Missions Trip Blog
The flight from Miami to Cap Haitien went smoothly and quickly, and the mountain scenery as we approached the city was beautiful. We were warmly greeted by John from Kids Alive at the airport, and we quickly cleared through immigration and waited for our luggage. Unfortunately, for most of us the luggage did not arrive with our flight, so we will try to recover it tomorrow. Please pray that our luggage comes tomorrow, as all of the medicine brought by Joe and Missy did not arrive with us.
We have arrived in Miami and will board for Cap Haitien soon. Everything is moving smoothly and the team is excited to arrive, and to get to know each other better. Pictures and more to come soon.
Watch here for more details as the December 2015 Haiti team makes final preparations for a week of work in the Kids Alive Children's Village in Cap Haïtien, Haiti! This team includes Bill Bump, Darren Flory, Dan Flynn, Joe Gadzia, Jennifer Kelly, Wayne Kelly, Missy Matthews, Ken Schmidt, and Ken Wagner. The team appreciates your prayers as they prepare for their trip in these final few days before their departure. Please pray for safe travels, good health and safety, and a productive week of work.
"Kijan ou ye?" "Pa pi mal. E ou menm?" "Anfòm!"*
Several short-term missionaries at LFMC are learning Haitian Creole (Kreyòl Ayisyen) as we look forward to heading back to Haiti for one of the upcoming trips to Cap Haïtien. It's a short, four-week, eight-hour course in "survival Creole," intended to help us learn a few simple phrases that we can use to communicate with the children we meet (and some of whom we sponsor) and also with some of the school staff and our Haitian coworkers.
Home! We made it back on Saturday night, a few minutes early, even. Our return trip was uneventful (always a good thing when you're traveling by air), and we are glad to be back, but it is always a time for mixed emotions when you return home after a week of laboring alongside people who have become good friends, in a place that you have come to love, even though life there is much less comfortable than home.
With our work on the transitional home complete, and given that many members of the week 2 team had also served on the week 1 team, we were glad to get a morning away at the beach on the north coast of Haiti on Friday. The weather was perfect, partly cloudy with a gentle breeze coming in from the sea; those who wanted sun had plenty of it, those who wanted shade had plenty of that, as well.
It is finished! We completed the basic construction of the transitional house this afternoon, after a particularly hot and humid workday that included one team member not feeling well and another losing a fair amount of blood in an unfortunate encounter with a sharp bit of wire. But the illness and injury were short-lived, apparently, and we are celebrating the completion of our mission for these two weeks.
The Lord gave us another day of good weather—sunshine for most of the day, followed by clouds and a cool breeze (but not rain) toward the end of the work day. The big news is that we started putting up roof panels today, and are making good progress toward finishing this construction phase of the house (there will be more to do when we leave, of course).