Saturday, November 21, 2009

Thanksgiving Dinner




Thanksgiving in Haiti

It is hard to believe that it is Thanksgiving, It was not long ago that we were rushing around getting ready to come. We have so much to be thankful for. First of all for our Lord and Savior and how He is faithful and just even when we are not. I think back to how many times I was not faithful and just in my actions and it makes me sad.

We are so thankful for our family. God has blessed us beyond our expectation. Our daughters have made us so proud and now God has added to our original family in ways that bring us more blessings. Our children are wonderful to us and bring us great joy.

We are thankful for the way God is providing for us. When we came here we knew that things would be tight because we had not raised all of our needed support yet God through his people has blessed us. We are learning more and more how to trust Him, even for the little things.

We are learning language and how to live in another culture. Our language is coming along. We are now spending three hours a day in language class. Recently, I had the wonderful experience of sharing the Gospel in Creole as I walked through the streets of Haiti with some of our seminary students.

For the next few weeks I am helping the teachers of Cowman school with the children's Christmas play. I feel like I am back home at Grace Church.

Bud is still doing his job; fixing things and trying to make things last a few more years. It is a never ending battle. Parts are so hard to get but he keeps plugging away.

The seminary is going well. We have two volunteers here who are working so hard to get things done so we can open in January. We also have two Haitian men who have been amazing in what they have accomplished. God is blessing.

We have our discouraging days as well. Since we have been here we have had things taken twice. Once before we arrived, (they were things were taken that we had placed in our home earlier) and this past week we had some money taken. It has happened to everyone I guess but we are not used to living with constantly having to hide things.

We had a team here before we left from Florida and Illinois and not only were they a blessing to us while they were here, they have continued to bless us from the states. Boxes arrived yesterday with lots of supplies we needed. Others helped us with expenses to go home to the mission conference we had to attend last month.

We know that God has placed all of you in our lives, as prayer partners, supporters, ministry contacts, as well as friends and family, and you have enriched our lives greatly. Thank you all for being there for us.
Praise God for bringing you into our lives. Happy Thanksgiving

Friday, November 06, 2009

MONDAY WE RETURN TO HAITI

It is very difficult to leave our family, I wish we could pack them up and take them with us. We are anxious to get back to our duties in Haiti. We know that this was not the best time for us to be leaving the field, but the status of our funding made it necessary. We praise God for his faithfulness. We have new prayer and support partners and once again we have met many new friends. It is always a pleasure to share what God is doing in our lives and the lives of the Haitian people. Next week we will be catching up with everyone about how things are going in Haiti. We are all asking if there is anyone who is available, with handyman skills or likes to clean to get a hold of us. Our seminary is scheduled to open in January and we still have so much to do. We had teams scheduled to help, but some unforeseen circumstances has change things. If you are able to come to Haiti or would like further information please contact us. For now I would like to share some pictures of our family.

Keep in mind there are 8 grandchildren missing