PV friends and family… We want to hear from you on the blog. Jody reads the comments to us every night, and we are looking forward to hearing from you. We love and miss you all. We have heard from my favorite blogger (Dan O’Hara). Thank you my love (Kim).
OK, I didn’t know I was the official blogger today so I will just tell you my take on the day. Sunday is a day of rest in Haiti. We went to church. Although I couldn’t understand a word spoken in the service it was beautiful!! It gave me a bigger picture of our God and Father. It was beautiful to see His children worshipping Him. I am sure it was a sweet aroma to our daddy. I can’t imagine what heaven will be like. I feel like I saw a little “piece” of it this morning. I got such a sense that the pastor had a huge heart for our Lord.
After service, we walked to the GORGEOUS beach. As typical, the children were flocking to us. They love to have their hands held, backs rubbed… anything we can give them. It is amazing how all that love and a simple smile can break the language barrier. It is neat to experience.
My favorite part was the walk back with our interpreter, Pierre. We were just picking his brain about the culture. What I learned from Pierre is that he is a good man who loves the Lord and I loved that the message he tried to convey was that we have to listen for God and allow Him to make the way. We can learn so much from them!! Pierre lives away from his wife and kids, but loves his family and wants to provide for them. He will move his family here when God provides a way. May we learn to listen to God and allow Him to make the way for us.
I have this feeling it will be hard for me to reconcile the life the Americans lead after being here. I didn’t realize all of the things we have to be thankful for, like warm showers, roads, clean water, lights, and I could keep going.
So thankful for this opportunity! Oh… One last blessing. McKayla was starting to get sick and she told me she was talking to God, “Please don’t let me get sick today. I have a lot of work to do for you on this trip.” I love that girl… a proud mama. 🙂
Daddy, Emma, Brianna, and Parker; I miss you guys sooooooo much! Saturday I fell in love with this little girl! She was about 2 or 3 years old and the cutest thing ever! I played with the kids like all day Saturday and loved it, the little girl was named (pronounced salmon: but without the “L”). You guys would love it here! I’m not sure about Emma though. We discovered a black spider the size of my fist, Emma would have a heart attack! well please continue to post stuff on the blog! also remind other people to post things.
This trip has shown me how blessed I am, it is really hard to see all these people suffering when we have everything we need. I love you! (To: Bri hope you are feeling better. p.s. we have chocolate cake for dessert like every day! i think you would love Haiti!) (TO:Umma- there are a lot of bugs here! like a lot more than when we had old roof shingles! i still think you would like it. i feel like i am on the show “Survivors”!!! When i was at the beach today I stepped on a dead wasp and it got stuck between my toes. I didn’t even freak. I pulled it out and threw it into the grass:)
Daddy- You would absolutely love it here! i love you sooo much and tell Parker la-la said hi:) Oh and today i played volleyball with a Haitian boy and man and they loved it. every time it hit a tree, He would yell, “TWWEEEEE!” it was funny. And a 6-year-old boy was on the beach naked! Isn’t that wonderful? Anyways, i am exhausted soooo byyyyyyeeee! LOVE YOU<3<3<3
Dan, Emma, Bre, and Parker Boy… We have a team meeting right now, but know that I love you to the moon and back!
What an amazing thing it was tonight to hear all of your words and prayers of support. Before the messages were even read we were talking about how thankful we were for the amazing support of our Isight family. We definitely feel God’s presence through all of you. Our worship experience today was amazing as well. Even though there were few words we could understand we felt God’s presence and the passion these people have for Him throughout the whole service. (Isighters, we felt so at home because we brought folding chairs from the dorms and then immediately after the service we assembled together to stack them on the truck.) We were reminded that the focus isn’t to provide a perfect service, it’s not to sing in tune or perfect harmony, it’s not to sit in comfort, it’s not even to understand all that is being done or said. It’s an opportunity to be surrounded by other children of faith and worship our God with passion and excitement for what he has done, is doing and will do in our lives. How awesome is our God.
We had opportunities this afternoon to “see the sights.” Some of us enjoyed a ride on the back of a truck through the country side to pick up more wood for the boat. Others of us had the pain staking task of joining children and youth from the Mole at the local beach. Building relationships with a tennis ball and frisbee at the ocean is something we definitely should look at adding to Isight’s outreach ministry. Tomorrow we begin again with all our projects. We were reminded tonight to keep our focus on relationships and not entirely on the specific projects at hand. Pray that this will resonate in our hearts. A few shout outs are below:
Faith I wish you guys were here. Its been great and humbling. I got to ride through the middle of Haiti on the back of a military truck. I can’t wait to see you guys. – Aaron
Hey love you miss you all. Lots of pictures. P.S. Please tell mom I’m drinking as much shower water as I can. – John
Elodie, Abigail and Micah thanks for your note and pictures. I can’t wait until we can share these experiences together as a family one day. I love you all. P.S. Can you let Mtn House and BMH know they can check the blog. – Jason
Mom we are all good, no worries. – Ryan
Jenny can you get the doxy out of my sock drawer please? “Hallmark mushy mushy…love you all…mushy goey!” – Wes
Be bold. Poverty is all around us; “us” being all who call Christ his Savior. Whether here in Haiti or back in Western North Carolina people are in need of the Hope that our Savior brings. We can not sit still and hold onto that hope when we know that our neighbors don’t know or understand. How can we not share the best gift we have ever been given. Be Bold in the name of Christ! Pray for us to have that bold here. We thank you so much for your prayers and support. We love you all.
What an honor to see how God is working in different places at the same time! Amazing to think of all the different places (and languages) where His name is being praised. Our God is a BIG BIG God! Pray for Unity in the church- Be convicted in your own heart- so that we can effectively witness to those who do not know Christ. We are One in the Spirit… I am so blessed to be a part of a community who Prays faithfully for each other. Thank you for your encouragement. Kelly b
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