Yes, I'm actually in Haiti...but it is for this week only. I am shadowing a videography/photography team from Hank Pro Studios and getting some fantastic on-the-job training. I was able to rent and use the exact equipment that I'm hoping to buy before I go permanently and it's been invaluable to learn the nuances of it and be able to assess it.
This week has had it's ups and downs. We've been working at getting good shots and footage of RMI's many ministries, doing interviews with staff members and getting shots of life in Haiti. Unfortunately it has been raining much of the time. In fact, 35+" has fallen since last Wedneday. In Cayes, the town where I'm staying, there is massive flooding. [Where I'm staying, on the mission center, is on 2 hilltops, so I'm in no danger from the floods.] All along the southern coast I'm hearing reports of bridges out, a lot of flooding, many crops lost (which would have been the first harvest since the hurricane) but only 2 reported deaths. The humidity and wet conditions have played havoc with our equipment and resulted in some lost footage, which of course is discouraging. But this is Haiti and we have to be flexible with both our expectations and our schedules.
Yesterday we were able to go up in the mountains to a well-known waterfall to get footage to show the beauty of Haiti. Then we stopped at a Sister Church to do some interviews. The last time I visited that church was the summer of 2010 when I was an RMI intern. There's so many reasons why this is such a key trip...the learning and gaining experience but also reconnecting with old friends, some of which only knew me as a kids when I was growing up here and some I haven't seen since I was here in 2010.
There is an RMI team in-country right now and we are going to try to get past the mudslide on the main road and make it all the way to the outback where the team is in the village with their partner church. We hear that it is not raining in that area of the country. That's not to say that it's going to be on some rough roads, though, because it's in a very remote area. Hopefully we'll be able to film and men's meeting and a women's meeting, among other things.
Keep praying for me. It's been an intense time and there are still several more days to go. Pray for the rain to stop and that the rest of the time here will go smoothly so we can put together some great videos for RMI. In the meantime, here are a couple of shots of me working.