Sunday, March 09, 2014

Church

Still having such a marvelous time here getting to know more about the people and culture.  Learning some Creole as I meet more people.  Everyone I've met has been so kind and welcoming.  Our country has so much to learn in these areas from others.  I wish we were as open and welcoming to virtual strangers.  We are all brothers and sisters in Christ and I love when people see that and can act on that principle.

Today we went to church with the guest house manager.  It was such a great experience for Olivia and I.  The service was in English which was helpful for our brains that are learning Creole but it's taking a while to do so.  There were about 1/4 of the congregation that were American and most of the rest were Haitians.  Again they were all so welcoming and so understanding of our lack of Creole.  It was marvelous to hear some of our favorite songs and sing new ones that could easily become favorites.


There was a part of the service where the minister asked the congregation to break into small groups of 10 or so and share prayer requests and pray for one another.  So out of my comfort zone and I was so nervous, but it was beautiful.  The three of us were with three Haitians in their maybe 20s?  They were so great to get to know.  Alex and Phanel both asked that we pray for them to continue to be with God every minute.  That they may be with God and follow Him forever.  And Lynn asked for strength in her belief.  If you could say a prayer for them as well I'm sure they would appreciate it!  God knows who they are.  I so enjoyed getting to know them.

The rest of the day was spent mostly relaxing, reading, and watching a movie on the laptop.  We ate dinner with the house manager and another couple that is also staying here.  They have been fun to get to know as well.  He is German, she is French.  They live 2/3 of the year in France and 1/3 in Germany and oversee boys and girls homes in Haiti which is why they are here working on those.  Amazing.

Tomorrow we see Macy and the rest of the kids again!  So excited!

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I am a single mom to four amazing kids; each of whom just happen to have been adopted. The first three were adopted through foster care, and we just completed an international adoption from Haiti. Our family has grown through adoption and I am all the more blessed to know each of my children. I worship a mighty God, teach Special Ed, love bargains, and am inspired by Pinterest... come along with us for the ride!


Olivia - 14

Olivia - 14

Braeden - 11

Braeden - 11

Liam - 9

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Little did I know that the road would be so rocky
Little did I know that the trip would take so long
Little did I know that my heart could hurt so much
Little did I know that God is never wrong

Little did I know that love could be so powerful
Little did I know that a dream so far could go
Little did I know that God would place the right ones
Little did I know that my heart, so large, could grow

Little did I know that a dream has it’s own timing
Little did I know that this day would finally come
Little did I know that four souls would be sent to guide me
Little did I know that they would choose to call me mom

But God knew all along and He had a plan to follow
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