We made it to Haiti in one piece. This whole process has been surreal. I haven't flown since I was 18 so it was a whole new experience all over again. I've had more tearful emotions leading up to the trip and the departure than what I was expecting. I think the surprise was because the tears weren't all because of fear of the unknown or leaving family but because of love for the Haitian people that I've never met. For the state of living, especially the children and all that entails, and then also the thought of leaving to go back home to so much for everything that we take for granted and they do without.
The ocean getting here was just beautiful. Seeing the different shades and hues of blues and even some red tones was tremendous. Being 10,000 feet above the clouds, looking through them and seeing the outline of the island and then the breakthrough of seeing mountains caught me off guard. The pictures through the plane window don't do the beauty of the landscape justice. Once we were descending and could see the farming outlines, crops layouts, and clusters of all the close quarter living, it became real.
We got through customs fairly easily. We did learn that you do not dawdle in line or you get a hurried finger and a look. No need to speak to us in Creole either because no matter what we thought we knew for words, everything was spoken so quickly that we couldn't tilt our head enough to slow the speech. Needless to say we were relieved to be in the tap tap...only until we experienced the roads and the other drivers. We have been warned that we haven't really experienced the fun in the tap tap. That will probably be a more clear understanding tomorrow, with the roads being full with many many other drivers honking and shouting. We are however very blessed to have the men that help with the bags, conversation, and our safety but the biggest blessing is that we don't have to be nor do any of us wish to be the drivers! Had a delicious Haitian taco meal for supper and now the team ending our evening together with praise music, more discussion on what to expect tomorrow on our first ministry day of delivering water and prayer.
It's been a good day. Looking forward to tomorrow and all the Lord has for us. We have already seen mountains moved!
Teri from Iowa