- Walking into any store in Port Au Prince and passing by security guards toting loaded machine guns
- Having it take over an hour to get about 5 miles up the main road in Port Au Prince because of the insane amount of traffic, which is a daily thing. I’m telling you..its worse than anywhere else…New York City, Los Angeles, etc. It is insane, especially when you can’t run your A/C for fear of the car overheating.
- Being called on by my wife to kill the tarantula that is in our closet. We’ve seen several so far.
- Learning to eat with just one hand since the other hand is now used to constantly wave over my plate to ward off the flies.
- Realizing that a tiny gnat here or there landing in my drink is not worth the sheer effort of trying to dig it out with my fingers, therefore down the hatch it goes.
- Going to sleep at night when the temperature in the room is still over 90 degrees…man this place is HOT!!!!
- Drinking about 8 glasses of water and still not needing to go to the bathroom because my body is absorbing it all due to the heat.
- Creole language training – Day 1 baby! – Map apwan pale kreyol tres bien– “I’m going to learn to speak Creole very good.
- Randomly meeting the Livesays (world famous missionaries in Haiti via the world wide web) at the local grocery store…that was cool.
- Praying outside in the parking lot of a store in Port Au Prince with another missionary that we just met. She is a young girl who is serving at an orphanage for a year here in Port Au Prince. We enjoyed getting to know her.
We are so very excited to be living in Haiti and beginning to learn the culture and language, but we are even more eager and excited to be getting to our ministry destination and begin ministering to the orphans and poor children. Right now, we are staying on a mission compound just outside Port Au Prince in a very desert like area called Titanyen. It is a nice compound and we have a nice little apartment to stay in, but it doesn’t represent what we believe God has called us to in Haiti…living among the orphans and the poor daily and sharing the love of Jesus with them. The missionaries here at the compound are doing some amazing things for the people of Titanyen. They drill wells for several villages. They operate a burn clinic. They fund several schools and provide sponsorship programs. They provide a feeding program for the elderly. They are doing amazing work, and each missionary plays a specific role in those ministries. But much of that work is outside the compound in the nearby communities. But so far we have mostly been on the compound, aside from a few drives into Port Au Prince to run errands. Therefore we feel like we are kind of on a nice vacation in Haiti since the compound is so nice and set apart from the rest of the community. A nice vacation in 100 degree heat with no A/C anywhere, and an unlimited amount of bugs, flies, and an occasional tarantula here or there…a nice vacation in Haiti
This was nice to have some vacation like days for the first few days just to get settled, but now we are ready to hit the ground running and getting out into the communities to reach the people. Next week, we will go over to the burn clinic and just lend a helping hand to the nurses who are treating many burn victims daily, many of which are children. I may also try to go out with a well drilling team in order to learn about how to drill and repair wells since that is just good knowledge to have when we now live in the most water impoverished nation on earth. And of course, language training is a great priority which we do not want to rush through. So, even if we are not just YET where our hearts desire so much to be (living among the poor and reaching the orphans and at-risk kids), we know that God is preparing us through language training and just getting acclimated to Haiti. But oh how our hearts burn within us to reach those children.