In a conversation with a missionary at a pastors conference several years ago, Dana told Kathy that people don’t often visit her in Haiti. To that Kathy quickly said, we will come visit! Not long after that conversation Steve and Kathy were in CapHaitian, on the northwest region of the island. Haiti is beautiful and battered. The beauty is everywhere. You notice the beauty first from the air, flying in you circle the island which is surrounded by clear green blue water and little sand bars, each circle takes you closer to land and you begin to see palm, mango and banana trees and lots of green. Outlines of small farms appear with tiny houses and huts and lots of open land. Soon people appear and you can see the small air strip. You land and battered Haiti is all around. Hustled off the plane into the hot and humid chaos of what is the airport building jammed with people. There are people with authority to deal with your arrival and people hoping to carry your bag. The struggle for who will carry your suit case is short lived and before you know it you are walking towards the gate and the crowd…. The guard unlocks the gate, the press of people hoping to get money from you from beyond the chain link becomes a bit scary. We are grateful for our missionary escort who handles the crowd gracefully in Creole French. Money is given in exchange for the safe passage of our suit cases and we are bumping along the road though pot hold streets overflowing with old cars, honking horns, mini trucks called Tutu’s which are public transportation, wheel barrels full of just about anything you can image pushed along, outdoor markets, men, women, children, and everywhere you look garbage. The first day is overwhelming. As you lay sweating in bed with open windows, behind the compound walls topped with broken glass and bobbed wire, you hear the sound of people. It’s too hot to sleep indoors. As the days pass you still notice the difficulties of life these people experience everyday, but you also see the beauty of these people. The quick smiles of the children and thought filled eyes of others. Haiti is beautiful and battered, but the gospel message is bringing hope to the beautiful people. We have been there a few times and plan to return. There are more stories to tell, more adventures to be lived, more people who need hope. For more information about Dana and Prit Adams and the ongoing work in Haiti, please check out www.RehobothHaiti.com Dana and her husband Prit have been missionaries to Haiti since 1983. They service as senior pastors for a church of over 1000, run a primary school and Bible college.