Monday, August 24, 2015

Our Family is “All In”…

All InIt brings us such great joy to know we are where God wants us to be.  There is no greater blessing than serving Jesus.  Our family is “all in”. 

We often hear Drew pray, “Lord, thank you that we get to be in Haiti to share the Gospel.”  How cool is that?!

Recently our whole family had the opportunity and privilege to join up with Harper Evangelical Free Church as they visited their Sister Church in Les Irois, Haiti.  Just a quick 9 hour drive over the mountains!

This year, the team focused on visiting and encouraging 2 satellite churches (1 required a long hike to a mountain top – totally worth it), celebrating the recent installation of the school/church/parsonage solar system, a Men’s BBQ, a Ladies gathering, a Hope for Kidz sponsored children’s gathering, and lots of fellowship/smiles/worship/encouragement.

Yes the drive/hike was long.  Yes, it was dirty. Yes, it was hard.  Yes, it was sweaty.  Yes, it was uncomfortable.  Yes, it was stretching.  Yes, it was worth it, even priceless!

Soul deep satisfaction can be only found in Jesus.  It satisfies my soul to know that my family and I are serving Jesus with all that we have and all that we are.

Below are some pictures…

As you can see, my kids were swarmed with other kids.  They had a BLAST, and they loved it (most of the time)!

You can see more pictures here.

Drew being the center of attention…

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Braden played hard!

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Tessa with her friend Rebekah.

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Here we are praying with the local people over the location of a future church on this mountain top in Jorge, Haiti.

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Added Responsibilities = Discomfort

There are many uncomfortable things I’ve had to learn to do in Haiti.  Some examples include learning (and regularly speaking!) another language, driving on difficult roads, killing a tarantula and  using an outhouse toilet.  Some of these things cause discomfort because I have a lack of confidence in my abilities while others, you can imagine, are just physically uncomfortable!

I am a Pharmacist by training.  I worked this profession for 10+ years in the States and it is a job I am very comfortable and confident doing.  Since coming to Haiti, I’ve had to take on many different jobs and responsibilities in order to find a place to serve and fill in the gaps.  I currently work as RMI’s hospitality coordinator and bookkeeper.  Both areas I previously had little training.  Both were uncomfortable to learn how to do and there are still some times that I don’t feel fully confident.  I am always learning. Yet, for the most part, I have come to really enjoy those responsibilities here.

Two years ago, I joined the school board of our kids’ school, Cite Lumiere Christian School (CLCS) and last year was asked to chair the board.  Talk about stretching and discomfort!  I don’t have any teaching experience or understanding, but I am a parent who LOVES our little school and all that it has offered our kids.  I still am very uncomfortable with this position, but am very thankful for great teachers, leaders and a principal and administrator that really know what they are doing!  God continues to show me how He is using me in spite of my lack of comfort, lack of abilities and lack of confidence!  In fact, this is an area I am only capable of because of the Lord’s help and guidance.

So why am I telling you all of this? Because I am about to add some new responsibilities to my plate that are WAY out of my comfort zone.  I could really use your prayers going forward!  Many of you have seen my pleas for teachers for our school and for this year, the Lord chose to answer those pleas/prayers in a way none of us expected.  We didn’t find anyone to come teach 2nd and 7th grades as we had hoped for this year, but with lots of prayer, our Principal has been able to put together a team of people to teach these classes, and for 2nd grade, that includes me.   (Ok, Becky, take a deep breath! “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.”)

IMG_8598One of our wonderful elementary teachers, Mrs. Leger, left mid-year last year to have a baby.  One of the miraculous ways the Lord has been working over the summer is to prepare her to be willing and able to come back this school year on a part time basis.  She will teach 2 hours a day all the language arts classes (reading, spelling, grammar and writing) and be the 2nd grade “head teacher” so that our team has a qualified leader who knows what she is doing in the classroom.  I will teach from 8-9:30 everyday and my responsibilities will include worship and devotions, math and science.  New RMI missionary, Tina Nunemaker has agreed to come with her homeschooled 2nd grader and teach Bible.  The kids also have other teachers for French, PE, Art and Library. We are still figuring out the plan for Social Studies, but it looks like they may join the older kids for this subject.  School starts Monday, August 31st.

Is this what I was praying for last year and all summer?  Not at all.  Well, maybe that’s not quite true.  I certainly wasn’t praying that God would use me to fill this need in 2nd grade!  But I have been praying all along that God would provide for our needs in the classroom and bring the right people for the 2015-16  school year and a plan has come together that has so many parts, that it can only be viewed as God-directed.

So I ask for prayer.  Prayer for our school and all the different people that are making this school year possible for the kids.  Prayers for my kids who will start 5th, 4th and 2nd grades.  Prayers for me, as I add more responsibilities to my plate and take on the task of educating 3 awesome 2nd graders in math and science.  It will be uncomfortable and I lack confidence.  All the more reason to keep reminding myself that that is a great recipe for the Lord to do amazing things this school year.

~Becky

Saturday, August 22, 2015

From the RMI Blog…

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Here are some of the recent posts…

Thompson Team Update…

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Here is an update as of August 21, 2015…

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Monday, August 17, 2015

What is LEADERSHIP?

At it’s most basic level, leadership is when a person/leader knows and puts into action the following 3 principles (2 out of 3 won’t do). This applies to your life as a whole, your family, your trip, your job, and every task/project you undertake… 

A leader MUST…

1. Know where they are going…  I call this the PURPOSE principle –
If you don’t have a purpose, or a known final destination, you will be drifting aimlessly and won’t ever achieve the reason you exist.  One must know what they are trying to accomplish.  God put you on earth on purpose for a purpose.  What is it?  Now do it.

2. Know how to get there… I call this the PLAN principle –
If you don’t have a plan, then your next step is unknown.  We must have a step by step plan if we hope to accomplish something of significance.  If your plan doesn’t have depth, which requires many steps, then your plan is too small!  There is a fine line between a realistic plan and a plan that requires God showing up.  Our plan should be influenced by both the natural and supernatural world.

3. Know who is following… I call this the PEOPLE principle -
If no one is following, you are just out taking a walk! Don’t only look ahead, or at yourself, but you must also concurrently look behind to make sure people are coming with you. We are to lead people (families, coworkers, neighbors, etc). 

For believers… We carry great news, the Gospel, which has the power to change both present realities and eternal destinies.  Don’t waste your life.   If we don’t know where we are going, how to get there, and who is is following, we aren’t accomplishing our God given purpose of presenting all men as perfect in Christ (Colossians 1:28-29)…


Monday, August 10, 2015

Great Church Visit to Cote de Fer…

I recently had the opportunity to go with a team from The Summit Church, to visit their Sister Church, Cote de Fer MEBSH Church.  The team had come to do a construction project at the RMI Zanglais Retreat Center, but we took the opportunity to make a one day visit to their Sister Church. The day was filled with Gospel centered encouragement, smiles and tears.  We had an opportunity to meet and pray with the church deacons, visit 5 homes to provide nourishment for both the soul and the body, take a small part in the days Vacation Bible School, and have a meal together.

I got to meet “Happy” (first picture below).  They call him Happy, because his smile and laugh are intoxicating in spite of the burdens he is carrying in life.  His situation is VERY difficult as the walls of his home are crumbling and his concern as he ages is growing for the future care of his adult deaf daughter. James 1:2-4 comes to mind.

You can see more pictures here

Sunday, August 9, 2015

Glas (Ice) River Hike…

I think it’s fair to say we work hard.  From time to time, we have been known to play hard too!  These past few months have provided some refreshing opportunities to get some rest and enjoy our family and friends.  Here are a few pictures from a recent opportunity we had hiking the Glas (Ice) River. 

By the way, you might remember that this is the same location where I (Rob) was stuck with a team for 4 days a few years back due to Tropical Storm Sandy. (Here is a Video.)

More pictures of this hike here.