Six months ago, I boarded a plane with nothing but my passion to serve the orphaned and vulnerable child, a suitcase filled with coffee, three different translations of the Bible, Raid (to kill all the unidentified bugs), essential oils, and one pair of wedges (because you never know when you might need some heels, even in Haiti).
I was ready for such a time as this.
I was/am really too self-reliant, scared, selfish – basically self-everything. Over the last six months there have been seasons of questioning God’s plan and seasons where emotions were playing tricks on my mind, causing anxieties and fear. Then back to seasons of feeling God’s overwhelming presence and strength.
Through each of them, God is teaching me to trust Him and lean into Him more than myself. It has motivated me to step up in my faith, which is why I have committed to serve in Haiti another six months as the Finance Director.
Originally, I had plans to move to the Dominican Republic in January of 2019, but the Back2Back site there is still in a very premature stage, and there is still a need for help with finances in Haiti.
The new finance director is scheduled to arrive in May 2019. So over the next six months I will fill the need Haiti still has, and then help with the transition when she arrives. Next summer, I will attend a Spanish language school in Costa Rica for several weeks before I move to the Dominican Republic sometime at the end of 2019.
Haiti was never part of my plan and neither was India. It was in God’s plan, though, and I am so thankful it was because I couldn’t dream up an adventure this good.
It’s good to plan. It’s responsible to plan. But hold on to those plans loosely because I promise you, God’s plans really are better.
“A man’s heart plans his ways, but the Lord directs his steps” ~ Proverbs 16:9
My prayer request now is that God would birth something new inside of me over these next six months – allowing Him to do a work in me that will better prepare me for what He has next in the Dominican Republic.
I will be home in North Carolina for the holidays from December 14th until January 7th. I hope to see as many of you as I can! If I don’t have a chance to connect with you, please know how thankful I am for your investment in the Kingdom of Heaven through me. I couldn’t do this without your love, prayers, and financial support.
I hope everyone has a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!