Today I’m sitting at the Mangine’s house, my new home away from home.
I don’t live here, but this is my family.
Yesterday, I realized it when I was hanging out here, while Nick and Gwenn weren’t

around, and yet their kids came up to ask me questions, or for Nia to show off her wallet

she had just made.
I love being a part of this family.

But today is a hard day for me.
I am struggling, but I don’t know why.
I find myself restless, but lacking the energy to do something, and I realize a bit about

my recent days.
I haven’t been looking around at what God is doing, and where He is showing himself in

each day. I haven’t been reflecting on His glory, for that is where I find my strength.

It certainly isn’t a case of Him not showing up. It’s just one of me not stopping for

long enough to take notice, which seems odd when this week has been more of relaxation

and recovery than hard work. But, it makes sense when I completely surround myself with

people all day long.

Sometimes I need to retreat, to find time with Him who sent me, to restore my soul and

bask in his presence.

He has allowed great things to be happening here, and I am thankful to be a part of it.
I know that He has allowed me to be a part of the bible study with our men from church on

the beach, and that the cookout last night for the 4th of July was a great time of

fellowship and building of our community. I know that He is continuing to take care of

me, and is giving me peace as I look around and get overcome by the amount of work that

is yet to be done.

And now, I ask that you pray for me, as I am struggling to get the traction to keep

moving forward. The work orders pile up faster than I can keep up. I want to honor every

commitment I make for His glory, I don’t want to say “no” to someone in need, and I want

to do everything to the best of my ability, and yet, I get overwhelmed, knowing that

there is so much to do.

I am also still seeking out my “residence” here, as I have too many unsettled questions

about land and containers and all right now. I am looking at options to rent a house,

especially with some friends here in Jacmel, but still seeking God’s direction on it.

On the bright side, I have figured out some of my “furlough” information. I’ll be coming

home in early August, and I’ll be the “missionary of the month” at Emmanuel the weekend

of August 12th. Then I plan to share more in depth about Haiti at Crucified on August

15th, and at Emmanuel on August 20th.

Then, I’ll be heading to Uganda on August 22nd to visit with Jamie Soderlund, and

hopefully Chris Schanter and the Angels of East Africa work. I’m happy for that, but must

stay focused on what is going on right now.

Which means, I need to get my details worked out for shipping in solar panels (the

shipping stuff is a pain in the butt), line up some electricians to work with me next

week as I travel north again, and figure out a time to get out west to work in Les Cayes


I’m getting tired of driving so much, but as long as there is a need, I need to keep

trying to keep up with it.
I have found my organizational skills lacking. I’m sure there are very few people

surprised by that, but it is something I am trying to work on.
It just means my calendar is filling up quickly.

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