But first Happy Easter. May you be celebrating the resurrection of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and all He has done for you and for me.
Greetings from Haiti,
We lead an interesting life, to say the least. We are either going slow and moving along, or we are in a whirlwind and trying to keep our feet on the ground. That is sort of what it’s been like the last few weeks. But then I guess that is life for all of us, isn’t it?
We had a great team here for a week. Not for us, but for another mission. But they are a fun group and we enjoy having them! Pam and Luke are great team leaders!! The day they flew out on MFI, our group of 4 came in on MFI, and FOR MFI. They came to do the roof to cover our container. As with anything you do in Haiti, there were a couple of “hitches”, but they were worked out. The four who came were a blessing. We always enjoy Dan and Heather (MFI workers)… and the other two were volunteers with MFI. So thankful Heather was along as encourager and cook. (And we shared in their evening meals…a blessing for us!) The guys worked with all of our Haitian workers at the airport to get the job done. They were a great unified group. Just to give you a hint… they worked ON THE ROOF, in 90+ temps, and hot sun. And one of the ladders they used was a Haitian “put together” ladder. But they did great and everyone enjoyed them being here.Our container above and our hard working crew below (minus the team leader!)
While they were working at the airport, Don was working at the house. He had been trying to find a block maker who still made lintel blocks…none could be found. So Don used his expertise from being a journeyman molder in the foundry YEARS ago. He made his own mold and then made his own blocks. They turned out great! All his training and work years ago is still a blessing here in Haiti! And the work on Vero’s house continues.
Don working hard at making both the mold and the blocks!
We are still having rain almost daily or nightly. Which means we are quite saturated. Everything growing well and all is green. It can also cause some problems. The huge trees we have in our yard (which our son, Dale and I planted way back in 1991) have grown so big and the huge branches are causing problems for our roof and the roof at the dorm. Don hired a fellow to come and “trim” those branches off. He brought a couple of helpers along. But he was the only one up in that tree. A lot of the time he was up at or above 60 feet. Now, consider…he had a small extension ladder to get up into the tree initially. But he simply climbed the rest of the way. With NO rope tied to him in case he slipped. I had a hard time watching this, so took a few shots and left for the airport. He was still up there and working hours later when I got back. He did all his cutting with a machete. And some of those branches were pretty thick. Then they loaded up all the cut wood and made three trips out to the IDADEE orphanage with it. They will make charcoal out of it for cooking.
This first photo shows the fellow diligently at work, chopping with his machete...the close up to show you he really is up there!
All of that work using just a simple machete. No chain saws here!!
And three huge loads of wood to make charcoal for the IDADEE orphanage!
And finally on to Savanah and the situation there. I guess I was a bit amazed at things. Why is it that when the Lord tells me to do something, and I do it, and then it works out, that I’m amazed? I think that when I initially contacted the Canadian consulate, I honestly didn’t think they would respond. When they did, I did praise the Lord and thank Him, though. And after working through the logistics needed, now the final papers have reached them. Prayerfully the lawyer has taken the papers he has into them, also. So, we are in the mode of waiting yet again. BUT it is with real hope that we KNOW things are moving. This is Easter week, so they won’t move as quickly as we wished, but we are still praising the Lord that they ARE moving. Savanah had her final passport photos taken and sent with the papers. They don’t encourage smiling here…oh well, at least they have the final one. So, pray with us that this final step will move quickly now that we know what had been holding it up. We fully believe that God is still in charge and things will work in HIS time!
Haitians are encouraged to NOT smile for passport photos... and she complied!
So there you have our “weeks at a glance”. We are praying for you, as we hope you are praying for us. I am still clinging to God’s word in 1 Thessalonians 5:16~18, “Be joyful always, pray continually; give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus!” These verses are something we should all remember on a daily basis.
Again.... have a blessed Easter and take time to thank the Lord for His sacrifice for YOU!!