We finally got in on Tuesday. Spirit, the airlines we were flying in with could not rebook us until this next Wednesday so we would have had to stay in FL for another week & 2 days…wasn’t an option at the time so we had to purchase tickets & fly in on American.

The one good thing about that was that American is still checking in 2 bags per person into Haiti so we did not have to mail 6 of our 12 bags & have them go through customs. Currently Spirit is only allowing 1 checked bag per passenger. You cannot even pay for an extra bag…only one…so travelers to Haiti keep that in mind.

We are happy to be “home”. It feels right & our kids are doing well. Haiti is hot & very humid now! We are re acclimating to the climate, noises & “way of living in Haiti”.

We had a wonderful time in the states & were blessed by so many people. Family, friends, supporters & strangers.

We experienced reverse culture shock the first few days in the states as it all felt very foreign to us just being there. Kind of felt out of place. The pace of life with all of the choices & abundance of resources, stores & restaurants was overwhelming to us after living here for a year.

Seems like there is a Walgreens every mile or so no matter where you go 🙂 The gas prices are outrageous just like here in Haiti. I still think the food prices are higher here in Haiti though.

We did enjoy brushing our teeth with faucet water; having showers with water pressure, fast food (wow, so fast & easy…really…it was amazing!), quiet nights, doing laundry the easy way, having electricity always, having a car to use when we needed it, driving on awesome, new, clean & repaired roads & having everybody know & following the traffic rules, reconnecting with our home church, being with friends & family, going to the movies, shopping & the many choices…many random things we used to take for granted…it was nice to be a part of all of that again 🙂

Oh yeah…less bugs was nice too! Although we were still concerned with Mosquito bites & West Nile. Remember Reagan contracted West Nile Virus when we lived in Idaho 3 summers ago & was very sick & was hospitalized & quarantined for 3 days ( the hospital & Dr.s didn’t even know what it was that was causing her horrible symptoms for the first 2 days & then they suspected West Nile or Menengitis as we waited for results). She was not the same & was sick off & on & was extremely tired with headaches & stomach aches for 9 months after that. Scary time.

Back to our trip to the states…

One example of our kids being “missionary kids” was when Banning walked into the room that Sean & I were sleeping in & asked to sleep with us that night.

Throughout that week he had seen several of the newer electronic advertising boards on the freeways that state the most recent & in area child abductions. (BTW Those are a great idea!) Every time we passed one, their was a new or different abduction & it’s main identifying details.

He said he “was scared & did not feel safe because we didn’t have a wall around the house & that their were not any guards outside watching us while we slept”. Not sure if that is good or bad or if there is even a way to properly perceive that but it is just where he is at at his age & with his life.

Got me to thinking that although Haiti has it’s risks, chaos, shooting & crimes, in Bannings eyes, we can’t really just have anyone innocently walk in & start shooting at our school here, at least not without a fight.

Our kids have asked this past year as we have learned about the various & tragic school & public shootings in the states “why don’t those schools (or stores) have armed guards like here in Haiti?”

Good question. Will it come to that? Actually with the metal type detectors at some schools & public places in the states, it already has.

They view the shootings here in Haiti usually (I know, not always) as a means of survival, like getting money or food in order to live, or perhaps because of a lack of no police in that area at the time, but the shootings in the states to them seem to be by young adults or even kids that want to harm many innocent people for no apparent reason, or by adults who want to just torment innocent kids.

I have to admit, it was kind of scary being there in the states for Sean & I as well as far as possible kidnappings or our kids getting possibly lost in large public places & what could happen to them if that were the case. The same fear we had about being here before we lived here…

A little off track there but again, things we thought about & realized on our trip…

Random things we realized we missed about Haiti; our “home”, our animals, the atmosphere in general, our orphan girls that are living with us, visiting the orphans we work with, not being cold, the QCS campus, the armed guards, the simplicity of shopping & our friends here that are family to us by the bond we all share…

… it hit us that we are bonded by having a common mission in serving Christ here in Haiti. A bond which we personally realized has created a deep sense of connectedness we have not experienced before we became missionaries…. So… to our fellow missionary friends & co workers that we work & serve with here in Haiti…you are another type of special family to us…we share this life not by a natural birth but by a spiritual birth… we can’t wait for you to return to Haiti! We miss you!

What’s so amazing about this lesson we knew but have truly realized?!?!?!

Christians stand strong when they stand together. Period.

Plus, you don’t have to be a missionary on the field to experience this! When believers live & serve under the lordship of Christ, they can see their lives intertwined in service, no matter who you are & no matter where you are! Plus, these special relationships will continue on into eternity! How awesome is THAT!?!?!?!

We are grateful for those who read this blog. We hope to encourage you & be used by God to teach the things He has planned for you. We are thankful for all who have faith & pray for those who do not.

We thank our family, supporters (known & unknown) & friends whom show us Christs love everyday by all that they do, give & say to help us be here & remain connected with them.

If you have not felt led to yet but have a heart for Haiti or an interest in what we are doing here, please prayerfully consider supporting us & our ministry here.

You can successfully support our mission by your faithful prayers, your encouraging comments or emails, your financial support…if you can commit to 10, 20 or more dollars a month, it would truly help us & those we serve here. Our purpose is to advance the Kingdom of God & to obey all that He asks of us.

We would be happy to answer your questions about our mission. We would also be happy to house & try to accommodate anyone who has felt called by God to visit Haiti & come help here. Our doors are open to you (even if you don’t know God, you are welcome!) as God leads us.

Thank you friends, family & supporters for helping to make us feel so loved & welcome while we visited the states!

We are grateful to be here. Thank you & praise God for His faithfulness!