I love every conversation, every person, every encouraging note – I really do – and I’ve found lots of repetition in questions lately, so why not repeat the answers one more time on here for all to see?
I’m leaving in six days. On Saturday our flight leaves at 6:15am, and the plan is to be walking in Port-au-Prince’s airport by 2pm. We’ll load up on a tap-tap (….I’ll just include a picture. It’s kinda, sorta, the Haitian equivalent of public transit), joining my roommate who is also arriving Saturday afternoon, and head to Cabaret, Ouest, Haiti! (Less than an hour away, not too far)
Packing. Packing is going as you’d expect, for someone trying to pack a small life into a plane friendly package. I’ve been blessed to buy very few things for myself, I’m surrounded by people who love to give. And leaving with a short term team is the way to go – they are troopers! I have lots of hands to carry bags for me. I have most of my things, with just a kitchen utensil or two, some batteries, and citronella candles to go. And sunglasses, of course. I’ve got one bag down, and a week to finish the rest!
Prayers. Oh, how I’m blessed by them. I’m covered by the prayers of others, and I can feel that I’m covered as pieces fall together & I have peace. **Readers, I ask for continued prayer! As of this moment: physical health, ‘pieces in place’ in packing (and no problems with over 20 checked & carry on bags at the airport with our team), good family time over these last days, and preparations in Haiti for both Grace’s short term medical team and the two new team members of CPR-3 (My roommate Tiffany & I). By preparations I mean the team environment and communication, whatever roles God has designed, and the hearts of all those interacted with. Even in the airport I pray for a positive impact where we go, including basic friendly interactions with employees from a tired and possibly stressed-from-travel team.
I am overwhelmed and so incredibly encouraged by support. Letters in the mail, Facebook posts, texts, people in passing, meetings with amazing individuals. Financial support is fully funded and now possibly on it’s way to excess, and emotional and spiritual support is flowing all around me. I don’t know why I am blessed enough to be sent, but God has made sure that I can be firm in my choice and that I know I am exactly where I am supposed to be.
Can I just repeat one of those lines, one of the least significant spiritually but the one that has made mouths drop? As of last night, I am FULLY FUNDED.
The total I had to raise was $16,300. In four months (and that’s stretching it, most of the work was done in less time), I raised ALL of the money needed to go serve for a FULL YEAR. This was all God using people to bless me, and people letting Him use them to do it! Many people came to me before I even asked, and some did not even get a chance to give who mentioned that they were planning on it! So, for all of us that doubt (note that I said US, I am definitely guilty) – He’ll get you there. Listen to him and act & so will He.
With that being said, I’ll wrap it up. Excitement, Packing, Prayer, Support, People, Encouragement – it’s almost time and it’s going great. There are plenty of other questions, but I don’t want to ramble. If you have something, please comment!