Hello from Haiti again! I realize that it has been awhile since my last post and I thank all of my supporters back home in the states for your patience! I must apologize for my silence on the Haitian front; my internet situation is a little more challenging this year. Of course though, I will do my best to catch you up on everything that’s happened. So for this post let’s rewind to my last week in the United States and my travels back to Haiti.
As many of you know, thanks to the Episcopal Church Center and slight change to return date to Haiti, I was able to attend the reentry retreat in New York City. The reentry retreat brings back all of the YASCers from the most recent year into one place to process our year of service and share stories. The retreat is held at the Episcopal Church Center, also fondly known as “815.”
I was extremely grateful to have the opportunity to see everyone from my YASC class and loved hearing about everyone’s experiences. Although each of us had our own unique experience, it was comforting and interesting to learn that we all experienced similar battles and triumphs. Overall it was just wonderful to spend time with my fellow missionaries and the 815 staff.
Upon returning from New York, I headed back out to Winchester to spend one last Sunday with Christ Church before flying to Haiti for another year. After the service, members our youth group and other parish families all joined together to say goodbye to me in a very special way. This is when I now admit that my favorite movie is Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs, so for my send off we all saw Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs 2. Got to love my parish!!!
After spending all night packing (I really should learn how NOT to be a procrastinator), I hopped on the 5:55 am flight to Miami to then take the flight down to Port-au-Prince. Travel this year was a piece of cake and I can’t tell you how good it felt to actually know some Creole at the airport! After landing in Port-au-Prince, I then took a small regional flight up to Cap-Haïtien and was greeted at the airport by my fellow missionary and roommate Kyle Evans.
My first evening was spent unpacking by head lamp (electricity goes out a lot more here). I couldn’t resist showing you how much fun that is!
It was a great way to arrive back in Haiti and as you can see, the view from my new place is stunning! Thank you again to everyone for all of the prayers and support! Come back soon, I promise there will be at least two more posts this weekend highlighting the adventures from this month.