Caleb “Daddy Longlegs” Longley and Chase Chapman. It started out today with a lot of flying. Not a lot of sleep. We got to Florida at 5pm Thursday. There was pizza for dinner and some for breakfast for those that wanted it and knew there were leftovers. The hot tub was used the night we arrived in Florida. We got to the Florida airport at 4 am here (3 am in MO).
Once we got out of the Port Au Prince airport we were met by Jacques and some others from NWHCM. Thankfully, the entire set of luggage arrived to the correct spot at the right time. Customs officers were making sure everyone was getting their luggage and only theirs, so checked bags had to be matched with the owner’s receipt. Only 2 people tried to sell souvenirs at the airport.
I spoke to Andre as luggage and the first of three groups left in the truck on the way to the local small airport (it only had one metal detector and one main room about 40yds by 20yds). We were in the third group.
When we got to the airport, we waited for about ‘a good hour’. There was a man selling cold water and other cold (not cold as in beer) drinks for only a dollar which was definitely cheaper than any other deal so far for clean water.
Everyone had to be weighed, and their luggage also. The people and luggage were split up into three groups again. The first plane had 5 passengers on it, the 2nd one had a capacity for 9 but only 8 were taken. This is the one I was on. It was a really cool experience to be in a smaller plane. You could feel the turbulence, but it wasn’t a bad flight.
Once we got into “Mole International Airport”, which was simply a long dirt tarmac, we were met by a truck that fit our luggage and took the passengers of the first two planes into the compound. After a bumpy 15-minute truck ride, we arrived in the compound. Driving through the city, we were met by numerous echoes of “bonjou” and “bonsoir”. People appeared overjoyed to see the convoy of high school students entering their city.
As we arrived in the compound, we were introduced to the Castillo’s (the kids took a liking to the fact that Chase and I could throw them over our shoulders and carry them on our backs). After 2 and a half hours of entertaining the Castillo kids, the truck carrying the passengers of the third plane finally arrived. The tour was shown to the newcomers and then we decided to go to the beach. At the beach we enjoyed some nice cool but warm water. We found some strange creatures including variations of things that look like urchins, a slug, a few fish about the size of my pinkie. We are eating dinner and about to do a devotional. Bye!
Which way is North?
|Castillo House||Ms. Beth’s House/Girls stuff||Cafeteria||4 houses and the boy’s showers|
|West(Sunset)||School/ boys tent|
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