22 October 2010

Cholera

It started out as an Embassy advisory--there was a diarrhea outbreak in the Artibonite region, north of Port-au-Prince. (Kind of gross, I know, but impolite diseases and maladies are just more...normal here, and therefore more talked about.) Since David does flights all over Haiti, I try to be aware of things that are happening outside of Port.

Then we find out it's cholera.

Wait. What?

Isn't that what people died of on the Oregon Trail?

Shouldn't this be eradicated by now?

The Wikipedia article had some interesting things to say. "Cholera is a major cause of death in the world." And then there were some more scary words. Ravaged was one. Pandemic was another.

Hmm. And where does this leave us? Well, hopefully, it leaves us praying and not worrying, which is pretty expressly forbidden by my favorite book. Will you pray with us? That God will comfort the 138 families who have already lost someone, that He will protect others from infection, that He will somehow be glorified.

God, you came down and healed us once through your Son, Jesus Christ. Please heal Haiti's sons and daughters now. Yet not as we will, but as You will. Show us how we can help. Remind us to pray. And remind us that we're safe in your hands, no matter what. We love You a bundle and a bunch.

20 October 2010

Prayer and Prayer and Love

Every six months, MAF has a day of prayer, where we suspend our operations to ask God for many things, as well as just spend time with Him. Though today was the Day of Prayer at headquarters, here in Haiti, it was yesterday (too many flights were already schedule for today that we couldn't rearrange). Here's some of the things we asked for, as a program:
-Funding a new family who's coming to support our program through administration
-Increased safety, due to trouble with traffic, rioting, kidnappings on the rise, etc.
-That the hearts of the people here would truly want to know God and obey Him and abandon voodoo entirely.
-Effectiveness in all our efforts here, whether it's flights or building houses or teaching English.

Right now, our president John Boyd is at a conference in South Africa...normally, I wouldn't take up valuable blog space talking about something that seems kind of...mundane. But 1) John Boyd is Scottish-South African and therefore has the coolest accent ever... 2) He is a truly a humble, godly man... 3) This conference is a truly unique gathering of organizations all over the world who are trying to spread some good news. Would you pray for John and the conference in Lausanne? If you want to read more about it, click here.

Also, my English class students took their first test today, and they did pretty well! We had a fascinating conversation the other day about the difference between "worship" and "adore"...Creole doesn't have as many adjectives as we do, so consequently, the distinction between "like" and "love" and "adore" is sort of lost on them. Hence why a friend at church always tells me she loves me every Sunday. But it's okay--I love her, too.

With love and gratitude for you, too...

Christine

15 October 2010

Old, But Exciting News


We realized that we never told our blog readers, that I begun operationally flying without an instructor pilot! Granted, this happened three weeks ago, but we still thought some people might not know, but might care. Or perhaps, I am just delusional that anybody would care.

I have been checked out to about five of our most common airstrips. Of course, about 90% of our flights are to one of those airstrips, so it isn't as limiting as it sounds.

For those of you who have been following us for a while, thanks for all of your prayers and support.

14 October 2010

The Fallout

Drinking glasses broken: two

Glass canisters broken: two

Picture glass broken: one

Mice caught: seven and holding...but the traps are still out...

Cockroaches killed: two

Meals cooked since Saturday: two (just got our propane hooked up, in time to host a guest last night for dinner)

Guys it takes to move a generator: six

Ceiling fans installed by David the wonder husband: two

Nights where we've had power: one

"Realtors" paid: two

Dogs who started out as unwanted but then worked their way into our hearts: two

Bird varieties sighted: three

Plants transferred: four

Stars seen from my bedroom window: plenty

The move-in process continues! David's working on hooking up our generator so we don't have to conserve power as much. He feels inadequate to the task, but I'm personally quite impressed.
 
He goes back to work on Monday, so please pray that we can get things functional before then. Also, we're having some issues with government permissions to fly our new Caravan here...so please pray that their hearts would be softened, because it would really be an amazing tool here.
Christine

10 October 2010

Who's Holly?


This made me laugh in church today, so I thought I'd pass it on. They rarely try to sing in English in church, so maybe that's a good thing. :)

The move went well--thanks for all your prayers! Our MAF family pitched in well. Now we just need to get our generator and our stove hooked up...until then, we're hoping for city power! Didn't get any last night, so we'll see. Praise God for a safe night in our new digs.
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09 October 2010

Moving Day!

We're moving today! Please pray for a smooth trip and that we'd be able to get settled in quickly.

Wow, that was a short post, but I've got to go eat breakfast and finish packing!

Christine

07 October 2010

Heroes



I went with my MAF friend J to put together some rice and beans packages for some families at her church...this was after one guy fainted at work, because he hadn't had anything to eat. When we arrived, she looked out at the soccer field and said, "Oh good, the soccer team's here."

I didn't think much of it at first, but as I looked, I noticed there was something a bit different about these guys.

Some of them didn't have both legs. But these guys rocketed around like I couldn't have imagined. The midfielders and forwards didn't just move forward on their crutches--they launched themselves. What's more, they managed to further increase the effectiveness of their catapult by hopping on one foot to squeeze a little more distance.

Some of them didn't have both arms. It's a requirement for goalies on this team.

This is the Haitian Amputee Soccer Team, and they're making the best of a bad situation. Most of them are new amputees since the quake--yet they've qualified for the World Cup of Amputee Soccer in Argentina on October 17th. If their visas come in time, they'll get to go (hint: you might pray about that). They've been staying at J's church in order to practice more. They're group showering to save water.

I don't think it's dramatic to say that these guys are my heroes. And I pray God's getting the glory for this, because it's pretty awesome.

If you want to find out more about these guys, you can visit here and here.

Heroes, people. Heroes.

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