My week in St. Martin has come to an end, and I’m currently sitting in the airport waiting to fly to Puerto Rico and then to Boston. I can’t really sum up into words my experience because it was so incredible! I met the most amazing people and had a true island experience.
Although I loved my whole trip, my top highlight was visiting a Hassan Church. The communities basically have absolutely nothing, but still they give EVERYTHING they have into their churches. On top of this hill, surrounded by homes the size of my dorm room and trash covering the streets, there is a beautiful and well kept church. This church has the most amazing view, but most importantly it has the most amazing people.
I arrived at the church a little before nine and a local man, Napoleon, picked me up along with three others on his way to church. When I went to the church I was the only white person there and some of the little babies were poking my skin and most of the people were surprised that I came. The family who brought me were also very proud to have me with them, and they are an incredible and tight knit family. Napoleon, the father, works four odd jobs and the mother works as a maid. They have three kids and another of the way.(I actually got to spend the day with their two oldest kids Marty and John at the zoo the day before!)
For the first half of church I hung out with the kids in their sunday school. They were so excited to have me there and were VERY welcoming! I even held a little baby boy who was dressed in this little tuxedo.(He was probably the cutest baby I’ve ever seen!) The second half I listened to the Reverend, but they actually had a guest speaker and he spoke english, which was very convenient.
Even though these people have nothing, they dressed up and cleaned up to their fullest capability! Some women were wearing old prom dresses and one woman was wearing what I think was an old wedding gown!
Just being in this church and around these people who just love each other and put so much into their community..it’s just hard to fully describe.
Now thats just a very short recap of one of my many highlights on my adventure in St. Martin!
I would like to thank Debbie and Austin Ferland for hosting me and giving me this wonderful expereince, I love you guys!
Until next time!
ps. This week Buddha says, “Better than a thousand hollow words, is one word that brings peace”
pps. Next week I’ll try to put up more pictures and video!