We are feeling much better. Banning, Easton & I are still feeling a little weak & Banning still has a slight backache but we are finally back to our usual routines! Praise God!!

Chloe never even missed a beat. The rest of us are constantly drenching ourselves in Mosquito spray in hopes to never have to go through any of that again…

We’ve been told by others that one of the effects of Dengue fever can be depression. I must admit that for about 5 days (5 days that seemed endless at the time) I got very discouraged & fearful of many things. I questioned what on earth we are doing here, who in their right mind would stay here, especially for several years?!?! I really missed America for the first time. I never thought about leaving now or in the middle of this year, but I did think for a few days that no way are we staying here another year after this one!!

Satan has a way of taking advantage of us when we are down.

Saturday QCS had it’s annual Christmas Bazaar. Without any malls or Walmarts here, this is the main event in Haiti for any sort of Christmas type shopping & preparation. It was a fun time for everyone. People came from all over. There were many booths with various merchandise for sale, lots of wonderful food & treats & some carnival type games with prizes for the kids. Santa was even there!!

The day went into the evening & the campus had been decorated beautifully for Christmas. So many dedicated teachers, QCS staff, students & parents worked so hard to make it all happen. I was set up to help with the decorating & one of the booths but because of being so sick & barely feeling well by Saturday, I did not get to help. Banning, Easton & I did manage to get out & enjoy the events for awhile. We missed out on a lot of the yummy treats as are tummies were still not happy, but we made sure we were up for watching Sean for his 1/2 hour in the softball dunking booth!! The QCS students loved that. One kid even pitched something like a total of 49 balls just for Sean! Sean went down in the water many, many times in his time in the dunking booth….That was fun. I think Reagan & Kesline made up for what we missed on the amounts of eating junk food, desserts & candy!!

It was a warm night…with the Christmas lights that were all over & the traditional Christmas music & everyone in such good spirits, it did feel like the Christmas season, even here in Haiti… without malls, commercials, advertisements, candy canes, Salvation Army people ringing bells & red donation pots & all the rest of the Christmas hype that we are accustomed to, even without freezing temperatures & fresh, white snow, it was a wonderful time & did feel like Christmas. It was a treat for all & a very blessed day.

Here are some pics from this event:
Chloe Easton Banning Reagan Kesline & Naomi with Santa duck pond game duck pond game sand art naomi sean dunking booth sean dunking booth banning pitching easton pitching QCS Christmas Bazaar 2007 QCS Christmas Bazaar 2007

Today, I am feeling more like myself again. Last night as I was reading a book about one of the first missionaries to go to inland China, God spoke to me & I realized again that without a doubt, this is where God wants us to be. I felt immense relief. By His grace we are here. Sean & I can cast our burdens to the Lord. We as His servants, will continue to work here as He wills it & provides, leaving the results to Him.

Please be in prayer with us as we seek to earn more income &/or raise more monthly support so we can continue Gods work here…

…and to our current financial supporters, prayer supporters & friends whom are making this all possible for Gods glory, we humbly & gratefully thank you.

In Christ, Denise