Monday, August 25, 2014

One year ago...

One year ago today I moved to the beautiful island of Haiti.
One year ago today I can remember mixed emotions.
My life had been shattered and would never be mended again.
I remember saying my goodbyes to my normal life, to everything that was familiar to me. Goodbye to my family not knowing when I would see them again.
One year ago today I remember walking down a dark sketchy alley trying to buy a mattress.
One year ago today I remember crying my self to sleep wondering how Gods plan would unfold.

One year later I have learned a new culture and customs and the one I grew up with is now foreign.
One year later I now say goodbyes to the multitude that die from treatable preventable diseases and still wonder when, if I will see them again.
One year later, that mattress is still comfy but most nights its too hot and the cement floor on the porch is much more inviting.
One year later I still cry myself to sleep.
I have been pulled out of my comfort zone and thrown into the war. I will continue to fight for the sake of the Gospel and for His name to increase.
This is my crazy life and I cannot imagine being anywhere else.

But I am forever greatful for what I have learned being on the field this year.
You learn to cope with death easier because its all too common.
You learn to pray more and lean on His shoulders because no longer are you capable of doing anything without Him.
You learn to love more, judge less, and give it all because everyone you meet is going through a battle.

I could not of lived this life without my supporters and prayer partners and most of all Gods grace.

Here is to many more years of following Him, no matter what the crowd thinks. You alone are all I want. You alone are all I need.

Saturday, August 23, 2014

Up on the rooftop!

WE ARE HAPPY TO ANNOUNCE LA LIMYE NOW HAS A ROOF!!!! Technically it is only the ceiling of the first floor but it will be used as a roof until the second floor is made! GOD IS GOOD!

We cannot say thank-you enough and we cannot send praises enough to our amazing King Jesus for bringing us this far. My faith has been strengthened by the love and support of you all who have made this vision come true. I would say we are at the half way mark. It is half way livable! May God's name be glorified each step of the way as we continue to try and shine HIS light into the country of Haiti.

Now I know you all are wondering... what is next?!

We have to plaster the walls with cement. (smooth out the cinder blocks and fill in the rebar holes)
needed: 2 loads of white sand at $125.00usd each
300 bags of cement at $8.50usd each

We are in communication with a water well drilling ministry and looking at a dual system so that the children's home as well as the community can have access to clean water. This company will charge around $8,000.00 to drill. We will then purchase a 11,000kw generator for around $8,000. Plus around 12 solar panels, a few inverters and batteries and we will have electricity for a few hours a day. The electricity is mainly used to pump up the water into the cisterns each day.
It will cost $6,816.00 per year to run the generator for four hours each day.

We would love to throw in some toilets for $100.00 each, maybe a sink or two for $200.00 each, a propane stove is $350.00 and the propane fridge is the beautiful amount of $1,750.00!!

We also have the great news that our own 501c3 Non-Profit ministries paperwork is being worked on! It will take a few months for the IRS to look it over and process it, but we are greatful that the process has begun.

Hebrews 11:9-10 " By faith Abraham made his home in the promised land like a stranger in a foreign country; he lived in tents, as did Issac and Jacob, who were heirs with him of the same promise. For he was looking forward to the city with foundations, whose architect and builder is God".

May God put peace in the souls that will join us in this home. Wherever they are, worried, hungry, or even homeless,  I want them to know the doors will be open soon, and you are welcome to come. My house is your house.

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

The road less traveled by

I have had many girls email me expressing their desires to live overseas and live out the Great Commission. (I am still praying about where all the guys are!)... but since I am no expert at this life I have decided to look at the words of Amy Carmichael and Elizabeth Elliott for advice!

First question: Are you a fool?
First answer: YES!
For the same reason Apostle Paul was, for Christs sake

"We follow a stripped and crucified Savior, those words go very deep. They touch everything- motives, purposes, decisions, everything. Let them be with you as you prepare your spirit for the new life. Dear, you are coming to a battlefield. Don't play through life."

"A new arrival might at first see only flowers and babies and bright faces and you will feel, I hope, a general sweetness and happiness...under the sweetness there is a real cross."

"Is the work for which we want the money Gods chosen work for us or our chosen work for Him?"

"If one is preparing to storm the bastions of heathendom, it will not do any good to blench at creepie-crawlies!"

"Words that cut like knives- understand a little of what it might mean to "bear shame for the sake of Christ."

"Where He led she would follow. What He fed she would swallow."

"Perhaps no part of the cost of being a foreign missionary is greater than the loneliness."

"Missionaries are not set apart from the rest of the human race, not purer, nobler, higher, Wings are an illusive fallacy, some may possess them, but they are not very visable, and as for me, there is not the least sign of a feather."

"Do not imagine that by crossing the sea and landing on a foreign shore and learning a foreign lingo you burst the bonds of outer sin and hatch yourself a cherubim."

"Some mistakes are made due party to the fear that if she did not find out immediately where she was to go, the strength to obey would fail."
"Be still and know" When His time came, His will was clear

"You cannot survive the storms without the anchor of the constraining love of Christ."

"Banging doors, crying babies, barking dogs, squawking crows, perpetual noises of all sorts and conditions all day long and all night long up to strong and awful attacks of the devil, the prince of heathendom."

"Wherever the Gospel of Christ is preached, believed, or scruplously obeyed, there is trouble."

"It will be seen that missionary work, most of the time offers little that could be called glamour."

"Let her prepare her heart for temptations... she will be instantly up against all sorts of attacks and this will increase after she takes the next step."

"Bring with you a strong sense of humor and no sense of smell."

"The devil does not care how many hospitals we build, any more than he cares how many schools and colleges we put up, if only he can pull our ideals down and sidetrack us on to anything of any sort except the living of holy, loving, humble lives, and the bringing of men, women, and children to know our Lord Jesus Christ not only as Savior but as Sovereign Lord."

"Not a word of attraction I can write to [ a prospective recruit].  It will be desperately hard work, iron would snap under the strain of it. I ask for steel, that quality which is at the back of all going on, patience which cannot be tired out, and love that loves in ever deed unto death."

My advice: GO!  If I told you Jesus was coming back very soon, what would you do?
I can not express enough the need to fill the mission fields will followers. We need help.
Whether you are a "missionary" in your own home country or in a far away village, please know that myself as well as hundreds of other "fools for the sake of Christ" are praying for you every step of the way. Don't let the thought of pain and fear scare you away. "The christian life if gloriously difficult. But the difficulties down make us give up and cave in, they stir us up to overcome" The troubles are momentary and are oh so worth it. The joy of seeing a sick child smile, or a hungry boy fed, or a crippled girl walk, will press you on. When God calls you, He equips you, and it is all worth it.

To live is Christ
To die is gain

John 12:24 "I tell you the truth, unless a kernel of wheat falls to the ground and dies, it remains only a single seed. But if it dies, it produces many seeds."

Matthew 28:18-20 "All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age."

The trials are nothing compared to the joy that awaits

"But to the glory of His name, let me witness that in far away lands in loneliness, in times of downheartedness and tiredness and sadness always always He is near. He does comfort us if we let Him. Perhaps someone as weak and good-for-nothing as even I am may read this. Do not be afraid, Through all circumstances, outside, inside, He can keep you close."