What a Day That Will Be!

As we review our past couple of weeks, we are very thankful for the ways God has worked in our midst.  Sara has settled into a ‘routine’ of serving at the St. Marc school about 4 days a week.  Her activities have steadily grown to the point that she stays quite busy doing everything from librarian to teacher’s assistant to personal tutor of a sweet 16 yr. old girl who is too embarrassed to be in the 3rd-5th grade class.  Her other primary ministry is facilitating the Beth Moore ‘Esther’ study with 12 ladies at 4 pm Monday afternoons after school.  We haven’t drawn on her pharmacy skills too much yet, but we know that is coming.  We live at a hotel but there are still ‘usual’ tasks to be done like grocery shopping, washing clothes, cooking meals, etc.   Dennis’ schedule has been a little more variable.  Monday is the routine day for eye clinics.  The rest of his week is determined by which team is here, and how much medical/eye care they are able to do.  Last week was ‘unusual’ in the sense that he ended up substitute teaching two days at the St. Marc school.  He’s always ‘on call’ for any eye-related needs.  He’s also been spending a lot of time at the mission’s clinic getting glasses and medications organized, inventoried, etc.  We’re in the process of evaluating two additional clinic sites.  Two of the three new boats and motors have been broken in and are in use.  Each motor requires a break-in process of 10 hours in the water under load, so Dr. Kerry has taken several fishermen out with him this past week and had good times of sharing with them.

What a fantastic book Isaiah is!  While God spends much time in the first 39 chapters detailing His judgments to a nation that insisted on going their own way, He completes His word to His people through Isaiah by assuring them that blessing and deliverance are coming.  Like a father disciplining His children, He must be true to His word and carry out the discipline that He promised years before if they rebelled against Him.  At the same time, He looks forward to the Day when He showers His blessings and reveals His glory to them in new and amazing ways.  Many of the promises were fulfilled in the coming of Jesus two thousand years ago.  And yet, the ultimate fulfillment of His overall plan will be seen in the events related to and following Christ’s return.  What a glorious time that will be!  God encourages and comforts His people with words such as “Then you will look and be radiant, your heart will throb and swell with joy; the wealth on the seas will be brought to you, to you the riches of the nations will come… you will be called by a new name that the mouth of the Lord will bestow.  You will be a crown of splendor in the Lord’s hand, a royal diadem in the hand of your God.  No longer will they call you Deserted, or name your land Desolate… for the Lord will take delight in you… as a bridegroom rejoices over his bride, so will your God rejoice over you.”  Is. 60:5, 62:2-4.

As I read about these incredibly better days that are awaiting the nation of Israel, I can’t help but think about the better days that are coming for our Haitian brothers and sisters in Christ.  While they experience hardships and trials in this short life in the present, they too will share in the amazing blessing that waits equally for all who love Him and long for His appearing.  While “our present sufferings are not worth comparing with the glory that will be revealed in us”, perhaps our Haitian brethren know better than most how glorious that coming Day will be!  The contrast will be beyond our wildest imaginations.  What a thrill to think about and eagerly anticipate that Day when ALL of God’s children will behold and embrace His glory forever!

We love to hear from you, and your prayers are so vital.  Thank you for partnering with us in advancing His kingdom in this needy land.

Because He first loved us,

Dennis and Sara

We Are Here!

We arrived safely in Haiti on Friday, Jan. 13th. We are so thankful to God and everyone who has been part of our lives as we embark on this new ministry. Your prayers, encouragement, and support are so greatly appreciated. We will do our best to keep you updated. All of this is new to us, and everything takes a little longer to do in a country where most things are less efficient. Please email us or leave a note on this blog site when you can. We love to hear from you. Thank you again for everything. We are very grateful and excited to be part of all that God is doing in Haiti through New Vision Ministries.