Mariann heads to Haiti tonight. The first leg of her journey takes her to Ft. Lauderdale to meet up with the other missionaries and then on to Haiti. Today she is spending the day gathering up her last minute supplies (beans and rice to take to the Haitians) and to pack her bag to go. had a little glitch in the last payment for her trip, but we figured it out and all is set.
I am going to do a lot of praying for her in Haiti. This is a tough trip for anyone, and she is so young. But this trip was in her heart and it worked out the way it was supposed to.
My group Silent Hands was asked to perform at 2 churches and their support helped Mariann a lot. At one church there were only 25 people there, and they gave of their heart - over $200! There were exactly 4 people in her home church that helped out, and for that we are grateful, but it is disappointing that we have a large church and so little support.
(If you know of a youth that would like to go on a Mission Trip with other teenagers, check out http://www.globalexpeditions.com/ Global Expeditions has been sending youth to over 30 countries for 20 years or more. Brandon has been on 2 trips - both 2 months long. This will make Mariann's 5th trip since she was 16 - some 2 weeks, some a month long. She has done fundraising and works at McDonald's to help pay for these trips)
She will be heading to Colorado Springs in late April-early May. She was given the gift of house sitting for the fiance of one of our best friends. The plans have not been finalized, but I think she is ready to travel away from this area. There isn't a lot to hold her here, and she does need to get out and meet new people and see new areas. Brandon and his wife are out there, so she will have family. And of course, after Stacy gets married Mariann will have her out there.
I am hoping to go back to the churches with Silent Hands to perform again and let Mariann tell of her experiences in Haiti. This will be the last time Mariann will be able to sign with our group.