In Septemeber 2008, I traveled 6000 miles to Haiti's Kenscoff mountains. My mission: to care for some of the orphaned and abandoned, the sick, malnourished and premature infants of this beautiful but beleagured Caribbean nation.

Tuesday, 26 August 2008

One more sleep....

I am on my way, sitting in a Miami hotel room, following a safe Trans Atlantic flight that arrived shortly before air traffic control systems crashed across the USA!

I am a bit bemused by the cultural differences between the USA and Scotland; I'm not used to being called ma'am, and I am equally as unused to being finger printed - US immigration fingerprint all tourists now!

I am exhausted after being up for 22 hours but there is a lot to be thankful for. Everything has gone smoothly so far. I've got an overnight stop-over in a nice hotel, and most importantly, in a comfortable bed. I will arrive in Haiti well-fed and rested tomorrow, and clean. Yes, I took the opportunity for one last bubble bath tonight. I wont be having another for a very long time!

Please pray for my safety in Haiti, and also that I will adjust quickly to a different culture, and find my feet. I know people are praying all ready. If they were not, I would probably be beside myself with anxiety just now. I am feeling a range of emotions, but a calm has descended over me.

Please also pray for for the Haitians who have been affected by the region's most recent tropical storm. Haiti was pounded by hurricane Gusav today. The winds have died down for now, but there are fears that Gustav could return with vengeance. The full extent of the damage will be difficult to assess due to Haiti's limited infrastructure, but in the past, storms such as these have destroyed crops, torn apart the flimsy mud and grass homes the poorest people live in, and caused major flooding and landslides. This would be devastating for a country that is on the brink of starvation.
My next blog will be from Haiti. Until then, God Bless.

1 comment:

Michelle said...

I am so glad to have stumbled across your blog! Haiti is a place that is so dear to my heart. I was last there in 2003, and have been itching to return ever since. I will keep you in my thoughts and prayers as you travel tomorrow, and look forward to your posts during your time in Haiti!