Thursday, March 29, 2012


Here we are closing in on another day in Haiti. So many times in my life I find myself wandering through all the corridors of activity, looking on through soul eyes, trying to examine my motives, trying to measure accomplishments, even as they unfold before me. Marking time well also reveals the speed of my travels which returns me to my opening sentence, we approach the evening of our fourth night in Haiti already!  I used to have a much more twisting sensation when I entered Haiti, but these days seem different. Perhaps it is because so much is happening so fast. Special words of appreciation go out to Krystle tonight. She has been as bullish as her brother, just on a total different front. Her legwork has really paid big dividends on the ground for Ethan, and on so many levels the rest of us as well. Her work is mighty, and the path she paved before us has been a four lane highway. So much of the success of this trip for us with Ethan in tow, is due to her attention to detail on the ground. All the orphans were seen this morning in clinic, treatment plans are made, just a little follow through and we will have healthier children than ever before in their young lives. Ethan has forged a wonderful friendship with a local, amazing doctor who has approved the vaccination of the orphans, and that happens tomorrow morning. Pray for them, as no children like shots, and a couple of the kids are terribly frightened by them. Our kids day service was the smoothest to date! Not quite as big a crowd as at other times, but the children seemed so steady today. You can feel the force field of prayer behind our labor, and I send out another word of grateful thanks for all the support from home. Things are happening. The ebb and flow of our days has picked up a certain cadence. When you're in a place like Haiti, the culture of life is anti-dance, and so it's hard to get a flow. The people possess rhythm, but sometimes there is a difference in the way you dance to music and how you dance to life. Especially when the music of life is reckless, off beat, and with a staggered rhythm, how do you dance to that? So it is noteworthy that I could mention something like cadence here. People have shown up for their appointments, timing for most everything has worked. That is a lot to ask for in Haiti, but we are getting cooperation, and it is refreshing. After a very emotional and honest devotional time this morning where Germaine tanked us up on servant leadership, we have labored diligently through this day serving each other and these people. The full measure of our success will be shown over time, likely perhaps long after we are gone. But the tide is changing, the ground shakes beneath me with a new promise, I believe! Not in the work of man, but in the work of God through men! I hope, and refuse to cave to the darkness. Not my will but His be done, but to the best of my ability...His will WILL be done! If this team has it's way, His will WILL be done for this journey! No one slept well last night, so we are hoping for a reprieve tonight. We are off to settle in for the evening. We have had a nice dose of the orphans this evening. Now we will apply ourselves to rest! Blessings again tonight from St. Marc.  


Anonymous said...

We are praying that God has blessed you with a peaceful slumber and that you have risen refreshed. May God guide and direct your paths today with all the of the great and little things that will be accomplished today as the time begins to fly by. Thank you for being the hands and feet of Christ!! Be rooted and built up in him, strenghtenrd in your faith as you were taught and overflowing with thankfulness. Col 2:7 Love to you all. The Reyhl's

Heidi said...

Good morning, Haiti team! I hope you have slept well and the Lord replenishes your energy for this brand new day. His mercies are new every morning! Each one of you is a hero in my book...I am incredibly thankful for your servants' hearts. Krystle, thank you thank you THANK YOU for the amazing legwork you did before the team arrived, and continue to do now! I am glad the orphans will receive their vaccinations tomorrow, and will pray for improving health for each one so they can grow and flourish. DeVante, I was thinking about you today--how cool it is that you're giving in such a big way at age 12--I know you're inspiring many young people (and older ones, too). Maybe you, Kelly, or Krystle can explain octaball to me?! I've never played it! Germaine, your devotional on servant leadership sounds so moving. Ethan, so many family members and friends in NC are asking about you and send love your way! I'm full of gratitude to God for the cadence He's given this week--opening doors, blessing your work, making so many things flow smoothly--you guys keep dancing!! Bunches of love to all of you.

tkaugust97 said...

We find great joy in reading your posts . . . it is clear that you have hearts for God. Tonight, your words bring to mind how God has given each person a unique gift, and how we are all part of the one body of Christ.

1 Corinthians 12:4-11 "Now there are varieties of gifts, but the same Spirit; and there are varieties of service, but the same Lord; and there are varieties of activities, but it is the same God who empowers them all in everyone. To each is given the manifestation of the Spirit for the common good. For to one is given through the Spirit the utterance of wisdom, and to another the utterance of knowledge according to the same Spirit, to another faith by the same Spirit, to another gifts of healing by the one Spirit, to another the working of miracles, to another prophecy, to another the ability to distinguish between spirits, to another various kinds of tongues, to another the interpretation of tongues. All these are empowered by one and the same Spirit, who apportions to each one individually as he wills."

Of course, you can continue to read on about how we are all members of the body of Christ . . . each one is very important and necessary. And, (v18) "as it is, God arranged the members in the body, each one of them, as he chose."

Do you know how encouraging it is to us, your readers, to see God's truth in action through your servant hearts? He is working through you to impact lives that go beyond the people of Haiti, beyond . . . to places and people we may never know! What a marvel! He really is the Master Creator and His work of art is not finished. He continually weaves . . . and molds. **Our God IS sovereign!**

Team Haiti, your work is not in vain. Thank you for doing the hard part. We'll be pressing on in prayer that you all will be able to complete your mission--God's mission; for the people in Haiti, and for all those beyond. Our hearts are filled with love for you--each one of you.

We'll leave you with this, from 1 Peter 4:10-11, "As each has received a gift, use it to serve one another, as good stewards of God's varied grace: whoever speaks, as one who speaks oracles of God; whoever serves, as one who serves by the strength that God supplies—in order that in everything God may be glorified through Jesus Christ. To him belong glory and dominion forever and ever. Amen." *SDG*

Your "Redeemer" Prayer Warriors,
The Gibsons

Jake T said...

Mark 3:35
For whoever does the will of God, he is my brother and sister and mother.”
You who do the will of God are in the Royal line! What an amazing and exciting promise.
Great job to Krystle for getting all the ducks in a row down there for the clinic days. I send you all encouragement and prayers this morning, know I will have you on my mind and in my heart all day long.

Jared said...

Well Kelly the snow is flying here today I'm sure that makes you smile. But on another note it sounds like wonderful things are happening and God is working great blessings on the team. We love you guys and our prayers are with you all. Love the Buchners

Brandon Cary said...

Sup team Haiti , I'm in the airport in Atlanta . I am so proud of Krystle way to go you are such a great young woman and I think of you as a little sister . Wish I could be there . It's on in November , if gods wills it of coarse