Sunday, March 3, 2013
We are very fortunate to be able to stay in contact with our team while they are traveling. They have been able to keep in touch with Facebook, Twitter and text messages. Thank God for new technology!
Here is a short synopsis of the developments so far.
At 11:30 am on Thursday February 28, 2013, the team members and a few of their supporters met at the Winnipeg James Armstrong Richardson International Airport. Pastor Sam prayed for them one last time, then all said good-bye and the team headed off past security.
From Winnipeg, the team had a short stop in Chicago, IL, for some deep-dish pizza. Then they made their way to Newark, NJ. After a short overnight, they departed for Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic. Marilyn McIlroy, and two ladies from southern Ontario joined up with them as they got out of the airport, and accompanied them to their guesthouse in Santiago de los Caballeros. They were able to enjoy warm water for the last time until their return trip.
The travel plans to Gens de Nantes from the Dominican Republic were changed once the team landed. For the better! Instead of basically bypassing Gens de Nantes in the coach they were taking from the DR to Cape Haitien, Haiti, the coach line agreed to drop the team off in Ouaniminthe (a mere 10 kms or 1 hour from Gens de Nantes, instead of almost 3 hours from Cape Haitien). This permitted our team to arrive in Gens de Nantes at least an extra half-day earlier than expected. Praise the Lord!
The drive to Gens de Nantes from Ouaniminthe was fairly uneventful, apart from one of their "tap-taps" (truck/SUV) stalling while crossing a shallow river! After a refreshing time in the stream, the team was back on their way.
The team had time to settle into their accommodations and make some acquaintances, notably lizards (and lots of them according to Joey) and some rather large spiders (once again, according to Joey!).
They were able to attend and participate in the church service at Pastor Andre's church this morning. Pastor Alan was scheduled to share at some point in the service. They also had a great time doing a children's program later in the afternoon. The team is now resting and looking forward to meeting church and community leaders after supper.
A couple last tidbits of information. Joey had brought along some anxiety medication due to her fear of flying. She did not need to use any! Congrats Joey! Once they arrived in Gens de Nantes, they were met with a need for that exact kind of medication at the clinic. Oh the mysterious ways in which our God works!
And finally, as you might have known, Gens de Nantes and most of Haiti has been going through a drought over the past weeks (if not months). The lack of precipitation has threatened their crops, which were already decimated by the torrential downpours and winds of Hurricane Sandy. Last week, the church in Gens de Nantes prayed that it would rain by the following week. Today, as soon as everyone had stepped into the church for the service, the skies opened up, and it rained. Hallelujah!
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