So a couple posts back I mentioned that there is some good stuff going on right now for us. I’m excited that I get to share now.
We have new volunteers!
Ryan and Sheena have been in Haiti for about 4 months. They came to work with another mission, but knew that would be temporary. They know God has called them to be in Haiti long term, and they felt it was time to move on from where they were, but they weren’t ready to step out on their own yet. They wanted to be in a situation where they could be learning about Haiti and still serving in whatever capacity God had for them. Eventually they want to be doing work in agriculture and midwifery, but they feel they need to put a lot of pieces in place before then.
We’ve really enjoyed getting to know Ryan and Sheena over the last few months. We have a lot of similarities in how we look at life. A little while back, when we learned that they were thinking about relocating, I had the thought that maybe they could come live in the round house but didn’t feel it was the time to share my thoughts with Chris. Last week he came to the same place on his own. We invited Ryan and Sheena over and in the course of that conversation they told us that they had been praying and fasting all day that God would show them their next steps, to the point where Ryan specifically prayed, “God, we’ll know where we’re supposed to go by whoever calls first in the next ten minutes.” Two minutes later Chris phoned. Over the last week as we’ve talked more they admitted that after meeting us they felt let do pray about the possibility of coming to work with us at some point even though water was no where on their radar or in their vision. And now here we are!
We’re excited about having them here. The last year has been hard for us on an organizational level. We’ve had trust shattered and are feeling very guarded. When this possibility presented itself we talked through it and talked about all of that. It’s hard to take a risk when you’ve been hurt. It’s hard to jump when you aren’t sure what you’re jumping into. But, despite all of that, we felt like we were supposed to move forward. And we had peace about it. So we jumped.
Chris and I have recently been feeling like we’re moving forward. The last few years have felt like treading water, trying to keep our heads up. One thing I’ve been struggling with in recent months is the amount of work I have to do. I have regular things that aren’t complicated, but need to be done by me because there isn’t anyone else. Those things often mean less time for new projects, so my project list keeps growing. On top of that I want to spend time with my kids and being a good wife. I’ve been feeling burned out and overloaded. We had already talked about starting the search for someone to come in and help with this stuff after the new year. Sheena is now here to help alleviate some of that for me and I’m SO grateful. God knows what we need.
The biggest thing about Ryan and Sheena is that they want to serve, wherever God puts them. Even if it wasn’t what they saw coming. Their desire to be obedient in this manner is so evident in everything they do. They want to contribute, they want to learn, they want to be a part of the team. Ryan is willing to be that go to guy in whatever way we need him to be.
We’re excited and feeling blessed. Please pray for our Clean Water for Haiti family as we adjust and move forward. We want to be effective and obedient to the calling God has given us.