Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Test

TSA. Need I say any more. We arrived to a security line backed up way too far for the early morning. 10 people decided not to show up for work. On the same day? Really? They figured out they had a problem with the Port Au Prince flight and created a separate line. That didn't fix much as half the plane was in line! Lest you were wondering, the whole team made it, but our plan from last night crumpled in the security line. You could feel the steam and frustration. It's the testing that goes with this journey. Travel in the states is no problem (compared to Haiti travel), because where we are headed the alternatives drop like bricks. It's time to pull up the steel britches. You have to get in a place of total surrender, and often we get these divine pricks to test our readiness. As we flew along, over the public announcement system in the airplane comes the news that we are now being charged $10.00 per passport for a tourist entry fee. Like I'm here for the tourism! I get that all the time, people saying oh so your going to Haiti for vacation. Right! When you leave here you need a vacation. The one plus is that we were just a very short line at the passport entry point. We were through passport control in a matter of just a couple of minutes. The airport extravaganza has changed considerably over the last year or so, and Claudy's brother was there to see us through customs once we found a lost carry-on, there is just no such thing as smooth sailing in Haiti. But the trip through customs today was as worry free an encounter as I have ever had! It was a little like crossing the Red Sea on dry ground! The waves parted, and customs agents walled up around us, and we crossed through with a friendly wave. We bussed our way up through the greenest countryside I have witnessed in my 14 trips, the air was pretty cool, there was a lot of chatter as we tried to catch up on all the happenings of the last few months. And then we arrived. At first survey, it is incredible what has developed. The new orphanage and house for Rob's family is really suitable. It's much cooler than the old location, and much more space. The team set to unpacking and organizing all our goods and food for the week, an inventory of projects for while we are here were set in motion, and we have had tons of hugs and fun with the orphans. Did I mention they are on school break this week! It should prove to be a very special time with them. Weariness has settled upon us all tonight. We are readying dinner, and then will shut things down for the night. The first day always has a surreal lag to it. Time stutter steps along as the heat and the exhaustion of the travel lays siege to the human constitution. So it's time to call quits to this blog for tonight. The brain has begun to refuse to function with any great clarity. More to come tomorrow! Blessings from St. Marc.  

5 comments:

McNeils said...

Hello to Team Berg! So glad you made it safely. What a blessing to have your bag fee waived! Rainy and cold here. We are praying for the team that God will continue to clear the way for you as you work to make a difference in the children's lives. Please say hello to Samuel,Liline,Dina,Kenley,Otelson,Vanessa,and Vladimir for us. God Bless.

Kristie and Dave McNeil

Lynn Bissett said...

May God bless you all for the work you are doing! I am looking forward to reading your blog again. Hugs to Lee and Emma.
--Lynn (Lee's sister)

Alexis Gallo said...

Hey everyone. I hope u are all having lots of fun. I love you all and miss you so much. Tell rob rob and all the orphans I say hi and I love them all. Have a good day. Love you all.
Alexis
P.S. when you come back can u please bring some of the warm weather. ��

Anonymous said...

Hello team!!! I have to let you know that Darlene is struggling posting up a blog..... I tried talking her through it over the phone this afternoon, but she received an error.... she's going to call me later and I'm going to help her figure out how to do it on her phone.... She wanted me to tell you she's following your blogs! She loves you all! And she will post as soon as she can! :) As for me.... :) it seems there always has to be some sort of wrench thrown into each trip to Haiti. Glad you all got there safely and are settling in well! Doesn't surprise me at all! You can not be weak in your faith to go on the journey that you all are on! When you trust God and His plan..... you can look back and see the amazing things that have happened. Sometimes you can see them at the current moment..... Do not get distracted to why each and every one of you are there! There is a reason you are a part of that team! There is a reason that each and every one of us back home are a part of your team back home too! Accept the challenge that Haiti brings, embrace it and let yourself grow from it! Love you all and I can't wait to hear all about the orphans and all the family! Love you all! Alisa

Jake T said...

wow seems like the hits just kept coming,what a test! So glad it ended on a good not with Claudy's brothers help. Sometimes it not what you know but who. We will continue sending love and prayers your way.
Romans 5:3And not only this, but we also exult in our tribulations, knowing that tribulation brings about perseverance; 4and perseverance, proven character; and proven character, hope; 5and hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out within our hearts through the Holy Spirit who was given to us.