Monday, March 3, 2014

Greetings from Port-au-Prince (Feb 17)

Greetings Kilmarnock Baptist Family,

Amanda, Jim, and I arrived safely in Port-au-Prince this afternoon at2:50 PM. We easily passed through customs and walked past the myriad taxi drivers vying for our attention into the warm Haitian sunshine. 
 

Andy greeted us at the airport and directed us to his crew-cab pickup truck. We started to set our luggage in the bed of the truck, and he informed us, "If you put anything back there, one of you will need to ride in back." Thus, I had a wonderful breeze as we drove through the city...


A young man jumped on the back of the truck as we drove along...


We met Jutta at L'eglise Bautiste Siloe (Siloam Baptist Church). Look up "Siloam" on the internet. Hint: it is part of ancient Jerusalem; see John 9:1-12. Jutta introduced us to some of the women who made the beautiful jewelry many of you are wearing. We saw more lovely samples of their work.

When the earthquake struck in 2010, part of L'eglise Bautiste Siloe collapsed and the pastor was killed instantly. It was striking standing in the open-air sanctuary and imagining God's grace and mercy proclaimed in the tropic air.

Jim then joined me in the back of the truck after we left the church.

  


Tonight, we are enjoying Andy and Jutta's hospitality with delicious chicken curry and delightful conversation. 

Tomorrow, we begin constructing the cubbies...

Grace and peace in Christ, and good night,
Matt

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