May 25, 2010

Long time, no chat

Wow, has it really been 2 months since I last posted something? Brother David, you have encouraged me to try again.

Well, let's see. Did you know that I went to Haiti on a mission trip? I guess I'll try to tell a few stories from that and see if I can get some momentum going again.

Trip done was pretty uneventful, we flew from Grand Rapids to Chicago to Miami to Port Au Prince. It was once we got to Port Au Prince that things got interesting. They have Porters that work inside the customs area and want to "help" you with your luggage for a small fee. With 9 of us we felt that we would be better off taking care of it ourselves. I stood next to the conveyor and caught the luggage as it went by. We each brought two carry on bags and two 50 pound bags with food, clothes and other stuff. So we rented those luggage carts and stacked it up. The heat was really extreme and the porters were really pushy, but we just muscled our way out, located our hostess, Mallory Thurlow, founder of Haiti Foundation Against Poverty. She had help with her and we were hustled out to the trucks. All the luggage went into one truck and all of us, into the other. It was almost a fight with the porter over if we needed to pay, but we held our ground and didn't, tense, but OK. Most of us had to sit in the back of the truck. What a wonderful way to see the city of Port Au Prince. Out in the sun and the air, seeing the sights, smelling the smells, hearing the sounds. Ah, international travel to a third world country, wonderful.

Truck load in front of Hope House.

Have a great day,

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