Haiti ERT BLOG Team 1 (Updates 1-4)
* The whole team arrived safely and in time at LAX! One team member drove from Reno, NV to Hume Lake (Kings Canyon National Park), to Bakersfield, across to the coast (the grapevine was closed) and then down the coast to the airport. Another team member traveled all night by bus from Tucson, Arizona and arrived at LAX Thursday morning. He then waited all day at the airport for the team to arrive in the early evening.
* Baggage limits per traveler are 2 bags, 50 lbs./bag. The agent who was checking in the team happened to see a stack of FFC newsletters, grabbed one and took it to her supervisor. The supervisor then waived all baggage restrictions (for both Team 1 and Team 2!) and let them bring all their supplies (31 bags and 14 boxes) at no cost! They should have only been allowed to check 28 bags!
* For their health and safety.
* That they would connect with all their contacts in the DR and in Haiti.
* That all the supplies they brought would make it to their ministry destination in tact.
* That they would be able to purchase enough bottled water in the DR for their entire campaign as water will probably not be available in Haiti.
* That the Holy Spirit would be poured out in this team and through the team wherever they are, and whatever they are doing, that people would be drawn to Jesus and that He would be glorified in the fullest.
Thank you for battling with the team on your knees before the King!
Thank you for your continued prayers for both Teams 1 and 2! Team 1 got off safely and on time despite the weather and have already landed in Puerto Rico. They depart from PR at 2:45 pm (EST) for their flight to the Dominican Republic. They may have to travel by ground from DR rather than air. Updates will be sent as we receive them.
Photos from LAX (the team will not be completely together until the reach the Dominican Replublic)
The team all arrived safely in Puerto Rico. The firefighters at San Juan airport had the whole team come to their station during their layover and then prepared them a hot lunch. The San Juan fire chaplain also came to the station and encouraged the team and then prayed a blessing over them, which was translated into English by Vinny Mata. Everyone was truly blessed with the hospitality, fellowship and refreshment provided to them.
The team then departed PR and arrived in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic and arrived around 2:00 CST.
The team is staged in Santo Domingo. They ended up with over 2,500 pounds of gear, supplies, food, etc... so it looks like it may be better to go over land in a convoy tomorrow morning than to try to go on a flight. They will probably spend the night at the airport in Santo Domingo and then go to Haiti early in the morning. The roads seem to be easier to travel on and fuel is easier to come by.
The team is sleeping in Santo Domingo tonight and hoping to join with a USAID convoy leaving from the Dominican Republic in the morning. They are praying the convoy will stop and let them off at the Love A Child orphanage which is apparently about 20 minutes across the border into Haiti. They are planning to use this as a base of operations and then send teams for day trips (or overnight if needed) into Carrefour to connect with Terry Nelson (http://www.lightministriesinc.org/english/index.htm).
Please pray that there is room in the convoy for all of them and all the supplies (they have over 2500 pounds of supplies).
Please pray that the convoy will stop for them to connect with the people at Love One Child (www.loveonechild.com) The orphanage apparently has electricity, water, internet access and a secure compound. They will be tending to the refugees and the wounded in the area around them.
Please pray that they can secure safe transport (vehicles/security) so they can travel back and forth between Terry Nelson and the orphanage.
The team is now on a convoy (air conditioned tour bus with armed escort) on the way to the US Embassy in Haiti. They will not be stopping at the orphanage on their way in, and will head for Carrefour. They are really needed in that area so they will go there first. They have surgeons but not supplies so they are so thankful that the team is bringing MUCH NEEDED supplies. Vinny said there are surgical supplies among the boxes the LA Fire Guys brought and the team was wondering...."why do we have these, we can't do surgery?" Guess God knew who would need them!