O God, I have tasted Thy goodness, and it has both satisfied me and
made me thirsty for more. I am painfully conscious of my need for
further grace. I am ashamed of my lack of desire. O God, the Triune
God, I want to want Thee; I long to be filled with longing; I thirst to
be made more thirsty still. Show me Thy glory, I pray Thee, so that I
may know Thee indeed. Begin in mercy a new work of love within me. Say
to my soul, “Rise up my love, my fair one, and come away.” Then give me
grace to rise and follow Thee up from this misty lowland where I have
wandered so long.”
-A.W. Tozer, The Pursuit of God (quoted in Crazy Love, Francis Chan)
Sorry I have not been posting. It’s been a crazy start to this trip.
I got in on Thursday safely, and with all my luggage. Thankful for that
right from the start. As always, I had a TSA paper in my bags notifying
me that they were opened for screening. Happens every trip, guess I
bring in some weird looking stuff. 🙂
Had Franz drive me up to the house in Delmas (Port-Au-Prince), where I
stayed on my last trip. It was comfortable to be somewhere that I knew,
but there was a lot of work to be done again.
The power company and internet both cut off our service cause no one
has paid bills since the last time I was here. In a funny story, EDH
(the power company) literally cuts the main line into your house to
disable your power. Additionally, the registration is up on the Montero
I was driving all last trip, and was hoping to drive this trip.
I was unable to rectify these situations while I was there, cause other
matters seemed more pressing.
I did get the house cleaned up from the layer of dust that was covering
everything, with the help of our cleaning ladies. and Yves and I got
clean drinking water and diesel to run the generator, though we had to
walk to get both.
Finally, I packed up all my tools and organized them on Friday before I
was joined at the house by Kristie, P.J., Sharon, (short term) and
Michelle (long term) missions workers with the Hands and Feet Project.
We went to the super market and Domino’s before we went to bed.
On Saturday, I just cleaned up the house and resecured it in
preparation for us to leave it in Yves care again, then I went to the
airport to get Bob.
Bob’s flight ran 2 hours late, so I was just sitting around the airport
receiving area for that time, but I did run into some friends from
Child Hope, whom I met on my last trip.
Then, once Bob arrived (and Chris, an accountant from the Nashville
area), we headed down to Jacmel, arriving at 10:30pm after everyone was
Sunday morning, I met up with the short term group (Steve Fair et al),
the Pierce Family (directors of the Jacmel facility), Cameron and Stacy
(Interns), and the kids once again.
It was funny to run into Steve Fair again cause he was here on my June
trip as well. Also, re-meeting Stacy here is funny cause she went to
Creation with our family back when Josh was still in college.
We spent the day mostly resting and talking. We went to the beach with
some of the kids, and I got to drive. But the highlight of my day was
going to the hospital and hospice-type area at Sisters of Charity with
Emily Pierce. Emily is the Pierces daughter. She just turned 18 last
week. Watching her talking with patients and the compassion and love
she was showing was very moving. I quickly volunteered to be her
chauffer anytime she wants to head down there. She has learned Kreyol
very quickly, since she’s only been here for a few months and can
communicate well with the patients.
Then, in the evening, we had a “worship service”, since myself, Chris
(accountant), Jacob Pierce (Pierce’s son), and Dr. Ken (director) all
have led worship in the past. So, we pulled out the guitars and water
cans (hand drums) and started making a joyful noise.
That brings us up to today.
Now for a few side notes:
1- Peanut (the goat) is doing well up in Delmas
2- We now have a dog in Delmas, named Princess. She is tiny at the
moment, and looks a lot like the dog from “The Grinch”
3- I drove the newest truck at the H&F project, a Mahindra, and it is a
great vehicle. Might be something to look into more in the future.
4- Haven’t noticed anything I’ve forgotten yet.
-today and tomorrow I will work on organizing the tools in the garage
here, so we can be more effective on future projects.
-wednesday, I will take Jacob Pierce and Keith (his friend) to the
airport to return to the states, then I will head to Les Cayes. I will
be there a little before Dr. Jay, but not early enough to be as helpful
as I had hoped. Can’t do better though cause I won’t have access to a
car before then.