Tuesday, October 16, 2012
Shiftin' and settlin'
Things have been crazy for us the last few months. I don't think I have ever been so sure about what needed to be done yet so unsure how it needed to be done. When we got to the U.S. this summer, Joy and I knew we had some things we needed to do this summer in our family but we did not realize how much help was needed.
God is always moving to direct His children to where they need to be. Through some routine appointments some questions were raised about our boys and some issues they need to deal with. We had some more testing done and it was determined that we needed to get them into a school where they can get into classes to help them. It turns out, those schools are unavailable in Haiti. Once we learned of the results and took into account our previous concerns and reservations we already, we decided that at this point we need to take some time off the mission field and focus on our family.
We tried to go back to NC but felt God was calling us to settle in Ft. Pierce, FL. We are closer to Haiti and able to send supplies and goods more easily. We are also urrounded by 16,000 Haitians in our county here.
God in His providence had these things figured out in advance. Dr. Dennis and Sara are there along with Dr. Tom and his family to continue the work of New Vision. We still have everything going on that we had before. Only the American school will be discontinued. What a huge blessing how God worked that all out.
I want to thank everyone who has sent money in the last few months as we continue to work to reach the Haitians in Montrouis through serving their needs and being Jesus to them. Joy and I will continue to send all donations to Haiti to maintain the work. We are waiting on God to see what He has in store for us this year. I hope to be able to find some speaking opportunities and in the mean time we are getting by on borrowed retirement.
The kids are enrolled in school and doing great. Our biggest obstacle is Justice. Her adoption is not finished and is here on a short term visa. We have applied for an extension but we will see. JP is still in Haiti and living with Dago. Luke and I went down two weeks ago to get some things done and JP is loving living there. We are working on papers for him too but things changed a lot with the new laws on Haitian adoptions. Pray God works that out too.
We are not disappointed with how things are turning out. Instead we are excited to see God work and expand New Vision into much more than just me and Joy. Now we have self supported missionaries living in Haiti continuing the work that God let us start and now we can work on this side of the water to support those missionaries as we get our lives figured out once again.
Welcome to our blog and to our family. We have been involved with working in Haiti since 2005. In 2009 we moved with our family to Haiti to serve as full time missionaries. Three years later we unexpectedly had to move back to the US. We are now doing our part to continue to impact the Haitian people from our home in Albany, GA. Our story is recorded on this blog as a reminder to us and hopefully an inspiration to others to take the leap and do whatever it is you feel God has for you to do. Leave the results up to God. It probably will not go as planned, but the ride is worth it when it is for His glory. Thanks for visiting and we hope to get to know you.