Our house is like Grand Central Station. There are always people there, so much so, that it’s like a revolving door. Last Wednesday, we had seven musicians sitting around our table. It’s always fun to have these guys up to the house because there’s a lot of laughter and teasing going on. That day, Brother Claudin was the object of all the teasing. He’s the one with two plates. He finished his food so quickly that I (Dana) handed him mine. Everyone got a kick out of him eating at such a rapid rate with a spoon in one hand and a fork in the other. Each hand worked simultaneously as he shoveled the food into his mouth at what seemed like breakneck speed.
Afterward, we were rewarded with a beautiful song. 🙂
Cap-Haitian now has a stoplight. In a city and surrounding area of around 900,000, the first and only traffic signal has just recently been set up on the boulevard. It sits right next to the police station. The humorous part about it is that no one even notices it’s there. As usual, everyone rides right through it without a single glance from the policemen standing on the corner. Oh well, as the saying goes, “You can’t teach an old dog new tricks.”
Sunday, there were smiles all around from both the children in our Sunday school classes in Petite-Anse, as well as from their teachers. These photos are their way of showing their thanks. What a joy it is to be here and see the smiles up close, as well as hear the laughter.
I’m having a love/hate relationship with my laptop right now. I guess, at some point, I need to reformat it. After waiting all day to come to town to check my mail (still no internet at home), my screen freezes. If my laptop wasn’t so important, I would have hurled it across the room long ago. Images of sledgehammers and axes pass through my mind accompanied by fiendish laughter. Why am I so frustrated? It’s just a laptop, you say? Much of my work is done on the computer. Having that link between us and the States is crucial. From checking our bank balance to ordering something to be sent down on the mission plane simply involves sending an e-mail. My computer also holds the key to updating this site among a multitude of other things. So, while I love my Mac, at times it becomes a love/hate relationship.
If you are one of those fortunate people enjoying your high-speed internet and everything functions with a simple click, stop and give thanks for your wonderful computer today! And, yes, I’m taking the time to repent and give him thanks for mine as well. 🙂
Brother Enock Massillon and his team have been building a doghouse for our new canines this week. The team was more than happy to take a moment and pose for the camera. I’ve never met a Haitian yet that is ”camera-shy”! They’re doing an incredible job!
Ramz Reynaldo Révéus is 20 years old and a member of our church in Petite-Anse. He is a vital part of our youth group, playing the electric guitar in the worship band and lending his voice in song. He is vivacious and full of life, always learning and making himself a model for our youth by developing his talents. Ramz asked us if we would help him become a distributor for Herbal Life products and we were more than happy to give him a “hand up.” We know that he is going to excel in this new venture because he throws his heart into everything he does. Would you please remember Ramz in your prayers and ask the Lord to bless his new business? With his proceeds, he will be able to finish paying for his school as well as providing for his other needs. With a face like this, how can he fail?
Haiti has a rich culture despite a past that includes an incredible amount of suffering. Haitians are known for their proverbs, which are pithy revelations of how they see life. A common proverb goes, “Piti, piti, zwazo fè nich” — “Little by little the bird builds its nest” which means “Little by little, we accomplish our goals.”
Among the many ministries that are taking place through our work here in Haiti is that of building a church building for the glory of God. We have come to the place where our “tonnelle” is too small. There is such a thing as a “good problem” — it’s good that we are having record growth, but it’s still a problem knowing where to put everyone! At present, we are meeting with an engineer and builders in our church assembly to move forward with building plans.
Would you like to put your hand to this work and help us meet this goal? Please note the barometer on the rehobothhaiti.com site. Your giving would be so appreciated!
We are now the proud owners of three new dogs — two German Shepherds and one Doberman! One day they will be ferocious guard dogs, for security is something that’s very important here! But for now, they’re still puppies that yap day and night! We’re still trying to come up with some appropriate names, but as of this moment, they’re nameless! Perhaps you, our readers, would like to offer some suggestions!