Thursday, December 27, 2012

Patience

Kayla and Sandra
Merry Christmas! I know I'm a couple of days after the fact, but I pray Christmas goes on in our hearts every day. The last few days, we've been singing Christmas carols around the house, and lately, our younger girls have been also singing, "Jesus loves me" in Creole. "Jezi renmen mwen... Bib la di mwen konsa." For one, I'm glad they're paying attention and picking up on the language even while we're still in the States. But it has also been a reminder that I'm getting impatient. I can't wait for when my girls can be singing that song alongside of Haitian kids. I can't wait until the kids can be learning the language by immersion. I can't wait until I'm done preparing to go and can actually get to the going... I am impatient.
Our lives are not just about the destination. It is equally about the journey. But we get so impatient with the journey that we're rarely fully prepared for the destination even by the time we get there. And patience is not an easy thing to teach. It's something that you just need practice doing. In our society, we have gotten out of practice in this area. Everything is immediate. If it's not, we move on, not "wasting" our time waiting. What's more, is that the times when patience is practiced, it is motivated by selfish reasons. Sure, we'll wait outside of Walmart for hours, so that we can get the best deals for Christmas, but we get frustrated waiting 15 minutes for someone to show up to our appointment.
As I look at 1 Corinthians 13, Paul chose to begin describing love by saying, "Love is patient..." Patience should be a regular practice in our relations with each other. I read in a book by Henry Cloud (I believe it was called "9 Things You Absolutely Must Do") that one of the principles you should live by in life is to NOT play fair. At first, my reaction was to scowl. Dr. Cloud describes a business deal gone wrong where the other party said something to effect of "Do your part and I'll do mine. Don't mess with me and I won't mess with you. But if you cross me, you'll be sorry." Sounds pretty typical and it's fair. Jesus calls us to be unfair. Even when the other person messes up, that's when they need you to hold up your end and then some. God demonstrates this in His promises to us. We've been going through the Old Testament the last few weeks at our home church and seen God's desire to redeem us, in spite of the fact that we continually mess things up! God still always upholds His end of the covenant/promise and then more. He is patient with us. He also calls us to be patient with each other.
As a parent, I realize I need to give my children opportunities to practice being patient - and to practice being patient for others. That's not easy. It's easier to give in quickly so that they stop complaining or whining or whatever. But if we do, we're setting them up for failure. They need to learn (just as I do!) that we're not on our own time, but on God's. Sometimes He hurries us along, and sometimes He requires us to wait. Teach them that life is also about the journey to the destination and not just the goal. What is God teaching them? What is God teaching you? He is teaching me that I am not as patient as I thought I was...

Thursday, December 13, 2012

Nature of the Work

It occurred to me the other day that we had not yet posted what our involvement in Haiti would look like. Granted, some of that was a timing issue. However, for those who know us well, our involvement won't be any surprise. Cathi and I have been involved with Compassion International for a number of years, sponsoring, as well as being advocates for child sponsorship. It was through our work with Compassion that we really started seriously praying about future involvement in missions. Cathi enrolled in a nutrition degree with the mindset of missions work with impoverished children. That stemmed from our involvement in Compassion. As I started seminary, we would often talk about our dream would be to someday work with Compassion overseas - Cathi would help in the nutrition aspect of things, while I worked with local pastors, doing training and being a shepherd for them.
Ironically, as we got to Nehemiah Vision Ministries, we discovered that all the kids in their school (around 300) are part of a child sponsorship program. The program started a while back and has been facilitated by someone in the States, but has recently grown to a point where they need someone on the ground in Haiti who has hands-on administration. In the same orientation of NVM, we also learned that pastoral training had begun to take place since February of this year. Many pastors from the surrounding areas come to NVM for biblical training, encouragement, and support. Recently, they are planning to expand this aspect of the ministry to include a partnership with a dozen local churches. The partnership will extend beyond just pastoral training to include helping with building projects and plugging short-term missions teams into these churches to help them continue to grow and minister to their communities. Both of these roles hit at the heart and passion that God had placed in us already. To hear that NVM was not only doing these things, but also had a need for help in these areas sparked what was to be the beginning of our interest in partnering with them.
In addition to these neatly packaged roles, are those things that aren't so easily expressed. I would also be a pastor to the American staff there, as well as for those short-term missions teams. How that will exactly look is uncertain, though the need is there. Likewise, with the number of teams that go down every year, there is plenty of work to be done to coordinate for those teams. We would also assist the Missions Team Coordinators in whatever way possible in that area. Cathi's administrative skills will undoubtedly be used in other areas and I dream of being able to follow-up and connecting those who commit to Christ through our short-term teams. The reality is that there is plenty of work to do, and we're eager to get to it!
Hopefully this gives at least a glimpse into how we feel God is leading us to be used in Haiti and aids you in how to pray for us. Thank you again for your support.

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Some answers and then more questions

This last week, we found out that the house we worked on while we were in Haiti ("Bâttisons") is where we will be living when we move there. It's been encouraging to have a picture (or several of them) of where we will be living - to be able to point to something with even a fraction of certainty. Interestingly enough, the same day that we found this out, we also met with a local realtor to talk about selling our house. At first, we had high hopes and were hearing good news. Today, however, the news turned more into, "we can't afford to even sell our house." Such an ironic statement, if you ask me. So, in the face of that, we have to lean on what we know. We know that God has called us to move to Haiti. The road to get there is proving to be one of trial and testing. There have been and will be plenty of excuses why not to go. It's inconvenient. Raising the support will be hard... and on and on. And it seems there are many people who rely on present circumstances to let them "know" what God's will is for them.
This last week in church, we looked at the continuing "story behind the story", going through the Old Testament, looking at the patriarchs of the faith and how their lives are God's story of redeeming His people. Abram was told to pick up and go, without a destination. He obeyed and was blessed. God made him a promise that Abraham would not see in his lifetime. Isaac would no see it in his lifetime. Jacob would not it in his, nor Joseph. It wasn't until generations later that God's promise to Abraham would begin to unfold. Yet each of these men were faithful to God and trusted in that promise. If Joseph had let circumstances dictate his response, he would have likely turned from God early in his life. But he had heard from God, knew His voice, trusted Him, and followed relentlessly, despite the turmoil that ensued.
God has made it clear where He wants us. I have no idea how everything will work out - only that it will and it will be in His timing and not in mine. And believe me, there are times that I have to force myself to say that. But I believe that as we are faithful to Him, He is even more faithful to us.

Sunday, December 2, 2012

The Beginnings...

This last week has been one of many emotional ups and downs. We've begun to sell things we know we can't take with us (which is nearly everything) and which we don't truly need right now. That included a home gym, treadmill, a drum set, desktop computer... so along with that, came the emotions of giving things up. On one of things, it's difficult and sad, in some respects, to give these things up. On the other end, it's also been freeing. It's also one step closer to our move to Haiti: one less thing that we have to worry about, one less thing holding us back. Soon enough, those things will become more significant (car, house), but still one more step in the direction God is leading us. Thankfully, God is also using this as a means to provide for us financially through these days and weeks. We expected this money to help us raise funds for the move, but current finances are such that the money from selling this stuff is helping us get by. God always provides.
Through these physical steps to get ready to go, as well as in conjunction with the physical preparation, there is spiritual and emotional preparation taking place to prepare us for where God wants us. Along with the physical things we don't need to take with us, there are emotional and spiritual things that are being identified that we don't need to take with us, either. So, we're cleaning house in all aspects of the phrase!

Friday, November 23, 2012

Decisions

Upon our return from Haiti, Cathi and I sat down with our kids within that first week back and talked about what we had done and what we felt God telling us through people, experiences, and in our prayer time. We let them ask questions and share what their thoughts and feelings were about everything, as well. When we had discussed, each member of the family wrote a simple "yes" or "no" on a piece of paper and put it into a basket. The question was whether God was telling them that our family belonged in Haiti. Our family came back with a unanimous "yes"! The decision then, really becomes whether we will obey and follow where God is leading us.
While we were in Haiti, during our last meeting with Pastor Pierre, we had reached the same unanimous decision between Cathi, myself, and the NVM staff. This was a confirmation of what God was doing in us already. Pastor Pierre, after confirming that the Ortiz family belonged in Haiti, said that this was evident in the way God was moving, and as a result, we were deciding to follow His leading and step in faith and obedience to that. Tomorrow we may feel like we don't want to do this, or next month, something may happen to make us doubt, but we needed to remember that moment that we had all confirmed that God was speaking to us and giving us a direction. Wise words. I took them home with me and shared them with my children after we had our moment of confirmation around the dinner table. To know this is how and where God is leading us is not to say that this will be an easy ride. There will be difficulty, there will be heartache, there will be struggles. But we can look back and know that we are in God's will and we'll continue to move forward in that.
Since talking with our children, we've been on the phone, talking with family members to tell them of the news, as well as I've met with staff from our church to let them know, as well. We're so grateful for the support we have in them, as well as in you, who are reading this. Thank you for that support. Thank you for praying with us as we sought God's will for our family. Please continue to lift us up in prayer as we make this transition (and as we serve in Haiti!).

Monday, November 12, 2012

Haiti: reality check

Today I had the much-awaited pleasure of helping in the clinic with the nutrition program.  Earlier this year, the clinic staff realized there were some young children who needed more than medical help - they need food.  They started a program with a small group of children to offer this extra care.  There are some supporters in the states who contribute to the nutrition program, providing milk, rice and beans, and "plumpy nut" - a miracle food made from peanut butter that literally saves lives.

The children in the program come to the clinic, and wait for their name to be called.  When called, they come into the clinic.  Each child is weighed, measured for length, and has a measurement for head, arm, and leg circumference taken.  Their temperature is also taken.  This is all documented for record-keeping.  The past visits are compared to the current visit to see if the child is growing and gaining weight.  If so, the parent is praised for their good work.  If the child lost weight, questions are asked: Have they been sick? Are they eating? Are they sleeping?  Have they had diarrhea?  With these questions, the staff tries to get an idea of what is going on at home with the baby.

While there have been some incredible successes already in this program, there are also heart-breaks at every nutrition clinic.  Some of the children continue gaining weight, growing, and looking healthier.  They are starting to smile, and they have a personality blooming.  When they start in the program, they are so severely malnourished that they cannot even cry oftentimes.  This is hard....if the child does not cry, the parent often believes they are not hungry.  Education is such a desperate need for these parents.  They do not comprehend the simplicity of what these children need, or how to manage feedings for babies.  Some parents are learning so much, and will probably not need the care for future children.  They are understanding what a  child needs and how to care for them.  This is so encouraging!! One little boy in particular was so sweet.  He was happy - smiling and giggling.  He encouraged us again shortly after our lowest point today.  He is a miracle...his mama listened to everything they told her.  She gave him the food - not someone else, or eating it herself.  She did not sell the food for something else...she gave it all to him.  The evidence is there.  May she be a testimony to other women around her in the program who might get a glimpse of who their child could be if they would only follow the instructions given.

I said there were heart breaks every time, and today was no exception.  Today, there was one little girl in particular who broke our hearts.  She is in a children's home with nobody to fight for her.  She is no longer even holding on for life.  She does not cry; she is losing weight consistently.  She was obviously so very hungry - it took all the little strength she had to finish a 7 oz. bottle.  At only 9-10 pounds, she is over 1 year old.  She is dying...and there is nobody to fight for her.  The medical staff can only do so much.  They send food home with her, but it does not seem like she is being fed.  This week the doctor did not give her food.  Her condition was so severe that she cannot even drink milk...her body cannot handle it.  She had Pedialyte and it went straight through her like water.  She is suffering, but has no strength to make it known.  She cannot sit up, stand, even hold her own head up.  Her poor tiny body is slowly dying.  She has severe diarrhea, a high fever, and there is nothing the staff can do.  The doctor explained how terrible the situation is to the worker who brought her...but even this woman only works at the children's home.  She cannot be there at all times to care for this sweet baby.

This is a side of "child survival programs" (as Compassion International calls them) that nobody can truly process.  The staff makes impossible decisions.  Who gets food?  Who does not?  When do you decide a case is finished...nothing can be done?  When do you pray for healing, or for reunion with Christ?  Perhaps you find this appalling...but this is what the staff is faced with.  They have adults who do not follow the program - some by choice, others by ignorance, and some with their hands tied.  Who do you turn your anger towards in this case?  God?  Satan?  The adults?  Fate?  This little girl probably will not survive the week...but if she were in the states, DHS would be all over this.  No, it is not fair...it is not right....it is unjust.  But our God is just.  How does this balance?  By the grace of God, this is not by my understanding.  God knows...He cares... He loves this little girl.  He will fight for her - however that may look.  Whether He works a miracle, or he brings her home, HE WILL FIGHT FOR HER!  Thank God we can trust Him in that.  Praise God that He sees every need and He hears every prayer and cry....even the silent cry of a child who can no longer make a sound.

This is humbling...and it poured fuel on the flame of my passion for underprivileged young children.  I cannot save them all, but by the grace of God, maybe I can save one.

If you want to be more involved in this program, I can connect you with the point of contact at NVM.  They need supporters.  This is a program I believe in...and I think you do too!! The fastest and most powerful way for you to be involved is to pray - pray for the staff.  They need wisdom, peace, and healing.  Pray for the care-takers of these children.  Pray they see the gift God has given them, and they understand the gravity of nutrition.  Pray that they may prioritize it and follow instructions.  Pray for their wisdom and understanding.  Pray for NVM as they seek how/if to move forward with this program in 2013.  Lastly, pray for the children.  Pray that the treatment would work.  Pray for a care-taker who will fight for them.  Pray for their bodies to absorb every nutrient it possibly can.  Pray that they would fight and be strong.

Thanking God for His miraculous provision....for being born to incredible loving and wise parents...for food (and I mean that in a whole new way!)....for programs that save the lives of little ones who cannot do it for themselves...

Last day on ground…



Today is our last day on the ground here, as we leave early in the morning tomorrow to head back home. However, the journey does not end here. We will continue to be in prayer for where God would have us and what He would have us do.
Cathi is in the clinic this morning, observing and helping in the malnutrition program. When she finished her bachelor’s degree, she chose to study nutrition with the vision of doing something like this someday. I am glad that she has gotten the opportunity to see the potential of her studies in a setting like this.
I’ve been running around with Brandon all morning, getting a taste of what his days can be like. We set out to do something at 9am and now, at noon, we still have not gotten to it, because a million other things come up that have to take precedence. Two teams came in over the weekend – one is a construction crew that is already hard at work, wiring electrical and putting up siding on the houses. The other is a GAiN team that is doing a vision clinic in Onaville for the first couple of days. Part of his job presently is to coordinate what those teams need in order to do what they came for.
Last night, I had the privilege of leading the staff here, along with these teams, in a time of worship. Sometimes, it’s in the simplicity of those kinds of moments that I can truly let go of the things I can’t control and just rest in God’s presence. After our time of worship, Cathi and I got to spend some time with Brandon and Katie and pray for each other. Regardless of what the future holds for both of our families, we are grateful for the opportunity to know them better and be a part of each others’ lives.
We talked for so long last night that I decided not to run this morning… granted, if that had been the only reason, I still would have, since I was up with the sunrise again! The second reason was probably more important – I hurt my foot. When I went to Chambrun the other day, the kids were showing off, doing handsprings and handstands, so naturally, I had to join in. I did a backflip for them – in my sandals. The flip was great, they were impressed, but my foot hurt quite a bit. Sandals do not provide the support necessary for a jump like that on rocky ground (but it was worth it!).
Later on today, we will sit down with Pastor Pierre again before we leave tomorrow. I pray that during that meeting, I will be able to speak with and of the peace and clarity that God has given us since we last met. I also look forward to the time with him. As Cathi shared last time, we were just encouraged and felt uplifted by that time spent with him. We look forward to that final meeting and again, continuing in prayer when we go home. We also look forward to sharing with our kids all that we’ve experienced both physically in what we’ve done and spiritually in what we’ve heard God speak to us. We’ve purposely been vague in our blogs to this point in order to make the kids a part of everything when we return and letting them hear from us first. After that, we will be ready to share more and be more specific about everything. Thank you again for your support!

Saturday, November 10, 2012

Bâttisons!

The title for this entry is the french word for "build" or in this case, "let's build!" That is part of the Nehemiah Vision Ministries slogan. Cathi and I were able to join with some of the Haitian staff here at NVM and work on a building that will, in the future, house medical personnel that come down to work in the hospital that is being built next door. An organization came down and put up the frame and shell of the house and we helped put up the siding. There is another group here this week who will do the electrical work inside the house. Later, they will put up the drywall and paint, etc. the inside.
While we worked, we had the opportunity to practice our Creole once again. We learned the words for general construction like hammer, nail, cut, etc. and had a good time talking while we worked. What is extremely humbling about the whole project is that the Haitians we were working alongside are helping us build a home that is far better than anything they have ever lived in. And yet, they serve and work with humble and joyful hearts.
We worked until noon and then had most of the afternoon to walk around campus again, praying and talking through the meetings we had been in, having had the time to process and pray individually about what had gone on. Over the last two days God has given us incredible peace and unity in this whole situation. We thank you for your prayers thus far and ask that you continue to pray with us.

Thursday, November 8, 2012

Tre Bel!

Maria & Darwin, cuddling in with Grandma

Cathi holding Landa
Today has been a great day!! We started out with a quiet morning (which is rare for the two of us) and were able to help with some simple things around campus. We took a walk around campus and talked, which is also rare. Then we met with Pastor Pierre. This was the much-awaited pinnacle meeting, and it proved to be such.  We simply enjoyed the time with him.  It was a blessing to hear his heart for the ministry here.  He is inspiring, and a joy to be with. He and his wife are both joy-filled people who make you happy to be around them. So this meeting was pleasant and blessed.

After the meeting we were able to meet up with Katie, one of the missionaries here.  We went with her to Chambrun, to visit a family she is friends with.  This was a treat!  We were able to visit Chambrun when we came down in August.  However, this was a very different experience.  This time we were invited into an area that is shared by generations.  The grandmother, her four daughters, and their children all live in this "yard."  They each have their own home, and share a kitchen.  They quickly sent the older kids off to grab chairs for us, and used their blanket to clean them.  This was humbling...we would have been more than happy to sit on the ground with them.  They insisted that we sit on the chairs, and how do you say no?  So we sat.  We are pretty rusty on our Kreyol since our visit in August also.  We tried to follow along in the conversation and speak when we could.  Between the two of us, we didn't do too badly.  We only missed a couple of things.

These are the moments that I treasure in Haiti.  When Darlene (Katie's friend) got up to get something from the house (her mud hut), she just gave me Landa - the baby.  I was blessed to be trusted and invited into this family in this way.  Landa is a sweet baby girl - about 9 months old.  You can be praying for her - she recently ate some dirt and now has diarrhea.  This is a very sensitive issue in Haiti because babies can die from something that seems so simple to us.  Landa has one older brother, Darwin.  Darwin is full of smiles and mischief.  He was teasing his cousins, running around, grabbing what food was around...a typical toddler.  He is so much fun to watch and play with.  Truly, this is a day I pray I can remember for years to come.  This is the first time we have visited with people in their "backyard" while they grind corn and feed the babies.  It was a true blessing to be a part of this.  I pray we are able to return here and enjoy these moments again.  It is mind blowing how much the people remember, and we pray they remember this too.  I would be blessed to be able to visit with Darlene's family again.

As we have walked around today, kids have approached us singing a song Gami taught them in August.  That has been incredible! They keep asking for Miguel and Kayla, remembering them from our trip in August.  It has been a blessing to know that the people who we remember and love, they also remember us!  Thank God for the little things that encourage us and bless us!

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Meetings and Market

This morning, we got a look around campus again, seeing the improvements that have been made since our team was here in August. It was great to see the work that had been done after the work we had done and to see the next stage(s) of projects. We also talked through several housing options for us if we were to be here. No matter how you try, it's difficult to set up shop for a family of seven! But ultimately, that's not a deciding factor. Although it is tough to think of going from the space that we have in our home now to the space that's available here. From that conversation, we continued the conversation into the ministry aspects: our passions, gifts, and the roles we would play. This was all "unofficial" since we have not had the conversation with the boss here, but we talked through the needs and where we would mostly likely plug in. Some was as we expected, while other things were surprising. We talked about the importance of both Cathi and I having a ministry that we could plug into and not just one of us, so that the other feels left out or unfulfilled. And for sure, that would be the case, as there are opportunities for both of us to be involved. After that meeting, Cathi and I continued to talk and then we prayed together for wisdom in all of this. Both of us have doubts and concerns either way. This is much more difficult than either one of us anticipated it would be. Tomorrow, we meet with Pastor Pierre and we're both praying that there is more clarity with that meeting.
On another note, Cathi and I were able to go to the market with Brandon and Katie, as they had to do some grocery shopping. It was daunting to think that they had to plan meals for the short term missions teams that come down and then shop for those meals... plus whatever else the NVM staff needed. That's a lot of people to plan and shop for. They could desperately use a Sam's Club here! Several guys at the grocery store boxed and loaded up the groceries into the back of the truck, however, we all had to unload it when we got back. Shopping for 7 people's groceries won't seem all that bad anymore!!

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Lean not on your own understanding...

Proverbs 3:5-6 says, "Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him and He will make your paths straight." Such a simple verse and one that many kids memorize growing up in  Sunday School. This morning, it came alive to me in light of another passage of Scripture. I read in John 11, the account of Jesus going to comfort Martha and Mary after the death of Lazarus. He tells Martha that Lazarus would live again. Martha responds in her own understanding that she knew he'd rise again at the resurrection. That's not what Jesus meant. But how many times have I been guilty of Martha's perception? I know that I have looked at what God was doing and interpreted the outcome and perhaps intervened, instead of allowing God to carry it to completion on more than one occasion. I pray that is not the case here, as we seek to hear Him - that we would not interpret what God has been doing and will do this week in light of my own understanding, but that we would hear God clearly despite our emotions, thoughts, or maybe even logical conclusions.
Haiti also observes Daylight Savings Time, so I (Gami) awoke this morning at 5:15 with the sunlight. I got up to read and pray, then went on a nice run with Brandon around 6:30. We ran 15 minutes out, then ran back along the dirt road that runs along the NVM campus and by the village of Chambrun. I saw people getting ready for the day, kids bathing in tubs outdoors, then starting their walk to school. I saw many smiles and hands waving, heard many"Bonjou" and saw the questioning look in their eyes of "What are you doing?" I had never stopped to think that the practice of running to stay fit might be a weird concept to the Haitians of Chambrun. After all, they do physical labor as part of their daily routine, which kept their bodies fit and able. Sometimes we run so that we can eat more calories or feel better about ourselves. Do we treat our spirituality the same way? Is it just a task that we just check off the box as having been done that day to feel better about ourselves?  Or is it an integral part of our day and our lives?

Monday, November 5, 2012

Arrival

We have arrived safely in Haiti and are at the NVM campus. Our second flight was delayed for an hour and the 13 mile drive here took us two hours, so we're happy that the travel portion of our journey is over for now!! Before even leaving yesterday, we discovered a water leak at our meter, which had added to our stress levels and taken away from where our minds should be. Needless to say, being away from our kids is also a stress in itself. Please continue to pray for a clarity of mind, as things are already threatening to cloud our judgment and focus.
Due to the hurricane and much rain in the last three months, it is very green here in Haiti right now. We were surprised as we were coming in for the landing how much different it looked, due to the vegetation. That also means the mosquitoes are out in full force... yikes!
Arriving was incredibly smooth in comparison to last time. In August, arriving with our whole missions team, we spent a half-hour just trying to get into the building for customs because there were so many people in it. This time, in just a half-hour we were already leaving the airport! Praise God for taking the stress out of what we worried would be an ordeal. The drive here was definitely longer than expected, but we used the time talking with Brandon about what the week would look like and projects that are going on, as well as what's been taking place in the last three months since we were here.
There is no set "agenda" to this week, although there are some things that we've been asked to help with administratively while we are here, as well as provide a time of praise and worship one evening (like they'll have to twist our arm on that one!). We will spend some time talking with Brandon and Katie (Missions Team Coordinators here) over what they feel they need help with at NVM. We'll also spend some time with them and Pastor Pierre - president and founder of NVM - talking about the vision here for the next however much time to come. As we talk about these things, we'll discuss our potential involvement, according to what we feel God has called us to do. I (Gami) will spend some time talking with Jim, another missionary here who is very involved with the pastoral training that goes on, about the possibilities to partner with them in that. Cathi will attend a malnutrition clinic on Monday, as well. We will both also spend time with the other staff, getting to know them, their roles, and time with the Haitian staff workers (as we brush up on our Kreyol!) to understand more of the cultural aspects of whatever ministry goes on.
Already, the thoughts of how much work can be done here have come flooding in. Objectivity is such an elusive thing in this situation. While emotions can play a part, some things just make sense and some don't, but none of that means that it's what God wants. Pray that this is what is clear to us - His heart, His will for us.

Sunday, November 4, 2012

Headed to Haiti

Three months ago, we traveled to Haiti - both of us along with two of our children. We knew then that God had a desire for us to be involved in missions, so we made a decision to involve the whole family from the get-go. The trip was supposed to be an exposure to missions work in an international setting to get the family's feet wet. We did not expect God to call our attention there. The passions God has given us connected with ministries and opportunities in Haiti that left us wondering and praying about being more involved with Nehemiah Vision Ministries in Haiti. Wanting to be sure about this and not just brush off what could be where God is leading us, we're headed back to Haiti in the morning to explore and pray and allow God to speak to us about our future. If you're reading this, we invite you to pray with us for the next 8 days: November 5 - 13.
Pray for:
- us to hear God clearly
- safety during our travels and time in Haiti
- opportunities for ministry while we're there
- the meetings we will have with NVM staff
- God to be glorified in this whole process