Our Journey Continues…..

Mary and I are excited about what we believe is the next step for our family in bringing life transformation to the people of Haiti. We have had the amazing privilege to spend the last 3 years serving At Mission of Hope in Haiti. We have seen so many lives changed both physically and spiritually including our own. Truly God is at work in Haiti!!!!

I love Haiti and will spend the rest of my life serving the people of Haiti, however, I can see that the time has come for us to serve in a different way. Believe me, I have wrestled and prayed over our next step for months.

In mid-August my roll and location will change a little. I will still serve at Mission of Hope alongside our fantastic Haitian and US team but from the US. We will be moving back to the US, to the great state of Michigan where the snowflakes live. I will continue to oversee projects in Haiti and travel 2—3 times a month to Haiti. I will help guide and assist our wonderful Haitian construction staff to keep pace with all that God is doing at Mission of Hope. I will also, while in the US, coordinate our shipping and procurement of building products and other resources that are either hard to get in Haiti or too expensive. In addition, I will come along side our development team to help connect what God is miraculously doing in Haiti with churches, individuals and businesses who want to help but are unsure of where or how to best do that. Specifically I will help to connect people with the continuing need for housing in the community of Leveque. There are still close to 200 families that we are committed to move out of blue tents to block homes. I can’t wait to see the last blue tent torn down!!!!

I can’t lie, inside I don’t want to leave Haiti. But hard as it is, I have to follow God’s direction. The more I let this idea settle into my heart and mind the more I see how it will benefit our family, Mission of Hope and ultimately Haiti.

I need to say thanks to all of you who have stood by us both financially and with prayer support. We could not do it without you nor will we be able to continue without you. Like any other US based missionaries we will still need to raise support to continue working in Haiti. The only thing that will change is our housing arrangements and my amount of time spent traveling. My prayer is that you will continue to stand with us in whatever capacity you can so we can all continue to see the nation of Haiti changed for Christ…..Amazing things happen when God’s people work together to see the gospel spread.

Thanks for all the prayers and support as we make plans and work out the details.

Special Day

Today is a very special day for 2 reasons.

The first reason is that it is Noah’s 12th birthday.  He has been excited for this day for over a month now, and has been counting it down.  We will be heading in to Port-au-Prince to do some special things and get some ice cream!  HAPPY BIRTHDAY NOAH!

The second reason today is special is, it was 1 year ago today that our bags were packed, we boarded our flights and arrived in Haiti to serve with Mission of Hope, Haiti.  It was so exciting to begin a new journey with our family.  I had so many emotions that day, excitement, sadness, nervousness, just to name a few.  Excited for what was beginning for us, sad to leave family and friends, and nervous about the unknown.

So much has happened in this past year.  Many buildings have been built, 175 homes for people whose homes were damaged in the earthquake or never had a home, a building to house teams that come down to serve with us, a new office addition for our ever-growing Haitian staff,  8 school rooms that will school over 300 children this fall, a depot for all the sports equipment donated for the orphans to play in the gym, a new 3 Cords building where many amputee ladies work, a new 37,000 square foot warehouse so we can expand our feeding program, a hospital that will be open 24 hours that will open in the Spring.  I hope I’m not forgetting anything.

We are doing well here, and are now moving into our second year of serving.  Many of you may or may not know that in order to serve the people of Haiti, we have to raise our own funds.  While much has been done over the last year, there is still much to do.  In order to keep serving, we need to raise our second year budget.  Would you consider being a monthly partner along with all the other faithful partners we already have?  Together we can continue to make a difference in the lives of the Haitian people.  To become a partner, click the ‘Donate’ link on our page.

MOH 500 – The Move – Part 3

It happened!  How exciting to finally witness 103 homes being handed over to people in need.

I will post some pics once I receive them from the person that was taking photos.  But in the meantime, check out the link below.  It’s a message from our president, Brad Johnson, about the days events and there are some photos along with it too.

http://www.mohhaiti.org/blog/reflections_moh_500_key_ceremony

Upcoming Events

There’s a lot of excitement in the air.  Within the next month we have 2 big events happening.

One will be giving out the first 100 homes in LeVeque, this is where the MOH 500 homes project is.  The people to receive the homes have been chosen by a committee of Haitians.  It will be great to see the families receive their home.

The second is almost 300 kids, grades K-5, will start attending school in September in the new school built on our property in Bercy, also known as our North Campus.  How exciting to be giving more kids a Christian education.

Update

Things have been great here at MOH.  We have been keeping extremely busy.

We are in the midst of having 100-150 people here each week serving along with us.  Our big outreach going on right now is our VBS, this will continue for 8 weeks.  We have 200-300 different children each week, from different villages, coming to learn about Jesus and be loved on.

John has so many construction projects going on, I think I’ve lost count!  Let’s just say, he keeps busy.

I have settled into my position as part of the Group Coordination Team and enjoying it.

The kids are doing great!  They finished their main school subjects up in mid-June, but we have been doing US History and are almost done.  We will finish up this Friday!  They have been enjoying going out rat hunting, not that they’ve killed anything yet, or I don’t think they’ve even seen any during the hunt.  They have been making bows & arrows out of sticks to hunt with.  They also really enjoyed having the scorpion that they caught in our house for a few days.

It has been great seeing so many familiar faces over the past months!  You all know who you are.  And great getting to know all the new faces!  You all know who you are.

For any that didn’t know….we have moved to our new apartment.  We didn’t have to go far, we just moved below where we were.  Still getting settled in, but we will get there soon.

Please pray for our house to sell very soon!  We recently changed realtors, which has helped, but we really need it to sell soon!

Thanks to everyone for all of your prayers and support!