This last week has been pretty uneventful. All of the craziness stopped after the rainy weekend. I can’t even remember what we did…
Oh, on Monday night for small group, we had Johan, the base director of a base in Brazil, share with us. It was really good. He reminded us that we need to be more intentional and focused on the ministry God has called us to here in Port au Prince.
I have been having a bit of a rough time being away from my family this week. I was able to talk to some of them a bit, but as wonderful as Skype is, it’s not as good as actually being there with them. I Skyped with Chris, Christin and Adam the other night. Adam is getting so big! He walks now, he talks more, his personality is growing and changing. And I’m not there to see it. Sarah is graduating from Butler Community College this month, actually she probably already has, and I’m not there to see it. Sarah and my mom had birthdays this month and I’m not there to celebrate with them. I had a really scary dream about my dad and a vehicle and woke up crying at 4:40 am the other day. I couldn’t even go hug him when I awoke and knew that he was safe. I was at the airport last night waiting on some people to get in. This family was standing close to me waiting as well. Finally as people started coming out, a girl came out and I saw this family get all excited. The dad was first in line for a hug with his daughter. I got really jealous and started tearing up.
God has been teaching me that He is big enough to take care of my family. That I need to give up my rights to them. He knows what He is doing having me serve here in Haiti. Ha! even as I’m typing this, listening to worship music on this Sunday morning, the words of the chorus go like this, ‘You’re not alone/For I am here/let me wipe away your every tear/My love, I’ve never left your side/I have seen you through the darkest night/ and I’m the one that’s loved you all your life/ all your life/ faithful and true forever/My love will carry you’ Thank you Jesus, for the reminder!
Today I’m sitting on the balcony under a cloudy sky waiting for Lucy and Peterson to bring our 3 new staff from the airport, along with Lucy’s mom who is staying with them for a little while. I’m excited to have Julia and Karli back here and looking forward to meeting Karli’s boyfriend, Justin.
We are moving the Brazilian team and the new staff over to the Belvil house (another house we’re renting to have more space for teams and staff) tomorrow. Valter is planning several food distributions next week and is hoping to feed around 4,000 children. We’re having a staff BBQ/Christmas party on Wednesday night at the Belvil house. I am looking forward to this very much! There is a pool there that we are looking into filling for that as well. I’m really looking forward to Thursday when I get to go to St. Marc for the Christmas break.
Over the break, us staff are supposed to be praying more into the focuses of the houses we have and where we fit into it. I’m excited to see what happens with that. I’m also excited for more new staff and some old staff to come join us when we start up again January 5th.
I’m sorry I still haven’t put pictures up! I have taken them, it’s just hard to find a good time to upload them because it really bogs down the internet and so many people are on it in the evenings which is when I usually have the time. I’ll try to get them up soon!
I tried to put one on here of my lights, but it wouldn’t upload.