But I know that we’re always sisters and can always count on each other to pray for the other one. We hung out Friday night, went with the DTS to the beach on Saturday, hung out with Hana and Keturah in the evening, (something that we talked about was how my joy has been restored and so Sarah decided that I should be called Leah-Joy, and I like it. So anyone can feel free to call me that) made chocolate chips for breakfast on Sunday for us as well as Hana and Keturah, then Sarah showed me a couple of dances she choreographed that are so good! We had a powerful time of prayer right before I left with two of our students, Marguenite and Berline to go back to Port au Prince.
These last couple of weeks have been extra crazy! I feel like we’ve just been going, going, going!
Last week, Omy, the base director for YWAM Santo Domingo, came and spoke about dignity and integrity. I think it was really powerful for the Haitians to hear some of the things she had to say. Haitians and Dominicans have the same thinking about a lot of things, so some of the insight she had on wrong ways of thinking were really good.
Team Somewhere finally has a somewhere! For the first week, while I’m in Wichita, my team will be going to Jacmel, which is in the south western part of Haiti. When I get back on September 13, we will head to the Dominican Republic to work with Omy at the base in Santo Domingo for 2 weeks, then we will head to Azua for 2 weeks to help the Gephardts as they pioneer a YWAM base . After that, we’re not exactly sure where we will go. We’re still trusting the Lord to lead us to the right contacts. Everyone is very excited to begin the outreach phase of this incredible journey!
I feel like this time really snuck up on me! Last weekend, I got to go to St. Marc to spend some time with Sarah Gilman and the rest of the people up there. It was probably the last time I will get to see Sarah before I go home again in November. I’m heading home for Sarah and William’s wedding, when I get back we immediately leave for outreach to the DR, then the St. Marc DTS leaves for their outreach in Panama, we come back for debrief and graduate the DTS, they come back and debrief and I leave. It was very hard and sad to say goodbye to my pi bon zanmi (best friend) in Haiti!
My brother, Chris, came with a group from his church, Crossway Church, on Monday to work with a couple different ministries in Haiti. I got to go to the airport and meet them, help calm their slightly frazzled nerves (which is normal to have for first-timers), then I took my brother with me to spend the night at our house. It was so weird, but really good to see him and have my two worlds collide! I think he really enjoyed getting to meet the people I’ve worked and lived with, some for over a year. We had some time for our team to work on dramas for our outreach, have some time sharing testimonies, and talk over a few things about outreach. I had to take Chris back to his team on Tuesday, and since the ministry they are working with is in Croix-des-Bouquets, I decided to take him by Lifeline so he could see where I first fell in love with Haiti. I showed him around and got to see all the kids. I was able to talk to Nicole for a little while as well. They are adding on another classroom to the building where the girl’s dorm and classrooms are to be the classroom for the little kids. For those of you that go to Lifeline, I just know you’re dying to know how the kids are! Everyone seemed to be doing well. I didn’t see any sick kids and they all said everything was going well. I took my brother to Salem Orphanage, where they are working this week. It was also really good to get to see other people from his church that I know, Andrea, Lori, AnnElise, Jessica and to meet Larry and ???, and also to meet Rhonda Ledbetter who’s ministry they are working with. I was sad to say goodbye to him, but I get to see him again this weekend.
I had a great evening hanging out with Jenessa, Jesselyn and Erika. We prayed together before we went to bed. It’s so weird to think about not seeing most of the people I’ve lived with for the last 3-3 1/2 months for another 2 months. So sad! BUT I cannot wait to hear about all the stories that God does for everyone on outreach!!
I’m so happy to be home and get to see all the people I love so much!!! My mom, Sarah, William and my very prego bestie, Hannah came to pick me up at the airport. Yay, my mom!!! It’s so weird to see Hannah pregnant, because I’ve known her my whole life, but not ever with a giant baby bump! I really felt like she had one of those blow up baby bumps under her shirt at first. When we left, we went to see my dad at work after Mom had told him I was tired. I snuck up on him and scared him and the guy he was working with! So good to see my Daddy!!!
I’m so excited to be here for Sarah and William’s wedding! I get to see all kinds of friends and family!!!
Silly me, I forgot my American cell phone in Haiti, but Chris is bringing it with him on Friday, I believe!