If the LORD had not been my help, my soul would soon have lived in the land of silence. When I thought, “My foot slips,” your steadfast love, O LORD, held me up. When the cares of my heart are many, your consolations cheer my soul.Psalm 94:17-19 ESV
August has been hard, yet it has also turned out to be one of my most rewarding seasons in Haiti. The month began with a busy ministry schedule. I found each spare moment consumed by anxious thoughts. Anxious for the future. Anxious for choices looming before me. Anxious that I am not doing enough. That I am not enough.
It was then I realized– I was so busy doing that I hadn’t taken time to just be. I began waking earlier, despite late nights, to be on my knees before God. A renewed hunger and realization of my need to be connected to the Vine came suddenly. I’ve been reading the Word, asking for wisdom, for peace, and joy here and now. And oh, how He has shown up in these moments!
The summer school program finished this week. School is starting up soon after much training and preparation. The teachers are ready! I will miss leading Creole songs and bandaging little feet. Summer was good.
The house kids are doing great and growing so much. The little ones are starting to speak in complete, understandable sentences and eat piles of rice the size of a watermelon (not literally… but almost). Much effort has been put into their summer school training and preparation for the school year. The house will be so quiet. Only 3 littles will be staying home from school!
I have spent rewarding time in the local community– joining in on loving the “least of these” in the food distribution at Asil, bonding with Boyer kids, graduations, weddings, birthdays, and church events. An intern has joined the ministry for four-months. It has been a blessing to have a girl to do life with! The guys I work with are wonderful, but nothing compares to a kindred girl-friend with a similar upbringing and direction in life.
Every moment I may be conscious and rejoice in the knowledge of God’s will. Obedience to every command puts me on that track and keeps me there. Decisions, of course, must be made. But as in railroad, so in life. A block signal is lighted only where there is special need. I may not always be in sight of a ‘go’ light, but sticking to the tracks will take me where the next one is. Understanding the will of the Lord is believing Him, that He will in all situations where I have obeyed make that way His own way, effectual for eternity.Elisabeth Elliot
I’ve waited a long time, in prayer and listening, to finally be able to share with you all! The Lord has opened a door for me to receive the training I have long dreamed of. I’ve been offered a 5-month internship at New Life Midwifery Clinic in Davao, Philippines. I will be leaving Haiti at the beginning of November, and then, leave for the Philippines the first week of December. I’ll be working in a birthing clinic 60-80 hours a week. I hope to gain valuable knowledge, useful on the mission field in Haiti. New Life has given me the opportunity of a lifetime with minimal cost.
Thank you for your prayers and support!