Life as usual…
“In their hearts human beings plan their course, but the Lord establishes their steps.”
Over the beginning of March there have not been any teams here, leaving us to play catch up and prepare for the four groups who will be here during the last two weeks of the month. The first two weeks were busy in a different way compared to the business that ensues when teams are on the ground. When teams are not here we are all working on background things necessary to make this organization run. Ali and I have been busy planning out itineraries for the teams at the end of the month. While Ali continues her work with student sponsorships and relationships with our children’s homes and communities, I have been working on projects we have going on with the Starkey Hearing Foundation.
Brad, Shannon and Lena are running the guest house and getting everything ready for a bit of an over flow; their family seems to have adjusted well to life in Haiti. It seems there is always something needing to be done at the guest house. Roberson is busy getting things ready for the new kitchen we are building at Foundation of the Promising Children of Haiti (FPCH) with one of the teams.
Simultaneously to all this, the whole staff is still feeling the sadness from the departure of our ‘intern’ Jesse. Things just haven’t been the same around here since he packed up and headed back to the states. He committed to two months and needed to return for commitments he made in Minnesota; who knows if and when he will be back, but the apparent emptiness around here since he has left has been difficult to overcome.
No one said this life was going to be easy, we each follow the paths our life takes us down. Many people come in and out of our lives in this line of work, some come for a week to volunteer, others stay over many weeks as interns before returning to their lives. There is staff and friends who live in country I have met along this journey, but the experience of having people walk in and out of my life-my family never seems to make it any easier. People still come and go, some return as volunteers like they say they would, others make the sacrifice to uproot their life in the states-follow this new path in life and move to Haiti.
“In the same way, those of you who do not give up everything you have cannot be my disciples”
– Luke 15:33
It is never an easy decision to make a major life change, to walk blindly down a path that you can see the end of, or even the next step in front of you. When I did it, I called it taking a leap of faith. For some people their leap of faith is a new job, or deciding as a family to have a new child; ‘give up everything’ can mean a million different things to every believer. For those of us on the ground, every day we make a decision to give up everything and be a disciple and often still fall short-I still fall short some way somehow. Whatever your leap of faith is, whatever you give up daily-I pray for strength and courage, I pray this for myself and for loved ones around me. As life goes on around me, I can rest easy knowing I am not alone, nor do I need to stress about the next day-it is not mine to control to begin with. My path continues and I am blessed to see the beauty in another day, another day in Haiti.
“Then Jesus said to his disciples: ‘Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you eat; or about your body, what you will wear. Life is more than food, and the body more than clothes.”
“Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to your life? Since you cannot do this very little thing, why do you worry about the rest?”