Monday, December 27, 2010
Please continue to pray for Stanley and his mom, Alexandria. Thank you!
Friday, December 24, 2010
Wednesday, December 22, 2010
My first reaction is YES, but God gave me the courage to say, "we can not, we are not allowed to stop and help, we have to keep going." As I sit hear typing that, the tears just flow from my eyes. It hurt more than you can imagine. You see we don't live in the United States of America. Things are different here. Crowds get angry at the site of a hurt one on the side of a road and things become dangerous. Riots can break out and more people can be injured. So we kept going.
I told the group in my vehicle that we were unable to stop, but we could pray. So, Nickie led us in prayer for the boy and for the situation at hand.
As I looked over to the side of the road, I saw a little boy who looked to be about six. He was lying motionless on the side of the road. The crowd was gathering. No one was going near the small boy and many had began running down the side of the road to catch the car that hit the boy. I saw machetes in hand, I heard yelling, and up in front of us I saw the car had pulled over next to where the police sit. He had traveled to where the police were to pull over for his safety. I saw the police hold up their hands to keep the crowd from gathering too close to the vehicle. My heart continued to break...
As many mentioned, there was no 911 to call. There was no ambulance on the way. There was really no place to take the boy if he even had a breath of life left in him. It didn't appear that life was still with that little boy. I believe he was in the arms of our Creator the moment that vehicle hit him. My heart broke for the family and friends of that little one and my heart hurt for the one who hit him. My heart continues to ache for them all.
What has God shown me through this? Let me continue to process this and I will get back with you....
We got to the beach around 10:30 a.m., unloaded 23 people, and poured onto the beach. The waves were crashing, the sky was clear blue, and there was a nice breeze blowing. It didn't take long for the souvenir sellers to scope us out and bring their ware over to sell to the team. A few glanced at the items, but most headed to the water. It was a bit different this time when we arrived at the waters edge. Like I mentioned, the waves were crashing against the beach, it appeared to be high tide, the water was murky, and the water was a teensie bit chilly.
We entered the water. Once immersed in the grandness of the ocean, the water didn't seem so chilly. We played, we jumped to keep the waves from engulfing us, we laughed and joked. We enjoyed the time we had together. Lunch time rolled around and we headed up to the restaurant to eat. They had the food prepared and ready for us after our drink orders were taken and delivered (we had ordered when we arrived at the beach, so they could have it ready at 1 p.m.). We enjoyed our meal and fellowship and headed back for the beach.
The waves seemed to be more fierce. I prayed for safety for everyone and watched with caution as some played in the water. I decided, for my own sanity, that I would watch by the waters edge. The waves were tossing them around like rag dolls and so I continued to pray. I saw some get slammed into the shore line, get up with confusion and then a grin, and head back out for more of a beating. It didn't make allot of sense to me, but I continued to pray silently in my head and watch.
While they played in the water, others were on the beach haggling with the merchandisers for the best bargain. We decided that the water was getting too rough and so we headed up to join the hagglers. I was thankful for that. Although it was enjoyable to watch them have fun playing in the water, I was glad they were done and had remained safe. Shopping time was about over, so we decided to get packed up to head home. That took a good 30 minutes or so and we all met out at the vehicle.
Packed into two vehicles like loose sardines, we headed down the road. In our vehicle, we enjoyed small talk. In the vehicle in front of me, I am told they were doing the same along with some singing. We talked about driving in Haiti, and we talked about the good time we had just had, and we talked about the fact that I must not have been paying close attention to Kevin and his vehicle because I didn't notice when we weren't behind him any more. I was thankful I knew the way home and that it wasn't that important that Kevin was further ahead of me.
Next thing I know, we were traveling through a small town called Source Matelas, and my phone rang....
Tuesday, December 21, 2010
Who does the Lord want you to minister to this Christmas season? Today? Tomorrow? How does HE want you and me to minister to these individuals? Why does HE want us to minister to people? I may not know who to minister to ahead of time, I may not know how to minister to them ahead of time, but I do know why HE wants us to minister...because HE loves us and HE wants us to love others and show HIS love through us to others.
My mom, Lynn, and my nephews, James and Zachary, are coming to Haiti for Christmas. They will be flying in on December 22nd. Please pray for a safe flight and the peace of God to be upon them and upon this trip.
May you each enjoy the holiday season and you know, it doesn't have to end on January 3rd when most go back to work and school. Enjoy this upcoming year. May the Lord pour down His love upon each of you and may He bless you greatly. I pray that we will each grow in our relationship with Him and with one another. I pray that He will be glorified in our thoughts and actions and that He gives us clear direction in the path He chooses for us to take.
Sunday, December 19, 2010
We contacted NWF team leader to inform them of the possibility of their return flight to the U.S. being postponed if the airports we shut down. This could mean that they would not make it back home for CHRISTmas. We asked them if they still wanted to come. Needless to say, they came. PTL!
We have enjoyed working alongside them in ministering to the people of Haiti. They have 11 team members. They have been working on well-drilling and repair, working in the burn/wound clinic, and maintenance on the GO Haiti property. They also had the opportunity to show the Jesus Film two different nights in two different areas of Haiti. What a blessing.
Maintenance on the GO Haiti property has included: replacing the wood on the galleria (or sun porch as Willis calls it), cleaning out trailers that included dancing with roaches and mice stomping (yuck), fixing the Bruns' water heater, and putting lights on the Bruns' galleria.
We spent Saturday morning packing around 400 backpacks and other bags with toys, toiletries, and candy. These bags are going to be passed out at our Gran Moun (Old People) Feeding Program on Monday morning and at the morning and afternoon school in TiTanyen on Wednesday morning. I love seeing the faces on the people who receive gift bags. You know, it seems weird in America to give someone toothpaste and soap for a CHRISTmas gift, but here it is a joy and blessing to receive.
Saturday also included collecting large rocks from the property to aid in the construction of the addition to the clinic. Although we don't have the manpower or experience to pour the foundation to the clinic while the team is here (our men are on vacation for the next two weeks), I appreciate their willingness to help gather the supplies needed to begin again in January. Also, we had a group help in clearing the edge of part of our property. We have to plow a fire break along the edge of the property during dry season to help keep our property from catching fire. Wild fires, or controlled burnings gone wild, are one of our dry season hazards.
To say the least, this team has been willing to do whatever was asked of them and I thank them for their willingness to serve.
On a side note - never eat green eggs unless they are dyed that way on purpose.....for those that know Willis, ask him about this. Please keep NWF in your prayers, they are raising money for more wells in Haiti and the group travels back to the states on Wednesday - may HE give them a safe and smooth trip home.
|Potable Drinking Water - What an AMAZING CHRISTmas Gift!|
Sunday, December 5, 2010
We have so many things to be thankful for, I'd like to take this time to list some of those things...
- Salvation through Jesus Christ.
- Survived our first year in Haiti and adjusting pretty well.
- Experienced a major earthquake.
- Lived through an earthquake and able to minister to those around us in the process.
- Prayed with many and for many throughout this past year.
- Breath of life and good health.
- Wonderful family and friends.
- Roof over our heads, food to eat, and good water to drink.
- Survived and healed wonderfully from gallbladder surgery.
- Financing for surgery - it was neat to see God work it out.
- Enjoyed furlough.
- Jessica's confirmation of Salvation.
- Learning Haitian Creole - slowly, but surely.
- So many have been sick, God has healed many and continues to heal others.
- So many have gone to be with HIM in heaven. We continue to pray for these family and friends.
- The trials of life. Although they are not fun most of the time, they are allowed by the Lord.
- Surviving homeschooling and I think the children are learning something.
- Protection when needed.
- Guidance from the Lord.
- A relationship with Jesus Christ.
Wednesday, November 24, 2010
No hope for Haiti, why try to help, they should have stayed a slave nation, all the money in the world could not help Haiti, just give up, it's just a nation full of trash anyway....
Well, that is how some human minds deal with Haiti. That is not how I see it at all. All of us could have been born in Haiti. We didn't have a choice as to where we were born, or how we were raised, but God knew ahead of time. He loves those who live in the U.S. and Haiti just the same. He sent His Son, Jesus Christ, to die on the cross to pay the penalty for our (yours, mine, everyone before me, and everyone after me) sin. Sin is sin, no matter how big or how small.
Why do we as humans feel the need to blame someone for the problems of the world? Why do we feel like we can fix all the problems in the world? Why do we feel like, when problems have difficulty being fixed, we should just give up?
Jesus Christ did not give up on me or anyone else in this world. Why do we give up on others? It made me angry to read those comments. Yes, there are problems here in Haiti, but there are problems everywhere. Some are just kept secret better.
What problems do you feel like you have in your own life? Are you perfect? Am I perfect? As I shared with a friend the other day, I often pray, "Lord, help me to be as much like Jesus Christ as a sinner possibly can." I have been saved by the blood of the Lamb. I am an heir to the thrown. God loves me and He love you. He loves me as much today - with all of my filth and unfaithfulness - as He did the day I was conceived, the day I was born, and even before I was conceived. Wow!
Don't give up. Don't give up on your family. Don't give up on your friends. Don't give up on your pastor. Don't give up on your spouse. Don't give up on your church. Just don't give up. He didn't give up on us and He has our best interest at heart. Stop trying to figure it all out - and I am talking to myself here especially - and walk with Him. Close your eyes and just follow His lead. Trust Him enough to let go of the daily and let Jesus Christ lead you through life - all of it, not just the selected parts.
He loves you and I love you.
Back to the Cholera Outbreak...
Cases of Cholera patients are slowing down. Praise the Lord! That doesn't mean we are out of the woods yet, so please, keep praying. We have a friend in for the Thanksgiving weekend. He has volunteered to help out in a Cholera Clinic here in Haiti. What a blessing! Pray that the people's hearts will be willing to listen to instruction from reliable sources and take precautions as needed to protect themselves and others from this deadly bacteria.
He is able....
Tuesday, November 9, 2010
That is what I did, cleaned poop (allot of it) and kept an eye on IV fluids and IV sites. SP made these really cool beds with a hole cut out so, with a bucket underneath the bed, the patients don't have to travel anywhere to potty. Love it. It worked much better than the bed pan thing.
We started with three patients, one went home before 9 p.m. (didn't have cholera - just diarrhea), and another came in about 8:30 a.m. He was so weak it took two men to carry him. By the grace of God we got his IV going on the first try and started his antibiotics soon there after.
It was a blessing to be able to help. I also realized that I missed the night shift (slightly). I left there about 9:10 a.m. and walked home. I threw all of my clothes and shoes in the washer with bleach and soap, showered and was off to bed to sleep for a few hours. Fortunately, the sky was cloudy and it wasn't hot in the room, so I slept like a baby. Thanks Lord for the cooler weather.
Saturday, November 6, 2010
As many of you know, Jessica is our 11 (almost 12) year old daughter. You may also know that she prayed in 2004 to accept Jesus Christ as her Lord and Savior. She was five at the time. After this, it was her desire to be baptized and she followed through with that at New Work Fellowship in Hopkinsville, KY.
Jessi has questioned her salvation for the past months, about three months actually. I asked her to pray about it and that I would be praying with her and for her in this time of uncertainty.
Jessi came home from a youth lock-in in Port-au-Prince last Monday with some new news...
She said she hadn't been sure of her salvation and so she prayed to accept Jesus as her Lord and Savior. Praise the Lord! I am glad that she has peace about her salvation, finally. She wanted to be sure to accept the free gift of salvation, she wanted to be a Christian, and live for Jesus.
It is my desire as her mom to be a better leader and teacher of the Word for her. It is also my desire to be a better example of a Christian living a life fully devoted to our Lord and Savior. I pray that she is surrounded by Christians who are good examples for her and a good encourager toward her.
Please keep her in your prayers, as well as all of us, as we grow in a right relationship with the Lord.
We had some wind, wind gusts, and some rain, but by the grace of God, there were only a few tree limbs down on Global's property. We enjoyed the cooler weather, although we did it with sweat shirts on. It got down to about mid 70's and it felt pretty chilly.
|Before Hurricane Tomas|
|During Hurricane Tomas|
|Market during Hurricane Tomas|
|Isn't it Beautiful|
|Sunset after the Hurricane|
Sunday, October 31, 2010
Sometimes it makes me tired just to think about it. Possibly another blow for the people of Haiti to endure and I have only lived here for 16 months. I can only imagine how the people who have lived here there whole life must feel. I know there have been other tragedies, but I guess on the upside is there haven't been earthquakes to live or die through and they haven't been hit hard by deadly disease (that I am aware of).
What we need is prayer. To rely on the Lord, because He knows what is best for us and He desires the best for us. We (our family) are missionaries in a country far from our home, friends, family, and comforts that we are use to. Now, I don't know about you but, in my mind, before I became a missionary or ever thought we would become missionaries, those people where suppose to be closer to God. Their prayer life was strong, they spent hours in the Word of God, and they walked with God - hand in hand just like Adam and Eve did the the Garden.
I don't feel like that today. I feel as though I haven't made God a priority in my life. I try, but the activities of life, mission work, and family, seem to take over. Let me dream with you for a minute on how I would imagine my day going...
I wake up, talk with God as I lay in bed, and then finally rise. Enjoy a cup of coffee that my husband has already prepared (he actually does this for me already) and sit down with my Bible, pen or pencil, paper, and God. God and I then communicate, converse, listen, instruct (on His part), and be obedient (on my part). This could go on for a hour or for many hours. Just me and God. Hand in hand, enjoying one another's company.
In this image, my husband and children do the same. Well, maybe not the coffee for the children. Then, after we have been filled and have received instruction, strength, and power from the Lord - we are off ministering and witnessing for HIM! Not in and of ourselves, but of God alone. When this is done by HIM, He receives the glory, as it should be in every instance of service for the Lord.
Is this how your day goes? Well, it's not how mine goes. The alarm goes off at 5 a.m. I lay in bed talking to the Lord, in and out of sleep for the next hour or so. I finally rise sometime around 6 a.m. (or 6:30 on a bad day). Grab a cup of coffee, try to talk with God as I go. Occasionally sit to read my Bible. Greet my husband (most of the time) and then off to shower and get ready for the day. Wake the children, give instructions to them, and then out the door to clinic, usually 5 minutes later than I wanted to leave. Enjoy the 45 second drive to clinic. Think to myself that I should have walked - it would have been better for me. Get frustrated that if I had left when I planned, I would have had time to walk. Then, remember that the Lord allows me the privilege to minister through nursing....put a smile on my face and walk into the clinic and greet those that are waiting at the door to come in (or already in cause Sheryl has made it there before me).
I enjoy ministering at the clinic. It is a highlight of my day. I enjoy nursing and helping people. I enjoy encouraging them and watching the healing process. Knowing that healing only comes from God, I am encouraged. My God loves me and desires the best for me. He also desires a deeper relationship than I am pursuing. Forgive me Lord.
I guess I am rambling...but you know what is on my heart now...
Cholera is still here, still affecting lives in Haiti. I am not sure of the death toll, but know it is greater than 300 and the number of ill has exceeded 4,000 people. A hurricane is on the way. Projected to be here by Friday. Thousands of people still live in tents from the earthquake destruction. Right now the weather is suppose to be slow moving which means allot of rain will/could be dumped on Haiti and the wind is suppose to be around 90 to 100 mph.
I can not imagine being a mom, living in a tent, and the rain pouring all around and into my tent. I can't imagine my children being cold and wet and I can't imagine them being hungry. My heart is heavy for Haiti. Please pray with us. God is able to move this storm or cause it to dissipate. Pray His perfect will be done!
I mentioned "elections" in the title - we'll have to talk about that later, but please be in prayer, not only for your government, but for the elections here in Haiti. People tend to riot, protest, and cause trouble during election time.
Tuesday, October 26, 2010
I have also been told that you cannot get rid of Cholera in the rivers. Haiti will need to learn to live with Cholera in its water source. That means that the hygiene practices we are teaching need to become a way of life for everyone. Please pray that the people here would take hold of that and adjust quickly. I have also been told that the body can build an immunity to Cholera. Pray that this will happen quickly for the people.
Haiti is able to over come this obstacle and survive this illness. I truly believe this. I believe that God is able to show favor upon the nation and rescue us from Cholera. That is my pray in conjunction with God being glorified in this. I pray nothing or no one takes the glory from God.
Saying all of that brings me to our family situation. I don't believe, at this time, we will try and take the family out of Haiti. Cholera will need to become a way of life, not only for the Haitian people, but also for those of us that choose to live here. Now, if the situation changes, we may reevaluate our plan.
The children seem to be okay with this. Kali had been complaining of some belly pain (I think due to stress), but she told me today that her belly hasn't hurt at all today. PTL! I can remember when I was a child, going through tests and having to drink Maalox often to help with a sensitive stomach. Yuck, but I also know that I have learned to deal with some stressors of life - with the Lord's help. I pray this also for Kali and the rest of our family, that we learn to deal with the stressors of life in a positive way and allow the Lord to be our strength, wisdom, and source.
We take little things in life for granted like running water and flushing toilets. This is where our problem in Haiti comes in. Running water is often the river and flushing toilets are often a bucket or a hole in the ground (although we have seen it just about everywhere). Cholera is transferred through water, feces, and flies. Pray we can teach better practices without freaking people out and causing panic.
We love you all. God bless.
Sunday, October 24, 2010
There are many organizations, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), and people working together in Haiti to combat the bacteria that is infecting Haiti - Cholera. You know we (Kevin and I) have expressed concern for our children's safety.
Bad news is the town about 15 miles from us, Arcahaie, now has a contaminated river. The bacteria is getting closer to us in the water supply. The good news is, we have spoken to the epidemiologist doctor that came in with Samaritan's Purse (SP) and he seems to think there is no need to evacuate our children at this time. From what I understand, this doctor has worked with Cholera for over 30 years, all around the world. He also said that because we have deep water wells (over 50 ft.) here on our property an we chlorinate our water, he is not concerned about our water becoming contaminated. PTL!
However, I have been in brainstorming meetings all morning with SP and I am concerned a little. My concern is not that our water source will be contaminated, but that flies can also carry this disease from one spot to another and I don't want to put them at risk.
Keep praying for us for wisdom and discernment. We want to be wise and not overlook our currently safe situation until it is too late and someone becomes ill. God bless and have a great Sunday worshipping our Lord corporately. We love you all.
Haiti has not had a problem with Cholera in 50 years. It chose now to come and trample through an already devastated nation. Over 2,600 people have confirmed cases of Cholera and at least 208 people have died as a result of this bacteria.
As many of you know, we (Global Outreach Haiti) have had a team of five here from Pump Springs Baptist Church in Harrogate, TN. They had to leave early due to the unpredictability of this illness. There were talks of - if the illness reached Port-au-Prince(PAP), the country may have to shut down the airport. We were told that the border to the Dominican has already been shut down. We did not want the team stuck here in Haiti for an unforeseen amount of time, so they left early.
|PSBC Team along with the Bruns Family|
and Sheryl Brumley
Samaritan's Purse helped organize a flight out of PAP to Cap Haitien, which is on the northern side of the island. The team then caught another flight, a DC 3 (I think) in to West Palm Beach, Florida. They are overnighting there and will work on returning to Atlanta, GA and then to Harrogate, TN, tomorrow. From what I understand, which isn't much, they have had a long day of traveling and arrived around 9 p.m. tonight. PTL they arrived safely.
We are taking the necessary precautions to combat Cholera. We are informing those who come to the clinic of the precautions they need to be taking in order to be proactive in this fight. We are praying for this to be contained and eradicated quickly. If at any time we feel like our children are in danger, we will seek to get them out of the country and on to safer ground in the U.S.
Pray with us that we will have the wisdom and discernment to know what to do and when to do it. Our desire is to glorify God in all we do and plant the seed of the Gospel as we minister to those around us.
Also, pray for the people of Haiti and the people in Haiti. I know that Haiti may not be dear to your heart like it is mine, but I ask that you try and remember, make yourself a note, to pray daily for these things. I know that our (and your) prayer lists grow daily, but I also know that the Lord wants to hear our petitions. Please pray for these needs.
Friday, October 22, 2010
To have these homes sit empty until they can be painted seems sad. So, I am thankful for teams that come and are able to help paint them, so we can move a family in.
Yesterday afternoon, we went to a Bible study were Ian, from PSBC, shared his testimony. It was such a blessing to hear how God has and is working in his life. Many commented on how people stopped on the other side of the fence and listened in as Ian was sharing and Michael, a Haitian young man, was translating. Keep spreadin' the Good New!
Wednesday, October 20, 2010
The team brought in, unpacked, and sorted much needed supplies today. They brought in medical supplies, engine parts/supplies, hygiene packs, computer parts, and Powerade. Thank you to all who donated supplies for this trip. I pray the Lord's blessing upon you for your contribution to the ministry here in Haiti.
Tuesday, October 12, 2010
School is not free, like you may think it is. It is amazing how a 3rd - or 5th as some would say - world country have to pay for so many things. It almost seems unfair, then you really think about it. They don't have government programs to help with funding the schools. Teachers have to be paid, books and supplies have to be bought, and maintenance and upkeep have to take place. Where does this money come from? Well, that is why they charge each student a fee to go to school.
|The blan (white people) have interrupted class - yet again, but look at|
those smiles - aren't they great!
Now, I am a supporter of uniforms. I believe it helps level the playing field of the students. There are already so many other obstacles for children and teens to overcome, that I say, "Yes," to uniforms. The down side to that is - so does Haiti. So, children not only have to pay for school fees, and some books, but they also have to buy their uniforms. Now, they look very nice heading to school and when you peek into a classroom, the students look very professional sitting there (yes, even the little 3 & 4 year olds), but this can be a hurdle for some families to overcome. I said "some," but I should have said "most."
|We were doing a hat distribution - it helps |
when you are walking to school each morning or afternoon.
Fortunately, many have committed to provide aid for those who are not able to afford the expenses. Many missionaries and organizations throughout Haiti help children and teens (and often young adults) go to school. They work on raising the awareness of the situation around the globe. Global Outreach has not overlooked this need. We do have a sponsorship program to help the local children and teens in our area. The normal sponsored amount is $200 a year per person. This amount usually helps pay for all of the child's fees for the younger children and supplements the older children's expenses to help make it possible for them obtain an education.
If you are interested in helping in this area, please feel free to contact us. Also, we request your prayers for the children/teens attending school, for the teachers, aides, and staff of each school, and for the families of all. May the Lord bless Haiti's people and the work being done here and may HE get the glory.
Monday, October 11, 2010
I have come to the realization that the Lord has given me two main mission fields. The first is my family. How would the Lord have me to minister to my husband and my children? Now, I know I said "my" and technically they are HIS, but you know what I mean... I often find this mission field the most challenging. Some things in life you can walk away from at the end of the day. Family is still there. For that, I am thankful and also exhausted.
The second mission field is the world around me and right now that is in Haiti. Now I could say the Haitian people, but I don't believe it stops there. It is anyone and everyone I come in contact with at any given time. I am to be open to minister to that person or persons as God sees fit. Now this seems to be the part where I have trouble. "God what would you have me to do, what would you have me to say, how would you have me to act or react?" These are the questions I need to be continually seeking the answer to.
Back to my family...
Home schooling my children this year has been a challenge. First, we struggled with being able to connect to the internet and stay connected. We got that worked out. Then we struggled with the new curriculum. It seems to be harder than last year's curriculum. "Taking notes...what's that...how do I do that...what do you mean I'm not working up to my potential?" These were all questions coming from my crew.
This year we have a 9th grader - Skyla, an 8th grader - Kali, a 6th grader - Jessica, and a 5th grader - Josiah. Most of the kinks are worked out for right now as far as their curriculum goes. We were blessed earlier in the year with donated laptops for the family and this has helped in the schooling process. As I walk into our home after clinic each morning, I see four computers up and running...except this past Friday.
Here were the events of last Friday...
I wake up, fall into my morning routine, eventually get in the shower and work toward getting to the clinic by 7:30 a.m. While in the shower, the power goes out...time to switch the generator over. This is done every 4 or 5 days - perks to living in Haiti with no public electricity. I finish getting ready for the day and I head out to check the computer, you see, they weren't turned off before we lost power and computers don't like the sudden loss of electricity. Jessi's laptop usually has trouble coming back on after an experience like that, so I head to hers first. It comes on nicely - PTL. Josiah has our old desktop and his was next. I try to turn it on and it won't work...I try several times with no luck. I stop and pray about it, try it one more time and have to run out the door to clinic without his computer working.
Clinic went well. Finished up there around 9:15 a.m. and headed home. I walk into the house, get bombarded with questions, take off my shoes, wash my hands, pet the dog, all while trying to answer the questions of the moment. Then, without a second thought, I head to Josiah's computer and push the button. Josiah is steadily talking in my ear, follows me over to his computer and after I try to turn it on he say, "Mom - I got it working already." So now the computer is shutting down - can't stop it at this point, so I bow my head in frustration.
After the computer shuts down, I turn it back on after giving it a rest. It comes back on, but won't connect to the internet. Live and learn - always check to see if the computer is working before you push a button. Needless to say, the computer never would connect to the internet, so Josiah was not able to complete his online classes for the day. Good for him - bad for me/us - cause now he is behind. Gotta love it. I just checked his computer and tried to reset the internet (today is Sunday) - still not working.
Thank God Pump Springs Baptist Church is coming soon. They will be here October 20th and there are multiple reasons I am glad they are coming. The first reason is because I am excited to expand the ministry here in Haiti to new hearts. It always amazes me as to who and how Haiti touches the lives of those who come. Second, I am excited to see old friends and make new friends. God has placed each person in our lives for a reason - may we bring HIM glory. There are many more reasons, but the last reason would be that they are able to bring needed supplies to Haiti and one of those supplies is a wireless adapter for Josiah's computer. Yippee!
I do have a prayer request that I have not shared publicly yet...
I feel a deep desire to go back to school to get more training. I would like to get my Masters in Nursing and Nurse Practitioner's license. I have been looking at both some online programs and programs that we would have to return to the states to attend. I am praying for direction. I am asking that you join with us as we pray. I want the Lord's will. I love serving here in Haiti and this is why it makes this decision more difficult to make. What would HE have us to do? Pray for discernment and obedience.
By the way, Kevin recovered from his week of injuries and mayhem (see past blog for this). Thanks for the prayers.
Friday, October 1, 2010
Our grandson.. Paul Pegram ...son of our son and daughter-in-law David, Jr and Betsy was killed in a tragic traffic accident yesterday morning. He was riding his bike and was struck by a car. He was an eight year veteran of the Louisville, KY Metro police department and was training to join the bike patrol. . He leaves behind a wife and two daughters. Please pray for the entire family. .
The visitation will be Monday from 12 to 7pm EDT at the Pearson Ratterman Funeral Home at 12900 Shelbyville Rd. Louisville, KY 40243
The funeral will be held at Southeast Christian Church 920 Blankenbaker Pkwy, Louisville, KY on Tuesday Oct 2nd at 10 am.
The family has asked that in lieu of flowers that donations be sent to any Fifth Third Bank in the Louisville area % Paul Pegram Scholarship Fund.
In His Grace,
David and Judy Heady
Global Outreach Haiti
Thursday, September 30, 2010
|Judy & David Heady|
Monday, September 27, 2010
This past week was a bit eventful for Kevin....
Tuesday, September 21, 2010
Saturday, June 19, 2010
We have been back in Haiti for 4 weeks (tomorrow). There have been many adjustments with new ministry avenues to venture down.
Tuesday, June 8, 2010
Sunday, April 18, 2010
Today has been a slow day. Church first thing this morning then off to the nursing home to visit grandma with grandpa. Those two are such a blessing. Even in the midst of their chaotic world, they still take time to encourage others and share wisdom they have gained over the years.
We will leave in the morning to drive to Western Kentucky. Please pray for safe traveling and little to no tension in the car with the six of us. Yes, I said car...our Suburban had water in the oil (or something like that) and needed the intake valve repaired or replaced or something...so - we sold it. We are traveling in our Ford Taurus. It does seat six and it has not given us a moment of grief and so we are thankful. However, the tight quarters can be trying by the end of a 12-14 hour day, so pray.
We look forward to seeing friends in the Hopkinsville area and visiting with New Work Fellowship. Can't wait to see everyone! God bless.
Saturday, April 3, 2010
Wednesday, March 24, 2010
Friday, March 5, 2010
Yesterday we had a couple join us here on the Global Haiti compound. Linda and Glen Erickson joined us here from Colorado. They are here for three months. They are praying about joining us here as full time missionaries. Join them in praying for direction.
This week Kevin has been busy helping complete a new well in Ti Tanyen. They put the pump in today and fresh water was pumped out for those to enjoy. Also, we began to repair the wall at the school in Ti Tanyen. The back wall had fallen in the earthquake and now is on its way to being fixed.
A new well, here on our property, is being attempted. The men started drilling on Thursday. Pray that they hit an extra large source of water. This water will help maintain the extra need here at our facility now and allow for growth in the future.
Clinic has been steady. Two of our burn patients were blessed to get skin grafts last week. The mission down the road, Mission of Hope, had a plastic surgeon in. What a great opportunity. Andre, a 6 year old boy that got burned in October 2008, is now on the fast road to recovery. This does causes a bit more pain right now, but will help both patients to heal quicker and better in the long run. Praise the Lord!
Thursday, March 4, 2010
We prayed, seeking guidance and understanding. We brainstormed trying to get a feel for where his frustration was coming from. We brainstormed on where to go from here. I explained that although he lived in Haiti, he was still a U.S. Citizen and as his parent, I was required to provide an education for him. As the discussion came to a close, he still had school to finish for the day.
Leigha, our children's temporary teacher, has been a trooper. She tries new avenues of encouragement and pressure. It usually works, but only for a few days. Then he is bored again. I explained to him that some things in life will be boring and expecting us to change things up every few days was asking a bit much.
Josiah is on the last stretch of his curriculum and he has had a crazy year...
- He and his family moved to Haiti on June 30, 2009
- Curriculum was late getting to us - we didn't start till September
- Earthquake hits Haiti in January 2010 and causes mass destruction
- The property that we live on has become an area of continual activity
He is ready for a break and so are the rest of us. Keep us in your prayers. We are planning a 6 week trip back to the U.S. That trip should begin on April 7th. I will try to keep everyone posted on the final dates.
We have been in Haiti 8 months. Most of those days have been great and we knew we were where we were suppose to be. There have been other days when we have asked the Lord if this was really where He wanted us. He keeps giving us conformation that Haiti is where He wants us to serve Him. I count that a blessing. I love being here and I love ministering the way He has me ministering. I don't believe that questioning our call to Haiti is a bad thing. God is completely able to confirm His call on our lives. He is also completely capable of giving us the strength when it is needed and comforting us when that is needed.
I say all that to say, God is in control. He desires to help us (and you) through each day. God wants to help us with Josiah's schooling and raising, just like He wants to carry us when we feel as though we can't go another step. He wants to love us and lead us. Pray that we can take hold of that concept.
Sunday, February 28, 2010
After the first night of visiting over supper and conversation, I said to my Kevin, "You don't realize how much you miss comic relief until you haven't had it for a while." Those guys are so funny when you get them going.
Thursday and Friday they spent the days traveling through the destruction of Haiti. They took photos and footage of all they saw. Mr. David was their escort/driver/tour guide. Saturday, they were able to join a crew heading "up" and they were blessed to obtain aerial photos and footage from a helicopter. What an experience. Willis said that traveling by vehicle doesn't portray an accurate picture of the destruction here in Haiti. He showed me pictures of a house that may look completely normal from the ground, but from the sky you could see a collapsed roof and collapsed interior walls. The other thing you can get a better realization of from the sky were the multitudes of tent cities. They were of every size and fabrication, from tents to sheets, to tarps. They were everywhere.
Also, on Thursday I, Susan, was privileged to go and help at a different clinic in a nearby area called Cite Soleil. I went with a group from Samaritan's Purse. The group and clinic were very well organized and very efficient. We saw around 70 people that day.
There was one family that particularly stood out to me. It was a lady, her baby, and the baby's father. The man stated that the lady has gone crazy since the earthquake. She would run into the streets, zone out mentally, and cry allot. As I talked with them, I asked if she knew Jesus. She shook her head no and he said she did. After all, he said she had been baptized in the church. After much counseling it came out that neither of them had a personal relationship with the Lord and if they accepted Jesus they would have to find a different place to live, immediately. You see - they lived with her father and he was a man who practiced voodoo. They would not be allowed to live in the same house because of their difference in beliefs. How sad.
We got that family hooked up with the pastor of the church and he was going to visit them the next day. Now, I know that post-traumatic stress disorder is very real, but I also know that Jesus can help and wants to help. There is a balance, so please keep this family in your prayers.
Well, the guys from NWF left this morning. It was an encouragement and blessing to spend time with them. I pray they make it back home safely. Tomorrow starts another week. Please keep our team here in Haiti in your prayers. Pray for safety, wisdom, obedience, and perseverance. We are all in a world surrounded by needs - which do we meet - how do we meet that need?
On another note, please keep Mrs. Judy Heady's mother, Mrs. Blanche, in your prayers. She is continuing to recover from a hip fracture and yesterday they discovered a large blood clot in her leg. She is in quite a bit of pain. Pray .
We had a blessed week. Thank you and God bless.
Tuesday, February 23, 2010
Judy Heady (our director here in Haiti) has returned to Kentucky due to a difficult situation. Her mother broke her hip Saturday night. She is 92 years old (I think). Please keep them in your prayers.
I will try to update you soon.
Saturday, February 20, 2010
Monday went well. Judy Heady and her son and daughter-in-law arrive along with Leigha - our children's teacher.
Tuesday I (Susan) was a little cranky - you know what I mean - nothing outward, just things not settling inside. I think you all have been there at some point or another.
Wednesday all was going well. Clinic went smooth. I stayed at the clinic till around 11:30 a.m. packaging medication for later use. Then I headed to the house to see how the children and Leigha were doing with school. I wasn't feeling very well and it just escalated from there. I was suppose to go in and help out at a clinic in town on Thursday and that didn't happen. I slept most of the day on Thursday. Low grade fever and some intestinal issues - yuck.
Friday came quickly and I woke feeling much better. I headed for the clinic as usual around 7:30 a.m. I do look forward to going to clinic each morning. Now I don't always love getting up and getting ready to go, but I do love getting there and ministering.
Clinic reminds me of old men. Stay with me and see where this goes...We ask all of our patients to come at 7:30 a.m. each day. We have been treating 5 men that each had serious burns to the arms, face, and head. Four of those men were burned in the earthquake and the other was burned in December from an automobile fire. Now we have many other patients, but these men stand out. We have been treating them for about 6 weeks now. We have come to know them. I look forward to seeing each of them on their scheduled morning to be at clinic.
Sheryl (the RN I work with) and I have noticed that most of the men are coming a bit later each morning. I commented to Sheryl one morning, "It reminds me of old men meeting at the coffee shop each morning." There is something to be said about the coffee shop meetings that older men usually partake in. Think about it...each of them look forward to coming and seeing each other, they look forward to catching up with how the families are doing and how the healing process is going. Each day is a little more hopeful in the treatment & pain management process of healing and they each have things in common to talk about.
As I sit and type this and think through it, I am reminded that the above scenario is what the Lord wants with us. Communication is the key to building thriving friendships. Think about it. Those people that you are closest with - the people that know you the best - are the ones you come in contact with on a regular basis. Jesus wants us to 'come in contact' with Him on a regular basis.
Don't wait till your old to hang out with family and friends. Build those relationships while you are still able to enjoy them. Many things get in the way - I am sooo guilty of that. Make a change today - spend more time with our Creator and more time with people. Make a difference in some one's life today.
Friday, February 19, 2010
I will try to get pictures of each of the families who live here. Sometimes it is nice to put a face with a name.
Tuesday, February 16, 2010
People gathered together in open areas, to scared to go back inside. Can't say as I blame them.
A house with a collapsed roof and wall.
Many trying to settle in for the night.
Saul (man on the left) taking an injured man home. He had a broken leg and we don't have x-ray at our clinic available so Kevin helped splint his leg, we gave him some pain medication, and Mr. David drove him home.