Yesterday evening we arrived in Port Au Prince. We were met by the NWHCM team and taken to our first stop. Brought there in a van packed like sardines, we were very excited to get to our first destination.
We spent the night in a cool little hotel (I know, it sounds TOO luxurious for a mission trip!) and were able to relax, poolside for a little while. After recouping from our flight we settled down and spent our first night in Haiti. It took us a little while to actually figure out what time it was here, but we finally got our clocks set and we were ready to roll!
We hopped in the back of a truck, took a selfie (because we are Americans) and were taken to a small little airport. After a long two-and-a-half hour wait and some wonderful napping, we split into two groups and hopped on two tiny puddle jumpers to take us to Mole. The sights in the plane were absolutely astounding! We were able to see the other plane fly next to us and could almost see the frightened looks on the faces of our friends as the weaved up and down in the air (just kidding, the pilot was very good).
We flew over oceans, mountains, and through clouds for 45 minutes until we reached Mole. Landing on a small little dirt runway, we were met by a small crew to load our luggage up in the back of another truck. One bumpy ride later took us to the mission base in Mole. We were met by Miss Beth and given the run-down of the rules and what we were going to do during our stay. Miss Beth took us for a tour of the campus and then brought us to all of the wonderful children!
I was automatically greeted by Mark, who walked up to me with his arms wide open wanting me to pick him up and for the next hour, did not want me to put him down. The kids were enthralled with our sunglasses, hats, water bottles and watches. We loved on the kids and then took some time to unpack.
On to the beach! Oh the beach. I already love it so much. The water was cool, clear, and so incredible to be in. Playing around for a good hour, we hauled our way back to the campus and attempted to take our first shower in Haiti. We have only been here for one full day and I am already brought back to nostalgic feelings of when I did volunteer work in Southeast Asia. This makes me so excited for the work ahead and the experiences that we are going to have.
I don’t know exactly what the rest of the week will bring, but I am looking forward to seeing what God has in store for all of us. It is time to sign off. Not because I have written enough, but because one of the small children here is dancing to the Nay Nay. This is something I do not want to miss! J
Love to my wonderful family (mom, dad, Kellie, Patti, Ben, Bryan, Ashley, Evan, Josh, and the wee babies, Caleb, and Ian). Give Meshach extra love from me today (thankfully, there are dogs here to fill the void)!
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