Day 1 - We're Alive!!!
First order of business: an apology for the tardiness of this and the other blog posts. Internet is to blame for that minor setback. We arrived to Port-au-Prince safely on Saturday evening with ALL of our luggage (praise Him), and then again safely to Mission of Hope in the city of Titanyen about an hour later.
Haiti is absolutely gorgeous. We’re stationed in a village located between mountains and the ocean, just close enough to the city to see the lights at night. It’s been about 80-90 degrees every day, with very limited cloud coverage. Hopefully we’ll all arrive back home savagely tan.
Saturday morning we left Chicago for a flight to Fort Lauderdale. After about an hour layover in South Florida, we took off for the country of Haiti. Landing in Port-au-Prince (the capital city) was quite a new experience for most of us. The language barrier proved to be a difficult obstacle from the start, as we struggled to know who to trust with our luggage, directions, and transportation. But after some scrambling to get it all together, we got to the school bus which was to take us to the Mission of Hope campus.
Driving in Haiti is a very different experience from driving in the States. There is one rule and one rule only – get to where you need to go by any means. Not only is the speed limit simply a suggestion, but there are also an unlimited number of lanes which are occupied by cars, trucks, tap-taps (caravan taxis), buses, motorcycles, people, cows, goats, dogs, and the occasional palm tree planted in the center of the road. Needless to say, those of us who become easily motion sick were not appreciative of the drive itself. We also grabbed the attention of nearly every Haitian in the city. Who could blame them? A school bus filled with gawking North Americans waving cameras out the window must have been quite the sight to see. We received many stares, smiles, waves, and hand gestures, which we’ll assume were all warm welcomes to the country (ignorance is bliss).
So after a drive through the city, we arrived to Mission of Hope, where we were greeted with warm food, spacious lodging, and an incredible roof-top view. We unloaded 26 suitcases filled with donation items for the Mission, which the staff was VERY grateful for (thank you to all who made the donations possible!), and spent the evening resting, talking together, and getting ready for the week ahead. We were instructed to conserve water in whatever way possible, which meant five minute showers for all of us. Usually, this task would be next to impossible for me. But a combination of the scary-looking bathrooms filled with creatures and the 10-degree-water made it almost easy. After getting clean and setting up mosquito nets over our bunks, we went to bed. It was quite a day!
Thank you so much to everyone for the continued prayers and other forms of support that enabled us to be here! Also, thank you for the patience as we settle in and figure out how to operate this blog. Stay tuned to hear of other adventures we’re having in Haiti! We appreciate your thoughts and ask for prayer as we seek to serve the Lord in this beautiful country. And as they say in Creole, au revoir!
Love the Trinity Haiti Interim Crew (Kaitlin, Andrew, Brooke)