Travel to Saipan

Friday/Saturday, September 2 & 3, 2016

I left home at 2 am on Friday, September 2, to drive to the Buffalo airport for my trip to Saipan. There was no lineup at the border and the customs agent looked at my papers and was very efficient, so I was at the airport by 3 am, waiting for the United Airlines counter to open so I could check a bag for my 6:50 am flight. The counter opened by 4 am so I checked my bag and cleared customs shortly afterwards.

The 4 flights were tiresome but uneventful and I met my fellow workers in the Honolulu airport as we waited for our flight to Guam. I arrived in Saipan at 7:15 am Saturday morning EST, 9:15 pm, Saturday night. After 30 hours of travel I finally reached the MDS site on the north end of the island.

Including the site director, who was already on the Island, there are 8 people who volunteered to be part of the first group to start building and rebuilding houses in Saipan with MDS.

There is also another group of 6 people with an organization called ‘ World Renew ‘ that is staying nearby and will be working in the area as well.

We are staying in the accommodations for an abandoned radio station that had been cleaned up for us to use. When the project is complete, the government plans to use the buildings for a drug rehabilitation center.

Our accommodations are very simple, but more than adequate.
IMG_2520 (2) (768x1024)

We are in a nice 3 bedroom house.
P1040253 (1024x768)

The house is one of the accommodations at the abandoned radio station just below the house. There is a beautiful view of the ocean from our location.
P1040252 (1024x768)

We were all tired by the time we reached the site, so it didn’t take us long to fall asleep.

5 thoughts on “Travel to Saipan

  1. Glad to hear that you made it safely Ralf.
    God certainly is working through you my friend.
    Mike M., Bill and my self will be looking forward to your posts.
    God Bless

  2. Wow ,that certainly was a short trip,even i was tired ,.so i am sure you also had a
    good rest….@ least the beds look comfy beats tenting eh ?
    looking forward to your next update.
    ciao your Sis

  3. Hi my name is Aaron Adams, found your post I leave for Saipan Nov 25. This really helped me get a feel for what it may be like!!!! Thanks any suggestions???

    1. Aaron,

      I am happy to hear that my journal helped you with your preparation for Saipan. It is a small island with some beautiful locations and wonderful people and I’m sure you will enjoy your time there.
      The weather from November to March is supposed to be much drier than what we experienced, but it should still be very warm. With the warm temperatures, you will need enough clothing for at least one week. We paid $5 for each load of laundry we had washed and dried.

      The accommodations were quite good and we were supplied with almost everything we needed. We were on our own during the weekend, however, we often did some things together. Sunday we all went to Church 360 for a Sunday service.

      You can email me at if there is anything particular you want to know about my time in Saipan.

      All The Best To You.


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s