Dear friends and family....as many of you already know, I am in Haiti! I just read a draft that I started in Nov 2014 to let you all know I was heading here, probably in January. Well I arrived here Dec. 30 2014...almost a month ago! I was picked up at the airport by some friends who live in Borel (where Water Project for Haiti site is) and so I travelled with them there and brought in 2015 by heading to bed about 9:30 pm. We all were bushed!!!
Since then, life has been full!
I returned to Pierre Payen Hospital and Donna Binkley's home on Jan 3 2015. I had been asked to take over as a "team manager" for the PPH Guesthouse as a surgical team from the States was arriving Jan 7. This was Naomi Shield's ortho team whom I knew well. There always is lots to do to prepare supplies for the teams and now I had to make trips to St. Marc to buy food and supplies for their stay!!! Always a learning experience here! My Kreyol is improving but I still need a lot of help so Loveline, Steve Mossburg's adopted Haitian daughter, became my very able assistant! God always supplies what is needed!
Which brings me back to the devotional reading from this morning...I still read from a book called "JESUS CALLING" by Sarah Young. She was inspired to write as if it was Jesus himself actually speaking...
"....Sit still in the Light of My Presence, and receive My Peace. These quiet moments with Me transcend time, accomplishing far more than you can imagine. Bring Me the sacrifice of your time, and watch to see how abundantly I bless you and your loved ones....As you keep your focus on Me, I form you into the one I desire you to be. Your part is to yield to My creative work in you, neither resisting it nor trying to speed it up. Enjoy the tempo of a God-breathed life by letting Me set the pace. Hold My hand in childlike trust, and the way before you will open up step by step." (Hebrews 13:15)
As I read these words, I feel this...a peace that happens more often here in Haiti than it does in Canada. Here, it seems that I do yield to God to guide me each morning and show me what it is I am to do. In Canada, the whole pace of living has sped up and I don't spend enough quiet times with Him. I yield more to the pressure of "time" rather than to Him! Here in Haiti, I have come to realize that there really aren't that many things in life that are so very urgent and important. My love for Him and for my family and dear friends comes to the surface of my thoughts....and after that, whatever I can do in a day is what gets done!
I have so many stories already to tell you all...but for now, these are my thoughts to share. I'm back here at OSAPO and Dr. Gardy just got an urgent call that someone is sick at Moulin Sur Mer and so he is off down the mountain to help. Susan and I are just heading off for our morning walk and then off to church at Canaan orphanage, the place where my journey here in Haiti in 2010 began! I fondly remember those days with Susan and Caleb Kermociev and Shannon O'Brien.
I am so thankful that I listened to God's call to come here.......