Friday, January 17, 2014
We wanted to thank each of you for praying for us, as we traveled home to Haiti. We are safely back. And, we are settling in again. It is amazing the amount of dust on everything after only 1 month. Dust is even visible on the sheers covering the windows, the sheers help keep bugs out of open doors and windows and still let air and sunlight in. Greg and his son Mac flew out with us and will be here until the end of the month. Greg stayed with Mike for a month last winter before the children and I arrived in February. They both are a huge help around the children's village and are also great at relating to everyone here, both children and staff members.
Our daughter Rebecca and her son are still here in the children's village. They have been here since mid-November. Becca's husband Andy, flew out from Seattle on Christmas day to join them. Andy's parents Rick and Deena also are here with us. The children are enjoying spending time with them.
Besides the women's inductive and deductive bible study teaching that Becca is doing, she has had a heart for the children aging out of orphanages. Most of the world's orphans have to leave their orphanage at the age of 16. In Haiti we have been able to stall off until they are 18. We currently have two children that are in that situation, and will have two more before next fall. All of them are trying to finish high school and need a few more years to have the education or job skills necessary to support themselves and a possible future family. We do not want to send these children out into the streets and so have been stalling off. Andy joined Becca and their son here in Haiti, with the intention of finding a house they could fix up allowing them to provide transitional housing for these children. Andy also has taught business and micro savings and loan classes here in Haiti. He would like to do more business training. So they have been praying, looking and praying again. God has been moving amazingly. Today they signed papers on a home. They will take possession of this home July first. We are so excited, along some of the other ministry's we are in relationship with here in Haiti. God is so very good!
We have another exciting event happening here. Charity one of our prayer partners felt like she was to give each child in the children's village a special gift. One that fit each child in particular. She has had family and friends join in and help her to bless each one of the children. She brought the gifts to us before we left, so that we could bring them back to Haiti with us. When we were unpacking the gifts I felt like we were supposed to bring each child into our home individually to receive their gift and spending time praying for them. We have been in this process for two days now and are only half way done passing out the gifts. What a blessing this has been. There has been many different emotions displayed. The older boys in particular have been touched, some to the point of tears. The gifts have been a catalyst to their hearts. I believe God is doing amazing things with the children internally. I am excited to see what some of the fruit will be. Mike,our daughter Becca, Deena and I have been praying for them. Please pray that as we continue to give out the gifts and pray that God will really touch, heal and bless the children.
Tonight between praying for the children, Nathan called from Pass Rein and said that the people in church asked if instead of Nathan or Mike preaching this Sunday, I would be willing to share. I was surprised to say the least. I had finished Mike's sentence with Becca's name. So I have a HUGE prayer request, would you please pray for me, as this is not in my normal scope of ministry. I do share scripture and words occasionally, but I have never given the message in church before. I really would appreciate your prayers. In thinking about it, I am reminding of a quote I have shared with you before. " God does not call the equipped, he equips the called."