Well folks, we made it! We all woke up at 3:00am, braved the icy roads and made our way to the airport, got on the plane, waited in the plane for an hour while they de-iced it, and took off! It only took about 5 minutes before our plans were changed. Is that some kind of automatic mission trip rule? Thankfully we didn’t have any trouble making our connecting flight in Atlanta and made our way to Haiti on time. The airport was busy; full of mission teams self identified by their matching neon shirts (not us) and Haitians returning home or working in the airport. We made our way through customs, collected our bags with the help of Alexi, a World Wide Village (WWV) employee, and found Pat and Randy (our hosts for the week). We loaded up in a few different cars and started our 90 minute, 28 mile, drive to the town of Williamson/Luly.
The guest house was all prepared for us and we had fun exploring the property and enjoying the views. If you can believe it, we were all pretty tired. I’m talking it was 5:30pm eastern time, just about dinnertime, and it felt like 10:30pm central time. We were all kinds of backwards and tired. Anyways, we all sat down for an incredible home-cooked meal prepared for us by some of the women that work for WWV. It was lasagna with garlic bread, salad, and freshly picked mangos for desert. I’d be jealous too, it was AMAZING! Hit the spot.
A few short minutes later as we entered into a hardcore food-coma, we headed upstairs to the 3rd floor balcony to do some orientation and go through house rules. It was a great time to talk through our expectations and prepare for the week. After orientation, we sat on the deck, enjoyed the cool breeze, and shared stories for the rest of the night. It was a great way to spend our first few hours in Haiti. We can’t wait to get things started tomorrow!
As I’m sitting here typing, it’s 8:55pm (7:55pm central), and everyone is getting ready for bed. We’re tired for sure, but a good nights sleep curled up in our mosquito nets should be exactly what we need to get us ready to serve like crazy tomorrow and for the rest of the week! Like I already said, we are so excited to get started tomorrow working on projects and meeting the Haitian people. Please be praying for safety as we work, for boldness as we meet and talk with people in the community, and for team health (we have a flu bug that followed us down that we’re hoping gets squashed).
Thanks so much for praying for us and following along. We’ll see you back here tomorrow!
-Team Awesome Sauce