Tomorrow we head out for our 3rd mission trip to Cuba. We’ll be working with about 15 churches throughout the country, some that we’ve worked with before but most of them newly formed house churches. We love this time together with the people as they bless us and continue to show us in what it means to be a fully devoted follower of Jesus Christ. In the midst of so many challenges to their everyday living they never waver, their faith grows stronger and they continue to make disciples, who make disciples, who make disciples!
God Is Amazing!
If anyone is interested in helping out please leave a comment below. Thanks for your prayers and support.
We have some very dear friends that have an orphanage in Port-Au-Prince and at this time we are
unsure as to the condition of the orphanage, the children and the caretakers. We are just asking that everyone lift them and the rest of the people of Haiti up in their prayers. This is a very poor country that has been hit very hard in the last few years by natural disaster.
When I reflect back on events that have taken place or are taking place in our family I’m always so amazed at God’s timing and also reminded that He is in charge and in control. For me it’s such a lesson in fully putting my trust in Him. So here’s what’s been happening. Our son and daughter-in-law moved to Minneapolis last year and at that time put their Omaha house up for sale. Now for anyone that has been through the selling process I’m sure you can empathize with us on the frustration, worry, stress and many prayers that are lifted up during the process. We swing into this year, still no sale. The market falls, more worry, stress and of course, many more prayers. Many showings, hopes of someone being interested, but still no sale. All of a sudden about a month ago Justin calls and they’ve got a buyer! As we get ready to head over to Omaha to help them load the truck with their belongings I began to reflect about the entire process & how we have always told our sons that if something is meant to be it will be and it will be when it is supposed to be. (God’s timing, not ours). I started to think about how God truly did have them wrapped in His arms through the entire year of the house being for sale. As we talk with Justin about everything that needs to get done I can’t help but think that God’s timing on the sale was delayed to now so that Justin & Susie would have time to deal with everything connected with the sale. He has given them time to adjust in MN. at new jobs, a new city, new digs, new friends. I’m not sure how either of them would’ve found time to get everything done while dealing with the responsibility of a new job and all that goes along with just getting your feet on the ground. Once they knew the house was sold they began to search for a bigger place to live in MN. but nothing was coming up. They were resigned to waiting a bit until the end of the summer, rented storage units for their stuff, and lo and behold this past week they find an awesome duplex to move into which will suit them to a T. So as I think back on the process, the timing of everything and how all has fallen into place so sweetly for them I just thank God for keeping them in His arms and care and thank Him for so many prayers that have been answered!
God’s Time- not ours!!
Jon and I have a personal relationship with Faith Missions International and their orphanage in Haiti. We received this e-mail today from FMI.
We have an urgent prayer request that involves another region of the Western Hemisphere. Please lift the nation of Haiti in prayer this week.
Faith Missions International (FMI) / The Heartland Gatekeeper ministry partners in Haiti called early Tuesday morning, Sept. 2, with reports of flooding in the city of Gonaives where our orphanage is located. Floodwaters rose during the night causing people to climb to their rooftops for safety. The children in the orphanage moved to the second story, but did not have time to carry food supplies with them. Their food was lost in the rising waters and they are now stranded on the second floor with no food or water as roads in and around the area remain covered with water. The rains causing this flooding are a result of hurricane Hanna, which is expected to reach the East coast of the U.S. later this week.
FMI Orphanage director, Smith Bordenave, had traveled to the capitol city of Port au Prince on Monday, Sept. 1, as he was en route to New Jersey to assist his wife and son in return travel to Haiti after their much needed time of rest and her recovery following a miscarriage earlier this summer. The only road back into Gonaives from Port au Prince is now under water making it impossible for Smith to return to the children in the orphanage. American Airlines, the only major U.S. airline that flies into Haiti, has shut down all service to Haiti until Sunday, Sept. 7.
Please keep our ministry friends, the 40 children in the FMI orphanage, and the nation of Haiti in your prayers.
This morning I read in the paper that Steven Curtis Chapman's 5 year old daughter was killed in an accident. Apparently she was hit by an SUV driven by her brother. How said for the family and what they must be dealing with at this time. We would ask that everyone keep them in your prayers. Life is so full of tragic accidents that we just don't know why they happen.