Sunday, February 6, 2011
New Team, New Progress
The new team has finally arrived after days of traveling and flight cancellations. From city to city, bus to plane, they were determined to get here....and boy are we thankful! They are WORKERS! We have gotten so much accomplished in the past day and a half! ALL of the bins are sorted, organized and ready to move, tote bags are filled with distribution items, hygiene kits were made and stored, the containers are cleaned out, blinds on the windows, and lights in the ceilings!
We all had a wonderful morning of worship at church. It was exactly what I needed today. Our pastor spoke about faith.....a faith that withstands the hard times. It's easy to have faith when everything is going well, harder when you are facing battles. It is easy to have faith when you are guiding someone else about their problems, harder when you are the one in trouble. The road of choosing to have faith is not always a popular road. Often times people don't understand your thoughts or actions....even Christian friends. But it is the road God calls us to take. We must choose faith not because it's easy....but because Jesus died for it. I will live my life for Him. As a people pleaser it is so easy to lose days running around trying to make everyone happy. My God, the God who sent his son to die for me, wants my attention..demands my attention. I want to hear the whispering of His voice. Amidst the chaos, amidst the drama, amidst the troubles of the world, I yearn to hear His voice. In the end, that's all that really matters. I have chosen the long, difficult road of blindly believing in the faithfulness of my God. And I think I'm in pretty good hands considering his past record!
Tomorrow the ladies on the team are going over to the school with me in the morning. We will be making 500 peanut butter sandwiches and holding a food distribution for 75 families. I am hoping to find Pierreline while we are there! Please be praying for her. Needless to say, the men will be working at the new property!
Not much new is going on at HOPE House.....besides our new pet pigs....or should I say hogs. Boy do they STINK! The are entering in through the drain behind the house. You can imagine my surprise as I went downstairs below the house to find Myslene and found three giant pigs! At first I just chucked, only in Haiti! ...then IN inhaled. The stench was awful. It was time for them to go! They continue to return each day and took down a huge tree in our backyard.....have I mentioned lately how excited I am to be moving?
This morning there was a small tremor that sent people panicking. It wasn't large enough to create any damage, but it sent people rushing from buildings and into the streets. After church we took the team to EpiDor and we couldn't figure out why it was so empty! We had been in the truck and hadn't even felt it. A friend of ours was outside with his two little boys. His wife died in the earthquake and they were working up the courage to go inside and pick up the food they ordered. Most of the Haitians around us were just shaking there heads wondering when, if ever, it will all be over.
I have attached a new pictures of the ladies in the journal program....just in case you didn't believe me when I stated in the last post about the friendships and laughter resulting from our time together. One more month until our first class graduates! New journals have arrived in Michigan!
I better get out of this chair and help the ladies clean! Thank you for your continued prayers and support!
Don't forget why you are here. Take you time and pray. Thank God for each day!