I sat down to write an update earlier this week, but I couldn’t reign in my thoughts enough to put any words together. We’ll see how it goes today.
First of all, I missed birthdays of Chris and Kim since the last time I wrote. They are both very special to me and it hurts my heart to not be there on special days for special family events. But I know it is ok. If I can get baby Brenlyn to wait like 2 days from her due date (and get Kim’s cooperation) (actually more like God’s cooperation, ha) I will actually be around for her birth.
Anyway, this week has been such a blessing being around the 3 Haiti outreach teams. I’ve had some good heart-to-hearts with good friends that I’ve missed; seen the unity that was built in that bel kay (beautiful house) that we became a family in. We had communion with our Saviour, dedicating this ministry, this house, this land, this city of Azua to God. I’ve spoken and heard more Crenglish (Creole/English spoken together in a sentence) than I have in about a month. It makes my heart happy.
Our team read Colossians together out loud the other day. It was a bon bagay (good thing). We discussed each chapter as we finished it. God showed us all many good things. One thing that really stuck out to me that I want to be true in my life like it says at the end of 2:7 “overflowing with gratitude.” I want that for my life. I think gratitude and thankfulness are expressions of joy. I want to overflow with the joy of the Lord!! He has done so much in my life; I often wonder why I’m so ungrateful much of the time. I actually would like to make a physical change to declare and dedicate myself to have joy in my life. I’d like to add Joy to my name making it Leah-Joy. It’s kind of weird to think about adding onto my name after 25 years, but I feel like it’s something God wants me to do as well. I know how hard it is to start calling someone by a new name after knowing them for a long time, so it’s not a big deal if you still call me Leah.
Many people have asked me what is next for me. I tell them I’m going home November 17th, but I don’t know much beyond that. My dad has talked to a lady I’ve done some yard work and odd jobs for to see if she might have anything for me when I get back. My mom has somehow convinced me to make pumpkin rolls again this year to sell for the Christmas holiday. So let me know if want to order any! On another note, as I was talking to some people about spending some time at home, I realized I don’t have a car. Whatever possessed me to sell my car last year, I don’t know, but now I’m slightly regretting that decision. Sharing a cars with my parents doesn’t really sound like the most fun thing in the world, no offense, Mom and Dad. So if anyone hears of a good deal on a car, please let me know! I am really looking forward to some time to rest and process the last year + of my life. I would love to take a few days to just chill out before everything gets crazy with the holidays and everything. Something else I’m praying about is to spend most of January and February at Lifeline helping Emily get settled in there. For me to do that, it will be about $1300 for the two months. If you feel led to support me in that, please let me know!
Our team was supposed to leave Thursday to go to Santiago, but our contact, Marguerita was having a hard time finding us a place to stay. But things have been figured out and we left Azua today. It is sad to leave all the other teams, but we’re excited to go to a new location and see what the Lord has for us there. I am not sad to leave all the mosquitoes and biting gnats behind. Now we are staying at the beautiful YWAM house and training center here in Santiago. Such a blessing and can’t wait to see friends we made last time we were here at church tomorrow!