Sorry about the absence. We have had no end of internet problems in the last week. We have a limited amount of internet download allowance each day and if we exceed that it basically freezes up our internet for just over 24 hours. Turns out our password made it around the neighborhood and people were downloading stuff to their hearts content while we couldn’t do anything. When we went to reset the password on the router it locked up, so we had to swap it out with our old one which is slower than molasses in January. The first router ended up being fried and we just got the new one last night. I’m so glad. I was getting tired of yelling, “NO!” just as I was doing something, like publishing a blog post, because our connection would go out and not want to cooperate. The funny thing is that our speed here is anything but stellar compared to North America, but after a week of yelling at no one and being continually frustrated it is amazing! Hee hee.
We’ve been battling various degrees of sickness in our house over the last week too. Olivia has been down for the count since Monday and we’ve been worried about her, but I think she’s slowly on the mend. She’s just not a kid that gets sick all that often so to see her as sick as she’s been all week has been hard. I think she picked something up at church on Sunday. She likes to be very social and move around during the services, and I’m sure that at least half the people in church had some sort of cold or flu. I’ve had a cold for about a week and a half as well, and I’m realizing that one of the sucky things about being pregnant is not being able to take most medicines when you’re sick. I’m going to take a run up to Canaan today to get checked out to see if I have some sort of infection. Woo hoo!
On Friday we had some fun with our workers. It was pay day and we asked Yonese to cook a nice meal for everyone as a staff appreciation thing. We’ve decided we want to start using pay day as a staff meeting day to have better communication with our workers. They really like the idea. In the past month or so we’ve been having pop for everyone when we do pay roll and the food was something we thought would be an added bonus. Food is such a big deal here and it’s a nice way to let people know that you appreciate them. It was a good time.
Last week we also promoted one of our workers to a foreman position. We had done an outside hire for this last year that didn’t work out. Our workers asked that we consider someone from within our staff when we were ready to give it a try again. It took a while to find just the right person, but we think we’ve found a winner. He takes the role very seriously and is doing a great job. It’ll be interesting to see how it works in the long term, but so far it’s looking great.
Yesterday we picked up a visitor. Anna is here for a week as the final stage of her volunteer interview. When we found out I was pregnant we knew we’d need some extra hands at the mission. At that point the Craigs were here and would be leaving to launch the new site, so all the work that they had helped out with would fall back on Chris and I. Those plans have changed, but the need is still there because I am still very much pregnant and our plans are to go back to Canada to have the baby. When I come back I’m going to have full hands and won’t be able to do as much of the admin work that I have done in the past. Anna applied to volunteer last year, but at the time we didn’t need any extra help. When the baby came in the picture I contacted her again and she was very enthusiastic, so we’ve been going through the interview process. The last stage is always a site visit so people can make a decision based on reality, not some picture they have in their head. They get to see the work first hand, they get to meet us and spend time with us, and they get to spend time in Haiti to see if it all comes together into something they can see themselves doing. For us, it gives us a chance to meet face to face and work through some of the important things and just see how an individual functions in this setting. Please pray for all of us as we spend the week together, that God would really show all of us what his plans are for the mission.
Please pray for our family, for health, and for healing and wisdom. The last few months have been hard on us, but we’re feeling more encouraged and more stress free than we have in a long time and we’re ready to start moving forward.