A Growing Family
I'm so thrilled to update you on our new baby: Terra Glory-Anna (Terra because she came from under the ground - Glory as we glorify God!)
Glory spent most of the week in the hospital and was discharged on Saturday. She went to her new home with Jephte, Madona, and Phna in Ikondo, Grand-Goave.
Her first night in her new home went well. The only crying was when she was ready for her bottle.
This morning, both Jephte and Madona's moms were thrilled to hold their new little grand daughter.
I'm so grateful for the wonderful partners God has connected with us and Mission of Hope International. Some of you reached out immediately to help cover the costs of Glory's hospital stay, donating a total of $550. I really do appreciate the quick responses. Thank you. We need just over $100 more. If you were hoping to participate this is your opportunity. www.mohintl.org/donate-1
Knowing that Jephte and Madona had not actually intended to expand their family quite so quickly, MOHI will continue to support Glory's care. We have many years of experience with both Jephte and Madona and are confident that they will joyfully welcome Glory into their family and raise her with the same godly care and training that they have already been sharing with their daughter, Phna.
Please partner with us to pray regularly for this family. You can also be a part of Glory's upbringing by sharing words of encouragement and making regular donations to cover costs of critical things (like formula and diapers to start). MOHI does not consist of one part - the head or the foot, but many members working together. I believe that if each of us does our part, we will see Glory well cared for into adulthood. Who's with me?
14 For the body does not consist of one member but of many. 15 If the foot should say, “Because I am not a hand, I do not belong to the body,” that would not make it any less a part of the body. 16 And if the ear should say, “Because I am not an eye, I do not belong to the body,” that would not make it any less a part of the body. 17 If the whole body were an eye, where would be the sense of hearing? If the whole body were an ear, where would be the sense of smell? 18 But as it is, God arranged the members in the body, each one of them, as he chose. 19 If all were a single member, where would the body be? 20 As it is, there are many parts,[e] yet one body.
21 The eye cannot say to the hand, “I have no need of you,” nor again the head to the feet, “I have no need of you.” 22 On the contrary, the parts of the body that seem to be weaker are indispensable, 23 and on those parts of the body that we think less honorable we bestow the greater honor, and our unpresentable parts are treated with greater modesty, 24 which our more presentable parts do not require. But God has so composed the body, giving greater honor to the part that lacked it, 25 that there may be no division in the body, but that the members may have the same care for one another. 26 If one member suffers, all suffer together; if one member is honored, all rejoice together.
27 Now you are the body of Christ and individually members of it. 1Cor. 12:14-27
I know God has a good plan for Glory! I'm excited to have a part in it and to watch it unfold. Please contact me directly firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to begin supporting Glory's care monthly. I will make sure your generosity is designated specifically to her care.
Our senior class went to Petit-Goave this week to take their national exams. On the last day of the exams, there was an incident at the school. Certain locals ransacked the classrooms where the exams were taking place and tore up many of the papers. To my knowledge there were no such incidents at any of the other sites across the country. We are waiting to hear the government's decision - whether to let the students take the last two exams again, or if they will have to wait until next year. This is a huge deal and we are praying for grace. Will you pray with us? I do appreciate it!
The rest of our students had a good week of school. I was thrilled to receive pictures and videos of our students playing in the grass on our extended campus in Thozin. Since the earthquake in 2010 there has been no grassy area for them. That season is over and my heart is soaring!
It's also so wonderful to see students utilizing the computer lab and library again!
Medical and dental care for our students and neighbors remain available and greatly valued.
Wilson makes sure the goats have medical attention, as well. This week he gave all the goats their worm medicine.
Pastor Lex returned from Haiti last week and has gotten to enjoy some time with our kids, grandchildren, and nieces and nephews. What a blessing it has been for us all!
I hope you have a great week and we'll catch up some more next Sunday - God willing! I want you to know, too, that I talk to God about you!!!