The Send Off

Our group rose early on Sunday to worship at St James Episcopal Church which has a service in English. (There are five of us traveling together including myself (Chris Calia) and Ginger Stapley from Good Shepherd, Pat and Deedee Murphy from North Decatur and Frank Dimmock from PCUSA World Mission Agency.)  The 8:00 service began around 8:15 with about 8 people in attendance.  Over the next 10 minutes or so, more people wandered in until there were around 25 worshippers.  The service was similar to the Catholic mass that I grew up with. Ginger was asked to do a scripture reading. 

One of the worshippers was our old friend, Suzette Goss-Geffrard (pictured), who helped the original group from Atlanta that traveled to Haiti in search of a mission project.  There was a short fellowship time after the service and then a 30 minute van ride back to the hotel to prepare for our trip to the Central Plateau.

The weather for the ride to MPP was wonderful and we got a great view of the countryside.    As we rode up to the Central Plateau, I'm thinking about this passage we read from the Book of Prayer:

And now, Father, send us out to do the work you have given us to do.  To love and serve you as faithful witnesses of Christ our Lord.  To him, to you and to the Holy Spirit.  Be honor and glory now and forever.  Amen.