What a crazy-fun life this is! Life really is just a big adventure with God. You might as well have fun with it and learn to laugh about things.
DTS staff training started this weekend. We started receiving our DTS staff on Tuesday last week. The first was Phoebe, who had previously spent two 3-month trips here in Haiti. She came from Mozambique straight here. We got two more in on Wednesday and Thursday I think I went to the airport 6 or 7 times. Both days were actually pretty exhausting. For staff training, leadership asked that all of the staff living at Mais Gate move to our Belville house sometime over the weekend.
Phoebe hadn’t been feeling very good all week and was taken to Medishare (a hospital run by the Red Cross and sponsored in part by University of Miami. Also they mostly have American/Canadian/Australian drs that come volunteer their time) on Wednesday night. They did a malaria test which came back negative. She ended up going back to Belville. By Saturday, she was still not doing well. So I was asked to move a little earlier than I planned so I could take her back to Medishare. Long story short, Dani and I ended up staying the night with her there. She was diagnosed with a strand of malaria found in Mozambique. She got progressively worse and was Medevaced out on Sunday afternoon. That might have been the longest night of my life. Dani and I had a pretty good attitude about it. We kept joking about other times we’d been there, like remember the time when I got malaria and had to go to Medishare and Dani ended up throwing up and getting put on oxygen. On the way back from the port-a-potties around 1 am we were singing “I’ve got the joy, joy, joy, joy down in my heart!” It was pretty comical. Or at least we thought so, but we were a little out of it by then. =]
In other news, DTS training has been going well. I was having a bit of a hard time being really excited about it. I was, but I wasn’t at the same time, if that makes any sense. Anyway, I think we have a pretty solid group of staff even if most of us don’t really know what staffing a school is actually like. Sean Murphy, the school leader from the Kona base is awesome and I’m excited to see how God will use him here!
Please be praying that we’ll all mesh together really well. We’ve been doing testimonies today and it’s been really cool to hear how God has drawn each of us to Himself and to come to Haiti.
Some critical needs at the base are a mechanic and an accountant as we’ve been having a lot of vehicle problems and Lucy is getting worn out with accounting. We also really need to have a well dug to be able to have enough water throughout the DTS, and the owner of the house is saying that if it costs over a certain amount, we will have to pay for the whole thing instead of it being taken off our rent next year.
You could also be praying for my back. In addition to my upper back/neck problems, I have been having some intense lower back pain. It makes it very painful to sit up for very long, and to ride in vehicles on these pot-holed, bumpy roads.
Thank you all for your love and support!!! I will try to get more pictures up soon!