The end of summer is always bittersweet for us. It means leaving grandparents and great-grandparents, family, friends, and our BSCC church family. It also means the end of truly reliable electricity, water and high-speed internet access, bookstores, great beef, mexican food and donuts. That would be the bitter part. Now, some of the sweet parts are, being back together with our Sonlight staff and members of the community here in Port-de-Paix, sharing Christ with young people, being in the classroom to see lives change day by day and not having to hear/see any political ads.
It really is good to be back. It wasn’t easy getting here though. Our group was one ticket short at the small airport in Port Au Prince, so I stayed the night in PAP, confident I’d be on the 2:00pm flight on Wednesday. As it turns out, I almost wasn’t on that flight. Apparently, when you’re holding a ticket and the person at the airline counter says ‘come back tomorrow at 12:30pm,’ that doesn’t actually constitute a reservation. In the end, and after many phone calls between PAP and PdP, I did make the flight. I arrived in PdP around 4:00pm.
Alicia and the girls settled in pretty fast, unpacking and setting up the house while I made repairs to a satellite dish. There were some electrical issues that we found out about just before leaving the States and the contents of the refrigerator and freezer were completely ruined. The house doesn’t smell too bad now, the freezer seems to still work, but the jury is still out on the refrigerator. The girls have been troopers, no complaints about the smells or the lack of freezer food. Today, since we got back from church they’ve been trying on school uniforms. Everybody’s positive.
This next week is teacher orientation, setting up classrooms, and preparing the school. It’s the best kind of tiring work, an odd mixture of fatigue flavored with frustration. You try it all on your own, don’t get too far and then remember this verse from Psalm 46.
Be still, and know that I am God;
I will be exalted among the nations,
I will be exalted in the earth.
To everyone who made our summer all that it could be, “Thank you.” To all our dear friends outside the KC area, thank you for being so understanding of our summer off. The time we spent with family was priceless.
We’ve sorted a lot of needed school supplies and equipment, brought some with us and shipped others to the boat. Thank you, Blue Springs Christian Church, for your generosity, prayers and continued support.
Please pray for:
- My grandfather Carl Hall. He moved to the hospice house just before we left. Please pray for his continued comfort.
- Our students, Samuel, Dickie, Flogster, Berdjna and Berdjly, who have left Sonlight and will continue as students in the U.S..
- The Hammond family. That Brad will continue to heal from surgery and they’ll all make it in before school starts.
- For our upcoming dedication of the SonCenter, in October.
- That God will be at the center of all we do.