Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Douseman


We are now readying for our journey home. The team is showering, packing, sorting, finalizing. I still have a to-do list. Not sure what else I will be able to get done. But sending off a final post from here is one of the items. This day has gone fabulous. The painting that we hoped to get done we wrapped up before 11:00. Jim mounted a bathroom light fixture that Ray purchased for Naromie and installed the switch so there will be light in the bathroom when the power is on. Jim and Bob went over and installed the bathroom sink and toilet at the property; the bathroom is really taking shape and looks awesome. I spent an hour with my drilling team here with instructions and demonstrations, we drilled a little more and my system is working amazingly well. Emmanuel shook my hand and said; “Pastor, we hope to call you soon and tell you the well is done!” I think I was able to instill a bit of confidence in them, and used the word ‘douseman’ (creole for slowly) to help them understand that if they take their time their problems will be small, if they hurry, MY problems will be big. Come to think of it, that is probably good advise for us Americans. Robinson explained it to the guys this way; if you are driving slow and you have a flat tire, you will only have to replace the tire, if you are driving fast and you get a flat tire, you may have to replace the whole car.What a great illustration. We have done so much on this trip it is a little hard to fathom. I am going to be drafting a list on our way home tomorrow, but for all the sickness and trials this trip brought our team, they have pulled through with flying colors. Krystle is miserable, suffering much. Keep her in your prayers. Ray seems to think symptomatically that both of the kids have suffered the dreaded ‘swine flu’. It has been a really rough week for them. Many in the country are sick right now. The rainfall is way down, and the dust is very high. We are all looking forward to breathing some fresh Miami air tomorrow. The team just got back from seeing our old rented facility. They are in awe. It is amazing where God has brought us from and what He is doing now. Beth and I went and looked at an orphanage building downtown. The owner wants to rent or sell it to us. Not sure what is happening, but something is in the making. Tonight my heart is full. This has been another high impact trip, for us and for our Haitian family. One day as we were walking the mile journey from the house to the church, all the sudden we heard; “Krystle, Krystle…” so even the town folk are connecting with us and it’s a warm feeling. As the teams show up, it helps our church family. Robinson told us that every time we have shown up, the church has grown its membership. We are grateful to be used by God in this great mission field. The team got to experience ‘noon prayer’ today. That is always a life transforming experience. It is rather sobering as they started at 11:30 and ended at after 3:00 and now as I am typing they are having a special prayer service from 6:00-8:00. It is staggering to try to take it all in. We are a blessed people, and I as I ready for the journey back home tomorrow, I am filled with gladness to come home, and yet a sorrowful longing to just stay here for a while longer. The load of team leadership is a bit taxing, I exercise the eyes in the back of my head a lot here. But God is so faithful, and these people so amazing, it lightens the burden, and makes it feasible to continue the journey to help this desperate land, to make a difference for a hurting life whose pain very few of us can understand or comprehend. Keep us in your hearts as we make our way home. Blessings tonight from a dark front porch...freshly painted!

8 comments:

Germaine&NIche said...

wow! is all i can say. God has done great things through this group. It's been wonderful hearing a different persepective this past week. Sometimes I get caught up in the hum drum of my own life that I forget that this world has far different struggles than I. Thanks for all the encouragement and reminders that God is at work ALL the time!

Stacey Hasse (Again...) said...

I'm so glad things are going well and you are soon to be home again! I'm so sorry that there has been illness. That's no fun. So you know that a little light bulb went off in my head and I started thinking how an orphanage building could house alot of children. That puts a twinkle in my eye...I tell you. I just can't bear to think of any children without homes. My heart is big, but my hands are full. Sigh. I loved the pictures of you all on motorcycles. I was hoping for helmets, but I suppose that's a luxury also. I can't wait to hear more about your trip. Safe travels to you all. God Bless.

Jenni said...

Oh my oh my Krystle Bethe with two B's what am i gonna do with you? I feel so horrible that you are still sick and miserable! When you get back I will make you all better with constant laughter! It shouldn't be too hard to do seeing as I can't ever pick my self off the floor when ever we are together. If there were a such thing as laughing to dead than i think us cousins would be dead 10 times over. =]
Had another rough day in school today but i should have an easier one tomorrow. I miss you all bunches! I was glad to see the pictures of you all! It made me so happy! =]
I would write longer but I unfortunately have to finish an essay that is due today!
Byes! Sending tons of love and hugs your way!

Jenni!

Gram said...

Dear Jack and Team- Thanks Kel for keeping us up on everything so well- Concerned about K and K- The four G's are staying here Thursday night and we'll plan from there- Baking tonight- Went to Centre Ice and Library tonight, and Sparky's- 34 here tonight- saw no news all week- Excited to see you all and talk when you can- Get some rest tonight- Hugs for Rob and Naromie and all the family and for each of you- Especially you Jack- See you soon!- Be praying over you all day tomorrow- It's obvious you're all covered by His feathers- Love DJ

Michael G. said...

I love you all soooooo much!!!! I can not wait to see you all!! Hahaha soooooo exited!

*Ria* said...

Oh my goodness I can't wait to see you all! I miss you! Please travel safely! Lol! I REALLY am excited to see you all! I'm so proud of you guys for doing all that you have done! You are my heroes! Love you!

xoxo Ria

Reyhl6 said...

Bitter sweet described this day last spring and we are sure that is how you are feeling as well. Thank you for being faithful, for stepping outside the comfortable and serving. You have touch lives in ways you will never know and in many ways that you already know. Praise God!! You will be in our prayers as you head home tomorrow and we look forward to hearing the REST OF THE STORY!!! Lots of Love. The Reyhl's

Michelle Cary said...

I am so excited that I will be seeing you guys soon. You have been in my thoughts and prayers each day. I have been strengthened greatly just by reading the blog and hearing about the wonderful miracles that have been happening in Haiti! God is Good, and he picked a great group of people to do his wonders! God Bless, and Thank you for your unselfish LOVE!
Michelle Cary and Family