Saturday, August 23, 2014

Back in the Swing of Things

We arrived back in Port au Prince on the afternoon of August 7. We were greeted by a wave of heat, humidity and dust. After loading our suitcases into a taxi bus we bounced over the familiar roads. It was good to be back.

Anoud and Denise were thrilled to see us and we were thankful to hear their little family was doing well. 

Back home we set to work getting out house up and running again. Our biggest concern was a lack of water. The tank on our roof had a problem, so while we were away our entire underground cistern of water had been pumped up into the roof tank and then overflowed and drained. Now our cistern was empty. By the next morning a water truck was filling the cistern once again and we came up with a temporary solution for the tank so no more water would be wasted. 

Inside, Alexander needed his crib and mosquito net set up in the little screened in porch room that Jason has boarded up while the kids and I were in Canada.

Our beds needed to be made up and the groceries and supplies we had purchased in Florida had to be put away. Once again Lydia was a great help! 

Four days later Jayden started school. Driving him there I was more nervous then he was. Let me rephrase that, I was nervous and he was not! While I worried about if there would be room to park in the school’s tiny parking lot and if his school supplieas that I had pre-ordered were ready, and how his friends would react to seeing him, he cheerfully chattered about everything he saw out the window: tap taps, women carrying giant bundles on their heads, goats and chickens scrounging for food and kids playing on the streets.

My nervousness and worries were unfounded however, as I was early enough that there were plenty of parking spots left, the school supplies were ready, and even delivered to me (thanks Julie!) and Jayden was immediately mobbed and hugged by his excited friends.

The following day, August, 12, a team arrived from our home town. Jason, who was still off of work due to his back injury arranged for them to visit the Lookout and the Baptist Mission. After my standard spaghetti dinner, Jason showed them some MAF pictures and videos. Lights out was early that night as the team had missed the previous nights sleep. 

The following day, with Jason flying co-pilot, Alexander and I flew with the team to Anse Rouge, a village in Northern Haiti where they would spend the next week.

Jason then flew back to Port au Prince to take care of our older two boys while I stayed in the village for two days to make sure the team settled in and everything was going smoothly. 

Lemuel, Ministries, the mission we partnered with wrote a blog post which can be found at Lemuel Ministries . The team members also wrote daily journal entries which I hope to start posting next.

1 comment:

  1. We flew 'overhead' last week, as we returned from Aruba, after visiting the church there for a couple weeks. Praying for you as you readjust and take on the many challenges again.