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?