Please keep us and our community in your prayers. May we quickly get back into the swing of mission heads and continue the work here in Grand Goâve and elsewhere in Haiti, as God directs us.
Three weeks, gone!
Wow, to think we have not posted a blog in a month! The last week in Grand Goâve was a rush, as we tried to settle all the outstanding things that needed to be done before we left. We wished to leave the mission feeling secure. We wanted to give Jenny and Deliris enough information to manage the place while we were away. They did very well and we need not have worried – they are smart ladies; very resourceful.
Our three weeks in the States were meant to be two weeks packing up our home and a week of relaxing and visiting friends. We ended up with all three weeks packing. We were able to fit in a trip to our Home Office (CBF), in Atlanta. The last day, Friday 5th Nov, was about 12 hours too short! A lot of rushing around and then very little sleep before we set off to Miami airport for our Saturday morning flight, back to Haiti.
My Dad had come over, from the UK, to help us with our endeavors. Both Brenda and I are truly grateful for him helping us. It would not have been possible to complete all the packing without him. Dad kept it sane, happy and good humored the whole three weeks! A very, very, big thanks to Dad!
Rather than breaking down the three weeks in USA, we thought we could leave it to your own imagination with it summarized in the alphabet.
A is for Airborne, anticipation, action
B is for Boxes, business cards, back home
C is for Charity, Cholera, Commissioning, cool (weather)
D is for Deadlines, decisions, Dad – we have the best Dad ever!
E is for Eating, e-mails, emptying (the house)
F is for Family, finding, focus, fellowship, finishing up
G is for God, good, grateful, generous, garbage pickups!
H is for Hurricane, happy, heavy
I is for impossible, impatient
J is for Jesus, joy, Junk
K is for Keepsakes, Keeping stuff
L is for Long distance worry, letting go, leaving, lack of rest!
M is for music (at our Church), moving
N is for North Stuart Baptist Church, we belong to a loving family
O is for organization
P is for packing, presentations, people
Q is for Questions
R is for Running out of time, requests, responsibility
S is for support, struggle
T is for Time or the lack of it! Treasures
U is for unexpected
V is for vision, Voila! Nou te arrivé a Grangwav
W is for wisdom, welcome home, worship
X is for
Y is for Yesterday – in a blink of an eye it has now passed. What is done is done. We return to Haiti with joy and anticipation for what God has in store for us and the communities around us.
Z is for Zzzzzzzzzzz’s – not enough of them.
We were warmly welcomed, here in Haiti, by our team, at the airport, a very welcome sight. Never to miss an opportunity to be wise with our time we also used the trip to pick us up to pick up the canter truck, that was in PAP for repairs; and I drove the pick-up home!
There is evidence of the hurricane Tomas in our area and on the way from Port au Prince home, to Grand Goâve; but not as much as we had feared. We are blessed that the cholera has not migrated to this area, however, continued prayers and diligent cleanliness remain vital.