Published: June 24th 2011June 23rd 2011
I got up at 4 AM. My buddy Michael picked me up and took me to the airport. I ended up going through security twice. I apparently checked my bag in the wrong area. Everyone made the Dallas flight except Katye. She got stuck in the security line (I felt so bad for her).
She will arrive Friday instead. Maybe God is testing her? I can't imagine he would test a sweeter person.
The Dallas-Miami-Haiti connection was not bad. I ate a double cheeseburger in Miami (thinking it may be my last huge meal). There were mainly mission people and national guard on the Haiti flight.
The Haiti airport was wild and disjointed. We filled out customs forms and found our bags on the floor (no carousel). One of the zippers on my bags broke (I just lost some face wash).
After securing 3 carts, we placed our huge bags on them and headed down the gauntlet. It was a heck of a workout to push those bags to our minivan. Haitians kept wanting to help you so they could get paid. You just have to say NO! or Non! in Creole.
The Haitians looked at us in bewilderment. I
band played as we left the airport.
After waiting a bit on another mission team, we set out on our own. The drive in was just a wild ride! Lots of honking and near misses as we bounded through Port-Au-Prince. I felt humbled immediately as we watched lots of women carrying bowls of fruit and other items on their head. The smell hits you right off the bat. It seems a mixture of gas and garbage. There are huge piles of garbage on the sides of the roads (no sanitation department).
They burn and leave the reminnents.
We got to the Methodist dorm and were greeted by Paul and Sara. They are both really nice people. The San Antonio team then arrived. We had a huge group prayer before dinner. Dinner was very tasty. It seemed to be red beans and rice, salad, 2 kinds of meatballs (Bife) beef, a potato cake of some sort, and a banana dessert.
Paul and Sara went over some ground rules such as picture taking, buying things, hygiene etc.
I bought some nifty bracelets that some Haitian kids made.
After brushing my teeth and washing my face (with bottled water) I hit
Methodist Guest House
Methodist Guest House
the top bunk (with Ethan below).
It is very HOT and HUMID! No AC...just 2 small fans.
In the morning we head to Petit Grove after picking Katye up from the airport.
Click below to see the video of our wild ride in from the airport: [IMG]http://i1139.photobucket.com/albums/n558/phumchaiti/Colin%20Haiti/th_IMG_5232.jpg[/IMG]
There are more photos below