Monday, January 14, 2013


Somewhere a rooster crows, a dog barks, a child coughs. The color of the sky is graying just before dawn. A tap on my shoulder, a dark face peering in, a voice says 'I will need some money for concrete'. And so my morning begins. I am not the first up, as I come to the top of the stairs, the soft chatter of men's voices drifts up toward me. A cold shower sends shivers that awaken my senses, a cup of hot coffee, morning conversation about the night before, plans for the day forming. So begins our second to last day in Haiti. By tonight we are hoping we capture pictures of the concrete work finished at the church. We will commence a day of travel here in a few minutes, the team ready's for the day. A tenor of sadness has accompanied us since hearing of the accident down by Port that took the lives of four Americans. As we drove to our speaking engagement last night I had a defensive driving discussion with Robinson and Claudy. We spoke of the comfort and danger pavement brings to travel, especially in a country not accustomed to it. They are apparently beginning training for some road police, as is common with Haiti, it's a bit of the 'cart before the horse' syndrome. I am not afraid to travel here, all travel bears risk, I attempt to lower the risk factor by not choosing the most dangerous paths, but nothing is ever guaranteed. To come to Haiti is to take a risk, but these people are worth the risk. So we go today to share with the mountain folk, and then to a little village outside of town, we will travel slightly up, then we will travel north through the lowlands were we will behold the green of the rice fields. It will be a dusty day, hard day for the sinuses, but will be rewarding in the many faces we will see and the smiles we will share. I am grateful today for the opportunity afforded us to be here, to witness the changes the gospel brings, to be in the moment. Life screams by us a such a great force, we often find ourselves bystanders of the ride. We have been granted the chance to climb aboard, to take this journey, to have our lives shifted and our perspective broadened. We give, we receive so much more in return. That is not my reason for coming, just an acknowledgement that you can never out give the God of the universe! More blogging about that later. I did get up one picture for you, I have tried several times, and the blog has been stingy this trip, no worries though, many are coming! We are capturing many, many priceless moments! I can hardly wait to begin my review of them all! It's hard to process it all here. The ride goes very fast when you are on it! Gravity pulls us homeward, the end looms just ahead, may we finish well! Blessings always.


L said...

Prayers and blessings to you all. Thanks for posting the tent picture, looks great! Thanks for serving the King and see many of you soon.


Jake T. said...

Matthew 11:12
From the days of John the Baptist until now, the kingdom of heaven has been forcefully advancing, and forceful men lay hold of it.
This was the scripture I looked to when I was training for my MMA fights. I see you all as fighters in your own right. Each with a God given set of skills you have taken into the octagonal cage of Haiti. The awesome thing is there are no losers, you are all winners! Looking to advance the Kingdom of God and introduce souls to the maker of Heaven and Earth. You have all prepared, honed your skills and now have the opportunity of putting your skills, preparation, and faith to the test. How exciting! I am encouraged to hear how much you have accomplished so far and can't wait to see you all soon and catch up and hear more stories of triumph and faith expanding experiences. Love and prayers from TC.

Anonymous said...

Hi!Jack, Kel & Beth Jo, Kelly, Krystle, Ray & Deloris, Rick & Karen, Brandon, Neil, Ethan, & Stephen, You've all been very brave souls, as usual attempting to squeeze every bit of giving into every moment you are there. Many ask ?'s or say they are praying often. We are getting excited you'll soon be coming, but remember well the pull to do more when you have to actually say "So long" one more time. Enjoy (as much as you can) the last hours of that wonderful but stifling heat as that will change fast -like 20 tonight. Won't it be interesting to see how the Lord looks at all that's transpired this last week? "Eye hath not seen nor ear heard ----the things which God hath prepared for them that love Him." Sleep well-Love & Hugs MDJ

Anonymous said...

Dearest Haiti Team,
What an amazing ride you've been on, in every way! Thanks for letting those of us back home take part in the journey. I hope the car trouble is fixed soon and y'all stay safe over the roads. May you have wisdom in this final day to use each moment well. I can only imagine how tired each of you must be, as you've poured yourselves out again and again. "But they who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint" (Isaiah 40:31). May the Lord give you all the energy you need as you rely on Him and joyfully run towards the finish line. I know your experiences have been rich; you've loved much and given generously from the depth of your hearts. You will never be the same. The seeds you've sown there and the good that's been done mean this corner of Haiti will never be the same. Those of us following your stories are changed, too, never to be the same. And its a good thing! We are cheering you on and praying for you from home! Will someone there please give Ethan the biggest hug for me? Thank you! I can't wait to do it myself soon. :) Bunches of love and great respect for each one of you,