It'll be helpful if I provide a little bit of background information before I start detailing the journey. Most importantly the who's who. First of all - there are eight of us on the team. Four have been to Haiti before and four will be coming along for their first trip. That said - here's our team:
- Me, Steve, Barbara, Susan, Sarah, Christy, Nicole and Ralph
We also met up with six others in Miami who we did not know (yet). That completed our team and made it a nice 14 altogether. They are:
- Richard, Iva, Joseph, Eddie, Christy and Molly
There were many veteran Haiti Missionaries on this team. Richard, Iva and Joseph had all been coming for as many as eight years and Eddie was on his fourth trip this year! I knew as soon as we met up with these folks in the Miami airport that we were in for a great week. I was very excited.
As God does He put many different skill sets together on this team and the combination was perfect for the mission. Take a look at these skills:
Richard and Iva - Married couple who run an organization called Hope for Caribbean Kids Inc.Molly - An ER nurse
Christy - A singer with a beautiful voice
Eddie - All around great guy who exudes joy; handyman and Mr. Fix It
Joseph - Photographer
Steve - Auto Repair, Small Engine Repair, everything repair, musician and a true servant
Nicole, Christy, Sarah, Ralph and Myself - Lovers of kids, uniform fabric cutters and distributors, picture takers, horse puncher (it's a long story - I'll share in another post) and lizard catchers.
Barbara and Susan - Worker bees, organizers, worshippers, bubble blowers, game players, lovers of kids, picture takers, gigglers and maternal figures for the rest of us.
These are not the complete list of skills within the team by any means but as you can tell we had quite the make up and were ready for action.
Disclaimer: Along the way I may skip a detail or not tell a story exactly right. Therefore I encourage comments from team members. If you're one of the 14 above and your reading along - please add comments and details. Get involved and make this blog come alive so we can share our experiences with more than just our loved ones. Sharing will help Haiti as others can be made aware of the great needs in this country we've all come to love so much.
Also, if you're not one of the 14 above and would like to comment - please do. It's how I know your out there and it makes it all the more exciting to know that someone is following along with our story. I'd love to hear from you.