I think my mind needs a mask

What is “normal”?

Normal is to care for the orphaned and vulnerable child, Covid-19 has temporarily changed the way we do ministry but not the reason.

Our sites, along with countries all over the world, are experiencing a new “normal” in response to COVID-19. As cases are confirmed in-country, staff are limiting their visits to partnering children’s homes, but providing essentials as they are needed. Communication is a priority for each staff member as they continue to serve the children and partners during this time. There have been business closures in efforts to practice social distancing and remain safe and healthy, and the children are no longer attending school at this time.

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Pursue Jesus

Wanted to send out a quick note and let you know I am praying for each of you as we all work to navigate this season around the Coronavirus (COVID-19).

Not trying to inundate everyone with another email, but I was recently reminded of a time of crisis when I lived in Haiti.  I had some people counsel me to return home immediately and others to first pursue Jesus and discover what he had for me in the moment.

This is our time to seek Him and pray for each other, our country, our world- especially those who are working so diligently to stock grocery stores, medical professionals, and Government officials making really challenging decisions.  This does not suggest we don’t plan or be a part of the solution, but our first response needs to be in prayer.  This has reminded me to pray for each of you, your families, your jobs, kid’s schools, etc.

Super grateful for each of you and pray God will continue to be our sustainer in this season.  We will be better on the other side of this.

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Keep Washing your Hands!

Sarah

Welcome to Ohio

In the unique ways God likes to direct our lives I am sending out this update from Cincinnati, Ohio and not the Dominican Republic.  I had mentioned in a previous update that I was planning on finishing language school in the Fall of 2019, spending the holidays in North Carolina and then moving to the Dominican in January of 2020.

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Remember Me

I am a forgetful person.  I forget birthdays.  I forget where I put my keys and I forget about meetings.

I also forget how good God is.  I forget how good His love is.

I am thankful though that God is also not surprised by my forgetfulness and gives me a system to remember. Throughout scripture, especially Leviticus and Exodus, there are stories of ceremonies, rituals and feasts where God is telling his people, “Remember Me”.

Obviously our systems of remembering and traditions look a little different today. However, at the end of every year we remember.  We remember the good things God did in our life and we remember the hard things He is working out in our lives for good.

In 2019 I want to remember all God did in Haiti and the Dominican Republic through you and your financial support, prayerful support and encouragement.

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Poco a Poco

I am officially a student again.  I took my first test in almost 18 years last week. While I am learning a lot, I am also learning that there is so much I don’t know, and if I focus on that, I can easily get overwhelmed.

“Poco a poco [little by little] Sarah, you will get there,” a friend says to me.

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you don’t know until you go

Fourteen months ago I thought I was moving to Haiti for only a few months.

I sometimes wonder if I had known ahead of time that I was going to be here for over a year if I still would have “given God my yes!”

I sometimes wonder if I had known everything that was going to take place over this year if I still would have come.

I sometimes wonder if I really have what it takes to do this for the long haul. 

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year 1 in Ayiti

A few years ago I was asked a question we’ve all heard before, “Where do you see yourself in 5 years?”  I honestly don’t remember what I said, but I know I didn’t say living in Haiti.

But on May 31st, 2018 I gave up the McDonald’s drive thru and boarded a one-way flight to Port-Au-Prince, Haiti to serve orphaned and vulnerable children.

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Wild & Free

As some of you know, for safety reasons, the expat staff had to reluctantly return home for almost a month due to political unrest in February. But “for such a time as this” Back2Back’s leadership in Haiti who stayed behind didn’t miss one beat in ensuring the children were loved, seen and known while we were stateside.  I am one proud sister.

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Returning Home

I returned home to Haiti on January 8th.  Yes, I just called Haiti home. Weird I know, but it feels good.  When you are doing what is best for you and for others, you know you are in the sweet spot of God’s will, and that home is more than just a physical place.

Like for most accountants, January is a busy month getting the books closed, our systems rolled over to the new year, and new budgets loaded.

2019 is especially busy and exciting because we will see the opening of our new home in Haiti.   Continue reading

So, What’s Next…?

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.

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