Thursday, February 18, 2010
The U.S. Army has been a huge help to us in the last 2 weeks. We are so behind on updating everyone but God has really been at work here! We wanted to send a quick update to tell everyone that thanks to Captain Perry of the U.S. Army and the prayers of everyone back home, we got the food off of the bus in customs yesterday! It was a long ordeal but tomorrow we will start distributing the 500 boxes of food to the children in the 8 areas where we work.
We will be going to one of the churches in the distant provinces tomorrow to drop off some food. While we are there we will also be taking formula and food to the set of Joy's twins that we relocated. They are doing fine and it will be good to check on them. We will also be stopping by the hospital to pick up the other set of twins. They have been there all week receiving IV fluids after a downturn fighting diarrhea. They are probably going to have to come and stay with us for a while to help the mother care for them during this critical time. We appreciate everyone's prayers for them. We will keep you updated on their progress.
We just want everyone to know that God has opened so many doors since the quake. Everything is different now. We are no longer living at House of Bread. God put in our hearts to take in some children that were orphaned by the quake. In order to do that, we had to look for a new place to live and a place for the ministry. God moved so amazingly! He opened a door for us to be able to find a small rental property that is perfect for our family. It is open and the kids have plenty of room to roam. It is right by the water so it is such a retreat from the stress of our normal day. Our God is so GOOD! We are still in contact with everyone at House of Bread and they are doing good too. We will miss seeing the boys everyday but we are just around the corner and they are doing great too.
We also were able to secure a perfect place for the ministry. It will serve as the headquarters for everything that we do. We will temporarily house some displaced families from PAP during their transition time. We will have a place for the kids we take in as well as rooms for teams to come down to work. It is right here in Montrouis and we are already beginning the process of getting it ready. I can't wait for you all to get to come down and stay with us and help us get it ready to care for the children and babies. We have no furniture, appliances, or even an eating area or kitchen but we know God has a great plan for it and we are so excited. Pray for the families that we will minister too and the children that will come to live there. We are not going to go out looking for them we are praying for God to send the right ones to us. We can't do this on our own. We need your prayers more than ever. An orphanage in Haiti is a huge undertaking but we are proceeding with much prayer and advice from others involved in the ministry here.
We still have to post pictures and updates about the teams that have been here since the quake. Some of our family members have even been able to visit and be a part of the work. Philip has returned to the states to prepare for full time ministry with YWAM in California. He is praying for the transition and needs your prayers and support. We are so excited and proud of him. He helped us so much here and everyone here misses him so much. I have Haitians ask me everyday where Philip is! You can click on his facebook link on the right of this page to find out how to support him. We LOVE you Philip.
Thank you all for your support, prayers, and encouragement. It is exciting for all of us to be a part of God doing a fresh work in the wake of such a tragedy. Keep the people of Haiti in your prayers. Thousands are sleeping in tent villages and the rainy season is quickly approaching. We have several hundred refugees right here in Montrouis and it is not going to be easy for them for a long time to come. Pray we know how to reach out to them and help them start over with their lives. The supplies you sent with Tracy, Toby, Mike, Jennifer, and Dad. They were so much needed. Our kids are still enjoying their gummie bears!