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.
Every 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.
Although 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.
An 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.
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
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.