Tuesday, October 25, 2011

September 2011 Update from Jacmel Haiti

Kitchen and Dining Room

Children's Dormitories

Well Head and Pump House
Greetings, trust this finds you doing well in your faith and with men.  Martie pointed out to me that when I return to Alabama on the 10th of October, I will have been in Haiti for 11 weeks.  The time has sped by.  We are looking at the 1st of October as the date that the children are living at Espwa Timoun Yo, (Children’s Hope).  There will still be things to do, but the basics for their living there will be in place.  Praise the Lord. 

The past months have been amazing to watch as the Lord has worked out every aspect of the building project.  We need certain skills and they are there.  We were connected to Dave and Darlys Bird at the Calvary Chapel Initiative – right next door – and have leveraged the incredible capabilities they have developed in their ministry here.  The really amazing thing is that they served in Bay Saint Louis the same time we were in Waveland. I drove by their tent all of the time, but never stopped to visit … Now I wish I had. 

We have been able to employ Haitians in the work which was one of the goals we set.  I have had opportunities to preach, disciple and encourage both Haitians and volunteers.  I am teaching a young Haitian pastor to play the guitar, something that I did not think I would be doing.  I am struggling to learn the language and find myself using some Spanish when the person I am talking to speaks Spanish as well. 

Martie has been busy in Alabama.  She is not only homeschooling Jessica and doing her part with Pathfinder Mission, but has picked up some of my responsibilities with government reporting and coordinating the building of sheds for the tornado survivors.  Pretty awesome woman, huh?

 Martie is coming to Haiti for a few days in October and I am returning to Alabama with her.  ( I can hardly wait to see her) I was talking with Samuel today.  He is the Haitian who took these kids in and cares for them.  He asked me why I work so hard and do I rest.  I told him that Nehemiah didn’t rest until the wall was built .. and I would rest when Phase 1 was completed.  He asked if I get tired and I told him that I pray each day that the Lord will give me strength.  He asked about Martie and the fact that she is in Alabama while I am here.  I told him that she and I view this separation as a sacrifice and offering to the Lord.  I know he understood what I said, but I don’t think that he understood the thinking or motivation behind it. 

We are starting preparations for Phase 2 of the orphanage and there is a good deal to do to fine tune the work on Phase 1.  In case I have not told you, Phase 2 will consist of 6 small houses for 10 children each and a caregiver – sleeping accommodations only.  Another bath-house, and a house for the orphanage director.  I will have more details on that in future updates.

Thank you for your prayers and financial support, whichever applies to you.  Both are vital to our work in Haiti.  God Bless You – Bondye Beni Ou.

1 Corinthians 3: 10-11  By the grace God has given me, I laid a foundation as a wise builder, and someone else is building on it. But each one should build with care. 11 For no one can lay any foundation other than the one already laid, which is Jesus Christ.

Charley and Martie

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