Welcome to the Healing Haiti + Eagle Brook Mission Blog. We invite you to follow mission team members as they experience what God is doing both through them and in them while in the mission field of Haiti.
'For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me. Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’
Monday, February 20, 2012
We're in Haiti!
Flying into Haiti was very reminiscent of a trip our family took to St. Thomas a year ago.....the beautiful blue carribean water, the gorgeous hills and mountains, the villages dotted across the landscape. As we got closer, there was evidence of the earthquake, but you had to look closely to see the bare foundations and rubble.
Everything went very smoothly at the airports, everyone made it through security and customs quickly and without issues and all of our flights were on time. We definetly felt like God was watching out for us. The airport wasn't even all that different from Haiti.......until we got out of the airport with our 31 suitcases (Yes, we brought a ton of supplies!!!!). Suddenly we were surrounded by men in red shirts, yelling at each other and each trying to lay a hand on our luggage....trying to claim our business and ultimately our tip. With lots of "no, merci" from us, we ultimately made it safely to our "tap tap" (a beautifully painted truck with bench seating in the back that amazingly held all of us and our suitcases!).
As we drove away from the airport, I remember thinking that this isn't as bad as I thought it would be....paved streets, grass, parks....again a reminder of St. Thomas. Then we turned a corner and headed up a pot-holed, rain washed street, reminding me of riding in a tractor through fields where I grew up, bumpy and throwing us and our suitcases back and forth and against the sides of the truck. The scenes changed immediately. There was garbage that had been there so long that is was flattened and dirt covered. There were other piles of fresh garbage with dogs digging through it.....and the smell was overwhelming as we drove by. A big pig was just walking down the side of the road. A family was in their tent, the mom dressing her little girl. We waved at everyone as we drove by and they responded with waves and big white smiles. Some boys chased us for awhile. Men were playing dominoes at a card table in the middle of a vacant lot. Just a glimpse of what we are yet to see and experience here and I can't wait.
Thanks to all of you that are supporting us at home and giving us this experience and chance to love others as God loves us. I am praying that God will allow me to see Haiti through His eyes with all the anticipation of a wide-eyed child......and I'm sure He will!