DAY 5 - What an amazing day!!! Our team split again today, Amanda, Angie and Ron left to meet Dr. Valentin Abe to discuss agriculture ideas for Gras Li Gardens.
Dr. Abe Valentin was voted one of the 100 most influential people in Time magazine in 2010. Dr. Valentin Abe, a widely acclaimed agronomist, has a strong reputation for aqua-cultural development programs. A native of the Ivory Coast and a Fulbright scholar, Dr. Abe earned his PhD in Aquaculture from Auburn University in 1995. He then became a member of the International Center for Aquaculture and Aquatic Environment (ICAAE) team at Auburn and assistant coordinator for their training program. And in 1997, became program Director for Haiti�s aquaculture development program. Dr. Abe started Caribbean Harvest in 2005, and has been recognized as one of the most effective leaders making a difference in Haiti.
I met Dr Abe at a seminar in Ft Myers, Florida at Echo Farms last year. We immediately made a connection. He said he would come see me in Haiti when I was there and sure enough, he drove 4 hours from Port Au Prince to visit my Ministry. I was so honored. He gave us his wisdom and great advice . We discussed possible future projects and we're already working on something special but it's a secret for now. Pray for us. This would be big! And Mr Abe Valentin is the man to have working with you. What an honor and privileged!
After we left Gras li Garden in Monac, we drove to Cercady to check the drip irrigation system we gave them last year for the community garden. Abe was able to give us some good advice on that garden as well.
Our Texas team members along with Frednel and Bervens at 6am and drove 3 1/2 hours to Chadirac to visit and pray over Haitian friends team member Gail knew from her previous trips to Haiti.
They saw many sights along the way never seen before. Cotton trees, yes trees about 20 feet high not bushes as in Texas. Also a big hog tied on the back of a motorcycle....this little piggy went to market!!! 🐗 Oh yes and a lady carrying a refrigerator on her head...yes I said her head. 😳
After a long morning ministering and visiting in Chadirac, the team headed back to the guest house but first stopping by Jeffel Hotel for lunch of fish, goat and lamb. Then back in the truck to head back to the guesthouse...just in time for supper!! Today we laughed, we sang, we cried and laughed some more. We had so much fun🎶 🎶Today was the best day