Thank you for your prayers for our recent trip to Port au Prince, Haiti. God certainly blessed this joint effort between Piney Grove Baptist Church in Samson, Alabama, and St. Andrew Baptist Church in Panama City, Florida. Our team worked alongside of SCORE International Missions, a worldwide mission organization with a presence in Haiti.

I want to encourage you to read the team member testimonies that will be posted to the blog over the coming days, and you can still access our field updates from the "Blog Archive" link on the right hand side of the page. Thank you again for your prayers!

Friday, July 16, 2010

Final Countdown

My typical routine for mission trip preparation is to work really hard to get ready a day early, and take the final day before departure to troubleshoot, double check everything, and primarily to "get my head in the game."  That was certainly not the case with this trip!  I finally completed my preparations for the trip at about 5:30 pm, so at least I will have a couple of hours to spend with my family before trying to sleep for a few hours--3:00 am will come very early in the morning.

We have continued to gain clarity on what we will be doing once we arrive in Port au Prince.  We will be based out of the New Life Orphanage located adjacent to the airport, and we will be staying in the empty classrooms of a school that is right next door to the orphanage.  The initial plan is to tackle a construction project, participate in food distribution, and work with the children at the orphanage.  Two of our ladies are registered nurses, and they will have the opportunity to work in a health clinic, and I am certain that we will have the opportunity to do some "street evangelism."  Thanks to former Haiti missionary Sharon Etheridge, we now have five MP3 players with the gospel message recorded in Creole that we can use along with the Evangecube.  This gives us the incredible opportunity to share the gospel, with or without an interpreter. 

Our first flight departs from Tallahassee tomorrow morning at 9:00 am eastern time.  Please pray for our connecting flights and that our bags will all make it to Port au Prince.  We have several extra bags full of evangelistic supplies and clothing for the children, so please pray that our transition through Haiti immigrations goes smoothly.  Thank you for your prayers, and I hope that my next update is from Haiti!