Saturday, May 23, 2015
The Kansas City team of nine arrived at the airport dark and early (4:00 a.m.) to check in and go through the first patience-testing experience: airport lines. After a few hours of flying, we landed in Miami, had a short layover and then were on our to Port-Au-Prince. If anyone thought we were the only serve team headed to Haiti, they would be very wrong; there was an estimated five other missions teams on our flight.
Upon landing in Port-Au-Prince, we were greeted by a colorful band of musicians at the airport, a bustling of luggage-grabbers and an immediate layer of sweat after stepping outside. We found our transportation, Jackson, who loaded us up in vans and we made the drive to the Heart to Heart International headquarters in Petionville. The drive was a great opportunity to get a small glimpse of Haitian life. At Heart to Heart, we met up with the two team members who were not coming from Kansas City.
The amazing cooks at Heart to Heart made us a delicious feast of patte, rice and beans, plantains, goat meat, fruit and cake.
After a long day of travel, the team unwound with card games, walks around the Heart to Heart grounds and swimming in the pool (yes, there was a pool!). The evening ended with a team devotion, where we spent some time preparing our minds and hearts for the week to come, as well as learning a little more about the Haitian culture. Process is more important than progress, and your face is your passport 🙂 were a few tips from Wes, who is practically Haitian.