We’re So Thankful

We are thankful for a few days off from school!

We are thankful to Norma for yummy Thanksgiving food!

We are thankful for our family and the blessings God has given us!

We are thankful for our supporters who make it possible for us to live and serve in Haiti!

I’m thankful for Mykeldine and the other girls in my class…Alaina

I’m thankful for fun fifth graders…Mme Scott

I’m thankful for my grades and friends…Anessa

We’re thankful for Christmas decorations!

I’m thankful for the donations so we can go to Missouri for Christmas…Anessa

We’re thankful for rain and cool weather to enjoy chili and hot tea…Scott and Alicia

I’m thankful for my health, even though I have a cold right now…Alaina

I’m thankful for my comfortable home…Alicia

I’m thankful I get to do something I love…Scott

We’re thankful for electricity and oxygen…fifth grade students

 

 

Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good;

his love endures forever.

 

 

Girls’ Bible Study Sleepover

This year I have 8 wonderful young ladies in my Bible Study Group. I started with most of these girls two years ago as seventh graders. Last year was difficult with the death of one of the girls before the school year started. We studied One Girl Can Change the World and I was amazed at how they realized that we don’t know what the future holds and therefore we can be doing things for God now, and not waiting for when we’re older.

This year we’ve started studying Bad Girls of the Bible and it’s been interesting to see how we can learn from the stories of different women in the Bible. There’s been lots of discussion about the relationship between a man and woman in marriage, what’s right and what’s wrong. I pray that they will make wise choices when it comes to boys, and I hope they can help support one another in making good choices with boys.

Also at the beginning of this year I asked them what they wanted to do this year as a group and the Number 1 thing was have a sleepover! So, thanks to the graciousness of my wonderful husband, who cooked and cleaned the whole night and next day, they were able to come over and eat, watch movies, dance, sleep for only 2 hours, but have lots of fun! The next day they wanted to go downtown to a little restaurant and eat together, so one of the girl’s mom sent a truck to take us there and back. We had yummy chicken, tasso(beef), or hot dogs with fried banann or french fries, yummy! It was really great to spend time with these girls and get to know them and build a relationship with them. I love each one of them and they’ve been such a blessing to me to see how God is working in their lives.

Please join me in praying for Anne, Farah, Gerdeley, Sabina, Marie Christie, Rose Kerline, Rose Yveline, and Rose Glendine!

120 volts lost and found

There’s always work going on at Sonlight. Things need to be fixed, replaced, improved, whatever. Lately, the work has all be about wiring. More specifically, the work has all been about reorganizing the AC wiring mess that has accumulated slowly over the years. We’d all agree that the situation was ripe for a redo. John and his team of guys has been disconnecting, rerouting and reconnecting folks for days.

Our day was last week. The power was off for a while, then it was back on. Except it wasn’t all back on it was just about half back on. We had only one leg of our 220 so about half the outlets in the house worked. With enough extension cords I managed to get the refrigerator and freezer running. After being off most of the day though, they were pulling too much for me to also try the run much else. Needless to say, it was a long, muggy night.

After many hours, spanning two days, of troubleshooting it was almost back on. We just couldn’t seem to work out the other leg of the 220. We had working before, so it should work again. And then Voila! We thought we were in business, but no. We found the missing 120 volts, but they ended up on the same line as the first 120 volts. Zzzap!  I was pretty sure we’d killed the water pump, washer, freezer and refrigerator.

This kind of electrical experience is a great teacher. After this misconnection, we know exactly which wires were providing each leg of 120v.

I spent the rest of the day teaching and silently wondering and praying about how many things might be burned up at home.  In the end, we lost a water pump, a coffee maker, an ethernet switch, a power strip and a power supply for a video game. Not too shabby all things considered.

I use the extra time it takes to make coffee(on the stove) each morning to think about how blessed we are to have what we have. The pump has been replaced, I found an old ethernet switch and the power strip and video game part can hopefully be replaced over our Christmas travel.

God is good even when we’re angry and unappreciative. His love doesn’t remove the junk of this world from our lives.  It reminds me that this world is not my home. I have my eyes on a better place.

 

PS: Thank you, John,  for all you do. You’re a blessing.

Missing October

While I was growing up in Missouri, October was always my favorite month; I especially liked the colder, wetter weather, the leaves blowing, the frost, and Halloween.  Living in Haiti, I miss all those signs of autumn but I still look for them. The temperature drops a bit, a few leaves fall from the almond trees, but there’s no real Halloweeny-Autumny feel.

I really missed this October.  It was full of experiences to be sure. During the month, we finished the first quarter of school, attended a funeral in Anse-a-Foleur, gave the SAT test, started up chess club, lost a generator, had a staff Halloween party and best of all, a student baptism.

I guess the only problem was how fast it all seemed to go by. Days and days that seem so full and then, when you get a day or two to catch your breath you don’t know how best to spend it. Should you rest and recharge or refocus your efforts to try to get ahead of the work and better prepare for the next day? If you spend your day off with that great book you’ll feel like you wasted valuable time. If you spend the day planning and prepping for projects, you’ll be exhausted and mad that you didn’t take a day to refresh yourself. In the end, I’m a fan of the ‘waste the time relaxing’ method. I keep reminding myself that God created the Sabbath for rest and that Jesus spent time alone in pray (and rest I hope!).

Please pray for our new Christian brother Henrico, for our remaining generator and that however we all spend our time we do so in a manner pleasing to God.