After a long day of travel, a few frayed nerves, Twilla's determination, and God's favor, we arrived in Cap-Haitien around 8:00 last night. The poverty here is unimaginable. The despair in the people's eyes is gripping. The openness and welcoming - heartwarming.
Being so used to the "mañana" culture and way of life in Mexico, it has been fairly easy for me to slip into the pace and way of life here. If you like to plan and have a structured day, this would be a difficult setting to adjust to.
This morning after breakfast some Hatian men/boys will go " scout" the hospital and a nearby gym to help find the best place for us to work. A gym near the hospital has been converted into another hospital, and currently has over 1,000 injured people housed there. I suspect that is where we will end up working today.
There are seven of us on the trip that will stay in Cap-Hatien providing medical care - not sure if that is symbolic, but so far we seem to be growing close.
Keep us in your prayers. The danger is palpable, even more though is the presence and protection of God. We were able to arrange a charter yesterday from Provo on Turks and Caicos despite the assurance from the locals that it would not be possible. God is leading us, I guess a better prayer would be for the people and country of Haiti. This earthquake seems to not only have injured, maimed, and killed so many; but even worse, it seems to have severely damaged the already very fragile fabric that was holding this country together.
They are going to need help for a long time to come.