Thursday, February 24, 2011

I read this in the newspaper last week and thought I would share it, as it is as
applicable today as it was in 1577.

Disturb us, Lord, when
We are too pleased with ourselves,
When our dreams have come true
Because we dreamed too little,
When we arrived safely
Because we sailed too close to the shore.

Disturb us, Lord, when
With the abundance of things we possess
We have lost our thirst
For the waters of life:
Having fallen in love with life,
We have ceased to dream of eternity
And in our efforts to build a new earth,
We have allowed our vision
Of the new Heaven to dim.

Distrub us, Lord, to dare more boldly,
To venture on wilder seas
Where storms will show Your mastery;
Where losing sight of land,
We shall find the stars.

We ask you to push back
The horizons of our hopes:
And to push back the future
In strength, courage, hope, and love.
This we ask in the name of our Captain,
Who is Jesus Christ.
Sir Francis Drake

WoHOO! Finally photos of our uniforms to share!

These are uniforms from our Peru school!!!!!!!!

These are uniforms from our Marose school!!!!!!!!!!!
The photo is actually our orphanage children :)
Thank you!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Saturday, February 12, 2011

This is the outside of building two, boys shower and bathroom, food depot, kitchen, dinning room, laundry, clothing and storage depot, generator room, and the office.

This is the outside of building one, the children's rooms.

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

We received our beds for the children! They came complete with Mosquito netting and bibles. Notice the Caribbean blue walls and our splashed concrete floors.
Don't they look great. We are so excited for the children, many have never slept in a bed EVER! Building # 2 is being painted as I write this. We are hoping building #3 will be finished by the March team trip! Thanks so much for all of your support to
help make this happen for the children.
Blessings, Blessings and more.


Finally our beds are here for the orphanage.

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Our tye-dying efforts,kind of wild but turned out great:)

Please continue to lift this boy (from one of our communities) up in prayer. We believe his healing will be made complete and one day soon he will walk and run with the other children.

Our Peru school eating food that we received from Feed my starving children.

The children look forward to letters from sponsors and team members that they have developed relationships with.

Haiti's version of jacks, one of the girls favorite pastimes.

Caitlin doing "nails" one of the girls favorite things to do with us.

A rats nest in a tree in Peru, Haiti. When birds land near the top of the nest to check it out, the rats tunnel up and get them. Very creative.

Assembling the benches in Haiti, that the team here built last fall.
This is Chris writing. I wanted to let all of you know that we have arrived home safe
and sound and with no missed, late or changed planes. Second trip in a row. Never before has this happened maybe we are setting a new pattern :) We had an awesome trip.
The team consisted of just 4 of us this time. We usually have about 10. The March trip already has 15 committed and paid team members. The smaller size of the team allowed us to do some things that a larger group would not have been able to do, like walk through the town and markets a couple of times and shop for the orphanage. Jeremy shared some of the trip highlights, but I would like to add a few more.
Besides the healing of the blind girl, Nathan also prayed for his cousin over the phone who was wheel chair bound. After about 20 minuets his cousin was able to get up and walk, very exciting. Praise God!!!
In Peru after the weddings(which I enjoyed, I love being a part of other cultures)we hiked a couple of miles down the road to a deeper part of the river to do the baptisms. We had a full band with us marching along. The parade kind of collects people from the community as it goes along, so there was quite a large gathering by the time we reach our destination.It is a pretty good witness and testimony to the rest of the community. After wards we returned to the church for the last night of a 7 evening revival held in Peru. There were salvations and healings. Mike prayed for a young boy (maybe about 9 or 10 years old). The boys legs were deformed and he was crippled and unable to walk. Not much seemed to happen that night that we could see. I felt like we were supposed to pray for him again the next day. So the next day we visited our school in Peru and handed out snacks, backpacks and gave the school some supplies. Then we asked where the crippled boy lived? We were told and walked to his
home. We prayed again for awhile and then went back to the school. About an hour later the boy and his mother came hobbling up to the school to find us. He was slowly walking with her support. It was not a complete healing but some none the less. I sat with my hand on him and quietly prayed until we had to leave. Mike and
I have been prompted by God to pray for him ever since. I am believing for complete
healing for him before Mike goes back in March. I cannot wait to hear how he is doing. Please join with us and lift him up in prayer. Haiti is such a hard place to
live I can not even imagine how much harder and hopeless it would be for someone who is handicapped.
I had been told before I left that I would be sharing while in Haiti. It did not look like I had thought it would, but I did share some at the pastors conference,
and with our Good Shepherd pastors, and in church Sunday evenings. The rest of the team also shared at church in the evening. God loves to stretch us.
We also did some interviews for nanny's and a director for the orphanage. We have hired the director and it looks like we have two who will work for the nanny positions, possibly a third :) We do need more though, so we would appreciate your prayer for this hugely important need to be met. We also have some others that we will be hiring for laundry, cleaning and cooking helpers.
We were also able to spend some time with Nathan on vision. In May we will be having a teaching conference for our Pastors association. We will have a team of pastors
from around here that will be going with Mike to teach. Also Nathan would like to have a youth conference. He believes we will be able to have between 500 to 1000 youth come. It will be both a teaching and encouragement for the christian youth and an evangelistic outreach to the youth that do not have a personal relationship with Christ. It will also involve worship. So we would also appreciate your prayers for
the planning of this event. We are hoping to be able to have the conference in September. Super exciting.
Well I know this is a very long update, I appreciate all of you who have read through it, we really are thankful for your prayers. Many, many Blessings,