Time does fly. I've been in Haiti for a month already. Right now I'm enjoying a day off- after waking early to get our transportation needs in order for the day and taking part in our daily morning devotions- I went back to sleep until lunch! I'm trying to get in some reading and guitar playing and maybe watching a movie. I was pretty whipped coming out of the weekend!
We continue to have daily vehicle problems. We've had a van without a transmission ever since before I arrived. We finally got it going last week but cranking it and driving it only revealed other problems. I think the initial cause of the most of the problems is bad fuel combined with poor maintenance like changing filters, etc. But now the problems are greater- likely fouled up injectors and sensors and the like. We need a really good Diesel mechanic and maybe a portable code reader to get everything back in order.
Everyday is a juggling game in terms of who gets which vehicle. We have a team that conducts Discipleship among local Pastors and they also coordinate a partnership between Haitian and non-Haitian Churches....this requires local travel 2-3 days a week. Our Set-Up Team is constantly evaluating Ministry sites and homes where our teams live during the week...they need transportation to do that. We have airport pick-ups and drop-offs as well as "lost-luggage" runs a few times a week. We generally need to resupply our short-term teams with perishable food on Wednesdays. If we provide any other supplies to the teams- like Food for a church or Building supplies- then we do that on Wednesday and Thursday. Also Wednesday-Friday, we start planning for the next week so we make massive shopping runs. Our Directors here need to visit local orphanages about once a week. If a vehicle needs a part, we usually have to take the part we need off and then take it into the city to find a replacement, thus using 2 vehicles! Finally, on Saturdays we have to make multiple airport runs for departing teams and on Sunday we make multiple airport pick-ups as well transport our Project Leadership teams and all the supplies they'll need for a week to their sites.
Having a "down" vehicle complicates the heck out of everything!
If we have more than 15 or so people departing or arriving then we usually hire a local bus-driver- here's what one of our airport pick-ups looked like yesterday morning with a team of 21 people: