MIAMI - Step off the airplane in Port-Au-Prince, Haiti, and soon after a missionary is likely to be thinking, "What am I doing here?" The second day they'll think, "If I ever get out alive, I'll never come back," and on the third, "I'll never get out, they'll have to bury me here." Finally on the fourth day the shock wears off, and they say to themselves, "When I come back next year."
Joe Mobley attempted to prepare a group of Bluegrass and Indiana missionaries for the culture shock that begins today when their plane touches down. "You're going to get hit by culture shock, I don't care how many times you've been to Haiti," Mobley said. "I've been going since 1979, and I have to deal with culture shock every time."
Soon enough we'll find out first hand what Mobley means. Breakfast is at 3 a.m. The shuttles leave for the airport at 3:30 a.m. By 7 a.m. the flight will take off, and by 9 a.m. the missionaries will come face-to-face with the reality of their situation.