Monday, February 18, 2013

Don’t Underestimate Small Beginnings…

All week I have been writing down the little things that are happening with Footprints of the Son.  I want to remember it all.  I don’t ever want to forget this time.  I can see us looking back on this very blog in 2 years, 5 years, 10 years and remembering the blessings God gave us in the very beginning…

People may think it is simple or even easy to start a ministry in one of the poorest countries in the world, but that is not the case when you are trying to achieve Kingdom excellence.  I have had many mentors in my last 3 years here, and one piece of advice that stands out the most is this… “Don’t just do it…do it WELL!”  
Doing it well means taking our time to pray, plan, and prepare.  As you look at my Facebook posts and pictures, you may say, “Alright already, where are the kids?”  Trust me, they are coming and that is why we are taking this time to prepare ourselves, our family, our community, and our home!  God has already showed us some of the need, and we know there is much more to come.
What are we doing now exactly (well, here is the fun part of the blog…)
1.       We are pulling buckets of water up with rope from our well to bathe, wash clothes, flush toilets, clean dishes, water plants, etc. (As of last night, our water pump was lowered deep enough to bring water to our tank on our roof and run through our pipes…so no more buckets…ok, maybe a few still!) 

2.       We are eating a lot of peanut butter sandwiches, Tampico, and food made by neighbors!  (A stove top will be purchased soon so we can cook for our family…after that; we will get the outdoor kitchen set up for outreach and our future foster children.)

3.       We pray every night at 6pm that the government street power will come on so we can charge everything for the next day (we will need to purchase a generator before the hot summer months, but for now we are grateful the weather is beautiful!)

4.       At 5pm, we hang out on our roof looking down at the children playing soccer in the street and enjoy the nature around us.
5.       We are building relationships and trust with the community so they know we are not “scary!” (One day a little boy told Papito he was scared because we have a big house and he thinks Papito could shoot him with a gun…Now, that same boy hangs out right outside of our home and greets us with a smile on his face!)

6.       We are making a 2013 budget (which is a lengthy process of planning, price searching, getting quotes, etc…we can’t have foster children until we have beds for them to lay their sweet heads on.)

7.       We are finding some beautiful families that have been raising special needs children with no assistance.  We are seeing hope in their eyes as we tell them of our vision to assist them as they raise their special children.

8.       We are helping where we can (Anchilove got a pink portable crib yesterday that we just “happened to have” and not need!  We also took her to the doctor, got blood work, and medicine as well as cereal and formula for her…we have seen her parents go from seeing her as a burden to treating her like a “princess” in less than a week!)

9.       We are learning to be a “family” because this will be the foundation of the ministry, Footprints of the Son.

10.   We are seeking God’s guidance, listening to His whispers, and thanking Him for the blessings!

I head to the states for two weeks on Wednesday, and will be gathering supplies and getting some necessary paperwork so we can complete the Haitian foundation process when I get back.  Please be praying for Papito as he will have much on his plate here in Haiti while I’m away (Christ-tcherry, Peterson, the home, banking, outreach, etc.)  I am more than confident that he will handle it all with a smile on his face but a few prayers could never hurt!
Thank you to all of you that are already supporting us in such great ways…each prayer, each thought, each donation, each word of encouragement is greatly appreciated! 

“He who is kind to the poor lends to the Lord, and He will reward him for what he has done.” 
Proverbs 19:17 NIV


Friday, February 1, 2013

Dreams Become Reality...

As I sit in this little room with four concrete walls and two of the sweetest hearts (Christ-tcherry and Peterson,) I remember playing “babies” when I was a little girl.  I always dreamed of the day that I would be a “Mommy,” and at the age of 29, that is exactly what I am!  Humbled, blessed, and loved…

As I graduated from playing “babies” around age 10, I started talking about adopting.  I remember my mom asking me, “Heather, why do you want to adopt children?”  The answer was simple, “Mom, I don’t need to have any children because there are so many in the world that need help already.”  By no means am I saying it is for everyone, but I am amazed how God planted that seed and desire in my heart so early.  The journey was already in the works…
At age 13, I started helping with a dance class for children with special needs.  That class quickly became the highlight of my week (along with ballet, of course!)  I later became the teacher of that class for over five years.  Oh, God is so good.  The parents of my students encouraged me so much.  They became my examples of patience, advocacy, determination, etc.  Once again, the Lord using everything He could to prepare me for the BIG plans He had in store…
“…No eye has seen, no ear has heard, no mind has conceived what God has prepared for those who love Him”  1 Corinthians 2:9 NIV
Now, I jump to this day…almost three years have gone by serving full time in Haiti.  Many dreams have already become reality, but the biggest is coming RIGHT now!  God has blessed me abundantly.  He has given me so many to love and care for including Jean, Denise, Fitson, Peterson, Derline, Christ-tcherry, Junika, Emmanuella, Rosalie, Emma, Chama, Henry Claude, Sandley, Carlos, etc (the list goes on and on.)  The Lord has even taken some of these home to heaven, and I have JOY knowing I will see them again!  They each have taught me lessons, given me experience, shown me that LOVE is the greatest of these!
“And now these three remain: faith, hope and love.  But the greatest of these is love.”  1 Corinthians 13:13 NIV
In case all of this wasn’t enough…
God even decided to show off how truly big His love is as He gave me something special that I never even dreamed of…a HUSBAND!  Wow, talk about a loving Father.  I literally just smile sometimes because He created Papito for me, and now His plans will fully be executed for the fullest of His glory!  CRAZY LOVE…
Seriously God, what else do you have in store?
Coming (VERY) Soon…
Footprints of the Son/Les Emprintes du Fils
Terrier Rouge, Haiti

 “Now that I, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also should wash one another’s feet.” John 13: 14 NIV (English Version)
 “Si donc je vous ai lave les pieds, moi, le Seigneur et le Maitre, vous devez aussi vous laver les pieds les uns aux autres.” Jean 13:14 (French Version)