Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Ministry Report...

Sorry Lise, Tessa is the new
RMI Haiti Office Receptionist
The pace of our life/ministry here is frenetic, but we wouldn't have it any other way.  Well, truthfully, we could probably slow down a little and we are actually working on this. ;)

During these first couple of months of 2015, God has been at work through our family, and certainly through the whole RMI Team.  Here is a quick list that tries to capture a picture of what the we've all been up to...

  • We have facilitated 7 teams so far this year.
  • We received a container of ten Homes for Haiti homes. The first home was completed in Picot TODAY!
  • We have distributed 64,152 general relief food meals.
  • We have distributed 236,340 Hope for Kidz Hot Lunch meals in 18 schools.
  • We have made progress on developing a plan for water and power at RMI's Zanglais Retreat Center.  We are thankful to Water Missions International for their partnership.
  • We have added 2 more employees to our staff, Anderson and Macenat.
  • We have put a roof on a Pastor's home.
  • We have visited all 30 of our partnership locations 2x for accountability/reporting.
  • We have been preparing Hope for Kidz pictures and profiles for the 2015/2016 school year.
  • We facilitated teacher training, modules 3 and 4 (of 12), for 65 teachers in our pilot training program. We are thankful for our partnership with TTT (Teachers Training Teachers).
  • We have rolled out a new monthly email update called "Partnership Posts".  It's an update from the field for all who are interested. See the latest issue here. Subscribe here.
  • We have renovated 2 guest bathrooms at the RMI Haiti Office.
  • We have added A/C to our guest rooms and conference room at the RMI Haiti Office.
  • We have added 20 trees plus other flowering shrubs at our Zanglais Retreat Center.
  • We have added ladders and rails to all of our guest bunk beds.
  • We now have logos painted on the RMI Retreat Center.
  • We have updated every vehicle to Haiti's new license plates. Lot's of work!
  • We have added a new Church Partnership. Welcome to the team Loomis EFC and Policard!
"Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men, ..." Colossians 3:23

Urgent Need: School Teachers

Cite Lumiere Christian School has been such a blessing for our family.  I have seen our kids grow in their knowledge and love for the Lord in wonderful ways.  I would not be able to be involved in ministry with RMI without the dedicated teachers serving our family and kids in this way.  I am so thankful for each of them!

We are looking for teachers willing to serve in our school in Haiti, starting with the 2015-16 school year.  We have seen God work miracles in providing for our students’ needs over this past year and are trusting He will provide for our upcoming school year.  Our specific needs  for the 2015-16 school year include an early elementary teacher and a 7th grade teacher.

This is a great opportunity to serve missionary families while experiencing a new culture!   

Do you know someone who might be interested?  Please, help us spread the word by posting this need in front of your contacts.  This can be a short-term commitment (1-2 years) or long-term.  Contact me for more information!



Here is the school’s official posting:

Cité Lumière Christian School in southern Haiti is recruiting teachers for the 2015-16 school year. Specific needs include a 7th grade teacher and an early elementary teacher.

CLCS is a multi-cultural, inter-agency Christian school using American curriculum located on a mission center near Haiti’s 3rd largest city. Our student body is made up of missionary children from the US and Germany, children of Haitian pastors, and others as space allows.

CLCS exists to help parents in the Les Cayes area of Haiti fulfill their God-given responsibility of educating their children. Our desire is to present our students with an American-based Christian education that will prepare them for higher education or to re-integrate back into their home cultures. Our desire and goal is to teach a Christ-centered, Biblical worldview to the children who attend CLCS.




Annual Missionary Retreat...

I’m not going to sugar coat it: cross-cultural living is HARD.  It’s also hugely rewarding and we know we are right where God wants us to be.  Yet that doesn't make it easy.

For us, there are two areas of life where it’s especially difficult: home and church.  While we live in a comfortable home, our home is rarely a place where we can truly rest or retreat.  There is always someone else there or outside or knocking on our door.  Church in another language is also difficult and tough for the kids.  We just really miss the ease of worshipping in our heart language and our kids really miss the joy of Sunday School in the US. 

We are so thankful that our community of missionaries plans an annual retreat.  Our whole family looks forward to going somewhere where we can truly retreat and rest, enjoy each other’s company and the company of our friends, and worship and be taught from scripture in our heart language.

This year we were blessed to have one of the pastors from our church in FL, Russell Howard, as the speaker for the adults.  He taught out of Colossians.  His teaching spurred many healthy conversations among our group and really challenged us in our walk with the Lord.

For something like the 30th year in a row, a group called “Barb and Friends” that has a puppet ministry in the US, came and did VBS for our kids.  We are so thankful for them.  Before the retreat started, Braden kept asking “When does school start?!” and he wasn't referring to 1st grade!  He couldn't wait for VBS.  At the end, the whole group of kids had put together a choreographed presentation.

Rob had to head to Port au Prince to pick up our speaker. Since he wouldn't be around much of the next day to do that, we went to the resort a day early and enjoyed some relaxing family time together.

The Missionary Retreat comes each year, just when we need it!

Family Adventures

One of the really great things about living in a place like Haiti is the fun of exploring new places and seeing new things.  Haiti is a breathtakingly beautiful country.  We happily take any chance we get to take a break and have fun as a family exploring!  We’ve especially been enjoying this as the kids are getting older and are capable of doing more.

In the beginning of February, Tessa and I had the opportunity to go on a hike and campout with other moms and daughters and single ladies.  This is the same hike Rob and Drew did in the fall with other fathers and sons.  There were 12 of us all together.  We hiked 3 hours up a to the top of mountain that sits behind the Retreat Center.  It was the hardest hike I had ever done!  Of course Tessa and the other little girls are mountain goats and made it look so easy.  We packed all of our supplies (including water for the hike up, food for the weekend and tents) onto 3 mules who carried it all up the mountain.  I was thankful for that!  There is a water source near the top so we were able to collect and treat water once there.

The whole group ready to go:


The younger girls, halfway up the mountain:


View of our campsite at the top:


We had a great weekend on the top of that mountain relaxing, exploring the area, enjoying the view, and talking.  The younger girls enjoyed playing hide and seek, freeze tag, collecting wildflowers and running around.  We had a service together Sunday morning and then hiked down the mountain after lunch.  Down was the hardest part!

Rob and Braden recently took a ride on the motorcycle to go exploring around Cayes.  They stumbled upon the ruins of an old French sugar plantation dating back to before the revolution during the time of slavery.  The next day Rob took all the kids back there and came across the path of a Haitian man who knew a lot of the history of the place.  They really enjoyed talking to him and they learned a lot!





This country has such raw beauty and a rich history.  We are so glad we get to enjoy some of it!


Tuesday, March 17, 2015

The RMI Social Stream...

Did you know that RMI has a blog that we post on as well?  We almost never cross-post (post the same message on both our personal and RMI blog) so you will find all unique content over there.  If you want to know more of what is going on in our ministry, you should check it out and even subscribe.

Among others posts written by others, you can read articles that we have recently posted over there like...

Thank You...

We want to say thank you to all those who have supported us.  You are a blessing from God.  We have passed our 10 year anniversary with RMI, and now we are coming up on our 5 year anniversary of our move to Haiti (April 9).

SO. MANY. PEOPLE. have stood with us, sacrificially and generously donating month after month and year after year.  We have a number of donors that have NEVER missed a month in over 10 years!!!

SO. MANY. PEOPLE. have prayed for us, encouraged us, even brought us some essentials, like Dunkin' Donuts coffee!

There aren't sufficient words to say thank you...  We are grateful.