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Serving in Les Cayes, Haiti

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October 2015

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When we decided to start writing this blog, our goal was to update it at least once a week. I had images of artistic pictures, funny quotes, and creative stories. But finding the time to sit down and write a post has been a challenge… let alone remember to take pictures. But I’ve got a few so that’s all that matters.

Actually, the title of this post is the creole word for, “busy.” Which by definition, explains exactly what this week has been. A good busy, though.

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This week, we attended church at the Center and then went to church at the Village of Hope. Attending church at the Village has been a fun experience, not because they have great music or comfortable chairs or a beautiful church. Quite the opposite is true, which is what makes the VOH a joyful church experience. They aren’t fancy with their instruments or their worship, they have very basic needs, and yet there is authenticity in their worship and a genuine spirit about their leaders.

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On Monday, which is usually Bible Study night, we surprised the girls by showing up for Bible Study. You’re probably doubting us right now, thinking the missionaries surprised the girls by showing up?  I know that sounds bad. But wait…
Zachery’s parents usually lead Bible Study on Monday evenings and since their departure to the U.S. last week, everyone assumed Bible Study would probably be on pause until they returned in a few weeks. Bible Study is something that the girls look forward to every week and we felt like they shouldn’t miss out. It was a fun evening and Zachery is a natural with the girls and knows just how to engage the older ones who think they’re too old to sing J-E-S-U-S. But after the fun and games, Zachery asked the girls to give him a recap of the sermon on Sunday as well as a point of application. Talk about a herd of deer in the headlights! After a few minutes of giggling, one of the older girls stood up and gave a wonderful answer. Let’s see how they do next week!
Please continue to pray for the men, women, and children we serve in Haiti!

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1 Week and counting…

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Over the course of the week, Zachery and I would say to one another, “We should blog about this…” or, “This would make a good blog post.” Hence, the 5 “Things” post. Why, limit your post to one discovery?

1. When you get married a lot changes—names changes, joint accounts, address change, etc. When you get married in Haiti—even more changes. Our first week in Haiti has been full of changes. Serving in a country, married versus single, is vastly different. No longer are you worried about just your plans, but his, hers, and our plans. You work as a ministry team—no longer singular—but plural embracing the design God has set for a husband and wife. It’s been such a joy to walk hand-in-hand with my soul mate as we embark on this new journey together!

2. Recently, Zachery and I were visiting the Joshua House and one of the older boy’s was playfully swinging his arm. Quickly, he was jokingly reprimanded by the facility supervisor to stop. Apparently, in Haitian culture, when a man becomes married, he can no longer consider himself an equal with young men—with marriage comes a new level of respect. Who would’ve thought!

3. Haitian time is a whole new time zone. Emphasis added. This means church services, appointments, lines, travel, business hours are at a whole new dimension. This wasn’t really a new discovery for us, but a lesson we’ve learned over and over. When we first arrived we had hoped to move into our new home right away—but it turned out that God had other plans in mind. At this point, we’ll be waiting for a few more weeks before we can make the move.

4. Every couple should make curtains for their house…..within the first six months of marriage. A true test.  Just like every couple should take a canoe ride (upstream) on their honeymoon (…another story). Recently, Zachery and I have taken upon the task of making curtains for our new house and which has proven to be quite the challenge! In two hours, we got one panel done—so from this point forward we’re really hoping to decrease the amount of time.

5. Keeping the Word fresh in your mind is important. It’s very easy to become disconnected with the Word during business. It’s even easier to forget to pray, forget to memorize, and forget to give thanksgiving to God for his blessings. I’ve learned to appreciate and savor the minutes Zachery and I spend together in the morning, before a busy day, reading and praying God’s Word.

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At the Joshua House

Please keep us in your prayer as this week we start teaching Sunday evening service for the boys and girls.

P.S. The answer to our FB Question is….Coconut! During the hottest part of the day All day the body perspires and drinking coconut water is a great way to re-hydrate and replenish your body of much needed electrolytes.

Ministry Outreach

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One of the exciting parts of ministry is interacting with people–whether on a missions team to Haiti or visiting churches–ministry provides many opportunities to reach out to others. Recently we spoke at the church Olivia’s family attends and we had an encouraging and blessed evening. To make this missions night extra special, we created a “Taste of Haiti” and made rice & beans, pikliz (spicy slaw), and fish sauce. Aside from the pikliz burning the mouths of our faithful attendees, the food was a success!

Initially, we only had 3 people RSVP but ended up having 30+ people attend–which was a huge blessing.

Zachery spoke and was incredible as he described what we’ll be doing in Haiti, where we’ll be living, and how we support ourselves. But mostly, he stressed the point of the different areas of support. Many people hear the word, “support” and think it means monthly pledge checks, annual fundraising letters, and a sacrifice of their time. Sure, this is true some of the time, but there are many times when support means much more than writing a check–it means prayer and encouragement.

Prayer is one of our biggest forms of support–we can’t do much in ministry without it. Which is why it’s encouraging to know our brothers and sisters in Christ are praying for us.

Encouragement is huge because we need uplifting emails, letters, phone calls, or notes–especially when the going gets tough. 1 Thessalonians 5 is a beautiful chapter that defines encouragement in ministry and the vitality of it: 

 “And we urge you, brethren, to recognize those who labor among you, and are over you in the Lord and admonish you, 13 and to esteem them very highly in love for their work’s sake. Be at peace among yourselves.”

Speaking of prayer…please keep us in your prayers as we prepare to travel in the next few weeks!

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