“Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, rejoice!” Philippians 4:4
I have put off writing this post until I had a good report to give you. We sent a transfer from our bank account to a bank in Haiti to pay for 16 new inverter batteries. It was sent on 10 January (over a week ago), and it’s never yet been verified by the Haitian bank that they’ve received the money — even though the money left our account days ago. Prit has been on the phone with our stateside bank the last two days and we’re waiting to hear back from them (again) concerning the ”whereabouts” of the money.
Our life seems to be constantly ”on hold” in so many ways lately and our prayers have been akin to plowing a hard, unbroken field. Often it takes hours (in this case, days) to get just one thing done and there is always the temptation to just FORGET ABOUT IT and quit in despair.
I know all of you who are reading this have your own moments when you feel like giving up too. Many of you are dealing with your own never-ending issues and, you too, feel like life is ”on-hold.” Because of this, I refuse to wallow in my own sorrow and complain (ok… I HAVE already complained a little). However, I’m making the CHOICE to rejoice and encourage you to do the same. If Paul wrote his most uplifting letters from a prison cell telling us to Rejoice… then I’ll take the high road.
These trials will become our very stepping stones to victory if we let them, and, with the Lord’s help, we’ll learn to push through. I believe Paul told us to rejoice because it’s the trials that shape and strengthen us. Tomorrow I’m going to share another post on “Weathering the Storm”. Pray for us and we will pray for you. Please let us know what you are up against so we can pray more effectively for you. Praying for each other gets our eyes off our own problems. I also hope to have a good report soon concerning our much-needed generator batteries.
Tomorrow, we will be in an early-morning committee meeting, so I thought I’d write this update now. As of tomorrow, 10 January, we will have been in Haiti for 36 years. I will never forget the first time I descended the steps of Eastern Airlines (which doesn’t exist anymore) and seeing the infamous Tonton Macoutes all lined up in a row just below me. They were Duvalier’s henchmen and we would eventually hear horror stories of atrocities they committed in the night – of people who mysteriously disappeared. You couldn’t see their eyes for their dark sunglasses, but their very presence evoked a sense of evil. They all wore blue jean uniforms and held Uzzi submachine guns. The smells of Port-au-Prince instantly hit me and I wondered what this young, naive wife was doing in a place like this.
Since that day, we have been down many roads in Haiti, some treacherous, but most of them joyful. Through it all, he has been our Ebenezer. Isn’t it fitting that we would be surrounded by the young leaders who were trained up in the churches we founded to celebrate this occasion with us?
We thank the Lord for his faithfulness to us and ask for more strength to serve him, more wisdom to lead, and more tenacity to never give up in the years to come. We would covet your prayers as well!
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Pritchard: firstname.lastname@example.org/ 910 703 3098 / Haiti: 011 509 4160 4096
Dana: email@example.com / 910 916 7229 / Haiti: 011 509 4037 5341
John: firstname.lastname@example.org / 910 581 0390 / Haiti: 011 509 4785 9023
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(NOTE: Our stateside #’s do not work when we are in Haiti.)
The last time I wrote a post, we were sitting in the Ft. Lauderdale airport waiting to board Jet Blue. We made it safe and sound to Santiago, but our three-hour delay caused us to miss the bus for Cap-Haitian. However, our wonderful friends, Jim and Teresa White, met us at the airport and took us home with them. They live an hour outside of Santiago and the road there was much like the roads in Haiti. We finally arrived and were so happy to spend precious time with lifelong friends and to see the work they are doing there. Because they live so far out, they were able to get acres and acres of land for a really good price and they took us around their huge property showing us the house Jim built, the huge shop for his woodworking, and the guest quarters upstairs. There are plans for a future discipleship school as well. Our hearts were warmed to see how greatly the Lord is using them, even though they are sorely missed here in Haiti. Much of our friends have moved back home or on to other mission fields and we feel their loss here in this vineyard. Never would we have guessed that we would wake up on New Year’s Day in the Dominican Republic! I went to sleep listening to fireworks and shooting somewhere far off, but I was too tired to celebrate. It felt wonderful to stretch out in a comfortable bed.
After being dropped off at the bus station the next morning, we settled onto the bus and arrived to Cap-Haitian late that afternoon. We were so happy to see our little mission house which still needs so much work. But, that didn’t matter! All we cared about was finally being back home where we knew where everything was. So, having said all that, we will never forget our travels during the New Year season! Happy New Year everyone. May you have your best year ever! Thanks Jim & Teresa for the incredible time we had together.