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Mission Trip To Haiti Travelogue

By: Rev. Martin Hawley

Day 1 in Country — Saturday, October 25, 2008:


We have arrived safely in country after another extra day's delay and even a delay in departure today. Yesterday, our plane was delayed leaving Atlanta by more than one and one half hours and so we missed our connecting flight from Miami to Port-au-Prince. Just like the last trip in February, American Airlines put us up in a hotel - this time near the airport (Comfort Inn). We expected to leave this morning around 10:30, but again the flight was delayed more than one hour! We also waited on the tarmac quite some time and finally arrived in Port-au-Prince around 12:50 local time (which is actually 1:50 your time, because Haiti does not use daylight savings time). When we finally got to the Visa Lodge, they informed Jean Paul (the Haitian/American pastor we work with) that our reservations had been cancelled. That led to another hour of 'negotiations' in which we were ultimately given rooms at another hotel property which they own. We are staying at the Palms Hotel near Port-au-Prince. It is a small but beautiful hotel, complete with a shotgun-armed guard at the gate. Tomorrow we will ordain and charge 14 deacons and 3 ruling elders and hold the first worship service in the new school building's first floor! Please pray for us as we lead worship and preach tomorrow both in the morning and in the evening. We covet your prayers. I will send you updates each night if time permits me to do so. There is only one computer in the hotel for us to use so I also have to share. . .

May the Lord bless all of you while we are away, using you mightily for the furtherance of His marvelous kingdom of grace in Christ Jesus our Lord!

Tomorrow will truly mark a day of Reformation in Haiti as the new building is dedicated and over 1,000 men, women, and children gather together to proclaim the praise of God Most High, Who has made this all possible!



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