Thursday, December 11, 2014
We cannot thank you all enough for your prayers. If prayers can move mountains, then surely they can unlock the bureaucracy enough for us to all be together as a family for the holidays. We felt the favor of God on our efforts today in Port-Au-Prince. I will travel back on Thursday to pick the Visa's up and we will be in the air on Sunday, headed for the cold north. It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas.
P.S. Some of you have asked how best to contribute towards the rice Christmas dinner for the people in Haiti. The best way is to go to our website at: www.newgenerationhatiti.org
Sunday, December 7, 2014
We hope you are enjoying all of the snow and cold in the Pacific Northwest.
We wanted to send out a reminder, asking for your prayers. We have a visa appointment for two of our children Tuesday morning, @ 7:00 AM Pacific Standard time. We would greatly appreciate your prayers for favor, granting our children travel visas. Also for traveling to Port-au- Prince and back to the appointment at the US Embassy. We have been working on obtaining visas for almost 2 years. The children have been living with us here in Haiti just short of 2 years. It would be heart breaking to leave them behind as we travel to visit family and friends for Christmas.
We would also like to share a Christmas hope and dream with you. We are hoping you will be able to help us provide each of our 6 churches with (30) 50lb bags of rice, which the churches would be able to distribute to their community, for their Christmas meal. Each 50lb bag of rice costs $25. Most of Haiti still eats only 1 meal a day. It is not uncommon to run into families who eat every other day. Would you reach out and help them have a nice Christmas meal, by donating bags of rice, which we will purchase locally here in Gonaives. It would be a great outreach for our churches.
Thank you so much for your prayers and help with providing a Christmas meal.
Tuesday, December 2, 2014
Hope all of you had a nice Thanksgiving. We had a nice thanksgiving meal here minus some of the ingredients :) We had a house full, as I know some of you did.
Many of you have been asking if and when we have a visa appointment for the two children we are trying to adopt. Yes we finally do have one. Praise God! It is on December 9th and we would really appreciate your prayers for a favorable response. The children have been living with us as part of our family for almost two years. It would break our hearts to not be able to bring them back to visit with our family. We had been trying to apply for an earlier appointment, but we have been told that they are reserved for emergency visas, and that it would not help if we just showed up and waited for an opening from a cancellation. In faith we have already purchased their airline tickets. So December 9th is the date and we would greatly appreciate your prayers.
Last Sunday Mike was blessed with the privilege of becoming a Godfather of one of our cooks little girl. Our cook Elemen has been with us since the beginning of the ministry and she asked Mike if he would be the Godfather at her daughter's dedication.
This Sunday I also am being blessed with the privilege of becoming a Godmother of David's little baby, David is one of the witch doctors that came to the Lord in Pass Rien. You may remember my story about painting his house. His life has been such a witness to others in Pass Rien. Many of the witch doctors struggle to find another source of income, after surrendering their previous life style to Jesus. David has been blessed to find a driving job for a Dominican road construction company here in Gonaive. It has been wonderful to watch his transformation into a loving father and husband. He has also gone to the church leaders and expressed his desire to be married. I continue to be amazed that God chooses to allow us to be involved in this community.
Tomorrow I get to fill in teaching an English class in the community. The Haitian man who usually teaches the class is going to be out of town. It is a great class as he offers it as a community outreach. There are about 35 students of all ages in the class. It is held in a little church around the corner from us. Again, I would appreciate your prayers as it will stretch me a bit.
Thank you for coming along side of us, we do really count on you.