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as they mourn the tragic loss of their 5 year old daughter, Maria Sue Chapman.

I wept as I heard this news earlier today.

This family has a very dear place in our hearts; as they do for so many people. Over the years through Chapman’s wonderful music, his awesome testimonies & their amazing ministry work for orphans, they have inspired & encouraged us as a family in countless ways.

We are so sorry the Chapman family is going through this. Tragic accidents involving children are devastating & feel unbearable in the midst of all the pain. We know that we would have never survived our personal tragedy without our faith in God & Jesus Christ. We began healing from it only because of Gods grace, mercy, love & comfort. Especially helpful were the many, many heartfelt prayers for us from so many people. From people we knew & many, many people that didn’t even know us. Although we hope to never have to walk that path again (please God, no); in the midst of the ugly, overwhelming & incomprehensible moments, parts of it were amazing; we saw God right before our eyes, we felt Him in our hearts & saw Him in others, in so many different ways… daily…hourly…& always at just the right time; as we first walked our difficult path of healing & moving on through our grief, guilt, pain & anger.

The “what ifs” & “how comes” don’t go away or seem to get answered but God does carry us through these times & help us to reach a peace & understanding of Him which takes us to a new level with Him that we never had been before…

The Chapman’s have been called by God to do His work. They have obeyed Him. When people are called by God & obediently walk with Him; their will be strife. We are reminded that, as Christians, we are in a war between good & evil….that their are powers & forces all around us that we don’t have much knowledge of. Satan will want to use this tragedy to try & break up the Chapman family & all that they are; making them suffer even more pain & grief, all the while, making them useless to God.

Please pray for this family & keep praying daily; hourly; whatever your heart feels led to do; just lift them up in prayer; they need you; they need all of our prayers more than ever right now.

Our hearts are aching for them as they endure their pain.

May God be with them & may they feel His presence & comfort & hope during this time when their seems to be so little.

Thank you for my life, for my husband & for my children…you have blessed me greatly & I am thankful.

In Jesus’ name I pray,
Amen.

…June 4th is our last day & June 7th is graduation for the seniors!!!

Sean & I have enjoyed working at QCS this year. Our children have had a great year! We are blessed to be a part of this wonderful school & work with this ministry here in Haiti.

Here are some pics of QCS & many of our favorite pics of our kids & other students at Quisqueya Christain School this past year:

We have a Bible study on Friday nights with some other missionary families. Recently, as usual, before our Bible study officially began, we prayed. We then began discussing how things were going with our walks & lives here in Haiti. Praises, challenges, whatever. We got to talking about our struggles & how they can seem more exhausting or even exaggerated while serving & living here in Haiti.

One of our good friends shared some encouraging insite with us. As she too, like many of the rest of us, had been personally struggling that week with various situations. Her mind had been filled with pondering thoughts of following Jesus & what it meant to be bearing the cross daily.

She shared one of Randy Alcorns recent blog spot entries that explained it in a very simple yet powerful way. Put things into perspective again as we remembered what Jesus really does mean for someone to: “deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me”….No matter where you are.

My first priority should be my personal relationship with Jesus. So I guess it doesn’t really matter what I am struggling with or asked to do; what matters is that I/we do it obediently and to the very best of our gracious ability…ahhh, good advice to understand & remember but hard to do & be at times.

Here is the link if anyone is interested:
Bearing the cross

We are coming to a close on our first year here in Haiti. We are looking for Gods provision, praying & planning our summer & all of the details that going back to the US will entail in order for us to remain here for another year.

Please be in prayer with us as we seek to walk through the doors that God has intended for us & others that He calls to be part of this work; That we & others will be receptive to His wisdom & guidance; that we will be obedient to Him & what He asks of us.

That He protects & provides for us as we travel & that He will guide us as we reconnect with our home church, home land, friends & family.

Thank you for your prayers & encouragement. We appreciate them. We are grateful to be here.

Here are some pics that continue to represent what we see & experience on a regular basis here in Haiti. There is much beauty here & we see many milestones, miracles & blessings. We also see much devastation, poverty & what seems like hopelessness. It’s Haiti we are told; as we continue to process it all…

This year the Seniors had to cancel their original Senior Class trip. Their trip was scheduled for the week after the rioting started last month; so not knowing the outcome & length of the unrest, obviously it was in everyones best interest to cancel that trip.

Last weekend we had the privilege of helping to transport & chaperon the seniors on a day trip to the beach. It was wonderful to see these young adults relax & enjoy themselves, enjoy Gods creation & each other.

We didn’t have power after all so we did not have the music that students planned on but they did get to swim, lay out, eat, play poker & have a few wrestling matches.

The beach & water were beautiful. The quietness from Port au Prince was beautiful.

It was about a 2.5 hour drive & traveling the roads to get there was rather interesting but it seemed as if everyone had a great time & that it was definitely well worth the time, preparation & effort. We left early in the morning & made sure we left the beach by 3:30 to be back at QCS before dark.

A great group of kids got to go & it was fun seeing them & getting to know them more outside of the school setting…

Our kids got to go too & had a blast…

Bethaina at the beach

We celebrated Eastons 10th Birthday here in Haiti!! Wow, Easton, we can’t believe you are 10 years old already!

Easton has brought a new dimension to our family. He has taught us things that only he could have taught us & shown us 🙂 We know God meant for him to be a part of us. We know God has great plans for Easton!

Easton has had his challenges in life & experienced them before he was even born.

Easton you can do anything you put your heart into!!

We love you Easton & thank God for you & all that you have learned & become.

Here are some favorite pics of our son Easton:
Easton 10 years old in Haiti!!

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