Day 10: Saturday, March 20th 2010
Today was awesome!! We woke up at 5:00am and it is only about 4:00pm now. We ate spaghetti for breakfast, took a nice 2 hour drive over to Mol Saint Nicolas where we got to meet a real cool kid named Michael Hoover. He graduated home school at 17 and he has been traveling the world with missions. He is just a teen and has been in Haiti for 2 months now, and in May will be leaving to go to Peru.
We also took the opportunity to grab some sugar cane Coca-Cola. Man it taste good! Much better than the junk they call coke in the U.S. We also fed Jean-Claude’s chicken that he was carrying in a banana leaf satchel. He cut out a small hole for the chicken’s head to stick out. It was really funny, but you had to be there.
While in Mol we also got to see some of the old Forts w/ ancient canons and a gorgeous beach. I took the opportunity to collect some sea shells while I was there. A young Haitian boy helped me fill my shirt with various shells. I decided to only keep about 4.
Then I took the opportunity to wade in the most beautiful body of water I have ever seen. The Bay of Mol Saint Nicolas is literally amazing. If you are ever in the Northwest part of Haiti, you have to go check it out. Words cannot describe how beautiful it was. Had to been the bluest water in the ocean. I also rode along the shore line on the back of a four-wheeler for 10-20 miles. Pure Awesomeness.
Then it only got better from there. I got to be the co-pilot on our flight back to P.A.P. w/ Mission Aviation Fellowship (M.A.F.). Nothing like being the co-pilot and flying along the coast line of Haiti. I really think that Haiti could one day be a vacation hot spot. it is close to the U.S. and it is beautiful w/ the exception of P.A.P. due to the earthquake. The waters at P.A.P. are very muddy and dirty, but still a site to see with 30 or more ships out in the bay.
We had an excellent trip, and once we landed in Port we headed off to some hole in the wall restaurant to grab some lunch. You wouldn’t believe who we saw there. Sitting at a table next to us was Hollywood star Sean Penn. I got to meet him and talk to him for a little while. I asked to have my picture taken with him, but he declined. He said if we weren’t in Haiti he would be glad to. The fear and risk of being taken hostage for an american is a serious reality, especially for someone if people knew that they were a movie star. It just amazes me, that you rarely ever see a movie star unless you are in Hollywood or L.A., and I see one at some run down restaurant in Haiti. That just baffles me.
Afterwards we had to say farewell to our Dominican brothers, and our interpreters Nixion, Lima, Jean-Claude, and the others. Then off to the grocery store, followed by some voyaging through P.A.P. for some more photo ops.
I am now resting within the comfort and security of the compound. I spoke to my wife today, and that is always a blessing. I was re-united with the Canadians on last time before they fly out in the morning back home. I look forward to fellowshipping with them one last time this evening followed by some sermon prep for tomorrows Sunday morning service. I just remembered… I found out today that Christopher Columbus actually landed in the bay at Mol Saint Nicolas during his 2nd journey. I want to research that a little bit more when I get home. I believe it was shortly after that, that they built the two forts along the coast line. They still have canons there that are around 400-500 years old. There is 3-4 along the ruble of the old fort walls, and a couple actually under water. Neat stuff.
7:00ish pm: Enjoyed the evening in fellowship with my team and it was great. I really enjoy Michael Barton, he is like a skinny Canadian Version of me. (He as a Youtube Channel called Bushcraftbartons, you should check it out.) I see that a lot of his reasoning skills are very similar to mine. Dinner was good. Mrs. Mona went out of her way once again. I ate a hotdog with this Haitian jalapeno pickle relish… good stuff. All of the luggage arrived safely. I am happy to see that. Jim Earl kindly took all of our pics and put them on disk for us. Today is just getting better and better. It is funny, the first night Bill and I stayed outside on the balcony by ourselves, but this time the whole group is planning on sleeping outside.
I already have my bed made out on the balcony, and now I am looking out at the star lit sky eating a cup of multi-flavored ice-cream. This is like a small piece of Heaven. The only thing that would make this moment perfect is my wife and son in my arms. I am counting down now. 2 days left. “Sweet heart where ever you are I Love You. x0x0x0”