We had a our second conference call for our trip to Haiti tonight. It sounds like everyone is really starting to think and prepare for the trip. It really sunk in to me that we are going very soon. Scary and exciting all at the same time! We talked about any gifts or talents that we might bring to the trip. I expressed that I enjoyed teaching gym class last time and wouldn't mind doing some first aid type stuff. Anne is going to lead devotionals in the morning and others weren't really quite sure what their role would be yet. The community has asked for seeds for plants and vegetables as well as garden tools and gloves. These should be easy things to gather and pack into our luggage. We also discussed bringing logic games and any arts or craft skills that we have that we might want to share. John asked if the Haitians played bball and I laughed because I'm pretty sure I didn't see anyone playing bball last time and distinctly remember bringing basketballs which they used to play more soccer.
The biggest thing that stood out to me tonight is the difference between last time when I was a first time traveler with no expectations and this time being a little bit more experienced and having others that haven't gone. It's very different and I'm trying to answer questions honestly and with enthusiasm. I really don't know how this trip is going to compare to the other but I'm really trying to keep an open mind and prepare myself to "leave it all in Haiti" I want to be completely and utterly exhausted mentally and physically when I get back because that means I gave them all I had and fulfilled God's purpose for me there. I can't wait to see what he has in store for me and how is stretches me and helps me to grow.
Wow... less than 1 month!