Trip of a lifetime is no vacation

2013-07-02T08:00:00Z Trip of a lifetime is no vacationBy Heidi Miller Lyons-Decatur senior Midwest Messenger
July 02, 2013 8:00 am  • 

A trip of a lifetime. That is what my recent trip to Haiti was. Going to the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere, it was safe to say I had no idea what to expect. Poverty? Of course. Poor sanitation? I knew that going into the country. A totally different lifestyle? That was inevitable. What I didn't expect to find was their eagerness to learn about the world, school and God, nor to enjoy myself while there.

After a few delays, we set out for the airport to arrive in Port-au-Prince early in the morning. I had no idea what was waiting for me. After getting off the plane we were instantly bombarded with Haitians who wanted to take us where we needed to go and carry our luggage for us. 

That was how many Haitians made a living. Fortunately, Willem, the owner of the guesthouse and Mountain Top Ministries (MTM), had already arranged a driver to help us. We left the airport and crossed the street with hundreds of Haitians watching us. We all loaded our bags into the back of a pickup truck to meet us at MTM and got into a van and pickup. 

With it being so hot, there was no way I was sitting in a tight van that most likely didn't have very good air conditioning so I jumped in the back of the pickup! Going through the streets of Port-au-Prince I took in as much as I could, the many tents still up, the trash on the sides of the roads, the way people kept running up to the side of the pickup asking for money or anything we had on us. 

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