Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Our Trip to Haiti…

It was truly phenomenal.  We are excited, and want to go tomorrow.  But, funds must be raised first and cross cultural training must be acquired.  Our plan is to go in March.  Help us get there!

For those who are interested, here is an overview of what we did… (I am working on getting pictures up)

Tuesday…

We flew from Fort Lauderdale to Port au Prince.  The noon flight from Port au Prince to Les Cayes got cancelled, so Serge (one of RMI’s national staff) came in to pick us up.  We stopped for “fast food” goat on our way to Cayes at a little restaurant that had fast food on the sign.  After the 4 hours drive, we pulled into the driveway of where we will be living.  Thank you to Dan and Amy for the work they did to get the house a little more ready for us to arrive.  And yes, thank you for the gift that you gave us.  Dan gave Becky and I a full tour of the house, yard, and storage depot.  Spike the Iguana is huge!  The tree house needs a little work.  The yard is beautiful!

We went and had dinner at the RMI Guest House with the rest of the RMI missionary staff.

Wednesday…

We started by meeting with the Pastors and School Directors from our 25 or so Sister Churches.  They had all travelled to Cayes for a special 2 day meeting/seminar with RMI, lead by RMI President Dan Shoemaker.  Dan did a great job communicating information related to the Sister Church Program, Hope for Kidz, and the new Feeding program we are launching.  I probably should have been there for the whole 2 day seminar, but Becky and I needed the time to do our thing.  On Wednesday morning, we were there for Haitian style introductions and devotions (about an hour and a half).

We then went and started working through our house.  Generally speaking, we did a lot of sorting, purging, measuring and planning.  After lunch, back with the Pastor’s and Directors at the seminar, Becky and I jumped on a 4 wheeler and toured the mission center, and a little off the mission center.  It was a blast to take Becky around and show her where everything was, where everyone lived, and a little of the countryside.  We got a few stares when I ended up driving through someone’s yard!

That afternoon we spent more time working at the house.

In the evening, we had dinner at the McLaughlin’s home, and then it was on to Prayer Meeting with all the missionaries that live on the mission center.  There were probably 40 or so people there.  It was great.  I had the opportunity to speak.  The best part was just spending time with and meeting the other missionaries that we will serve alongside.

Thursday…

I shared the devotional (simultaneously translated of course) at the Pastor and School Director’s meeting in the morning.  Then, Becky and I spent more time at the house.

We had lunch at the Ferris’s home.  Great meal and fellowship!  Thanks Tom and Karen!  Tom and Karen are teachers at the school on the mission center.  Yes, I will always have fond memories of the multiple chairs I have broken at your home.

In the afternoon Deb Wray, another missionary on the center, took Becky (RMI Missionaries Marilyn, Amy and I tagged along) downtown to show us where to shop.  WOW, our eyes were opened to many new sites!  It was great go in, see the markets, meet the store owners, etc…  Walking through the outdoor markets was literally “breath taking”.  We also drove through a slum area of Cayes.

Thursday night we went to Gelee Beach to a restaurant with the other RMI missionary staff as well as several of the Haitian staff.  We enjoyed good Griot (deep fried pork), Pwazon (fish), and Lambi (Conch). 

Friday…

We spent the morning at the house again.  We had lunch at the home of Sean and Heather Christensen.  Wow, awesome family that we can’t wait to get to know better.  Spaghetti and meatballs.  Thank you Sean and Heather!  We could just tell, they are really genuine good people with servant’s hearts that love Jesus. 

We then went to Rainbow beach for the afternoon.  What a way to end a busy week.  There is nothing like sitting on a beach, under the coconut trees, relaxing.  Nice.

In the evening, we went to the home of LJ and Ruth Scott and fellowshipped with them, the Ferris’, McLaughlins, and Amy Long.  Becky got hit on the shoulder with a falling almond out of the tree above!  Again, just a great time of connections…

Saturday…

We got on the little Tortug plane and headed back to Port au Prince and then back to Fort Lauderdale.

All in all, a great week!

Monday, August 24, 2009

It really is exciting to chase after Jesus…

My heart is about to explode. 

God is doing something.  It has become so clear.  Crystal clear.  You know when you are far from the blinding presence of the light, smog and noise of our media laden lives, homes, neighborhoods and cities, and you look up at the night sky and can clearly see the starry host almost like you have never seen them before?  Almost in High Definition?  Every star piercing through the darkness?  Every sense becomes alive with wonder and awe.  No distractions. Arms outstretched in worship.  Eyes wide open.  Heart swelling.  Marveling and overwhelmed with God’s brush strokes above. 

Yeah, it’s that clear to us.

God is doing something, and I can’t tell you how excited we are to be following him on this journey.  As we have, many ask why.  Many may think we are crazy.  Many may think we are saints (we aren’t).  Many may question our decisions.  Many may fear our safety and our children’s well being.  That’s ok.  We are here to please our Lord.  Not others.  Not ourselves. 

Yet, there really is no greater pleasure than pleasing him.  God is most pleased with us, when we are most pleased in Him.  Our earthly pleasures will fail and fall away.  They are a like the hopeless chasing of a wind.  Chasing after Jesus?  Now that will bring soul deep satisfaction.  How do I know this?  Experience.  Oh yeah, the Word of God says it to be so as well. 

Chase Him with us.

Rob

Sunday, August 23, 2009

Video: Tessa’s 3rd Birthday Cake…

Don’t miss her actually blowing out the candles…

Rob

Video: Becky Learning to Ride 4 Wheeler

Here is a video of Becky learning to ride a 4 wheeler.  This is just one of the many “firsts” and many things to learn as we move to Haiti.

Rob

Monday, August 17, 2009

Emergency Contact Information…

Becky and I will be flying to Haiti from Fort Lauderdale on Tuesday morning and returning on Saturday morning.

In case of an emergency, you can contact the following…

Rob’s Cell Phone in Haiti… (011) 509-3805-5241

Gary’s Cell Phone in Haiti… (011) 509-3766-7523

Debbie Shoemaker’s Cell Phone in FL…  (239) 209-7634

Rob

Support Update…

thermometernew I just received word of 1 new supporter and 1 increasing supporter.  Praise the Lord.  Thank you!!!  Here is where we stand…

78% of Monthly Need ($1655/month still needed)

22% of 1x Need ($29,455 still needed)

Pledge Now  |  Read our Support Letter  |    Give Now

Rob

TS Ana Update…

It looks like Ana has both weakened and moved to the north.  I don’t think Ana will have any impact on our trip.  Praise the Lord!

Current location is bottom right.  Here is the current forecast for 8am tomorrow morning (note dot at the top left and stats related to that position in the bottom box).

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Rob

Sunday, August 16, 2009

We land in Port au Prince at 9:30 am Tuesday, hmmm…

Tropical Storm Ana’s current project path and wind…  Making us wonder if our flights will be cancelled?!image

Saturday, August 15, 2009

Hurricane Tracking..

image The second named storm (Bill) was just announced.

If you want to track the development of Tropical Systems, here are some sites that I frequent.

Stormpulse (Love it their mapping, filters, interface with NHC)

Atlantic Ocean Satellite (In Motion)

Caribbean Satellite (In Motion)

National Hurricane Center (everyone pulls their data from here)

Intellicast (I like their maps)

Any others that you would recommend?

Tropical Storm Ana has formed…

Becky and I are going to Haiti on Tuesday morning.  TS Ana is forecast to be just off the northern coast of Haiti on Tuesday morning on its way to Florida.  There is also another storm lining up right behind Ana.  At this point Ana is forecast to be just under hurricane strength on Tuesday AM.  We are not too worried, but, as you can imagine, we are watching it closely!

Check it out at stormpulse.

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Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Are we making progress in support raising?

Yes, but at God’s pace, not our own.  We are being faithful, and much effort is being done.  Phone calls, appointments, letters, emails, etc are happening.  Our progress is not as quick as I would like, but God isn’t on my time table.  I know…shocking!

Even though our Thermometer hasn’t changed in 6 days, we are progressing.

Want more information, click here.

Rob

Monday, August 10, 2009

Video: Braden Walking

Several weeks ago, Braden started walking.  I thought it was about time I showed you.

Saturday, August 1, 2009

Taking Honda Minivan to Haiti?

We get this question all the time.  Maybe we will… what do you think?

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No, there is no way our minivan would last a week in Haiti.  We are going to have to sell it.  It is a 2007 Honda Odyssey EX with leather interior. About 40,000 miles on it.  Interested?  It will be available in March.

Rob