Monday Mind Dump Haiti

I have an appointment Thursday to get all my vaccinations.  It looks like I’ll have to have four shots and some anti-malaria medication.  They had a small earthquake in Haiti a few days ago measuring 4.3 at 3:30am that woke everyone up where we are staying.  Today marks the sixth month anniversary of the massive earthquake they experienced this year.  The more I read about the country and the area that we will be visiting the heavier my heart gets.  The pictures, statistics and stories are staggering.  I am trying to prepare myself for the trip mentally and emotionally, but I don’t think it will do much good once I get on the ground.  I’m preaching a couple of times before I go on the trip.  One of the sermons will be on my trip.  I will post it here after I preach it.

We will be getting our itinerary in the next couple of days.  I’m not really sure what to expect once we get there.  I am a little nervous, mostly just of the unknown at this point.  One baby has died at the orphanage since last week and another has been running a fever of 104 for a few days now.  The parents bring their children to this place, often times too late, when they don’t know what else to do.  Most of these kids suffer from malnutrition.  The place that we will be working in is a specialized orphanage that deals with special needs kids as well.  They have a lot of kids that suffer from cystic fibrosis and autism.  These and other health problems are seen by the people of Haiti as curses and many times the children are kicked out of the family due to fear of the curse spreading.

We will be flying into the capital, Port Au Prince, and taking a smaller plan to our destination in Northwest Haiti.  The people of Haiti are said to be 60% Catholic, 20% Protestant and 99% Voodoo.  I am praying that I will get a chance to witness to someone who openly practices voodoo.  That will be an experience within itself!

They recommend that you carry $1 bills because the people have no change.  That may get interesting.

I had to fill out a questionnaire for my vaccinations.  One of the questions was, “Have you ever had your spleen removed?”

People are already complaining about how hot it is going to be…. it may sound bad, but I hope they just stay at home.  I can’t imagine being in a place like that and people complaining about the heat.

They said at the mission where we are staying they have limited Internet access.  If they overuse it they get kicked off for 24 hours.  That sounds very strange to me.  Maybe there is a market for offering cheap Internet service in Haiti.  That reminds me of a business idea I had with a friend of mine at work.  His mother is from Cuba, we were going to sell out dated technology to the people in Cuba.  They are 10 – 15 years behind us anyway.  Let’s just say that was more trouble than it was worth.  Needless to say I will not be taking a laptop to Haiti.

I purchased some 100% Deet last week.  I got 4 small bottles and I am contemplating if that is going to be enough or not.  I may need to look into if they have Deet Soap or bodywash.

Casey has already said I need to find a place to stay in quarantine for a week when I get back.  I think she was kidding….um, I hope she was kidding.

If you have ever traveled anywhere with my dad you know that he always has snacks.  He informed me yesterday he was going to the dollar store to load up.  I think I’m going to let him go through security at the airport at a distance, just in case.

I’ll keep you updated, keep us in your prayers!

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