Friday, November 19, 2010

Revision

I truly believe that most things can be improved with revision; whether it’s editing a story or updating an old recipe, a second look typically corrects some fault or brings some betterment.

By God’s grace, we have discovered this to be true for our family and our mission to serve in Haiti. Our intent was to be in Haiti now, living and working. We spent the first half of this year fostering relationships with organizations and individuals at home and in Haiti. We planned to move in September, but in late summer we received word from our host organization in Haiti that they were no longer able to provide housing for our family. As you might guess, finding a safe place to live in Haiti isn’t impossible, but it isn’t exactly easy. It will require months of preparation and planning. We would not be living in Haiti this year.

Of course, we were discouraged and sad. But, we were not willing to give up. We sought God’s direction and discovered that this delay was in fact a blessing- a great revision to our plan!

In preparing for our life in Haiti, we spoke with many wise and experienced church planters and missionaries. Among the helpful advice and encouragement we repeatedly heard the suggestion to have “more experience” in church planting & operation before landing in Haiti. But, this didn’t fit with our eager timeline, and it’s not exactly as if you can find a church being planted in your backyard….except when that’s what God wants you to find.

Some may want to call it coincidence, but I prefer blessing or design. Either way, it is no small thing that our home church is preparing to launch a new campus in our neighboring town. Neither is it insignificant that the pastor of this campus is an experienced church planter, willing to share his experience and knowledge, and eager to be involved in our mission: to create a relationship between his American church and our Haitian one. No small thing indeed.

And so, Chris and I have joined the team to ‘launch’ this new campus. We see the experience and knowledge to be gained as tremendous benefits to our mission in Haiti. Moreover, we see this as a humbling and exciting opportunity to be a part of something beautiful- bringing people back to God.

While we spend the next several months dedicated to serving the church and people close to home, we’ll continue to prepare for serving Haiti. We are exploring housing options and nurturing our relationships with the organizations we hope to partner with. We are researching and learning as much as we can about Haiti, church planting and successful international missions. And, we are recruiting a team to support our mission; would you like to join us?

Saturday, August 7, 2010

A small delay...


Well, if anything is true about Haiti, it's that things seldom go as planned. For several reasons, our departure has been delayed a bit. While we would love to be on our way, we trust God and will be patient for His time- which is always the right time! Until then, we are continuing preparations, sorting and shedding our things, practicing Creole, and enjoying the end of summer.

Wednesday, June 30, 2010

The plan...

Thank you so much for the encouragement and well-wishes! We are so blessed to have you as friends and family!

Forgive us as we bounce around in time for these next few entries. Before we go back and tell the events and prayers that brought us to this place, let me first look ahead a bit and let you know some of what we'll be doing.

Our plan is to leave for Haiti in early September. While in Haiti, we have several goals including raising up a new church, creating a community center, and working with multiple relief agencies. Some of these particular details are still being discussed, but there is much that needs to be done in Haiti, and much that we can do to help the community we settle in.

We estimate that we will stay in Haiti about 2 years; and during that time we hope to have our house rented (know anyone looking for a 3BR/2.5 Bth in Bolingbrook?). Pretty much everything else we'll sell or store. We can take with us about 100 lbs of stuff (in 2 bags) per person, so whatever fits, comes and whatever doesn't, well, we're hoping to have some visitors. :)

The children are excited and looking forward to the adventure. They'll likely attend the local school, but we will home-school as well.

Just 2 months from now, "home" will be a much different place. We're busy getting ready, letting go, and preparing ourselves for what is sure to be the adventure of a lifetime. Thanks for following us!

Monday, June 28, 2010

Welcome to our story.

From Jen:

Yes, it's true. We're moving to Haiti. In just a few months, we'll pack up, leave the life that we know, and begin our sojourn.

We've created this blog as a place to journal, to share our story(ies), and to stay connected with friends & family. We invite you to stop by occasionally, see how we're doing- drop us a note.

Over the next few days, Chris and I will share more of our story, which is, really, God's story. We're blessed to have this opportunity, and we're eager to be doing God's work.