We have been out of touch with a lot of you lately. Our internet service has been weak at best. Seems like whenever we go to post or email, it’s down or veeerrrry slooowww….or we’re in the middle of using it & it goes down….

We are saddened by the fact that Sean’s Grandmother passed away on Tuesday. She was a big part of Seans life as a child. We have many happy memories of her life. Sean will be leaving tomorrow to go to the states for her funeral & to be with his family. Our kids & I will be staying here.

Quisqueya Christian School is doing awesome. Their are a lot of positive happenings & improvements taking place throughout this year. We will write another post on that as serving at QCS is a big part of our ministry work here in Haiti.

Although the majority of the kids that attend QCS that are not Missionary kids are kids that are from wealthy Haitian families, wealthy business families or wealthy foreign families. The way Haiti’s “political system” has been & is, these kids will be the ones that will most likely take over the ruling government of Haiti. With Gods help & direction, the people that are here working & volunteering at QCS can have a huge positive impact on the youth that attend this awesome school.

Much of the politics & how things run in Haiti are corrupt. Their really is no middle class. It is extreme poverty or wealth. As a country, their is nothing in place to help the Haitian people that are poverty stricken. Their are no or few jobs available. No social security, no government medicaid, no low income housing, no free public schools, no scholarships for children to go to school unless it is from a missionary group or some type of donation.

Government improvements for Haiti’s infrastructure; roads, electric power, clean water, housing, buildings, etc. is very few or non existent, especially for the poor areas & slums of Haiti.

Many, many missionaries & organizations are here making a difference & helping to improve the lives of many Haitians & the country itself. God willing, these people & organizations hope & pray that their help & efforts will reach the people & future rulers of Haiti. People that will take over this country, take this country & it’s people under their wings and turn it around little by little.

As we approach the middle of our first year living & serving here in Haiti, so much of it is still so overwhelming. Overall things are the same here. We find that we need more sleep here. That our emotions get tired quicker here, that every task that must be tackled takes longer here, much longer; but we also find an incredible peace here. Haiti is a crazy, busy & hard to swallow place at times. Although it is much harder to live here, it also seems & feels simpler at the same time. It’s weird.

A Haitian woman I know that works with us has been caring for an older, (I think 16 year old girl), & letting this girl live with her to let this girl learn some skills & possibly earn some money to get some schooling so she might have a chance in her life with a job & make some money for her family. Well, this girl has 6 younger sisters that still live with her Mom. Earlier this week the Mom died of some sort of sickness. Now this older girl faces going back to her home area to take care of her sisters with no means of how to do it.

Last night at dinner Chloe started a discussion all by herself on how we have so much in America, even if you are poor. All the kids started making some very observant comments about the US versus here. It was wonderful to discuss & witness their thoughts & insights. Chloe then said that everyone in the US should have to come to a third world country & then they wouldn’t be so wasteful & just pretend the rest of the world is fine. We explained that we cannot judge anyone, which, yes, is hard to do; but that many, many people in the US & elsewhere do donate tremendous amounts of money, time & resources to help other countries, and that many people are helping their own countries that they live in.

We also reminded them that the only people that can really be in a third world country trying to make a difference must feel called, lead or have it deeply in their hearts to do so…& that not everyone has that in them, which is ok. It would be much too difficult to live like this & witness so much poverty on such an extreme level if it were not in ones heart to be a part of the process of a solution. God has different purposes & individual desires for every single person, all which are very important, none more important than another. We told Chloe that just because we felt called to be here & we actually feel at peace here, does not mean that everyone should do the same. We really stressed about not judging people for what they do or don’t do. We talked more about what the bible says & what we feel God is asking us to do.

Anyways, many more things were said, it was a neat conversation & God used it to encourage me as I was having a kinda down day. Our children’s hearts are changing & growing. They are learning & understanding deep things about life & maturing in Gods wisdom. Sean & I are so thankful for this.

The needs are endless here. Not wants; but life or death needs. Endless. Too numerous to fathom. Something I never really understood until I got here…

I leave it all in Gods hands knowing I/we can’t possibly help them all and probably won’t even be around to see the overall benefits of what we do accomplish while we are here but I know that we are serving our Lord & Savior Jesus Christ & that He will not let anything we do in His name go to waste.

Serving Christ in Haiti,
Denise & family

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