We had a wonderful three weeks in Haiti. The plane rides to and from…not so much! A goal on this trip was to affirm that Haiti is the next mission field our family is to serve on. The answer is yes, we do feel God is calling us to now serve in Haiti. We are excited and ready to be there yet are happy to be back home for now. We trust this will happen in God’s time. Although we are missionaries with ReachGlobal we are still waiting for the official invitation to serve on the field in Haiti, which we do believe will happen soon. In our eyes much of this trip was about Quinn and how she would handle things. It was a seamless transition for her. God has prepared her to adapt to any environment He places her in. She truly did even better than we imagined. She is a compassionate, creative, easy-going young lady who loves kids, especially the little ones. She flourished in the outdoors and sunshine, dealt well with many unpleasant bathroom situations, long road trips, and a less than comfortable sleeping environment, all with an incredible attitude. She was fluid, and that was something we needed to see.
Our family loves to garden, especially Dave, which is a good thing as we will be busy trying to figure out how to grow all things green in Haiti! If we can’t figure out how to do it ourselves, it will only be a monthly treat since it’s costs $10 for a bag of romaine that costs only $3.50 here in the states. Ouch!! Anyone who knows us, knows we love to eat the green stuff! In order for our garden to produce good crops, for our trees to bear juicy ripe fruit, we must prepare and weed the soil, prune and treat our trees…God wants to do the same in our hearts, but we must allow it. We long to bear fruit in our lives, within our family. We want to allow our hearts that belong to Christ, to continually be cultivated by Him.
John 15, a bible passage that uses this analogy has popped up in a number of devotionals in the last few days as well as our staff leadership meeting yesterday. Obviously God desires our attention regarding this passage!
“This is to my Father’s glory, that you bear much fruit, showing yourselves to be my disciples.” John 15:8
“You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you so that you might go and bear fruit—fruit that will last—and so that whatever you ask in my name the Father will give you. This is my command: Love each other.” John 5:16-17
At this time we feel God has chosen for us to live productive, fruitful lives for Him in Haiti. In our next blog we’ll share the different areas of ministry we have the potential to be part of. During these last three weeks we spent a substantial amount of time with the missionaries already serving in Haiti as well as the City Team Leader, his wife and daughter. They put us at ease, shared openly the pros and cons of serving and living in Haiti and allowed us to not only listen in on meetings but speak into some things as well. It was a warm, inviting environment we truly felt at home in. We appreciate the time that was invested in each of us. Please continue to pray with us and if you aren’t a partner, please consider joining us in this ministry. We’d love to get together and share more about what God is doing.