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Here is a picture of little Anna with our latest round of stomach "stuff." As I write this we are all well, so don't worry. We have just all had our share of sickness. Not sure if it's getting use to the food or living in a children's home. It's probably a little of both. My friend,Suzan, gave Anna this little pink sheet that she loves. She has actually been the healthiest of any of us. I just happened to take this picture while she was under the weather. We know many of you pray for our health, thank you! Please don't stop.

 
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We've recently had the opportunity to take our  kids out to some beautiful beach property owned by another mission.  It's been fun to see these children get to enjoy some of the simple activities we take for granted, just haviing a swim and a picnic. This week our son,Will, is here helping out and making plans for his church to become involved in the work in Haiti. On this particular day we took the three oldest boys. They had a great time and really enjoyed seeing some jet-skis and boats up close.

 
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A little over four months ago we started our search for a tough vehicle that would stand up to the rocky bumpy roads of Haiti. We were still living in NC and started talking with friends and family about ideas. A friend from  our church started researching cars and found out that  Toyota Land Crusiers from 95 to 97 would be perfect for our needs. Those years were known for being safe sturdy vehicles. Well, he soon found the best one just 30 minutes from our house. But it wasn't a Toyota. Apparently in 96 and 97 Toyota made the exact same car for Lexus. It just happened to be the best one we found. So feeling a little sheepish for taking a Lexus to the "mission field," we bought a 97 Lexus LX 450 and started getting it ready. We had a mechanic offer his services free of charge and another wonderful friend from church helped us replace parts and get it "Haiti ready."

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We packed it full of tools, household items, food, books and much more. Then shipped it fromt  Ft. Pierce , FL.to Haiti. It arrived a few weeks later and we were able to get it out of customs but did have to pay extra, since it was a Lexus. Didn't matter it was 15 years old and had 160,000 miles. Tom was thankful for the help of Haitian friends here to navigate the legalities and paper work to pick it up from St, Marc, but not a little disappointed to see smoke pouring out of the engine just a few miles down the road. Another friend here towed it to the mission and with more help pushed it into the yard here at New Vision Children's Home. With  more friends here and another mechanic we were able to get it repaired and it only cost 1000 gouds ( $25 ) and two rabbits!   We've been able to get it registered and licensed and Tom and Jacob picked up the tag today!!! So all this to say," Thank you, Lord, for all the good friends you've placed in our lives! Thank you for guiding us each step of the way,please use us to share the light.and meet physical and spiritual needs here in Haiti.". 

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We ask for your prayers for safety as we travel these busy and often dangerous roads

 
Missionary biographies have always interested and encouraged me. Reading how faithful Christians have touched their generations challenges me to reach out to my own for the sake of the Gospel. Well, right now I am reading the biography of Nate Saint. Many of you probably remember he was one of the 5 men killed by the  Auca Indian tribe in Ecuador while trying to reach them for the first time with the Gospel. Later many Auca Indians did become Christians and many Christians were inspired to serve on the mission field because of their example.

Nate's father was a quiet man who was in charge of making the stained-glass windows for the Washington Cathedral in Washington, DC when Nate was a boy. In 1936 Nate accepted Christ as his Savior while at camp in the Poconoes. His parents had been faithful to teach Nate and his siblings about God, and he said all his life he had prayed and heard Bible stories but that night it all became real to him. " It was the difference between seeing his father's pencil sketch of a magnificent stained-glass window and seeing the light glow through the real finished window itself."

To all of us who are working with children, in our homes, in school or after school programs in our church or Sunday School, or on the mission field, this should encourage us to keep drawing out those pencil sketches of God's love and plan of salvation. And while we work, lets not forget to  pray that God's Holy Spirit will shine through that window and save these sweet children. This story encouraged me and I hope it encourages you as well. Keep drawing!
 
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We arrived in Haiti three days ago and have been staying at Club Indigo. This is a very nice western style hotel on the beach, complete with a big pool and air conditioning! This is where we've stayed on previous trips and even stayed in one of the apartments for a month. We've enjoyed our stay but  are now getting ready to move to Celebration Children's Home. We're excited to be staying with the kids at the mission and looking forward to improving our Creole. By the way, no AC and very limited electricity. So we won't even have fans all the time.
Here's a picture of our Indigo room. Can you tell we only have one electrical outlet? 

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This is a picture of the second floor where we'll be living at the mission. The mission office and five rooms are on this flo

 
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Yesterday Anna and I were able to join in with a team teaching a group of women to make handmade beads to be sold in the states. The ladies will have supplies to start up their small business and then can sell thier beads to support their families. The beads will be sold in bags of 500 and the ladies can then invest in more supplies. It's just on the ground floor but this is a wonderful little business plan. As they say in Haiti," Everyone needs a  ti commerce." I believe they settled on the name Bien Beads.

 
 
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We recently spent an afternoon at the Celebration Children's Home. This is one of New Vision's ministries here in Montrouis. On this day Joy decided we would take some of the kids on a walk to a nearby gas station to buy ice cream. This is a very big treat for these children. Getting to reach in the freezer and pick out their own cup of ice cream was very special to them. Of course we brought some back for the ones who didn't go. Enjoyed hanging out  with the interns and played with the new baby bunnies. Jacob rode the rip-stick and Anna played beauty salon ( an international language!) Our Creole is slowly improving.

 
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3rd,4th, and 5th graders acting out skits at the end of their unit study on ancient Rome.