I have learned that teaching my first seminary course, taking a full class load for my masters, preaching my very first sermon in Creole, finishing up homeschooling, teaching dear friends how to make pizza for their brand new business, and hosting two teams within 10 days of one another (all while preparing to head back to the states for 6 weeks) will keep you VERY busy!
Phil has been working tirelessly on LOTS of projects, helping with teams, teaching Ethan how to do all that he does (MAN I am loving watching the two of them work together!), and the biggest thing right now is the transformation of a storage building into our new Student Life offices. Phil never ceases to amaze me at his energy, determination, perseverance and calm spirit!
Despite the busyness, it has been a blessed few months as we finished up the semester and lead our summer mission teams. I am so thankful for the amazing staff at Emmaus Biblical Seminary!! (AND that Matt and Stacey were able to spend some much needed time of rest and preparation for their new little baby girl... we are SOOOO excited to meet her!!!)
Here are a few pics of the last couple of weeks...
Preaching in Flavil Church for their special family service
The guys playing a game of rugby in Fèv
Junior showing us his new hand pump for clean drinking water
Rosa and Junior with some of the kids in Fèv
Haylie holding a beautiful baby girl (she is a twin!)
The awesome team from Illinois who came to serve alongside of Junior and the students in Fèv, as well as with other ministry partners.
Teaching the "art" of pizza making- 7 different varieties! They are starting their new pizza business this month!
Napo, Simeon, and Modline
The finished pizzas!
Worship at Granny's church with our LifeTree groups (another awesome team!)
Group photo outside the church
Ministry at Kids Alive (with members of the team from Poplar Level Baptist in Kentucky)
Another one of Granny's amazing meals!
A Bible story at Kids Alive (translated by Leme and taught by Jacob and Tanner from the group from New Life Wesleyan in Wyoming)
Over 80 kids came out each day for Bible stories, games and loads of FUN!
The three-legged race (it doesn't get much cuter than this)!
The tour at the Citadel (and Charlie, our tour guide)
The office project...
The roof is getting put on!
Amazing how much has been accomplished...
The girls were painting the gate and spent some time telling Bible stories and sharing Jesus with some neighborhood kids! (Haylie translated for them! I am SO proud of how well she is doing in Creole!)
A much needed coconut break!
Another view of the office project
Phil is hoping to have the roof completed before we leave! (Thanks to the hard work of this team!!)
In 5 days we leave Haiti for our summer deputation and for some much needed rest and time with friends and family! We are so looking forward to seeing all of you soon and sharing about what God has been doing in our family and at Emmaus Biblical Seminary...
Please be praying for safe travel, for us to raise the additional funds needed to return to the field, and for time to refresh after a super busy (but super blessed) year!
Below is our summer speaking schedule so far... we may be adding a few more evening or mid-week services, so check back to see if there are any additional times!
We would love to see you!
Summer Schedule 2015:
Thursday, July 2nd- Depart Haiti and head to Kansas for the weekend!
Sunday, July 5th- NorthRidge Church (8:30 and 11am) in Sabetha, KS
Thursday, July 9th-Saturday, July 11th- We will be speaking at the evening services for the Jericho Road Project (an in-house mission trip for junior highers to neighborhoods in Newark, DE through White Clay Creek Presbyterian Church)
Sunday, July 12th- White Clay Creek Presbyterian Church (8:30 and 11am) in Newark, Delaware
Wednesday, July 15th- Sharptown Church VBS at 6pm (VBS is from July 13-17)
Sunday, July 19th- First Wesleyan Church at 10:30am in Bridgeton, NJ
Sunday, July 26th- Sharptown Church (8:30 and 11:15am) and Sharptown North (10am)
Sunday, August 2nd- West Park United Methodist Church (8:30 and 11am) in Bridgeton, NJ
Sunday, August 2nd-Saturday, August 8th- We will be at Delanco Camp for Junior High 2
Sunday, August 9th- Seeds of Greatness Church in New Castle, DE
AND.... A NIGHT WITH EMMAUS at Seeds of Greatness at 6:30pm that night! Get your tickets HERE!
Monday, August 10th- Off to South Carolina for a family vacation before we head back to Haiti
Monday, August 17th- Return to Haiti
Monday, August 24th- The 2015-2016 school year begins at Emmaus!