Haiti is our new home. It is so surreal. Flying in yesterday was a serious blast of reality. As we are flying over a country that is poor and desolate in many places, and then poor and overpopulated in other places, it was a strange feeling to realize that this is our new home. We are not here for a short term missions trip…we are here for a long term mission. It was quite a moment. Things may never be the same for us…ever. That is not bad at all, it is altogether good.
We arrived safely in Haiti yesterday morning and afternoon, including our dog!!! We praise the Lord for answering prayers in allowing our dog to fly with us. As most of you were aware that there could have been the possibility that they would not allow her to fly if the temperature was above 85 degrees in either Miami or Port au Prince Haiti. For that reason, I had my flight changed to an early morning flight in hopes of arriving in Haiti before it started getting really hot. The temperatures recently have been well over 85 on the “feels like” index that the airline uses. So, when I brought Casey up to the counter and they started looking at getting her checked in, the attendant had to call another attendant over because there was an apparent problem and the system was not allowing her to be checked. Then I overheard one of them talk to the other one about the temperature and that there could be a problem because of the temperature. I signaled over to my wife who was standing with the luggage and the girls and I motioned her to pray, and I too prayed, and I asked the Lord to move the mountains and allow our dog to come with us. After several minutes of them talking to each other and suggesting ways of entering it into the system in a way that it would be accepted, they finally were able to get her on. So, I know that it was the power of prayer that moved this mountain…so thank you to those who were specifically praying that we would be able to take our dog.
I got sick the day before we were to fly out. I don’t know what it was, but I had the worst headache, my bones ached so bad, had zero energy, and I just felt horrible. Not a good time to get sick. Even on the plane the following day, I felt miserable and I was just praying that God’s grace would bring healing to my body. Upon arrival, I was picked up by a fellow missionary and was brought back to the base where we will be staying temporarily. Maria and the girls were coming in on a later flight, so I was able to crash for a few hours in the baking hot heat. When I woke up, I felt horrible and I feared that I would soon get worse. After picking up Maria and the girls at the airport, we went back to the base and I crashed for another 3 hours or so. When I woke up, I felt much better. Then we all met at one of the missionaries house on the compound and had a fantastic goat dinner. The food was amazing! We had a great time hanging out with the other missionaries who are here and getting to know them. Our girls instantly made friends with the other kids and we all had a really fun time.
It is soooooo hot here!!! We are frying like eggs. This will certainly take some getting used to.
Well, today we just spent the early part of the day relaxing and catching up on some much needed rest. Then I went with one of the missionaries into Port au Prince to pick up the mail from Agape Flights and run some other errands. I have never experienced so much traffic ever. It was insane…and hot!!! Maria stayed back with the girls and started in on some homeschooling routines. It was a good day.
Well, please continue to pray for us. We are here in Haiti, but we are not yet at our final destination. We will be staying on this base only a short time as we get language training. But we are most excited to get into our intended ministry of working with the orphaned children, We are so excited and eager to minister to these people that we are coming to know and love. Please continue to pray for all of us.