Wednesday, September 01, 2010

Our One Year Anniversary in Haiti

The month of September has always been a special month of the year for us because it is our wedding anniversary, but now it also marks our time here in Haiti.

As I look back on the year, I see how both of us have grown. Our confidence in God has grown as well as our faith. As I reflect on all the times, He has come through for us. I wish I could say I never wavered or worried about how it would all turn out. God has never let us down.

We have had the opportunity to serve him in so many ways. We began with just simply sharing with others how God opened doors for us to follow Him here. We have been through some financial struggles that brought us to our knees. We have began ministries we knew very little about and are finally feeling confident in the jobs we are doing.

We have lived through disappointments in ourselves and others. We took on the challenge of learning a new language. We tried to love the Haitian people through an earthquake. Bud has learned what the word "degaje" means. He has struggled to find parts, answers, solutions and patience in so many areas.

Bud has unloaded airplane, repaired churches, helped finish a seminary, came along side his co-workers to start a Bible study, worked on engines, generators, cars and young men's hearts.

I have helped with a mobile medical clinic, helped work on the seminary, taught English, shared the Gospel, helped organize a crusade, lead the starfish kids program, helped several teams find their place here in Haiti, and now am leading an English speaking service every Saturday night.

We have both grown in our love for the Lord, our family and our fellow missionaries. I can certainly say we have not done everything right. We have both made a lot of mistakes, but what we both agree on is that God has placed us here for such a time as this.

We want to thank all of you for coming along side us through this journey, especially our family. We certainly could not have done any of it with out our team. We are now leaving on Saturday with the Lord's help, to finish our fund raising. We are coming up short because we came to the field short funded. But just like all the other things I have mentioned God will provide this need as well.

We are looking forward to our next year serving the Lord here in Haiti. Jane