Saturday, June 8, 2013

Haiti Day # 1

We made it to Haiti last night and, even while waiting on the plane in Miami for two hours, we saw God come through for us.  We had no problems from Chicago to Miami, but once in Miami the weather started to turn.  Our flight was delayed about 30 minutes.  No big deal.  But, once we boarded the plane, we had to wait on the plane for 2 hours before we could take off because of the weather.  When we finally took off, our flight was the last flight to leave before the shut down flights for awhile because of the weather.  If we would not have been able to take off, we would have had to spend the night in Miami and miss an entire day of our trip.  Praise God He allowed us to take off ... and also see quite a storm.

We landed in Haiti and were able to meet Jordan and Amanda and the rest of the CPR-3 team.  It was great to meet them and to ride in a "Tap Tap" ... basically the back of a pick-up truck ... through Port Au Prince and to the CPR-3 home.

After getting oriented and having some dinner we called it a night and got some sleep so we could be ready for the next day.

It's certainly hot!  My 4 and 2 year old daughters think I'm going to "Hades" for my trip.  They continually ask me "Dad, can we go to Hades with you?"  Well, it's not quite Hades hot, but certainly toasty.  Our team has worked so hard and we "sweatin' and lovin' it."

Most of our morning was spent doing some work projects.  CPR-3 is in the process of building new facilities.  Wow, everything looks great and it's awesome to be a part of what they're doing.  Here's Leah and Morgan cleaning off the "barred windows" and getting them ready to paint.  We painted the bars and around the floors.  Everything looks great!  We also spent some time cleaning up locks of rocks and cinder blocks that were piled up due to construction.  It was hard work and great to do.

Neil was able to use his "tech" gifts to set up wireless internet in the new building.  He's been working hard getting all of that set up for the team.

In the afternoon we spent a couple of hours walking around the community and praying for people.  It was great to be invited in to homes, talk with families and also talk to them about Jesus.  It was such a blessing to be able to pray with so many people and to meet so many people.  There are a lot of kids around and it was fun to play with them.  The little dude above loved being able to take a "selfie" with me.  

Here's Ryan playing with some kids.  He was giving them stickers and puzzles.  They loved it1

There is a beach about a 20 minute walk away from where we are staying, so we took a walk to the beach.  I was able to play American football with some kids and had lots of fun showing them how to throw.  Steph is talking to one of the kids that hung out

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