Monday, February 15
We finally got hooked up to the internet. I will try to get you up dated on the last few days. It has been very busy and a bit over whelming to say the least. There was so much to do to the house just to move in. There was no water, no electricity, and what is here all needs to be repaired. Of course with no access to any communication I couldn’t just get on the phone to my father in law to ask him how to wire something (he’s my electrician-love you Wayne). But I managed to get it done. We have solar electric panels but the batteries are old. There is enough power to run some lights, fans and refrigerator during the day but won’t last all night and won’t even run the frig all night on eight 8 volt batteries. I hooked up a generator to the house to help charge the batteries and run the water pump. Luckily there are water tanks on the roof and it only it takes about a half hour to fill the tanks and then the water is gravity flow so I can do that once a day and don’t have to run that big pump all day. We have a 4500 generator with only one 30 amp breaker trying to run a house of nine people with computers. We just had six people more arrive today so this is going to be interesting. We worked on the house Thursday and moved in on Friday with everyone cleaning and fixing on Saturday.
Sunday we went to church at Chistianville which is a big compound walking distance away. They have a church, high school, grade school, medical center and university. They also have a staff house and apartments. The church service is being held outside in the school yard. I couldn’t understand anything but was exciting to see. There was an alter call at the end and two people came forward. Then they all went down to the river and had a baptism which I missed. I didn’t know it was happening, just heard. They have a lot of damage but fared pretty well considering. We will be partnering with them to help with the repairs. They had an engineering company from the US evaluate the damage and are waiting for the report.
The brakes went out of the only vehicle we have Saturday. Well I understand the media played it down in the US but I saw the most exciting thing I had ever seen in my life. Everything was shut down for three days for prayer and fasting for the country of Haiti. This was ordered by the president of Haiti. The awesome thing is that there was not a thing open, not hardly a soul on the street except to walk to church and the churches were full and there was a church on every block. They were praying and worshiping and it was awesome. Even all the radio stations were praise and worship and praying. And I couldn’t get our brakes fixed until today, and that was great! You know the whole time this was going on I began to think of our country and I don’t think even the President has that much power to call our entire country to pray and fast and it made me very sad and scared for our country. I see the Lord all over this place and you can feel a real presence of God. He is at work down here like I have never seen. Please keep praying for this country they have a long, long road ahead of them but God is going to do miracles here. It is going to be cool to see.
Well I got a thousand concrete blocks, 50 bags of mortar, a truck load of sand and another of gravel delivered today (Monday). I have 6 fresh big guys to start tomorrow on the upstairs. So I better get off to bed. Been some pretty long days. 6:00- 11:00 or so nearly every day.
Thanks for your prayers