We Got Momentum!

God is AMAZING!! That just sums up Day 1. We knew we were in for an adventure, but it has been that and a bag of chips.  The plane ride to Miami was smooth. Our only slight scare there was Andrew almost losing his iPod.  Glad we escaped that near disaster 🙂 The flight to Port Au Prince was great.

Once we landed, we got through Customs without any issues and made our walk to the bus. At this point, we proceeded to sit on the bus for over an hour while our luggage was loaded on top. So, after an hour passed, we rode about a mile (interesting ride, considering the drivers always have the right away – BEEEEEEEEEP).

We came to an abrupt stop, where we became confused. At this point, a man hopped on the bus and told us to all get off. Um…what? My shoes are off and I’m in the middle of a bag of Cheez-Its trying to mentally prep for the impending 8-9 hour bumpy bus ride.  Sooooo, we were booted off the bus at another small airport where we proceeded to watch all of our luggage be pulled off the bus and pulled inside.  It is at the point we are informed that there has been some sort of local protest due to electrity being shut off and the road we would be on was shut down. As a result of this (long story short), we ended up on a puddle jumper that brought us straight to the Mole, and it was AWESOME. Even Tammie and I can say that.

It was beautiful to fly in and see where we are going to be and what a gorgeous place it is. Once we landed (on a dirt airstrip) we all loaded up on a bus (with Jose) and were taken through the Mole to the men’s dorm. The guys unloaded their stuff, we hopped back on the bus, and were dropped at the girls dorm where we unloaded our stuff.

I guess this blog will go on forever if I share every detail, but I’ll sum up with the highlights. We ate a great spaghetti dinner, the girls took a quick swim in the stunning ocean, met our interpreters and were able to turn in fairly early to catch up on sleep.  Some of us got good sleep, and some of us didn’t, but that’s to be expected. The sounds of the night are “interesting”, to say the least.  Certainly not the same sounds you hear in the McDonough night air.

This morning, we were up bright and early for a very cool church service where the gals got to work with the kids (sharing songs, coloring, reading books) and the men got to hear an interpreted sermon and share in communion with the locals (Whoa!That’s NOT grape juice!).

After lunch, we got a heavy orientation from Jodi on how we can minister to this community and also an explanation on voodoo.  I think I can speak for everyone and already say that my “heart is breaking for what breaks yours”. Some of Jodi’s stories leave you speechless and they are so real because we’re talking about children and families that surround us. On the outside we see some smiles and nice clothes, but it’s unbelievable to know what goes on behind these closed doors.

Right now, we’re heading the beach and will probably take some kiddos with us so we can just love on them. The guys will probably play some basketball after that.  Dinner is at 6 (we are an hour behind McDonough here) and then we will have a devotion.

Tomorrow we will all head to Preskul (fishing village) and we will get there by a boat that (you’ll love this mom) “hopefully will float”.

Thank you for all of your prayers! We feel so showered in God’s love and protection here and we’re excited to move forward as his hands, feet and face.

MCC Africa Team – Thank you for your Day 1 card! Your words of encouragement and prayers mean the world to us and we felt your hug.  Mom: I’m wearing my sunscreen and bug spray.

***PLEASE NOTE SAVANNAH IS IN LA BAIE AND WILL BE HEADED THIS WAY TOMORROW!

18 comments

  1. Thank you for the update!!! It was such a blessing to read and such a joy to see the pictures!!! Keep the updates coming. We are praying for you guys constantly. Please tell my husband Josh that Adey and I love him and can’t wait to hear all about the trip!
    Love,
    Loren Abernathy

  2. Yea!!! Thank you so much for the update! It means more than you know!! We are praising the Lord for getting ya’ll there safely! You all look great! I love seeing all the pictures of you guys loving on all the children!! I must admit I’m so jealous! We are praying constantly for ya’ll! Have a great week being the hands and feet of Jesus! Looking forward to hearing more about what God is doing in Haiti! Please tell Stephen Jernigan that Grayson and I love him to the moon and back!!!
    Love Kelly Jernigan

  3. Hey Team – You all look great, you have the joy of Jesus on your faces. Thank you for the wonderful updates. You are being covered in prayer constantly. We are very proud of each of you and your willingness to serve the people of Haiti with the love of Jesus. I look forward to hearing amazing God stories. Keep the updates coming cause we love hearing from you. Love you all dearly. Grace and Peace~

  4. Wow what a great update–what a fabulous blogger!!! I love seeing our ladies hold those sweet kiddos and to see you all in the ocean is wonderful. I am so happy things worked out with no long bumpy drive but boy that plane looked SMALL!!! I am so thankful you can all feel our prayers because they are constantly going up!! We are so proud of all of you and miss you each already so much!! Keep being his hands, feet and face because you are doing a fantastic job!! Be bold, stay engaged and LOVE LOVE LOVE!!!!

    Blessings & Prayers,
    Heather Ferris

    *Glad you felt that hug MCC Africa Team 😉

  5. Man you guys, this is totally awesome. Everyones smiles are so wonderful to see. And the adventure getting there sounds like it was pretty fun. I can’t wait to see what God has in store for you guys this week.

  6. Thank you for keeping us posted. We’re praying for you guys! The pictures were so encouraging. I want to come down there and love on those babies. I’m so proud of you all! Matt Mauk, I love you more than a krispy kreme dougnut store! 🙂
    Love Tricia Mauk

    1. Thanks for the comments! It was a little burst of encouragement when I read them this morning to the team! Keep them coming!

  7. Thank you for the updates. You all look wonderful. We are so proud of all of you! We loved seeing the pictures. Can’t wait to see more! So…totally wish we were there with you. Andrew, we love you forever! We are praying for all of you. May God bless you all and keep you safe.

  8. Hey Tammy – Do you know how proud I am of you? Super proud! God is stretching you in some amazing ways. Keep lovin’ those babies. Can’t wait to here what you guys did on today – Monday!
    Love ya!

    Debbie Swaggerty

  9. So very Proud of you all!! Those babies are so cute! Thanks for the updates they are great!! Kim or Katie please give Matt a big HUG from is Mom!! Much love to you all!!

    Mandy Mauk

  10. Wonderful update! I kept refreshing this site all day yesterday hoping for one. 🙂 Glad to know everyone is safe and God is rockin your socks off. Kate, hope you’re not feeling too pukey. Been praying that all morning sickeness is OVER. Is it wrong that I really want a black baby? Those pics brought me to tears… Love you!

  11. It’s great to see you guys are having fun! Tell Meredith the boys and I have been praying for the team every night. Logan is praying that you don’t get sick…not sure if he knows something I don’t. Anyway we miss you and we love you. We can’t wait to hear what God has done through all of you.

  12. Hey Guys!
    Sounds like from the Tweets that you guys have been busy busy. Just wanted you all to know that we are praying that you guys are filled with a renewed dose of passion and compassion for the people of Haiti each day as well as a healthy remainder of the trip and a big boost of energy. Andrew, I pray that God is changing your heart in new ways and I am proud of you. Gabby, Adelynn loves the pictures of you on the blog. My sweet husband Josh, I am praying for you every chance I get. Adey tells people that you are on a trip. She loves all of her prizes, especially the harmonica and recorder so far. I made it to Toccoa safely. I love you so much. I am so proud of you and amazed by the man of God that you are. Sarah and Sam say hello! You are stinkin’ awesome!
    I Love You!
    Loren

  13. Sweet friends, it is so fantastic to read this blog and to see pictures of you. As the others said, we’d love more updates so that we can be praying for any specific needs. I am so proud of each of you and cannot wait to hear how the Lord shows up in Haiti. I pray you are all being changed from the inside out and that you will never be able to forget the feeling that you have right now, as you are literally being His hands and feet. Love you guys! (Katie – did you find me one?)

  14. Hi everyone jsut wanted to say that we are praying for you guys and are so proud! The pictures are great. Its so good to see that everyone arrived safely and are doing well, keep loving on the children and keep the updates coming. We are keeping you guys in our prayers.

    Kat Thompson

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