In mid-April, we experienced our first sun halo.
A sun halo, according to wikipedia, is “an optical phenomenon that belongs to the family of ice crystal halos, in the form of a ring with a radius of approximately 22° around the Sun or Moon.” To us, it looked like a rainbow around the sun. (The picture doesn’t truly capture its beauty.) It was truly magnificent, more evidence of our awesome Creator, displaying His beauty through His creation. We asked different Haitian’s about the sun halo, and got varying responses anywhere from, “it is a sign of the end times,” to “we are going to get a lot of rain in the next month.” It very well could be a sign of the end times, but the Haitian who predicted it meant a lot of rain, was right on!
For the the first time in almost 4 years of living in Haiti, we are experiencing our first real rainy season. It has been characterized with regular, nightly rains, and a couple of 3-4 day stretches of all day and night rains. Fields and roads are currently flooded, rivers are raging, and most everything in our house feels damp. We have been praying for rain, for drought stricken Southern Haiti, for 4yrs. And here it is, God has faithfully, in His time, provided rain to Haiti. Through this rainy season, God revealed a verse in the Bible, that has brought on a whole new perspective……
Hosea 6:3 “….He will come to us like the rain, like spring rain watering the earth.”
What a promise! As I write this, physically, it is pouring down rain outside, and has been for 24 hours! It seems like the floodgates have been opened up! Likewise spiritually, God promises that when we call upon the Lord, when we seek Him with our whole heart, we will find Him! He will come to us, pouring out His healing, comfort, love, strength, grace, goodness, sending what He knows we need, and can’t get for ourselves. Great is His faithfulness!
It has been awhile since my last post, so I thought it would be good to share updates on some of the blessings in our life.
I’d like to start with a thanks to everyone who has prayed for Bos Ezekiel! He saw the Orthopedic Dr yesterday, and received great news. His arm is completely healed, no restrictions. His leg is well on its way, and he was released to start walking without his boot or walker! Dr.Belding feels his leg will heal fully and he will be released without restrictions at his appointment in July! We hope to see his smiling face back in the construction yard soon!
Renault Sunday school is going strong and we continue to see God’s hand at work! Rod & Debbie had a construction team put an addition on the side of the pavilion! Now, everyone has a seat, and a dry, covered area to praise the Lord in! It is so neat to see first hand, how God continues to grow this ministry!
Speaking of Renault, we recently helped with a distribution of shoes and clothes! We want to thank our home church of Roanoke, for all the clothes and shoes that you gave at the VBS collection last year. We put those donations together with clothes and shoes that the Wray’s received, and had more than plenty to go around! I also want to personally thank 2 ladies from Roanoke. One, who bought, collected, cleaned up, and boxed hundreds of pairs of shoes, that she donated! And the other, who cleaned out DG’s end of the season flip flops and sandals to donate! I wish you both could have been here to see the smiles on the kids faces!
The shoe pile!
The girls celebrated their day off school on May 1st, by making cookies and delivering baskets to our neighbors.
We celebrated Chloe’s 14th birthday! She is such a blessing in our life! It is such a privilege to see how God is shaping her heart and using her for His kingdom!
Bri and I attended a weekend retreat with our fellow missionary ladies. I’m thankful it was a time of spiritual refreshing, and for the time I was able to spend with Bri. A few of us hiked a small mountain, and really enjoyed God’s beautiful creation from the top!
My teaching responsibility at the Cite Lumiere Christian School has officially ended! I’m thankful for the opportunity I had to teach Science to these 8th graders, and to get to know these young adults a little bit better.
The past 2 months, these three ladies have been getting together regularly, to praise the Lord! It has been awesome to hear their music and laughter fill the house!
Pickle ball is one of our families new hobbies! We have a pickle ball court measured out in the depo!
Sharing popsicle’s with some of the orphanage girls!
Thanks to all those that send encouragement via emails, mail, and packages! It is definitely a highlight in our week, to hear from those that love us back “home.”
Lastly, I’m thankful for my HarvestCall family, here in Haiti! In a recent tragedy, Janella Zimmerman, a wife and mother to 2 young children, was called home to be with the Lord. Though we rejoice that Janella won her victory and is in heaven, we are heartbroken for David, Cassia, Orin. We are reminded that each day is a gift and a blessing. We should use each day to live and serve God with all our heart, soul, strength, and mind. Please continue to lift this dear family up in prayer, as well as our missionary family in Bonne Fin.
May we all “Set our minds on things above, not on earthly things,” Colossians 3:2.