Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Pavement

Packing havoc, last minute details, quick good-byes. Rolling tires, burning rubber, Burger King, rest stop, Detroit. We are through the first leg of our journey. Safely in a Best Western, final touches to the daypacks, last warm shower for a week. Rest, pray, focus, prepare. Every trip for us is a faith journey. As we sailed along the Michigan highways tonight, my thoughts wandered to the roadway melting beneath our tires. There is a vote coming up on whether we spend more money to fix our roads. It’s quite a dispute. Rather sobering that while we wrestle over such things here, people are dying of starvation somewhere. In particular, they are dying where we are headed tomorrow. Following a few hours of flight, in the late afternoon we will board a school bus and make a 50-mile trip that will take 3 hours to the town of St. Marc, Haiti. We will bounce along, tossing our kidneys through a series of workouts not for the frail or faint. And I will appreciate my drive tonight. We get impatient with the work zones; we should appreciate them. As you drive to work, or the store, or walk down a cement sidewalk tomorrow, appreciate these blessings. And remember the unfortunate, the suffering who have nothing. We are so grateful for this ministry opportunity. So far this year we have delivered over 50 suitcases of goods, crafts, clothing, electronic equipment, and medication, 2 tents, 43 children have been put in school, a guard house has been built at the property, over 300 children have been exposed to the gospel through VBS ministry, hundreds have been touched through the Jesus film, the poor are receiving some meals, two teams have gone in to minister, and the church is flourishing! I stand amazed at the goodness of God, and how He takes a little and does much. Remember us on our journey, morning comes early, to bed for the night. Grateful in Detroit, blessings to all tonight.

5 comments:

Anonymous said...

I am so proud of all of you! I am excited at the ministry opportunity you guys are embarking on some for the first time and some of you veterans...GOD has been working for months to make a way to bring HIS joy and love to HIS children and what an awesome task you guys have before you. Alisa I think back again to the road the LORD has had you travel down for the last 7 months to get to this trip. HE has been so faithful and answered so many prayers....I am excited for you and Jim as you embark on the new mission to reach out and love and have your heart and lives transformed into a new understanding of who GOD is and where HIS heart lays. Jim you got big britches to fill... you must protect my sister and look after all the other girls... I know you can do it and I cant wait for your stories! Ray I am so glad you are on this team too.. you have a wonderful spirit and a joy and laughter that is sure to spread GOD's love to HIS children. Aunt Lynn...yea that you are headed to Haiti... you will be a great comfort for my mom and your fabulous hugs will be a light in troubled and trying place...Papa...dont go getting into trouble too much down there....I love you and am so glad the Haitians get to share the great treasure we have in you... Dad....what can I say I am so proud of you. I am proud that your heart pushes you on to reach out and that you invite us along for that journey. You are a good shepherd.. and we are so blessed to have you as our own. My prayer is that GOD uses this time to slow you down...encourage you... and call you on to deeper things...Momma...I am smiling just thinking about how happy you will be to have those Haitians in your arms...I love you so much and will be praying as you love them as your own...give Modline hugs for all of us who couldnt be there and tell Dada I miss her too! Kelly and Krystle.. I love you oodles.. get some good jokes in for me and tell the boys I all said hello... learn some new words we will need them next trip in :-) Blessings on all of you... my heart is stuffed in one of those bags for sure... I will pray often as the day passes and trust some of the most precious people in my life to the ONLY one who can keep you and bring you back a changed people. May HIS love carry you, change you, grow your heart and bring you home so much more like HIM! Love ya bunches Haiti team!
Maura

Kari & Kacy said...

I am so envious of all of you and what you are doing. I am praying that all goes well and all stay healthy. Let Jim and Alisa know that Kacy is doing fine. Lynda, Gracie & Ron will take very good care of her while I'm at work. I'm looking forward to reading about all of your adventures!! God bless all of you. Hugs and kisses to all!! Kari & Kacy

dspachman said...

Know we are praying for you and thinking of you today as you make the trip "back in time" to Haiti. May God continue to give you peace and discernment as you seek to serve Jesus in the days to come.

Faithe said...

Will be thinking about you and praying for you while you are there. Anxious to hear updates and anticipating great things as you minister to the needy and hungry hearts. LOVE TO YOU ALL!!

Ria and Gram said...

Hi All -so excited with you-feel like we are right with you actually. Get some dozing in whenever and drink enough -praying for each one earnestly. No time yet to miss you much, Jack -just love you mucho mucho. PHIL 4:19 DJP