Monday, January 7, 2013


We have made it to Detroit with no flight cancellation calls from the airline! The further we made it down the road today, the greater became the realization that we are actually on our way. The weather was beautiful and cooperative, and we made good time, even pulling a trailer. Tonight we gathered for an informal meeting to collaborate on our mission, and the sharing time was very rich. We prayed together and now we are readying for a few hours of sleep. As always we have much to do, and little time to do it in. So we will do our best to accomplish all we are allowed to do, and trust it is enough. Rick shared a thought tonight about how the poor view themselves, it's funny how we become disillusioned by what we possess. We often gather opinions of ourselves based on what we have or don't have. His point was that the poor see themselves broken, useless, and unwanted. In truth, the reality is we are all broken, in some form or fashion we are useless and unwanted, even when we have much. If you happen to possess much at all, you are usually envied for what you have, not for who you are as a person. In our culture, we are wrestling with entitlement mentality that says take from those who have and give to those who do not, balance the equation we say. In truth that will fix nothing because our value system has been broken, it's now about stuff and not people, or relationships. As we shared around the room tonight, relationship took center stage and it was refreshing to feel, to partake in. As we plunge ourselves into the Haitian culture tomorrow, we enter a realm where relationship is not in poor straights. As we share with them this week, we will all take away something from them as well, if we don't, it will be our own faults. While they are the poorest of the poor as the world counts riches, they seem to possess a wealth of relationship understanding, and we suffer a terrible deficiency of it in our culture right now. We busy ourselves in pursuit of the American dream, and then just about the time we achieve it, we die and leave it to another. Or it's never quite enough, and we cut off all that really matters in our reckless pursuit. Don't take me wrong, hard work is good for us, there is nothing wrong with making money, this mission cost me personally, it can't happen without hours of labor to pay the bills. But we need to be careful to seek balance, to not give away the most important thing for a bowl of porridge. So time to rest, to pause the cursor on the screen, 2:30 am steams toward us, 28 suitcases, 13 day packs and 13 travelers to get to the airport early and catch our 6:20 am flight. We need some rest! Blessings tonight!


Jake T and Family said...

Good morning team Haiti! Blessings and prayers coming your way from TC.
Isaiah 3:10
Tell the godly that all will be well for them. They will enjoy the rich reward they have earned!
All will be well on this trip, God says so! Very excited to hear where the good Lord leads you all on this journey. Know this we are here lifting you all in prayer, thinking of you often. God bless!

Anonymous said...

Praying for you all!!! I so excited for the ministry opportunity ahead of you and all that GOD will accomplish through your willing hands! Though so many of us are many miles apart we stand right behind you in prayer and love for our Haitian sisters and brothers. May GOD's grace go before you, HIS hand of protection lead the way, may HIS answers to the needs you will face but don't even know about be evident. May HIS rest cover you for we all know the nights are never long enough and above all may your lives be re shaped by the work HE is about to do through you!
P.s. make sure to eat your oranges Krystle!! It will keep you healthy!
Lots of love the other orange bandit.

Anonymous said...

Yesterday right after my personal devotions, I turned on the news. A dramatic contrast unfolded before me: I had just read in the Sermon on the Mount about laying up treasures in heaven; then came the newscaster reporting that scalpers of tickets for the Alabama-Notre Dame football championship game actually were selling and getting $2000 for their tickets.
The pastor was right: This is an example of "selfish desires." But more than that. The contrast of the TREASURES you all are storing up so that other DEAR, needy saints and would-be saints, can possess eternal treasures themselves was and is painfully sharp. The football "treasures" are hardly that, totally ephemeral and of little lasting
value. And putting Mammon in great numbers into three hours of pain or pleasure under the pastor's "soft ( and useless) quilt of American culture" is so sad.
And in light of the game results posted today even more so. BUT you all are serving our Lord and Savior in helping to extend His kingdom. Take JOY and courage!! Nothing can compete with what you are doing. Your servanthood and crowns and, yes, your own treasures are shining---sparkling---under the tough and rough quilt of bringing glory to our God, the Coach par excellence and Sovereign Ruler of all. You are assured of victory,saints. Carry on with His strength and our prayers as your support and second team.
Mom VT

Anonymous said...

We have just returned from D.C. and the funeral of a former Director of the Census who also happens to be our son's father-in-law and a friend of ours for over 20 years. So many people spoke at the service of his Christian kindness; his never uttering a negative about anyone; his refusal to use a government limousine to go to work; but also more important than anything, his structuring the U.S. census so that workers who gathered data came from the neighborhoods and were of the color and culture of that group of people. The minister mentioned that from the example and teachings of Christ, Louis sought out and validated the poor who at last felt they were worthy to be counted.

I mention all of this because your blog about the poor spoke to me after just experiencing that question in church during the funeral. I have always believed from Jesus'saying that it is harder for a rich man to enter the Kingdom of Heaven than a camel through the eye of a needle, that our Lord cared much more for the poor than for the rich. And I have been very troubled by the question: how many houses? how many cars? how many toys does any one person need while others are struggling and weeping and feeling very poor in spirit.
So I could not agree more with your writing that it is important to respect and learn from the strength, the integrity and the joy of the local Christian Haitian culture. I think we have a lot to learn. And bless you all for giving to the least among uson earth.

Meanwhile I am so grateful for our nephew Ethan whose open and searching spirit has led him to Haiti with you. If he shows everyone too many photos of his new son Michael; indulge him. He must be missing him very much! Blessings, Mary-Claire Barton (Aunt MC)

Anonymous said...

Dear Haiti team, I think of each one of you with great joy, respect, and heart is with you! Thank you for going, for giving, for growing. You are instruments of God's love and light! As you settle in tonight to unfamiliar circumstances, I'm praying for refreshing rest. Press into the Lord for the strength and energy you need moment by moment as you enter a new day. He has great things in store for you! Each one of you possess such unique gifts and have much to share. Most of all, you're giving a priceless commodity that is above every possession ever held--love, a deep pure love whose Source is eternal and true. Give lavishly, give with abandon, give because you can never run dry. Know that I'm thinking of you constantly and praying, during the day and night. As I hold Michael and gaze into his infant face, I cannot help but think of the many little ones in Haiti who are so fresh to the world. Thank you for being part of something which will impact their future for good. Much, much love!