Twenty two people met in Miami tonight (two will join them in the morning) for a preliminary team meeting in which they were able to meet each other (finally!), pray together, and work out logistics for the day of travel tomorrow.
It will start early, with a shuttle to the airport with a lot of luggage - 44 duffel bags filled with medical supplies and clothes in addition to their personal belongings in a small carry on bag. Each bag weighs 50 pounds and will come back home empty. Following a relatively short flight to Port au Prince comes a relatively long bus ride to their base of operations in Cambry. The airport in Port au Prince is a modern facility built in the middle of the third world city that is Port au Prince. It is noisy and crowded, and will be their first "culture shock" of the trip as they go through customs with their bags. The bus ride will solidify the feeling that they are in a different place, as the see some of the still-ravaged and always chaotic Port au Prince and the countryside of Haiti.
At Cambry, they'll settle into accommodations that are luxurious by Haitian standards, where water mostly flows and electricity is usually available. They will appreciate both this week! The staff will feed them and provide safety in the compound. They will begin the task of unpacking those duffel bags and organizing their week's supplies.
Please pray that all the bags would make it through customs and get safely tucked on the bus for transport to Cambry. Pray for safety in travel by air and by bus, and for health. And pray that as they travel and work together tomorrow that they would quickly knit together into a close and smoothly working team. The week ahead will be wonderful and difficult and their support of each other will be key. Above all, pray that God will be glorified as they use hands, feet, hearts, and abilities to meet needs "nan nom Jesi" (creole for "in Jesus' name").
They will covet your prayers.