My last post included a vital prayer request for rain. Yesterday morning, we looked outside and the rain was lightly falling. We were so excited, we ran outside only to discover it had already stopped. The light shower only lasted for 5 minutes! It didn’t take long for the merciless heat to catch back up. Fortunately, our AC was installed in our bedroom yesterday. Now, we’re pricing AC’s in town, hoping we can get a few more installed. On that note, we continue to ask for your prayers for more rainfall.
John’s first few days in Haiti were rough. For some reason, he couldn’t keep his food down. Fortunately, he’s feeling much better today. We’re thankful for that, especially since it’s his first day teaching in the Bible institute. Perhaps adapting to the heat, the stress of preparing his first 3-hour class in French and Creole, and eating foreign food conspired together to break him down. Happily, he’s teaching as I type and I know he would appreciate your prayers for him.
Our house has been a bustle of activity since we returned. Desperately needing room for storage, we have a team of 8 behind our house constructing a much-needed depot. One of our Bible school teachers is on the front porch using the photocopier to make books for Bible school classes. There’s just no room inside for him to work. Anuz is outside plucking the poor, unfortunate chicken she just killed. This will be tomorrow’s lunch.
Next door, part of the construction team has gone ahead and started tearing down the back porch of the smaller mission house. In time, they will reconstruct a beautiful place where our teams can gather together to pray, strategize, fellowship, and eat. In the meantime, it will be a sort of “holding tank” for many of our belongings we brought with us from our previous house. After the needed work is done on the inside, we can begin to move furniture and other items inside.
Do you have a work team that would like to come to Haiti and help our ministry? We have many projects that need attention, both on this compound and on the other church plant sites. If you’re not able to come to Haiti, perhaps you would like to help fund one of the projects. This would serve the two-fold purpose of keeping the work going as well as providing people with jobs. There is nothing like seeing the face of an eager dad showing up for work, knowing he’s going to have something in his pocket at the end of the day to take home to his family.
I’m continually amazed at the willingness of our brethren to work hard for their pay. The Haitian people are not lazy and only want a chance to put their hand to the task. You have probably figured out by now that it is our passion to provide them with employment.
Thank you for your continued prayers for us and, of course, for rain!