That may sound like an odd way to begin a blog post, but stick with me...
Just over four years ago, I sat down for lunch with (my now-co-worker) Kevin at a Humpty's to learn more about Engineering Ministries International. I was interested in working for eMi, but still didn't know exactly what eMi did.
Kevin told me that, first-things-first, I should join an eMi project team and experience a project trip myself. As it happened, Kevin was leading one a month later to Haiti and needed someone to survey just over 4 acres of land for an orphanage in the town of Mirebalais. The day after our Humpty’s meeting, I committed to joining the team.
We saw mounds of rubble – reminders of the previous year’s devastating earthquake – still littering the streets and alleys. “Temporary” tent cities for the displaced were obviously becoming more and more permanent. As we drove past a market, a young child approached our van’s window to beg for money. Shortly after, we passed a mentally ill man wandering naked through the streets. A woman trying to sell a small bundle of vegetables used the dirt-road gutter to relieve herself. All of this within walking distance of the airport.