Sunday, March 22, 2009

Suitcase


I will never look at a suitcase the same again! It’s good I can console myself at the end of the day that this is such a worthy cause. In just over thirty hours we will be airborne back into Haiti with 28 suitcases of goods to last a week plus somethings to last for several weeks, months, and potentially years. Plus everyone has their carry-on that has their weeks worth of personal wardrobe, clean-up arsenal, sleep sacks, and all misc. items to carry them through 8 days of work, ministry, and travel. All total, 42 bags to transport from Traverse City, MI to St. Marc, Haiti. Did I mention we could use all the prayer we can get? We laid more plans with Robinson on the phone tonight, the people are excited about us returning. This is incredible that we are now going to Haiti with a team so competent, and so determined to make a difference. We have incredible people traveling with us, I will fill you in more on that as the week progresses. We have a range of people from 15-70+ years old. Including one who is returning after 50 years of waiting! What can I say, God is awesome, and so faithful. In spite of my weariness and the press of tough economic times, I am delighted to be walking back among my friends from this difficult, hard land. To expand our ministry there, to hug these amazing people, to show them the hope of Christ, what better can one get than that. What is that saying? “Only one life, will soon be past, only what’s done for Christ will last.” May God help us material driven Westerner’s to not lose focus of the most important things. May you remember that as you launch into your week this week. Now matter how bad things are for you, they could be worse, they are worse for somebody quite like you. Offer up a prayer for them, and be blessed, rejoice in what you do have, never take it for granted. Many are finding out how thin the ice is that we tread across each day with this shift we have experienced in our own country. We are the land of the free, home of the brave, but only as long as God says so! Let us remember that! And gift away God’s goodness to those who have nothing. Off to bed I go. D-day approaches! Blessings.

4 comments:

lil sis said...

I am so excited that you guys are almost packed and on your way. To think that my Mom and Dad are headed to Haiti after all these years...is just phenomenal! I am so proud of all of you. Beth and Kel - thanks for being who you are...and for loving BIG! Our prayers will be with you each and every day...and we know each one of you has what it takes to impact exactly who you are supposed to. You are each unique and individually equipped to show LOVE in your own special way. No one else on the team can "be Jesus" the way YOU can. Love to you all. xoxo

Gallo Family said...

I will be looking forward to hearing that you have landed safely with Robinson! We have already started to pray for your safe trip.... I love being able to teach this experience to my girls! Love you all!

Germaine&NIche said...

All of you are in our thoughts and prayers. God is up to BIG things and it's amazing to participate. Thank you for being Gods warriors, many blessings

Gallo Family said...

Darlene, your sister miss you and I'm sharing the word with New York! We are all praying for a safe arrival for you all!