I returned last Sunday evening from a five-day mission trip to Haiti and so I’d like to relay a few brief highlights, mostly in the form of pictures. But first a few questions and answers about Haiti.
Where is Haiti and how do you get there? Haiti is an easy trip from Houston. Houston to Miami non-stop on American Airlines (1 hour, 45 minutes) connecting to another AA non-stop flight from Miami to Haiti (90 minute flight). Jet Blue, Delta, Spirit, and American are among the carriers flying into Haiti. American has two daily non-stops from Miami using 757 and 767 aircraft. Haiti is located about 700 miles southeast of Miami.
What’s Haiti like? It’s the third largest Caribbean nation with 10 million people and approximately 3.5 million living in the greater Port-Au-Prince (capital city) area. French and Creole are the official languages. It is the poorest country in the Americas with approximately 80% unemployment.
What did we do in Haiti? We spent one full day in the remotest village I’ve ever visited and that includes the Ugandan villages I’ve visted. I say that because this particular Haitian village was a two-hour walk from drinking water. We also spent two days with a church leader conference in Port-au-Prince. Twenty-six churches were represented at this conference sponsored by Steve Roberts. Jim Shahan, Randy Roberts, Joe Beam, Brian Offutt, Tim Vanderbeek and I spoke at the conference and it was such a rewarding experience.
Would I do it again? You betcha. Here are some photos …