Thursday, March 25, 2010

Dumb Dumb Dumb mistake…

photo (1) What I don’t need right now is more stress and more bills!  2 weeks from today we are moving to Haiti. 

2 days from now we were supposed to sell our Honda Odyssey to some friends.  Therefore, I took it to a detail shop and paid a good bit of money to have it detailed, top to bottom, so that they would get a clean car.

I picked it up at 1pm today.  It is clean.  Squeaky clean.

Well, at about 5pm tonight, I backed into a metal mailbox, breaking my tail light, and deeply scratching one of the real panels with a scratch about 3’ long.  Not a little scratch.  I big scratch.



Thursday, March 18, 2010

Take it All…

Music is one of my heart languages.  To me, it is poetry set to music.  It can be any kind of song and it isn’t limited to a certain genre of music.  A song I deeply connect with is words connected to a compelling tune that encourages a strong emotional response.  As I look back over my life, I find I have certain songs that have a certain meaning to me on the heart level.  For example, I can’t help but get choked up every time I hear/sing a worship song with words from Revelation: “Worthy is the Lamb”, or anything that portrays the worship we will continually do in heaven.  I can’t help but close my eyes and imagine I am standing next to my Dad, and together we are worshipping God forever!

There are certain songs that are representative of a certain time on my life:  what I was feeling, experiencing, going through.  Those ones I can listen to over and over again, especially when I am in the midst of that time.  I can listen to those same songs from the past and immediately be taken back to the feelings and thoughts they represent.  It’s good reflection for me because usually they remind me if what I learned about God or myself or show me the wondrous ways God worked in my life.

One of my all-time favorite hymns is one I call Consecration (Take my Life, and Let it Be by Frances R. Havergal.)  I first remember learning it in High School Choir and the arrangement we sang was a little different than the hymn.  But ever since then it has been one of my favorites.  I have been reminded of it many times over this last year.  These last few weeks while at CIT, I have come back to it time and time again.  As we look ahead to April 8th (moving to Haiti day!) this is my prayer:

Take my life, and let it be
consecrated, Lord, to thee.
Take my moments and my days;
let them flow in ceaseless praise.

Lord, my life is yours. May every moment of every day flow in praise to You.

Take my hands, and let them move
at the impulse of thy love.
Take my feet, and let them be
swift and beautiful for thee.

Jesus, my desire is to be your hands and feet in Haiti. Show me how to love as You did. May Your love flow from my hands and feet instinctively. May I always remember how much You love me.

Take my voice, and let me sing
always, only, for my King.
Take my lips, and let them be
filled with messages from thee.

Lord, this phrase was put in a whole new light today as we discuss learning a new language these few weeks. Take my lips and my voice. Fill them with the ability to speak Creole. Make them effective for Your kingdom.

Take my silver and my gold;
not a mite would I withhold.
Take my intellect, and use
every power as thou shalt choose.

All I possess is yours, Lord. Take my intellect and use it for Your glory. Use it to aid me in learning this new language.

Take my will, and make it thine;
it shall be no longer mine.
Take my heart, it is thine own;
it shall be thy royal throne.

Take my will and transform it to reflect Your will. Sit on the throne of my heart, a heart that loves the Haitian people, and use it to to shine Your love.

Take my love, my Lord, I pour
at thy feet its treasure-store.
Take myself, and I will be
ever, only, all for thee.

I love you Lord with all that I am. Take me and use me as You will, for Your glory. Take it all…


Thursday, March 11, 2010

My World Has Been Rocked!

actionsteps This last month here at CIT has turned my world upside down on so many levels.  My foundations have been shaken, but yet strengthened.  My values have been questioned, yet reformed.  My ethnocentricity has been revealed, yet I am aware that it is still grossly present.  My appreciation for investigating and defining the Haitian worldview has been ignited.  My desires to listen, to watch, and to learn have been loosed.  I have experienced the depths and heights of the Gospel anew.  I have an exciting journey ahead that I have barely even begun.

Today, we finished up our “Equipping Course”.  Next week is linguistics…

At the end of today’s session we had to list some action steps for the next 3 months as we transition into cross-cultural life and ministry.  Without context, it might be hard to fully understand these, but here are my action steps…

  • Care for my family.
  • Find a mentor and ask questions.
  • Work at completing ethnography.
  • Be a learner.
  • Know myself.  Know culture.  Know God.
  • Love (wife, family, God, Haitians)

I thank the Lord for providing this opportunity.  It has changed my life.


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Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Ethnographic Paper on Haiti DONE!

ethnographicimage We have finished our research paper on Haiti.  It isn’t as complete as we would like, but under current circumstances, it is the best we could do.  We learned a ton about Haiti!  We learned about voodoo, culture, history, the people, etc etc etc…  \

We plan to finish it in our spare time once we get to Haiti ;)


Monday, March 8, 2010

Pinch Me. Is this REALLY Happening?

Our container arrived in Cayes yesterday and was unloaded today!  This is a huge answer to prayer!  The container arrived in Port-au-Prince 3 days before the earthquake, and for a few weeks we did not know if we lost all of our earthly belongings.  We received word a month ago that the container was believed to be safe.  I still can't believe it's already out of customs.  That was faster than we expected. Praise the Lord!

RMI missionary Amy Long took these pictures for us.  The kids loved seeing some of their things in Haiti!  They were particularly excited to see their bikes!  It's becoming real.  I think it hit me today, looking at the pictures, that we are moving to Haiti in about 4 weeks!  There are so many emotions that come with that realization-- excitement, anxiety, readiness for our new "normal".  I thought to myself, "we are actually doing this."  We have been talking about it for the last year, have been raising a team of prayer and financial supporters, packed up our house in FL and moved out, lived in NJ for six weeks, and are halfway through Intercultural Training, but today was the first time it actually felt REAL.

In the beginning of support-raising, I said to Rob that I couldn't wait to see how God would provide the $38,000 we needed in one time costs.  It seemed so impossible that I couldn't wrap my head around how we were going to do it.  I concluded it would only be by the hand of God.  And it was!  By January, He had brought all the 1x funds in.  And He used so many different people to make it happen.  Recently, we have been wondering where the rest of our monthly support would come from.  In the last 2 weeks alone, we have had 5 new monthly commitments to bring our remaining need to $413 per month.  I am praising God for His provision.  He is making it happen and using so many of you in ways I could have never imagined.  We are now officially at 95%.  Could it be YOU God uses to get us all the way there? 


Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Is there Truth out there?

image Wow, our minds continue to be blown away by what we are being challenged with here at CIT.  As an example of what God is doing, read this blog entry from another one of the students here at CIT.  I think she nails what we are feeling…

This post is from Kendra Cervantes.  Kendra is going to Uruguay and then Spain with CAM International.