Random thoughts on Life, Leadership, & Messy Spirituality

Haiti Relief – Day 1 – 2/27/10

We arrived at ATL airport at 5am only to discover that our flight had been cancelled. This was the 2nd time! Yesterday our flight from ATL to Port-au-Prince, Haiti was cancelled. After a huge 24 hr ordeal (see news footage http://bit.ly/bUj2Ao ).

So we waited at airport for several hrs & finally caught a flight from ATL to Weat Palm Beach, FL – then caught shuttle vans to Ft. Laud. – & at 6:30pm we caught a flight to Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. We’ll stay the night there and catch a ride to PaP 1st thing tomorrow morning.

We dubbed our journey “God’s Amazing Race to Haiti”. 10 people, 10 backpacks, & 10 heavy suitcases full of supplies on a great big God-sized adventure. Most of the day we had no idea how God was going to get us to the next place. Hmmm sounds a lot like the faith God wants us to have all the time – doesn’t it?

As always, God has many reasons for why He allows things (even mission/ relief trip travel plans falling apart) to happen. One of those we saw today was not only several people on each leg of our journey that we were supossed to meet, but we were also able to help a Hatian family (mom, dad, & 2 young children) who were stuck in ATL get home to Haiti. They are traveling with us now.

I also love how you find out what people are REALLY like on a trip like this – little sleep – lots of challenges – few things going as planned – but it’s all good cause we’re on His agenda not ours! BTW: Our team is doing amazing! We definitely have the people we were supossed to have on this trip!!! Go God!

1 last note – we’ve already seen great examples of how Christians & Churches ought to work together. We had our Haiti Network meeting on Friday in ATL – out of that meeting my new buddy @SpenceNix hooked us up with some wonderful people w/ Iglesia Christiano de Oasis (Oasis Christian Church) in Santo Domingo picked up our 10 people & ridiculous amount of bags at the airport – hosted us in their homes – are driving us all the way to Port-au-Prince tomorrow & driving home the same day. Wow!

We could learn a lot from the heart of Christ that is so evident in our new Oasis family members. It was quite a day & I can’t wait to see what God has in store for us tomorrow!


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