Last time Wesner had taken me around the city of Montrouis, this time he was going to take me up behind the city and into the mountain towns. We filled the moto up with gas and then were off on our adventure up the mountain.
We drove through the market and then along the river bank for quite a ways. The river was so beautiful and yet perplexing. The river was not really a river at all. It was a wide ravine with steep walls but hardly any water in it - more of a stream than a river. There were women down in the ravine washing their clothes in the water as it peacefully trickled toward the ocean.
How could something so small carve out so much of the landscape? I understand that the river isn’t always that small, but it blew me away as I stood there at the top of the wall and tried to picture this entire ravine filled with rushing water. And then take it a step further to picture the water so high and intense that it destroys houses. Wesner showed me multiple houses that were destroyed from the flood last year. For now the stream is a beautiful picture of the calm life in Haiti, but it will soon become a powerful force to be reckoned with. Interesting how water is something we all need in order to survive, yet it can also be the thing that kills us.
Wesner then took me back farther into the mountain where there were fields and fields of beautiful bean plants. It was a blanket of rich green that took my breath away. I had never seen before how beans are grown. Wesner says that as they grow they bloom into beautiful flowers – he promised to bring me back once they are in full bloom. We drove and drove farther up that mountain, I felt so free and so in awe of the way of life in Haiti.
This adventure was exactly what I needed. It gave me a refreshing perspective that there is more to Haiti than just NewVision ministries. I hope eventually I can learn to drive a moto by myself so I can go on adventures all the time. I know I kinda ditched my alone day with God, but He instead showed me so much more of Him within the landscape and life of the Haitian people. This was the breath of fresh air I needed.