Romans 8:26 "In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with utterances that words cannot express."
We've moved! Here is our new little ti kay (little house). We were doing okay in our other house here in Haiti, but it was a lot of work every day to generate our own power and maintain a tolerable water supply. And, when I say a lot of work, I mean A LOT. It was a full time job. If anything broke (which it did seemingly every other day), we had to fix it. So, when new friends here offered up a house on the campus of their seminary (at a price in our budget), we jumped on it. Power provided? Clean (hot, even!) water provided? A beautiful mountain view? Complete with neighbors who have kids for our kids to play with? Say no more. We're in.
I'd say it was everything I was praying for, but it wasn't. See, I had no idea this house was an available option. I thought we would have to get by with what we had. I wasn't praying for this house. But, the Spirit was! Maybe YOU were praying for us, too? And, God was listening.
As of today, we've been here for one week and it's been blissful! Last Friday evening, I had my first hot shower in about three months! NOT having to focus all our energy and time and money on everyday survival opens up so many opportunities for us to focus on teaching, building relationships with new friends, the Hoops ministry, spending time together as a family, and walking closer with the One who brought us here.
I have also been hugely blessed this week by visitors from home! A women's team from Eastview Christian Church in Normal, IL has been here this week working in Pillate. They have been busy! I've tagged along as they photographed students, led a women's conference, and visited with Haitian neighbors. Let me tell you--their conference was all the talk among women in this area! Women in attendance showed up in their finest ensembles--feathers and sequins and more! Thank you, ladies, for sharing your smiles and hugs and words of encouragement with me. It was just what I needed.