Matt is home! He’s group landed Monday night just before 11. He has been a walking zombie ever since. His body has been going through adjustments getting acclimated back to US food, air conditioning, even a real bed. He is very thankful not to be waking up in sweat soaked sheets ever morning.
The team’s plane out of Haiti was delayed about 3 hours which resulted in them having to change all of their connections. They had to break up into 3 groups for their return flights out of Miami. Matt just happened to be in the first group to get home Monday night. One group stayed in Miami overnight and the other group stayed the night in Dallas. The group from Dallas arrived Tuesday morning; however, the group out of Miami ended up stranded in Dallas when their last flight was canceled. They would have had to stay in Dallas until Thursday, but a parent traveled there to pick them up (Dallas is only about 3 hours or so from Ruston). Thankfully, all team members are now home!!
Matt really enjoyed his time serving and getting to know the Haitian people. He said he would definitely go back, but he sure is happy to be home. I have about 300 pictures to sort through, but I hope to get those pics and Matt’s story of their trip up first part of next week.
We are traveling back to Kentucky today and we all can’t wait to get home and see Brian again. He returned to Kentucky on Father’s Day, so it’s been about 2 weeks since we’ve seen him (of course, Matt hasn’t seen his Dad since Easter!). We have a full weekend ahead of us and I already know what I will be doing first thing Monday morning…grocery shopping!
The Haiti Team is in their last week on La Gonave. They have been working very hard and they are all wanting to finish the dock before they leave. This means they are working in direct sunlight for 6 hours straight carrying bucket after bucket of cement. In order to finish the 2 year running dock project, the team decided not to return to work at the school. They have held their final Vacation Bible School and also invited some of the older teenage boys and some of the 20 somethings to join the team in devotions one night so they could see how devotions could be held if they gathered together after the team departed.
They also discovered that the World Cup reaches out and touches life even in the villages on La Ganove Island. The team, along side the Haitians, worked a half day in order to watch the game in the afternoon. The leader said she had never seen buckets passed so quickly in her many trips to Haiti. The foreman was not “enthusiastic” about returning the next day, but agreed. However, when the team arrived the next day they quickly realized there would be no work that day due to the World Cup. It appears the Haitians know how to work hard, but also when to stop and play. (Something we, as Americans, typically have a hard doing.)
The team is also dealing with the emotional side of leaving. Realization is dawning with all the “last time” events. They have also naturally developed strong bounds with many of the Haitian people and they are realizing that they will have no way of communicating with those they have developed deep relationships once they leave.
The leaders have passed on a request for prayer for the team during these final days in Haiti. Not only is this week labor intensive, but is also filled emotionally with feelings of sadness over the pending departure and separation. One of the leaders expressed that their spirits have been high and prays that God will continue to strengthen them so they can finish well and “not grow weary in doing good.”
Please join me in prayer for the team members and those they have grown to love in Haiti.
Saturday was Vacation Bible School at my in-law’s church and the kids had a great time.
There were wanted posters, wagon wheels, a campfire and tent.
The boys, of course, decided to be outlaws when they first got their cowboy hats and bandanas. It’s what boys do…
They sang songs around the “campfire”, listened to Bible stories, made all sorts of crafts, and ate their weight in hamburgers and hotdogs.
Sarah was the lone cowgirl amongst all the cowboys, but it didn’t phase her one bit. She’s used to holding her own with the boys.
When I saw the wanted posters, I thought how true that really was.
Each one of us has our face on God’s Most Wanted poster. It doesn’t matter who we are or what we have done or what we look like. God wants you just as much as He wants me or the person standing next to you in the grocery line.
“Suppose one of you has a hundred sheep and loses one of them. Doesn’t he leave the ninety-nine in the open country and go after the lost sheep until he finds it?And when he finds it, he joyfully puts it on his shoulders and goes home. Then he calls his friends and neighbors together and says, ‘Rejoice with me; I have found my lost sheep.’
You are God’s Most Wanted.
His precious sheep.
All you have to do is call His name and He will gather you up and rejoice.
For you, who were lost and wanted oh so much, has been found.