Saturday, June 30, 2012
The ride down from Port-a-Prince yesterday was interesting. At least it was daylight. I've only come this way in the dark before. In Port-au-Prince, we hot stuck in a HUGE pothole, and a bunch of men lifted us out, --while all 11 of us where still in the van! Later on, the van with our luggage had a flat tire, and we drew a crowd while that was being changed, too.
When we arrived at Espwa yesterday afternoon, we quickly unpacked, and took a tour of the 125 acres and all that Espwa has to offer the residents. Then, we went to the village and saw the children. Always an amazing thing, they run to greet us, hang on, talk, and want to practice their English, if they know any.
We had pasta last night; it was delicious. We hung around for a while, had a wonderful sharing time of our first impressions, and hit the hay. It was good to have a fan in our room, as the room was still quite warm. The cool shower was good.
Haitian coffee is strong, and I've already had my 2 cups. Breakfast soon, so will report more later. It's good to be here.
Friday, June 29, 2012
Dang it! I'm the oldest one on this trip, but not by far. Lori is next, close behind, then the ages fall to college age.
There are 3 men with us this trip. Greg Heard was on my first trip to Haiti in December, 2010. He is going to school. His wife sings at church, his daughter is a puppeteer, and he also has a school age son. He is the sound man at church services. Darrell Hasse is married and has two children, as well. He is in the Praise Band. Dillon is our youngest man, and works for the park department and is also in the Praise band.
Women on the trip are me, pastor Lori, Diane Joy who is a hairdresser and has 2 children. Doris Plaster is from Columbia South America, but has been here 12 years, is married and has one son and four step children. She is a social worker at the Maples, a skilled nursing facility. Leah Cagle is a physical therapist, married and has two children. She also sings with the Praise band. Kayla Brown is young, single and cute, and is also a physical therapist who works with Leah. Last but not least is Keeley who is a student, single, young and cute, but is an item with Dillon. You can pick us out of this picture. We're the white ones.
Wednesday, June 27, 2012
We're leaving first thing in the morning, and will arrive at Espwa somethime Friday afternoon. Les Cayes, Haiti, is only 199 Km (123.6 miles, according to google maps) from Port au Prince, but will take us 5-6 hours to drive. Roads? Yes, there is one, and it even has a number, but not like ours and it is certainly an adventure. The driver will go from a complete standstill to God only knows how fast in a matter of seconds, and every mile per hour in between--often. The last time I went, we took a detour through a river, because the bridge was damaged. In the dark.
We all met last night and packed our duffles with items we are taking with us (not our personal items-they are in our carry-ons). Approximately 1000 lbs (half a ton!!) I have never seen so much underwear in my life. Clothing, dresses, computers, soap, christmas presents, and numerous surprises for the children. Thanks to all who contributed. We also have items for the 550 prisoners in the Les Cayes prison who are often held unjustly and in deplorable conditions. We've all heard of the harshness of Mexico prisons, and I'm guessing they are 100 times better than the ones in Haiti. 8 x 10 cell , sometimes 40 or more in each cell.
We will also be visiting another orphanage/hospice in Les Cayes, run by the Sisters of Mercy (Mother Teresa). They have disabled children, and a hospice for adults, I believe.
It might not sound like it, but this is really a very uplifting journey. Every day we see smiling faces, children who are loved, eat regularly, go to school, have medical care, and have hope for the future. What more could anyone ask?!
Saturday, June 23, 2012
The trip was good, Yellowstone what everyone says it is, Saw lots of animals and geysers, snow, bubbling mud, etc. and I'll post more later.
I might mention now would be the perfect time to go to japan. It would not be crowded at all, since they are all here. More to come.
Btw, the answer to the header is.....anywhere they want.