Daily Archives: June 10, 2011

God will provide….

This was indeed an exciting day in the unfolding of God’s plan for our family and the people we will minister to in Haiti. If you have not read the earlier post about our upcoming trip to Haiti, be sure to click over there and read it! You will be amazed!! šŸ™‚

One point I recall Stan Buckley making when we met with him about the community FBC Jackson is building was that his vision for this community is that they will eventually come to a place where they are not only growing their own food butĀ making a living on their own. Well, as I have told many people about our plans, four different people have asked me this weekĀ if I have ever met the Huff family. Yesterday, as I was sharing our story with a young man at Cups, he too asked me if I knew the Huff’s because not only do they homeschool, but they also raise goats and produce their own goat’s milk and cheese and make goat’s milk lotion andĀ goat’s milk soap. This was the fifth person to mention this family to me! Obviously, I felt like God was leading me to meet this family if for nothing else advice on how to homeschool. Later in the day, I had lunch with a friend at Fernando’s. After lunch, I realized that the store right next to Fernando’s is the place where they sell these candles that I have been wanting to buy. I went into the store, found the candles, and began smelling each one. The lady who worked there came to me and began to make conversation. She asked me if I have ever seen or used any of the goat’s milk soap or lotion from Hidden Arrows Farm made by the Huff family. Yes, she said the Huff family. She handed me a bar of their soap and it smelled fabulous!! Of course, I added the bar of soap to my purchase and headed out the door. As I was approaching my car, God revealed to me the reason why He wanted me to meet the Huff family. In Haiti, the most popular meats eaten by the Haitians are chicken and goat. They already know how to raise goats, but do they know how to make lotion and soap? Well, I realized that God wanted me to learn how to do this in order to show the people in this community how to make it, market it, and sell it to make money! I searched for information about Hidden Arrows Farm online and found the Huff’s phone number. I called Debbie Huff and immediately found a common soul and friend on the other end of the line. Debbie assured me that learning how to homeschool was going to be quite easy for us, and learning how to make products from goat’s milk was going to become a very rewarding experience.

I have decided that once we return from Haiti, Jacob and I are going to go spend a day or two with the Huff family and see what their farm is all about. Debbie said that they would take us through the entire process of making soap from goat’s milk. I am so excited about this!Ā  It is just so amazing how God continues to guide our every step and provide each piece of the picture as we need to see it. Praise God for his guidance and revelation!!

More news later! I think this is about all the excitement I can handle in one day! Ha!



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More Amazing Steps

We are going to Haiti!! Today was yet another amazing day in the West journey to Haiti.

First of all, we ordered our tickets for our first visit as a family. We are leaving on June 24th to go to Haiti, and we will return on July 2nd. What’s even more exciting is that ALL of us are going! At first we didn’t think our oldest son, Jonathan, was going to be able to go. He will have just started his summer pre-med internship, and we were concerned that he would not be able to take a full week away. However, as it turns out, he is required to shadow for a certain number of hours with a physician as well as volunteer in some type of medical community service. Well, wait until you hear what God is working out….talk about community service! Ha!

“The LORD himself goes before you and will be with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged.ā€ Deuteronomy 31:8.

On Tony’s first visit to Haiti with Samaritan’s Purse, he met a physician from West Virginia named Allen Holmes. Allen was not just his bunk mate at SP, he became a very dear friend. Like Tony, AllenĀ  has returned numerous times to Haiti to work in the cholera clinics and love on the people there. Today, after we booked our flights to Haiti, Tony decided to call his friend Allen to get his opinion on how we should go about getting Jonathan an opportunity to shadow in the field with SP. Are you ready to hear how amazing our God is? Allen arrives in Haiti for another week of medical ministry on June 25th and leaves on July 2nd like us. We will probably be on the same flight as him from Haiti to Miami as we return home. Yes, God already knew we would be going during this very week, He already knew Jonathan would be going with us, and He already knew Jonathan would need someone to shadow. As Jeremiah 1:5 says, “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I set you apart; I appointed you as a prophet to the nations.” God knew all of this all along. Oh my, how He amazes me!! Wow. Okay, now that I have gathered myself back together, let’s continue.

We will arrive in Haiti on June 24th, and we will meet our dear friend Barbara Gladney there. She will have already been in Haiti with another missions team, but she has agreed to stay a few more days to be there with us when we arrive. Barbara will take us to the FBC Jackson project where we will stay for a few days and see what all is going on there. On the 29th,Ā we will go with Barbara to the airport and she will return home. We will go on over to Samaritan’s Purse and join up with Allen there. For the next three days, Jonathan and Tony are hoping to get to join in on some medical mission work, and Jacob and I are hoping to meet Coach Peterson with the Haitian National Soccer League and maybe even get a chance to kick around with one of the teams there. We’ll let you know if he gets that opportunity! šŸ˜‰

I cannot tell you how excited I am to have confirmation in hand that we are indeed making a trip to Haiti THIS MONTH!!

Since I have promised not to make my posts too long, I am going to close on this one now, but if you want to hear what else God did today, click on the next one! YOU WILL NOT BELIEVEĀ  IT! Oh my goodness, our God is amazing!

May the Lord Bless You and Keep You,


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