Or rather we kinda wish they were heating up! We came back to Colorado for a visit starting in mid-May and it has been chilly. We left all of our jackets in Haiti for this trip expecting it to be nice and warm and the day we flew into Denver it snowed! Apparently we have been in Haiti long enough that we've forgotten that Colorado likes to snow in May. Speaking of which, if you didn't know we have been in Haiti since December 2013. That's coming up on 6 years this December! Time sure does fly by.
I mean seriously, who thought it was a good idea to send out those kids on the left to Haiti!
Well I'll tell you who, it was God, that's who.
We very well could have said that we were too young or inexperienced to go to Haiti and we would have been right. 22 year olds with a 4 month old baby are not exactly the best suited people to go out and change nations and get results. 22 year old me was just starting to learn about all the things that I didn't know! But the funny thing about how God works is that he rarely looks at our qualifications (and believe me there is no way you can lie on the resume God is looking at) but what he is looking for is whether or not you will be obedient.
Obedience > Skill
And why does obedience beat skill every single time? Because God is the one in charge of the results. The best and most eloquent speaker in the world can not save anyone. Sure they can inspire, or challenge, or bring convicting words, but what they can't do is God's work. We've all heard of churches with very good pastors that have dwindled and closed. On the other hand, I've had the privilege of witnessing 20 year old DTS students bring people to Christ with some of the most cringe-worthy, snore-fest sermons you ever heard. On the surface, you would think that the results should be flip-flopped, but God doesn't work on the surface.
As Americans we are almost hard-wired nowadays to try and improve our skills. Universities are pumping out more degree programs, adult and graduate studies are more popular, and things like masterclass, skillshare, udemy, etc are all the rage. Which is great! (In fact, Kate and I got ourselves a 1 year subscription to skillshare for our last anniversary) Learning skills isn't bad, but what I'm saying is that in God's kingdom the obedient see God get results.
At 22 years old, we were too young and inexperienced to change Haiti. But that's not the point, because if we really look at what Haiti needs, it's God. The same as anywhere else in the world. America, China, the Middle East, etc. People need God and God likes to work through our acts of obedience. So go be obedient, even if you are too young, too inexperienced, too scared, too _________________ (Fill in your excuse here).
God works through obedient people regardless of their skill level or age, so what on earth are you waiting for???
Oh as a side note, totally and completely and prodigiously unrelated. Kate and I are leading the Discipleship Training School in St. Marc Haiti this September. If you are between the ages of graduated high school and dead you are very welcome to come down and learn what it means to live missionally in the craziest 5 months of your life.
Welcome back to another edition of "What's going on with the Fishers!" I am your host, Jay, and I'll be guiding you through the events of the past month.
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But before we get into it, I want to tell you that there will be a special, big announcement at the end of the show. So stick around to hear about it.
*Audience gasps and whoas*
The end of September is where we left you off last month with a riveting cliffhanger. It was a cliffhanger.... Wasn't it? Uhhhh, anyway the end of September found us getting things organized and deep cleaned around campus. Kate has been getting the team communications all organized and up to date and I have been rearranging and organizing our maintenance depot. Things are getting clean and tidy around here in preparation for our large trailer of supplies coming in the next couple months.
One huge area that got clean and tidy was our kitchen. We took a day as a staff body and cleaned out our campus kitchen. We literally took everything except appliances, stoves, sinks, and tables out of the kitchen and washed all of it. If You name it, we washed it.
Serving Trays? Check.
Napkin Holders? Check.
People foolish enough to give any of our staff a hose? Check.
Avocado Slicers? Che... Wait, we actually don't have any of those. We slice our avocados with knives like normal people.
Then, we washed the entire kitchen from top to bottom. Ceilings, walls, and floors. By the end of the day our kitchen was brighter and our clothes were soaked. Isaac and Evie weren't impressed with the happenings though. Just look at those faces.
he does, the words he's trying to say, and the way he imitates a mountain goat.
We also celebrated Evalina's 3rd birthday just last week on the 30th! She is a strong, independent princess if there ever was one, except when she's not. Which may be at the oddest times. It's really hard to tell with 2-3 year olds. She has a huge fascination with all things Moana, princess, and unicorn. She has also been medicine free for the past few months and no sign of any seizures coming back!
Ladies and Gentlemen!
*Audience starts rhythmic stomping and clapping*
Welcome to the main event!
*Techno sounds start to play during dramatic pause*
Let's get ready to RUMMMMMMMBLEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!!
*Audience goes wild while "Let's get ready to rumble" by the Jock Jams plays over the speakers*
Ok we aren't actually rumbling, but we are so pumped up to announce that YWAM Port de Paix is officially taking off! You can find us at www.ywamportofpeace.com or on Facebook and Instagram. Don't worry, we haven't moved up there yet, but we are waist deep in planning, scheduling, filing papers, and most important of all, praying.
The DTS next year will take place here in St. Marc, with the outreach being primarily aimed at the city of Port-de-Paix. We will be looking at some of the students and staff from that school being the official pioneer team that goes with us in the Fall of 2020. That's right folks, Fall 2020 the Fisher family will be putting in a change of address (They don't exist in Haiti, but the analogy still holds) and heading off to the place that God has been preparing us for these past 8 years or so. Watch out world, YWAM PdP missionaries will be advancing the Kingdom of God in your general direction.
Welcome to fall! I hope it is cooling down quickly wherever you are (or warming up if you are on the other side of the world?) Here, its still HOT, but slowly cooling down. The only reason I can tell this is true is due to the lessening amount of sweat on my face by the end of the day. For this I have been thanking God many many times!
Our Time in The US
We had a wonderful time back in the sates from mid July to the beginning of September! Here are a few highlights:
To start off our time in the US, we visited Evie’s neurologist, to see if she could start being taken off of her anti-seizeure medication. After some tests and reviews by her doctor, we are so very happy to say, Evie is med free!! She has been off of her medication for a month now, and it is WONDERFUL! Her eyes are a bit brighter, her cranky ways have diminished, and in its wake, we have seen an extremely imaginative 2 (almost 3!!) year old girl!
Isaac is growing up! He was able to celebrate his very first birthday in the US, and we worked hard to make it special. He was also able to get his very first “big boy” passport where the picture actually looks like him (not the froggy 6 week old version of himself)
Speaking in our hometown. As usual we were able to connect with our home church and supporting churches. We shared what God has been doing here in Haiti, as well as teaching multiple times in the youth group.
If you browse through our photos below, you can see more fun things we did while visiting family.
On to September!
On the first of September, while we were still in America, Jay and I celebrated our sixth anniversary. We had a fun day as a family exploring downtown Denver as a family, and going out to dinner together. I am happy to report that even though the honeymoon phase is WAAAYYY over, we are still in as much (if not more) love than we were when we were first married.
After our 7 week stay in the US, we were very ready to be home!
The 10th was a very special day indeed. Not only did I celebrate my birthday, but Isaac and Evie started school! This is the first time we have officially started a school year in September! Isaac is in kindergarten and learning how to read (He is doing fantastic! We were reading “Hop on Pop” today!) And Evie is doing early pre-school. I am so proud of them so far, and it is a privilege to be their teacher!
This September has mostly been dedicated to catching up on things from our break, and preparing the campus for the upcoming teams.
Next year, Jay and I are leading the next Discipleship Training School! We had our first meeting this past week, and are already so excited to see what God is going to be doing with this school! As of now, we are the only ones on staff for the school, but we are praying and asking God to lead us to the right people to complete our team. Stay tuned for more updates!