Rooted 2016 Day 2…

It was a dark and peaceful night until the gigantic SPIDER attacked the girl’s room. But no fear, Bailey and Kimmy are here! As the rest of the girls were running around, getting off the floor to avoid the ferocious spider, Bailey and Kimmy were standing about, toothbrush still in mouth, with sandals in hand, waiting to squash the spider. After a valiant battle, the two finally conquered the terrifying, humongous spider. The rest of the girls (Aryanna) were “sweating” from their eyes. We are still trying to decide if the spider was “dinner plate” sized, or just “half-dollar” size.

But wait, there is more to the story! This morning, the girls were on their way out to breakfast and the door was locked from the outside. (**cough cough, Aryanna). We messed with the door, trying to saw the iron lock off with an insurance card (Bailey’s brilliant idea), until Aryanna came to see why none of the girls showed up for breakfast and realized what she had done. After we were 10 minutes late to breakfast we had some great food and devotion. Amidst the chaos, it was fun to see God use the time to bond the girls.

On a more serious note, Haiti has been amazing. It has its own sights, sounds and smells that I hadn’t expected. Everyone on the team is getting along and we have been having a great time. We began this morning with some construction. We were digging the foundation for an elderly home. We dug two feet deep for every part. It was inspirational to see everyone on the team make others take breaks.

This afternoon was our first day of VBS. We had rotations of craft, story, and game. We are all connected to a certain number of kids (between 8-12) who we walked home. We are hoping to create a close relationship with the kids that will include trust. We are working with interpreters to talk and communicate with the kids. It was also so cool to see Sonson, a boy with special needs, on the campus at VBS. The Haitian culture usually sees the special needs community as the result of too much sin and are therefore out casted. It has been awesome to realize that God’s love does not know borders or languages.

Last night’s devotion was on the town’s influence on Voodoo and how many kids may be abused, assaulted, or even a enslaved. I have heard many times that these things are happening here, but to be working with kids that may be experiencing this has been eye opening. I pray that as we continue to work in this community, we would take our blinders off and that our hearts would break for what breaks the Father’s heart. Thanks for all your prayers and support! –Kimmy Laumann

To all my FPC family: I hope you all are enjoying this blog! Thank you for the thoughts and prayers. You all are amazing! Give the kiddos some love from Ms. Bailey!

:p J

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10 comments

  1. Thanks for the update and it is so good to know all are safe and doing the Lord’s work! A lot of people are praying for you and enjoy your life changing experience. God bless all of you!

  2. It looks like the children are having a great time. I am praying that God will show,His great love to these little ones as He works through all of you.
    I have been praying God would protect you all from disease carrying Mosquitos and malaria. Guess I will add giant spiders to the list…
    Katie, I won’t tell Gracie that you are hanging out with a cute little white dog. I love you sweet girl. DFTBA
    Ephesians 2:4-10
    Cheryl Anderson

  3. AWESOME post! Laughing so hard picturing Kimmy and Bailey chasing the spider! Glad you two were victorious in your quest! Praying often throughout each day for all of you, that your hearts are open to God’s leading, that you are open vessels for Him, that you remain healthy, that you are having unity as a group! Love you Collin Parker!

  4. Glad y’all made it safe and sound! The plane ride sounds much nicer than good ol Patrick. Keep hanging on those kids and give them all my love! You guys rock.
    Love,
    Dustin

  5. Great story about the spider!!! It reminds me of the giant spider in the girls’ sleeping quarters at a church in Santa Clara during our mission trip to San Francisco when I was the youth director. Unfortunately when the girls came to get me to take care of the spider I was one of the ones jumping up on a chair as soon as I saw how huge it was and I had to get one of the boys to take care of the spider:) I’m so glad you all are there and safe and doing the Lord’s work with those precious children! You are all an inspiration to us and we will continue to lift you up in our prayers. God bless!

  6. Thanks for the wonderful update! Wonderful story able the “little” spider and getting locked in the dorm.We are praying that Our Lord will use each of you as only He can. Our prayers especially go out to our granddaughter Katie Anderson. Hope your knee is doing O.K. by now. May the Lord bless and keep all of you safe and healthy. We know He is so very pleased with your missionary work. Enjoy His beauty all around you. With Love & prayers, Katie’s Grandparents

  7. Please do not allow any spider stowaways on the way back to the US! We have enough of our own (thank you, spring). Looks like you’re having a great time! I’m praying for you all! Ely, I’m almost finished with the show I’ve been binge watching so I guess I’ll have to start talking to my James Taylor record now. A strict chatting embargo is being enforced by our pets. I suspect a coup is not far behind. Are these comments reminding you of anyone? (Hint, he’s my dad.) Seriously, love you so much!

  8. I am so sorry that you ladies had to witness Jennifer’s reaction to a spider, as I’m not sure which is scarier, the spider or Jennifer around a spider. It appears as though God is really trying to get her to conquer her fears, first with planes and now with little spiders.😜

    I REALLY love seeing the photos!!! Jennifer, seeing you standing in front of the class teaching the kids just really melted my heart. You look so happy and I know that is exactly where you are supposed to be, teaching the precious children on God!!!! I cannot be any more proud of you!!!!! My continued thoughts and prayers are with all of you as you continue on this wonderful mission!!!!!

  9. So awesome to see all your pictures and hear the stories. You are bringing such joy to the children. Prayers and Blessings. Aryanna, Bandit sends his kisses!! Oh and mom and dad too. lol

  10. Aryanna, don’t forget that g ma Donna and g pa love you and are praying for all of you! We are so proud of the work you all are doing. May God continue to Bless and keep you all. No more spiders. 🙂 ❤

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