It is difficult to even begin to write about what has been going on in our lives the past week. We keep saying we need to update the blog, but sitting down for long enough and thinking about what we are experiencing and feeling does not come easy.
What we do know, is that God is good. He is good in the fun, in the hard, in the sad, in the new, in it all.
Many people have asked about our travel. It went very well considering the details of traveling with 5 children and 3 adults, 10 suitcases, planes, cars, different airlines, and a total of 5 ascents and descents. A few instances of motion sickness and several of those fun little bags they supply, but we survived it fine. What a blessing to have Lizz traveling with us.
Our friends here waiting for us blessed us, also! Our house was stocked with some food, our beds were made, and they welcomed us with open arms. So excited to be living life with these people.
The children are experiencing new things everyday. I believe the favorites are the new friends they are making, the babies they are helping with, the lizards, and the spiders (as long as they are not in their room). They do miss their family and friends, but it is fun to have technology to cross the miles for us. There are also other challenges each of us are facing, and we know there will be many more.
We are so grateful for the prayers and words of encouragement people are sending. In the rough moments, it is what helps give us perspective. Prayer requests at this time are for health, patience for all as we adjust and experience many emotions, adjustment to weather and a new schedule, and for us to have the ability to learn Creole quickly. We are reminded of John 15. Jesus spoke to his disciples just before His arrest. His will is that they bear fruit, more fruit and much fruit. But they must abide in Him. He is the vine, we are the branches. We must abide in Him. That is a key command in this passage that is repeated several times. In verse 5 Jesus said, "...without me, you can do nothing." Please pray that we will truly abide in Christ.
Our first day in Haiti. New friends are a blessing!