Port au Prince

Port au Prince
"He drew me up from the pit of destruction, out of the miry bog, and set my feet upon a rock, making my steps secure." Psalm 40:2

Sunday, April 23, 2017

A Glimpse of the Past and a Glimpse of the Future

Mini-Reunion of Haiti STM 2016
(Pictured from Left to Right: Stephanie, Michelle, Dr. Junie Morquette, and Nicolette)

We were blessed to have Dr. Junie Morquette visit Park Street Church today and to have a mini-reunion with some of the members from the Haiti STM Team 2016! Having visited Dr. Morquette's church in Haiti, it was a pleasure to have her visit ours. The Morquettes will again be our gracious hosts at their guest house in Port-au-Prince, Haiti this upcoming July 22-31.

(Most of Haiti STM Team 2017)

Haiti STM Team 2017 is already hard at work preparing for the trip! We held our second team meeting today to discuss how to prepare physically (i.e. logistics such as what to pack, how to prepare for the heat and humidity, making sure to get anti-malarial medications), mentally (learning some of Haiti's history, geography, culture and language), and spiritually (praying, using the Short-term Missions Workbook by Tim Dearborn). We would also like to express our immense gratitude to those supporting us through their prayers as well as supporting us financially!

We are planning on continuing the Vacation Bible School (VBS) with the children at the orphanage but this year we are also going to incorporate an English as a Second Language (ESL) component to the curriculum. We are also going to be doing mobile clinics again as well as support King's Hospital medical staff with continuing education around X-rays and ultrasounds.

Hopefully this year we will be able to update this blog with information about our preparations in addition to giving daily updates from Haiti once we arrive.


Friday, August 26, 2016

Back home

After our adventure at the airport on Monday, we enjoyed another (unexpected) lovely night at the Morquette's home.  We were so grateful Mark was able to reach him and that he was able to come to the airport and rescue us!  The only person I felt bad for was the Morquette's housekeeper who had cleaned all of our rooms and washed our sheets (by hand) and there we were again!!  Of course she was gracious, as were Dr. Morquette and Junie and we truly enjoyed one more evening of their company.  Many of the team members reflected on how well we were taken care of during the "inconvenience" of the extra night, and expressed that others on the flight may not have had such resources available to them. 

Dr. Morquette told the taxi to be at his house at 6:30 am the next day to take us to the airport - and if he was late we would already be gone.  He wasn't kidding, that taxi driver was late, and we piled the entire team and all the luggage into Dr. Morquette's truck for what we hoped would be our final trip to the airport.  Mark and Danielle sat in the back with the luggage.  Pretty much everyone on the team wanted to ride in the back, but Mark and Danielle got there first.

 Don't they look happy? 

When we arrived at the airport a little before 7:00am, it was total chaos again at the Jet Blue counter.  The line was incredibly long and it was very noisy.  The only thing we could do was get in that line and wait... again!  A couple of hours and two more security lines later (including Danielle getting chosen for a thorough screening) there we were back on the plane and this time we took off and finally completed our direct flight to Boston.   So, here we are again in the land of air conditioning, seemingly unlimited clean water, air and every possible convenience at our finger tips.  My prayer is that we will never take these conveniences for granted, and will always remember that much of the world lives without even the basic necessities.

Au Revoir Haiti

I think I can speak for the team when I say we are happy to be back home, but a piece of our hearts will always be in Haiti with the children of King's Garden and the people we met at the mobile clinics.  It is a tough, wonderful, surprising, challenging, complicated, breathtaking country to visit - I learn so much every time I go.  I am already looking forward to the next trip, I have so much more to learn.


Monday, August 22, 2016

We'll try again tomorrow...

Today we were supposed to leave Haiti for Boston, but things didn't go as planned.  An altercation on the plane escalated and some unruly passangers had to be removed by security after making verbal threats to the flight attendants.  Then after that dust settled, the flight computer had to be rebooted so the pilots shut down the engines and restarted the plane.  Finally after 3 hours we were taxiing out to the runway when we were stopped because flight control informed the crew that they had now passed the point where they would be able to complete the flight to Boston and stay within their legal flight time allotment.  So we stopped on the tarmac for them to figure out a solution.  After another hour or so, they cancelled the flight and took us all off the plane and we went back to the ticket counter where we joined the chaos of trying to reclaim our luggage.

I guess we're getting off the plane

What do we do now?

Patience in practice

The team was in great spirits the whole time…playing word games, passing out candy and chatting it up with our fellow travelers.  The laughter was welcome in such a stressful situation.  Dr. Morquette came to our rescue and carried us back to his home where a delicious meal was waiting for us.

We are so thankful for all the prayers on our behalf during this stressful day.

We'll try again tomorrow...

Sunday, August 21, 2016