Wednesday, June 28, 2017

A time of praying and rejoicing!


It has been such a long time since I posted, but now I can explain why.  We were getting ready to come to the states when we got word, AGAIN, that Savanah could go home to Canada.  Well, as has happened before...we may have gotten the word, but it just didn't seem to be happening.  Things went up and down for several weeks.  Then the word finally came through that yes, Guerline could come and get her.  So plans were starting to be made to that effect.  We would leave Haiti on a Thursday for our trip and Guerline would come in the next Sunday to complete things.

We told Savanah that mommy was coming to get her....but we would be leaving before mommy came.  She hung her head and just stood there.  Then I said, "but we will try and come to see you in Canada when you get there." Her head popped up and she said, "Okay, you can go!"  Then things started going wrong again....this or that paper was needed, the lawyer in Port au Prince was being a total jerk, and mommy, the adoption agency and everyone else were in disbelief at this happening, AGAIN!  

Papers were sent and finally mommy and Grandma Bibiana flew to Port au Prince to get things finalized.  AGAIN paperwork and miscommunication through the lawyer began.  It took over a week to get things straightened out.  And we finally were able to talk to Guerline to find out that last Friday she could have gotten the visa to go, but the consulate closed 15 minutes or so after the papers arrived that were needed.  So, on Monday they went back and got the visa and authority to go home to Canada.

Guerline said Savanah knew that this is what they had been waiting for.  She told mommy, okay, lets go get my toys and get on the plane to Canada.  She didn't understand that they had to wait one more day for the plane.  But as you can see below, she MADE it to Canada!!  I'm also including the email I just sent out, too, so you know how things went and how to pray!!!  Thank you for being there for us and not only walking through this situation with us, but praying with us through it all!!

These are pictures of Savanah on CANADIAN soil!!!!!  Finally!!! (They are a bit fuzzy, but you can still see her happy face, even in the middle of the night!)

And here is the letter I wrote:

Well, most of you have been praying with us and now I can post a few pictures...although not real clear, they ARE of SAVANAH IN CANADA!!!!!!  Savanah and Guerline flew into Canada late last night.  It must be around midnight when they finally were able to get off the plane and touch Canadian soil, but you can see by Savanah's face she is more than happy, even in the middle of the night!!!

This is a real time of rejoicing and praising God, for sure.  Please join us in thanking the Lord for this miracle!!!  When this "baby" came to us, she was 2 weeks old.  She is now 5 years 8 months and 12 days old!  There is no way an adoption should take this long, but we are praising God that she is finally now at home in her new home in Canada.

But it's also going to be a sad time for us, too.  Having her so long and then she leaves.  Please pray for Abbie.  It was very hard for her to see her "sister" leave.  I know the full impact of it for Don and I won't be felt until we return to Haiti and she is no longer there.  We are planning to make a trip to Canada in the next month to see her, though. 

I keep looking at those pictures and hearing her though the last couple of years, "Grandma, I want to go home to Canada".  And now she is there with her mom, dad and sisters!!!

More news later, just wanted to share this time of rejoicing for her new family!  Please also pray that the transition into a totally new life style will go smoothly! 

Thank you for praying!!
We are praising our awesome God, and are renewed by the verse, "With God all things ARE possible".    Matthew 19: 26

Saturday, May 6, 2017

May Update


Time for a quick update.  I do wish we had an update on Savanah and the situation with her traveling to Canada….but we don’t.  We are in that “waiting mode” yet again.  We aren’t sure exactly how or when this will take place.  It is still that one single paper from the Canadian consulate we are waiting for.  We know the Lord knows and has the answer, and that is what we are depending on.  

Don has been working on getting the roof on Vero’s place.  You know the how things work in Haiti, right?  You make plans and then you know they will change because nothing seems to go as planned here.  Don has met some very challenging things with this roof.  Being attached to the existing roof, the angle needed for getting rain to run OFF the roof would put the ceiling inside VERY low.  And then the lentil blocks he needed are not made here anymore (at least not in this area)…so he had to make a mold and make them himself.  And then the angle of the roof created yet another set back…they had to pour cement with wood braces to get the angle right…a real challenge.  But as of Monday, they will be getting the rafters started and prayerfully completed, and then the tin can go up.  This few day job is taking a few MONTHS, due to the above situations and then the rains….

The rains…well, it isn’t raining hard daily, but raining almost every day, some days harder than others. In this situation we have found our roof has served it time.  In one bedroom the ceiling tiles are about to cave in because they are so saturated with rainwater.  Every room in the house has some sort of water damage.  This time it isn’t the “easy patch”, going up and filling in holes. So, now we start to pray for a way to replace our roof.  Yet, another challenge!!

Well, I’ve given you two major prayer items.  Please, do keep them in prayer.  I will go into some of the blessings and also prayer items for the near future.

We leave for the states on May 25th.  We will be taking a few days to simply reorient and rest then start traveling.  We are heading up the east coast this time.  We have never been in the north east, so this will be an exciting trip for us.  Included in this was a plan to stop on the way to Wisconsin, from the north east, to see Savanah in her new home.  But the Lord will have to work on that since she isn’t there yet.  But we are looking forward to our trip.  And even more exciting is that two of our grandkids will be getting married while we are there.  And our time out is to see many of those we haven’t seen in a LONG, LONG time.  This will include at least 2 of our “heart babies”…now grown and on their own!!  Please keep our trip in your prayers, for safety and being a witness for the Lord.

The next prayer item is for MFI.  Three of our pilots are leaving today to head to Africa.  No, MFI will NOT be doing missions there….they are going to prayerfully check out and then fly our new DC-3 back to Florida.  Lots of prayer needed since they will have to do a complete check of the plane and then 6 long, hard days of travel to get it back to the US!  Please keep the pilots and all they will encounter in your prayers.  I believe you will be able to follow their journey via the MFI web site:  

I will keep you all posted on each of the above prayer requests as we have news.  We are praying that very soon we will be sending a rejoicing letter out saying Savanah is on her way!!  And it is also very exciting to know our new plane is “almost” ON THE WAY.  Once in the US there will be a time of redoing the plane and getting it ready for service, but at this point, it’s getting it to the US first!!

We are praying that God is working in YOUR lives in such a way that you can rejoice and praise Him.  Remember one of my life verses…which I have to read and PRAY each day….”Be joyful always; pray continually; give thanks IN all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.”  1 Thessalonians 5: 16-18  (NIV)

Friday, April 14, 2017

HAPPY EASTER and an update

We have had some major issues with both electricity and internet, so the following post was done off line.  Just wanted to do a quick update on our last few weeks...
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!!