Bonswa!! Greetings from Titanyen Haiti! I hope this message finds you all loving life in the midst of grand adventures. I sit this sunny afternoon in the shade of a small tree in the foothills of the Haitian mountains. We have had quite the week in Leveque with the groundbreaking of the church, the installation, final training, and running of the new water filtration system, and the continuation of our already up and running programs within education and small business development!
First of all – THE LIVING WATER TREATMENT SYSTEM is up and running at Leveque!!!!! Whew, this has been a long . . . long . . . I will repeat . . . long process that will now enter the next phase. Admittedly, a big part of me wanted to fill up those buckets of water and just start dancing as we threw water all around – however, remembering how precious water is as a resource, I strongly fought those urges (resulting in only a mini dance party with a few of the deaf leaders and operators).
As I have written all along, I think the most important thing to remember regarding the water in Leveque is that it is being run as a community asset, overseen by members of the community. I must give a HUGE shout out to Rachael Jankowski who works with Mission of Hope and has been truly awesome in coordinating efforts and keeping everyone on the same page throughout recent months. This water system will be providing clean drinking water for thousands of people in the area – and it bears mentioning again that this is just Phase 1 of the water solution for the community. As the surrounding communities come to realize that this is the cheapest and cleanest drinking water in the entire area, the need for expansion and creative efforts in increasing volume will be necessary. For today, I think we shall just take this step back, enjoy the work that has been done, and thank the Lord for this life giving water in Leveque. Tomorrow, we will be back to work in moving forward .
This morning I talked with an amazing man named John Pierre. John Pierre is the Haitian construction boss we have hired to build the church on the hilltop at Leveque. I always love any communication I have with him as I leave smiling, feeling peaceful, and generally feeling thankful that this is a guy we get to work with. I include his picture here. Please keep John Pierre in your prayers as he endeavors to build the beautiful church on the hill in Leveque.
Everything else is going well. We enjoyed church this morning, and several hours of extra Bible study with the deaf community. Please keep these deaf families in your prayers as they are encountering scripture in new and beautiful ways. Pray that as they find themselves discouraged or challenged, that they remain steadfast, faithful, and diligent in the prayer that we are promised will be answered.
I include today a short prayer from my journals this week
“Lord, this morning we thank you for the beautiful sunrise. That before the day of work begins we can quietly sit and listen for Your voice, reflect on Your work, and find new vision and clarity in Your will for our lives. Father God this morning I ask for your reminder, for strength and for discipline in taking this time. Lord, in the midst of so much work we can get caught up in the daily tasks to be done, the concerns that arise when those tasks are not completed, and stress of continuing to just tick off those boxes on my “to-do” list. Lord, grant us Your vision, that tells us to often take a step back and take a look at the mighty work that is being done. Father, grant my heart the peace to know that it often takes stillness, quiet, and personal reflection to remain healthy, to remain passionate, and to remain refreshed to engage in the work You have set before us. Lord, for all that You do in our motion, we praise You . . . but for the reminder that Your Will be done, and for the importance of stillness we praise You. Lord, teach me to seek you in all things and glorify you in the work of my hands and the stillness of my heart. AMEN.
Thank you all for your prayers and your support.
grace and peace,