At the end of the year, we finally realized that God was prompting us to put our family first, recognize that our children’s mental health was more important than ministry, and relocate back to America after living in Haiti for 8 years. We knew that our time in Haiti was coming to an end within the next few years, but we did not see it ending so abruptly
The transition has been extremely difficult emotionally and trying spiritually, but we have been so blessed with jobs, a vehicle, and our own home. We are grateful that our jobs still give us the flexibility to be active advocates, administrators, and counselors for our staff on the ground
We are currently in a transition period where I am now the executive director of YWAM Port de Paix! With that being said there’s a lot of planning to do and I would love to have you be a part of this huge season in my life and in the future of this campus!
Last month I was serving alongside the YWAM Saint-Marc staff and now I am helping YWAM Les Cayes (South Haiti). I am pitching in here with their DTS (Discipleship Training School) for the next two months.
I had an opportunity to teach about “The Nature and Character of God) for the first week of their DTS, it was amazing! God is moving and still doing a lot of crazy things in the school!
I have faced many ups and down at YWAM Port of Peace for the past year, but it was a huge privilege to lead our DTS to the Dominican Republic as part of their outreach phase. It was so amazing watching lives change all around us. God used our team in some amazing ways to be able to bless those around us! It was such an honor to be able to walk through this journey with a pretty amazing team.
Now that DTS is over I am currently staffing another DTS but in Les Cayes Haiti, same as Louis! We are currently on week 5 of the DTS and are already witnessing God doing his thing in the lives of these students, with 3 students taking the plunge of faith and being baptized!
In December I left Port de Paix to go to Saint-Marc. There I visited my family, then joined our YWAM Saint-Marc base to share the love of Christ.
In February (On the Saint-Marc campus), I was able to be a part of their “Camp of Light” as a leader. There we taught participants how to walk in the truth about Christ
I am still in Saint-Marc right now and learning a lot. I am specifically learning how to keep my engagement, and how to grow more in the truth of God. I keep encouraging the young about the truth of God and helping as much as I can.
I am so thankful to serve a God that provides, loves, and keeps his promises. Events have arisen which caused me to leave Haiti for this season of time, but I truly believe God is not done with my story and adventure with him in Haiti. Recently God has actually been even more so stirring in my heart a desire and love for the people there….. and maybe even opening some new doors. I don’t know what the future holds but I know who holds the future! So as I wait I will pray and leave the when, how, what, and where to our gracious loving Father.
““But who am I, and what is my people, that we should be able thus to offer willingly? For all things come from you, and of your own have we given you. For we are strangers before you and sojourners, as all our fathers were. Our days on the earth are like a shadow, and there is no abiding. O Lord our God, all this abundance that we have provided for building you a house for your holy name comes from your hand and is all your own. I know, my God, that you test the heart and have pleasure in uprightness. In the uprightness of my heart I have freely offered all these things, and now I have seen your people, who are present here, offering freely and joyously to you. O Lord, the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Israel, our fathers, keep forever such purposes and thoughts in the hearts of your people, and direct their hearts toward you.” 1 Chronicles 29:14-18 ESV
Though this season of transition has had many heartbreaks, anxieties, loss of identity and direction, we all recognize that God is a very good God. Obedience can be hard. It can be confusing. But in trusting God and obeying him, you can never go wrong. He is not done with YWAM Port Of Peace. Though we don’t look the same right now, we are going to keep BEING disciples that MAKE disciples until the moment he tells us to stop. (Which will be never.)
Please keep praying for us, and praying for the lives that we will impact in all corners of the world.
(Due to the instability in Haiti at the moment, we will be vague about our future plans, so stay tuned to see what is happening “in the now”!)