Monday, Monday

We said good-bye to our Vision Trippers on Saturday. We had a fabulous week with all of them. Did lots, saw lots. Thursday we took them and our staff to Port to go to the National Museum, the Baptist Mission, and the look out. You can read about it HERE. Friday Chris took them for a hike, and in the afternoon we went to Club Indigo to swim, relax, watch an amazing sunset, and ate a great meal. Saturday after everyone was shuttled off to the airport I slept for two hours. I think they thought I was joking when they asked what we’d do when they left and I said, “nothing” and “sleep”.


Today, after dropping Olivia off for school I saw a guy riding a scooter/motorcycle with a cup holder attached to the front fender. It had a bottle of beer in it. It was capped, so I guess that’s worth something.


We had DINEPA, the Haitian government authority that oversees water projects, do a site visit today. It went really well. It was confirmed that Chris definitely made an impression at a water conference last fall. He had felt good about his presentation, but the lady in charge this morning said, “He was so funny! He was the only one that made everyone laugh. And he was the only one that did his presentation in Creole.” :) They seemed to be impressed with our project and gave us some good suggestions on ways to improve what we’re doing.  We’ve shied away from government contact, but this might actually be a good relationship. Good thing Chris is funny.


We also had another high point this morning when we got an email from the organization that receives our funding in Canada. We had a major donation come in on Friday that gives us enough funding to go back up to a 5 day work week for the rest of the year. The best part is that we thought that we knew how it came about and later found out there was zero connection. Just a major affirmation for us and a moment to bask in God’s provision for Clean Water for Haiti. We’ve gone through tight times, but never once have we gone without. God loves it when we’re sure of our calling and the direction he wants us to go in, even when it seems impossible, and tells us just to move forward and let him do the rest. I will admit there were some tears shed this morning.

We’re so excited to tell our staff tomorrow! They’ve been so patient and understanding and it’s hurt our hearts to know that they’ve been going through tight times with their families because our funding was lower this year. The donations we receive to do what we do go to build and install filters, but they also help over a dozen families live better lives every day from the full time employment.


Prayer Requests:

It’s been a while since we’ve had a list of prayer requests, so here goes…

  • Pray for our staff and their families, that God will provide for their needs and that they’ll know it comes from him, not from us.
  • Pray for us as leaders, for our staff and for our board of directors as we lead and guide Clean Water for Haiti. We need a lot of wisdom on a daily basis to do what we do well.
  • Pray for our Vision Trippers that just left, that they would be able to process all they’ve seen and experienced, and to know how to apply it to their lives and how to share it with others in a way that can lead to lasting change in Haiti.
  • Pray for our plans to relocate. As always in Haiti there are issues over the land we’re interested in. If it’s God’s will that we’re at that particular site we’re praying for things to get cleared up, and if not, that he’ll open new doors to another piece of property that will better suit our needs for the long term.
  • Praise God for his provision at all times, and especially in the last week. Still on a high from it and marveling at his love for us and the people of Haiti.
  • Pray for the families that receive filters, that it wouldn’t just be about clean water, but about life change that leads them to Christ in one way or another.

Thanks for reading! I hope you have a great week.


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About Leslie

I'm Leslie. Wife. Mother. Missionary. In the day to day my husband and I are responsible for running Clean Water for Haiti, a humanitarian mission that builds and distributes water filters to Haitian families. Living in Haiti full time provides lots of stories, and as I tell my husband, our grandkids probably won't believe most of them. Maybe writing them down will give me some credibility.

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