In about 20 hours, our mission team meets at the DFW Airport. We meet at 3:25am to give plenty of time to divide up team supplies and get checked in. We fly to Miami first, the Port Au Prince.
Between now and then, my to do list is long:
- Pack my own luggage
- Pack team supplies
- Make sure Lucas gets to wave at the garbage men (it’s Thursday and he’s 3)
- Remember to take anti-malarial medicine
- Pick up about 8 things from a store – tarps, clothesline, markers, hand sanitizer, a big bag of candy (“bon bons”) to pass out to the kids in Mellier…
- Fill out trip insurance information
- Check in for flight
- Send team email with gate information and remind them to remember their passports
- Go to bank to get cash to pay our Haitian team
- Work up a plan to complete our fundraising
- Greet kids when they get home from school
- Hopefully have a family dinner
- Spend time with Dennis
- Spend time wondering what I may have forgot (might as well add this to list since I’m doing it anyway)
It’s a lot. I’m excited and a little daunted.
So, in the quiet of my home this morning, I start with the most important task I have to do today, I pray (feel free to join in from wherever you are):
Holy and gracious God, we thank you and praise you for this opportunity to travel to Haiti. We know that you are already there. We ask for your safety as we travel, we ask to be made aware of your presence. As we rush to get all of the details completed, calm our spirits and remind us that you have got this all in your hands. We commend this trip to you, we ask for your blessing. May we as your servants share your love with others, and may we receive your love through the hospitality of strangers. In Christ’s name we pray, amen.