Monday, January 15, 2018

EBC: Anna & Abby's Daily Blog (Travel Day)


The day started off pressing snooze 20 times. After being stuck behind snow plows and surviving the icy roads we all met at around 4:15. We headed to security (Wayne only forgot his luggage once!) With our coffee and breakfast we all flew to Atlanta, GA. After the short layover we were finally on our way to Port-au-Prince. Flying over Haiti was breathtaking and the anticipation grew as we landed. The tap tap picked us up, and we squeezed all 18 of us on there. We all took in the sights surrounding us- including goats, chickens, and dogs roaming in the streets.
Arriving at the guest house, we were greeted by 2 of the long term missionaries. The puppies and dogs got a lot of attention as we relaxed outside together, discussing our smooth travel day and the Vikings victory (none of us can still believe it actually happened.)

For dinner, we had sloppy joes (an American classic), beans, and peppers. By the end of the meal, half of us were struggling to keep our eyes open. We cleaned up our dishes and sat among each other on the couches, discussing our words of the day. It has been a fun experience seeing how we are bonding together. We all bring our own different strengths to the team. We can’t wait to see what He has in store for us tomorrow as we take on a challenging day- distributing water in Cite Soleil! 

EBC: We Have Arrived! (Travel Day)

Our day started at the airport at 4:15 AM.  Snow flurries and slow snow plows couldn’t keep us away.  Seventeen of our team made the way through security checks to gate G-1 where we waited for our flight to Atlanta to depart.  We were flying out with a second Healing Haiti team of twelve from Crystal.  All of us were recognizable by our grey Healing Haiti tee-shirts.  Our waiting at the gate allowed us time to get to know each other better, just making sure we could call each other by name.  People were curious about who we were and what we were off to do.  We gladly shared our mission with them.
We arrived in Atlanta where our team became complete at 18 team members, with Linda flying in from Des Moines to join us.   Our second leg of the journey brought us to Port-au-Prince where we successfully maneuvered through security to get our bags.  We were met by our Tap-Tap which is like a bus that took us to the Healing Haiti compound.   We explored the compound and moved into our rooms.  We relaxed on the balcony and received our orientation by Grace, the long-term missionary on grounds.  Shortly after, we ate our supper together around the long table that accommodated all of us.

This evening we had our first team meeting.  It provided more time of getting to know each other and sharing each of our “Word of the Day”.  Some of our words included fortunate, anticipation, intimidated, grateful, trust, curiosity, smooth, coffee, love, stranger, peace, success, and opportunity.  Tomorrow we will jump right into our ministry by going with the water truck into Cite Soleil.   Dear Lord use us!