Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Where has the time gone?

It is Saturday the day before I take off for home to the United States.  It feels like I just got here.  So many days were jammed packed with things to do. 

I wish I could have updated the blog everyday so I could have kept you more in the know of what we were doing here.  We really did not have internet which was unfortunate because I could not tell you all about my trip, but also really good so I could focus on the task that was put in front of me each day.  When something you use so frequently is suddenly gone you realize how unimportant it is and how you can still function without it!

Every day was different then we planned, every day had moments of joy and moments of sadness, and every day was filled with hope.  The hope that I felt was hope for the people and hope for the future of this country.

I will continue to blog when I get back in the states tomorrow.  I will blog about each day that I had in Haiti and everything that I experienced and went through.  I will also post pictures for you to get a better idea of what we saw.

I hope you continue to follow the blog so you can get a better idea of the country and culture I was a part of and the help that they truly need.

Sunday, June 12, 2011

Here Again!

It has been one year since I have been to Haiti.  Almost a year and a half since the earthquake hit, and three years since I stepped foot into this country, and still things are the same.  Even though relief has come, missionaries are at work, and support is here, buildings remain down, and people are still living in tents. 

As I get my bags dripping in sweat and walk onto the streets with the smell of urine I am reminded of all the work that is so desperately needed in Haiti.  Yet through all of these thoughts a huge smile comes across my face as I realize I am back in country that I love so very much.

I am greeted by my wonderful friend Sheila and her brother and we are off for a two hour drive back to her house that is around 20miles away from port-a-prince.  The roads remain broken, but I am hopeful as I see the work that is being done on them by the Haitian people.  I was exhausted from a long day of travel....so a good Haitian meal and shower were done and then off to bed I went.

The second day in Haiti was filled again with travel.  Lisa is looking for jobs in Haiti as she wants to move to Haiti soon.  A job opportunity is available for her in the city of Kenscoff so off we went to visit the orphanage that she could possibly be working in.  It was another adventurous day of travel.  We took three tap taps and one moto to get to the city. It took a total of 3 hours to get there not including our stop to eat lunch.  Lisa and I were very fortunate to have such kind friends come along with us on our travels.  The place we visited was a beautiful, but Lisa will need to pray about what to do.  When arrived back to Shelia’s house we prepared for the health fair that we would be doing on Saturday.

The day was spent learning more about Haitian culture, possible future plans in Haiti, and building stronger relationships with the people of Haiti.  The plan is to leave really early for Gonaives on Friday.

Hopefully more later cannot guarantee when!!

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Almost there!

Lisa and I have just landed in Miami.  We are at the airport and have about a four hour layover.  We were able to eat some good food and just relax before the next and final plane takes off!  Everything so far has gone smoothly and we are very thankful for that.  Dan drove us to the airport this morning at 3:30am and I am sure he was very happy about that.  : )

I have been preparing for this trip over the last couple of days by not having the air conditioning on at home.  It has been 90 degrees in our home and Dan and I have been sweating a lot!  While Dan says I am getting ready for Haiti, this was not planed.  Hopefully someone will be coming today to fix our air conditioner or Dan will be feeling what I am feeling in Haiti! 

Lisa has talked to our wonderful friend Sheila who will be picking us up from the airport.  She is already for us, and we are eager to get there. 

Hopefully good stories and pictures will be posted soon! 

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Blessings from all…

We have been blessed in ways I cannot even describe and I am unable to express our gratitude for it!!!  Numerous family members, friends, and my coworkers have been extremely generous towards supplies, donations, and money that will be needed to make this trip possible. 

I would to thank all of you from the bottom of our hearts for your generosity and support.  I am blow away by the faith you have in my passion for helping Haiti and how much you trust what we are doing there.   Your money, donations, and supplies will be put to excellent use and I will continue to let you know about the differences you are making to the people of Haiti.

This is my last day here in the states before I am off to Haiti. I am very excited to be going, but sad to be leaving my wonderful husband Dan in Minnesota.  I have been packing today and making sure all the last items are in place before we go.  Our plane takes off at 6:00am and we will arrive in Haiti tomorrow!