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Comings and Goings

2015 has been pretty busy thus far! We began the year with a long-awaited event. In January, we were joined in Haiti by fellow missionaries Mark and Kathy Fulton! This move has been in the works for some time, and we are excited that the Fultons are finally there. Mark will be continuing to direct the Church of God’s hospital/clinic in Saintard, and coordinate medical teams who come down. He has already made a number of improvements there. We look forward to working together and seeing what God has for them to do in Haiti.

Regional RetreatEvery three or four years, we are blessed to join with the Latin American missionaries for a regional retreat. In March we headed for the Dominican Republic for this event. Although we had been to the DR many times, we got to experience a new part of the country as we traveled to the far northeast peninsula to Samaná. We enjoyed the beautiful scenery, fellowshipped and shared with our colleagues, and gained a renewed respect for the power of the ocean as we piled into a small boat and headed to a remote beach. No whales were sighted, but we made it back with everyone intact, and were happy to be on dry ground. We also attended part of the Pan American convention in Santo Domingo before heading back to Haiti. We are so thankful for these special times, which remind us that we are a part of the worldwide body of Christ.

Jessica & CaitieAlthough none of our family came for Christmas this year, Jessica and her roommate Caitie were able to come down during their spring break in April. We had a great time showing them around, and of course this required a trip to the beach. It was a wonderful visit!

We also had a visit in May from Jodie's mom, Jacquie Gross. She came for a very special occasion: the graduation of the class she taught in second grade! Even more special was that she was asked to be their graduation speaker.It was a wonderful celebration, and she enjoyed seeing many of her former students.

John and Jodie have both stayed busy with work this spring. Jodie finished up the year with her Kindergartners the end of May with a Game Day and a closing program for the Kindergarten Step Up. It is fun the see the children’s progress from the beginning of the year. John continued to work with the community in Prospere, seeing patients, especially prenatal visits, and planning with community leaders. He has learned much during the past year as he continues to focus on the relationships there.

Jacquie GrossAn amazing thing happened this spring! After more than a year of work (and non-work), our mountain road is now completely paved and very nice! Those of you who have visited us will appreciate what a blessing this is!

We are presently in the US for some vacation, doctor visits, and to attend the Church of God convention in Oklahoma City. We hope to see many of you there! We return to Haiti August 1.

Prayer Concerns

Haiti has a schedule for presidential and parliamentary elections this year. However, there have already been unrest and demonstrations as a part of this process, and many are concerned that the elections will not be fair and represent all the people. Please join us in prayer for the entire election process, which is necessary if the Haitian government is to begin functioning as it should.

A major concern as I write this update is the repatriation of thousands of Haitians presently living in the Dominican Republic. The Dominican government has ruled that even those born there are not Dominican citizens. This is causing much turmoil in the Haitian community there, as people rush to procure paperwork to stay in the DR. Please pray for peace during this process, as tensions are already high due to various incidents this year.

Finally, please continue to remember us, that we will have wisdom and grace in all our dealings with others, and for the Haitian church, to gain spiritual maturity and be a light in the country. As ever, we thank you for your faithful prayers, and we give God all the glory.

 

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