(Note: Fuller Center communications specialist Leah Gernetzke is accompanying a work team in Haiti to document their journey. She is sending blog entries when she can get internet access. This first entry is from Saturday, Sept, 3.)
“I forgot my lipstick!”
It was 6 a.m. and the shuttle from the hotel to the airport was driving through the parking lot when Beverly Black, the Fuller Center’s Director of Donor Development, made this exclamation. Never mind that we were traveling to Haiti that day – the woman needed her lipstick.
Laugh if you will, but I believe this exclamation in the early morning hours, when I could barely think, revealed her character – the character of a woman who leaves not even the tiniest detail untouched or unaccounted for. The character of a person I’m glad to have as on our Global Builders trip to build homes for those in need in Haiti.
We eventually made it out of the parking lot, past security and through our first flight. Two hours later in the Miami airport, Beverly and I met the rest of our 11-member group, which is especially unique not only because a majority are African-American women, but also because of their diverse backgrounds and professions, which range from a math professor to a pastor to a few business women who own and run companies and, of course, our Fuller Center ambassador and HGTV star Kimberly Lacy. All of these women without exception are extremely smart, gifted and capable.
And all greeted each other at the Miami airport with hugs, despite the fact that most had never met before. But they all have a common goal that binds them together: When the trip was still in the planning stages, these women named themselves the “quest sisters,” seeking to join forces in order to help put an end to poverty housing.