The adventure begins. Yesterday, I took the day off from work so I could get everything in order. I’m borrowing a tent from my daughter. I put that up and took it down, just so I was familiar with it. I got my gear around. I went out and purchased freeze-dried food, dried food and canned foods so I can eat while in Haiti. I was on the phone countless times yesterday getting details worked (they’re still not totally ironed out yet). But, I got everything packed and got to the airport ON TIME and my bag was right at 50 pounds. I didn’t even weigh it. My only fear is the zipper. It doesn’t always catch just right. I hope it doesn’t spring open on the first ‘throw’ from the baggage handlers.
I’ve been trying to pray for this trip, but I’ve been having difficult knowing how to pray. I started off praying that God would provide me the opportunity to go to Haiti to help the people in their suffering. Then, I started praying that God would allow me to represent Compassion International in a way that would encourage many people to begin supporting Compassion International. Now, I’m just praying that God will give me wisdom that I can accomplish all He wants me to accomplish, and nothing more.
I know, that’s open ended. But, I think that’s how I have to be on this trip. It’s been a while since I’ve covered the aftermath of a natural disaster — the first time covering a disaster of this magnitude. So, getting into ’emergency’ mode is more of an adrenaline rush. In the midst of that ‘rush’ I’m pray that God will allow me to make decisions that will not only call Christians to get out of the pew and do something for God, but that those who don’t know Christ would choose to follow him.
Well, I have a long day ahead of me and I’m sure I’ll have plenty to report in the days ahead. I do plan on making a daily video blog about my work in Haiti. I will probably post that to the MNN YouTube account, which can be found at http://www.youtube.com/MissionNetworkNews. You can also joint the MNN group or fan pages on Facebook. Those links can be found on our main page on our website.