I had not planned on a Part 7. Intended to post a few pictures in Part 6, but what follows may explain a bit.
Coming home was a bit of an adventure! Or Struggle! From a flat tire in Jeremie, to systems being down in Port Au Prince so we only got hand written boarding passes for flight to Miami, bags not checked through to Louisville, plane almost 2 hours late, missed flight in Miami .... long day.
Spent Thursday night in Miami airport hotel. Flew to Charlotte then Louisville.
While we were changing planes in Charlotte, a surprise encounter! Maria Price, Executive Director of St John Center for Homeless Men. What a delightful surprise. Maria was en route to the coast for a long weekend with family.
Finally arrived in Louisville about 2:00 PM Friday.
A bit more about Thursday adventure! Being the Feast of Corpus Christi, the street we normally turn on was blocked because of a procession at Cathedral St Louis, so we had to take a minor detour around some rougher, unpaved streets in Jeremie. Then on to the main road, paved only for about half mile, then really rough rest of 8-10 miles. On the way to the landing strip we passed a small church in a rural village where parishioners were gathering for their Corpus Christi celebrations. Very colorful!
When we got to the landing strip, Roger was there with the plane, arms in the air in exasperation ... one of the tires on the plane went flat shortly after he landed.
Many prayers were answered as we gathered tools, local boys came out of the area to put a patch on the inner tube (a process that is difficult to put into words!), tire back on. Only took 2 hours. Then we prayed for one take off and one landing. Prayers were answered!
I've got pictures that I will add later.
Let us all rejoice in God's unconditional love and guide us as we reflect the same to all those we come in contact with.
A collection of pictures.
A flower in the garden outside the house ... of the hibiscus family I think.
Along the streets of Jeremie
The flat tire adventure! I failed to get a shot of the inner tube patching process. Note the car jacks on tree stumps and the "air compressor" used to inflate the tire!