Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Ash Wednesday-

President Martelly stepped down from power and Haiti seems to be peaceful for now.

We have not heard of any big problems with Carnival this year.

We had a quiet week, thankfully with no travel.

Kris appears to have Zika and Anna has recovered from whatever virus infected the two of them.

Last Sunday Pastor Jonas asked Kris to talk about Zika this coming Sunday.

Cory, Gener and Yvon are doing some campus clean-up and tree pruning.

Yesterday three large screw-pine were moved from our front yard to the guest house area, to add to the living fence and landscaping.

Also Yvon's small garden was planted with 10 new fruit trees.

It is close to campus so a few of the over-size fruit trees in the nursery were used.

Nice rains the last few nights so gardens doing well.

Last week Cory made a second trip to Cap Haitian with a load of Kids Konsey books for the schools.

Many of the schools had underestimated the number of books they needed, and a few did not receive books from the first load.
City Chauvel Wesleyan School

Friday, February 5, 2016

Carnaval + politics = need for prayer

The sun shines brightly as the birds sing in the trees, otherwise campus remains quieter than normal for a Friday morning, and very quiet compared to lots of yelling down at school yesterday.

Yesterday the results of class elections became known with much yelling, singing, and laughter. No school today due to carnival weekend.

Normally the church young people who could afford it or who received a scholarship would join other young people from district churches and spend the weekend at a spiritual retreat.

This year due to the uncertainty of the political situation the leadership decided to cancel the retreats, so that the young people would be safe at home with their families should trouble break out.

Carnaval generally comes with its own type of trouble, rough drunken people who tend to get into fights and vandalism. Add angry political protesters into the mix, especially in major towns and without the Lord's intervention there's bound to be trouble.

We do our best to not travel from the Thursday before carnival weekend through Ash Wednesday every year due to the potential trouble. Same holds true for this year.

According to some long time missionaries these 4 basic options are being talked about...

1. Clean slate involving a long transition going up to the revision of the Constitution.
2. Maintaining the government in function, in order to assume the executive and complete the CEP to continue the electoral process;
3. The transmission of power to the President of the National Assembly.
4. The recourse to tradition by entrusting the provisional presidency to the President of the Court of Cassation.

Please pray for peace. Pray for revival. Pray for a working government who puts the needs of people first. Pray for direction. Pray for the families and children. Pray for the Lord's children living and working in Haiti.  Merci.

Monday, February 1, 2016

Youth Service

Yesterday we sat outside church and enjoyed the young people’s special church service that finished up a week of revival services. 

The church decorations of palm leaves, paper streamers and flowers brightened up the area and every one dressed up for the occasion. 

We not only sat outside because the church was very crowded but because the music, while good, was very loud.

The normal service contained some special music and a special guest speaker who’s sermon condensed into the equation "Read + meditate + apply [the Word] = success".

After the sermon the second part of the service started with 4-5 groups singing special music and then a special offering. 

Generally they let folks know what the offering will be used for but not this time. 

We think it will go into the general fund for youth activities.

This week could be critical in keeping Haiti calm throughout the presidential transition...please continue to pray for peace.

A small reflection:

Without a war on caterpillars there would be no hope for crocus and amaryllis flowers in the weeks to come (our crocus bloom after good rain any time of year).

So a few times a day, I began to hunt for the black, insecticide resistant, eating machines on my lilies by the walk.

In a few days I found no more...battle one done!

Then they returned and battle two started...and just when I thought I had won again, Cory pointed out a lily not along the path but standing alone amongst other flowers being consumed by caterpillars.

Once again I attacked and this time looked around for the other lilies near the stairs and front table...the battle front covered more locations than I had originally thought.

Isn’t that like life?

 We focus on one problem area or attitude and just when we’re feeling good about controlling the consuming bad ‘bugs’ in our life the Lord points out another area, or two or three that need work!

Thankfully He fights with us and for us.

He will give us strength and wisdom and help in the battle if we ask. 

And if we remain faithful, someday the flowers will bloom.

[Since I wrote this blog in the morning. This afternoon,  I weeded some by Cory's plant/tree nursery only to find on a clump of huge, waist-high spider lilies a whole new group of caterpillars. I will not be able to reach most of these therefore they win at this site...sigh.]

Saturday, January 30, 2016

Update/ Prayer requests

Saturday afternoon. Anna and Cory divide their time between video and computer games.

I'm either reading a book or on the computer.

This week the big garden received pigeon peas, squash, papaya, and okra between the trees, on the grassy former pasture land.

The rehab garden dirt continues to impress Cory with its lack of fertility.

They plant perennial peanut ground cover along with some other trees.

Cory also planted some old vegetable seeds he had in storage, doubtful many will still grow but we will see.

Eli spent most of the week with family, enjoying a break between his January Interim class and the start of Spring semester on Monday.

Anna played volleyball on Wednesday and then practiced since then. We re thankful for the healing of her ankle.

She continues to work hard on her school work.

Office work, thank you notes, school paperwork, read some medical journals for my continuing education.

This week our young people held revival services each night and will have a special praise service and offering on Sunday morning.

Mme. Fanny, who normally cooks for us twice a week is facing a serious medical issue. Please pray.

With the delayed presidential elections last week the political turmoil and protests continue to stir up the country.

Please pray for a peaceful answer for the upcoming presidential transition.

Many of our Global Partner teammates in Haiti recently suffered from what is presumed to be the new Zika virus.

 Please be in prayer, especially for the pregnant ladies and their babies in Haiti.

[Dad, this last picture is for you. Not only did many of the spectators sit on benches you made, the score board was one as well!]

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Winter in Fauche, by Anna

Well, I’m back again. I think mother is glad for a short break now and then from doing the blog. This week for my paper I am supposed to write a description about any subject of my choice; I chose winter. If you are one of those people who cannot stand us tropical people talking about weather, you might not want to read this blog. 

I know that many of you in the States have, but we are cold too. The other day we actually got into the 60s !!! To us, that is the equivalent of 0 degrees!! You may be laughing, but to us, this is cold. Those of you that have enjoyed our chilly showers will understand. We have no water heaters, and our windows are only screened. Therefore, we can’t shut out the wind and while you are taking a shower with chilled well water, you might have a cool draft come and chill you further. Although we cannot keep out the wind, most Haitian houses have shutters and can close up their houses. 
The other day all three of us had pants and long sleeves. If you had seen Mother the other day, you would have thought it was -40 degrees, on top of three shirts, she wore not one hoodie, but two. In addition, she wore pants and socks, all of this underneath her blanket. Dad wore a long-sleeve shirt in addition to his normal clothes, and I wore pants and a hoodie I think even the cat was cuddlier, trying to stay warm. 

While winter looks white/grey in America, in Haiti our weather is green/grey. Of late there has been a fair amount of cloud cover and rain, giving us the gray, rainy feeling of tropical winter. It is greener than usual in Fauche, thanks to all the rain. Even the arid places in Haiti, such as Lagonave, received rain. 
For my family, winter smells like hot chocolate in the morning and the fresh scent of the rain-soaked earth. 

While it is cloudy, it is usually a bit quieter, especially if it rains, since they do not have school. Generally, one of my favorite activities is reading. In America, they have snow days. In Haiti, they have rain-days, and some home schoolers have team-days. In Fauche, you can generally see and hear the rain coming. The rain approaches in a wall, usually from a north-easterly direction. You can hear it hitting the trees, and sometimes you will hear children yelling "the rain is coming,while running for the nearest building. 

P.S. In responce to the comment about me 'petting mangos' when I was little. I don't pet mangos I juice them.