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.” 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, Allen 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, 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! 😉
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 BELIEVE IT! Oh my goodness, our God is amazing!
May the Lord Bless You and Keep You,