15 January 2010

Where we're at

Okay, there's been some confusion: David and I are NOT in Haiti...yet. We were originally scheduled to be there by the end of the year, but we were delayed due to our financial support. Which turned out to be a factor that might have saved our lives, and certainly saved the team down there a lot of burden, because they didn't have to figure out a way to go get "the new family" from language school. So although I never thought I'd say this, I'm glad God delayed us.

It's a mix of emotions for us right now. Our greatest concern is for the people of Haiti...so many of them have lost everything. Family, a place to live, food, health, everything. We pray for them without ceasing, especially the children, knowing that God has promised to protect the orphan and the widow, knowing that we will receive what we ask for in Christ (I John 3:16-23).

We aren't going to pretend that we understand this tragedy. Yet replacing what we do know with confusion would be foolish, because Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever. God's heart is still for Haiti--perhaps this will wake them up to that fact. That He is not a voodoo spirit who can be satisfied by their money or their food or another offering--that He is only satisfied when He has our wholehearted devotion. That is our prayer, that this truth would be impressed upon them, not just in a moment of tragedy, but in every hard day to come. This is the offering we, too, are attempting to give, as the Spirit enables us.

Again, we find ourselves offering up our lives to God. I hope the irony isn't lost on anyone: this happened barely 24 hours after we booked our plane tickets for March 8th...so we are in limbo again. MAF's working on what do about our departure date...but we are an understandably low priority.

-The wives and children and some of our pilots are on a flight to Florida right now...this will allow the husbands to focus more on the disaster response at hand without worrying about their safety. Please pray for the four men who stayed behind and those who are yet to arrive.
-Help is starting to arrive! Thank God for the swift actions of our nation and others to help Haitians.

-A peaceful transition (less rioting and looting). 
-Comfort for those who have lost family and friends. One of our Haitian MAF staff, Daniel, is most likely dead, as he was attending a university class at the time in a tall building. He was 24 and hoped to serve as a missionary in Jeremie after he got married.
-Comfort for the MAF families now separated, especially for the children. That they would be able to process and grieve through all that's happened to them.
-Wisdom for MAF as they try to figure out what to do with us. Our boss thinks we will probably not be reassigned, but it's a possibility. Our departure date could be earlier or later.

We'd also appreciate prayer for our health--we've been fighting off bad colds for a few days now. We're also being commissioned at Rolling Hills on Sunday at both services, so please pray that we would glorify God in all we say and do. Please pray for our preparation, as we're feeling somewhat distracted.

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