Hello everyone! A bigger update is coming later, but we just wanted to drop a quick note to give you all some BIG NEWS! Drum roll please..........
We have another Fisher joining our "school" (aka family.) Haha! Get it? I think Jay's puns are rubbing off on me...
Anyway, this little one was a huge surprise (especially since we were trying NOT to get pregnant right now) BUT God's plans are always bigger and better! We are SO EXCITED to add another little one to our family, and thanks to some awesome friends who gave us/transported an ultrasound machine down to Haiti for us, we have already been able to see our little one!
Anyway, this big change doesn't come without some adjustments, which in turn require a lot of prayer! So, quick prayer list for all you prayer warriors:
There are a lot more prayer requests coming, but these are the big ones for now!
Thank you all for your love and support!
Hello all! Its been a bit of time since I have written an update, so I decided to give Jay a break this month.
rewind to 2016
As Jay said before, we were heading to the Dominican Republic for our good friend Sarah's wedding. It was wonderful, and very tiring! The YWAM Haiti crew worked very hard setting up the reception area to make a beautiful scene! We were all to happy to be able to help with such a wonderful occasion. On New Years eve, we didn't do to much, and I was so tired that I went to bed early. The life of a parent, right?
And forward on to 2017
2017 has been busy so far! The whole campus has been bustling around. From meetings, to cleaning the base, to catching up on emails and hosting our very first team of 2017, We are just now catching our breath!
The first weekend in 2017 we invited our three newest staff member and some others over to learn how to make and to experience the amazingness that is fish tacos a la Fisher/Willer. It was such a fun evening and it brought an awesome feeling of unity to those who came to eat, and those who joined us afterwards for movie night (we may have had a blow up lightsaber/pillow fight before the movie as well, it was awesome)
The First Team of the year...... PA Mercy Works
As always, the first team we host every year is a very large group from Pennsylvania, and they ALWAYS go above and beyond to bless our staff and community. I think the best way to get a grasp on all that they did within the span of 7 days is just to list everything:
Anyway, this team left this past Wednesday and we have spent the last few days recovering from the whirlwind of activity.
Coming into this new year, I feel like God is giving us as a family a new perspective on what is really important, and what He is leading us into. 2016 wasn't the easiest year for our family, and I feel like it wasn't easy for a lot of people, BUT why do we need to dwell on the difficulties of the past and how horrible they were, when you can instead look at where those difficult times have brought you and at the person you have become because of them. So, the Fisher family is looking forward. Looking forward to the promises God has given us, and we (Patiently!) anticipate the things he has for us in our future. We will try to not get focused on the little things that stress us out, but instead to broadly look into the big picture!
Hope your 2017 has gone well, and that your will be blessed like crazy in the days to come!
P.S. We are having new prayer cards made! If you would like one, go ahead and shoot us your address!
Merry Christmas from the Fisher Family!
This is only the second of four Christmases (Is that a word?) that we've spent in Haiti since moving down here and so it certainly doesn't quite feel like Christmas time. Looking at the weather forcast for Colorado looks like it will be pretty cold! Here...... Not so much. Our high will be a bomby 92 degrees with the low right at 70 (Brrrrrrrrrrr, we might need to crack the blanket out overnight. Seriously though, you get accustomed to the heat and 70 is actually blanket and jacket weather). I think I might change the temperature gauge to Celcius. That might help it feel more like winter.
In other news, we have jumped right back to it since being back a few weeks ago. A few days after our arrival we got all of our paperwork together and sent to the government of Haiti to obtain our Permis de Sejours (Residence Visas). The Haiti immigration system only has two types of Visas, Tourist and Residence. The tourist visa is automatically granted for 3 months when you enter the country, but if you want to stay longer you need the residence visa. It's not quite like establishing residency in the US, it's more like a work visa, but that's the only wording they have for it. We should be receiving our Permis' within a couple of weeks. We will take pictures and post them when we have them!
December is historically a slower month for us as a mission. We don't typically receive any teams (though we did have 2 the past couple weeks). What we do use December for is wrapping up work and projects for this past year before we really gear up and get busy in the first few months of the new year. Before valentines day this next year, we will have hosted 3 teams, our board of directors, and started 2 new schools! In other words, quite the busy time. Please be praying we will be able to have sustained energy in that time and that our equipment and vehicles can stand up to being used almost non-stop for those 6 weeks.
Our final bit of news this week is that we will be headed to the Dominican Republic next week for 4 days. One of our good friends is getting married and asked Kate to help run the reception and decorate. We leave on Monday the 26th and should be back for dinner on the 29th. I will be driving one of our campus buses over (There is a group of us from St. Marc that are going). Dominican driving can be difficult. Here in Haiti, there aren't many driving laws and so you fully expect people to not obey non-existent laws. The Dominican however has the full and complete driving code just like the US, however it seems only half the people follow it. So it's pretty common to see cars or even buses just drive right through a red light without so much as slowing down. (How there aren't a million accidents I may never know.) In any event we will be headed to the YWAM campus in Azua for the wedding.
For the time being however, we are enjoying being together as a family for Christmas and wish everyone a very Merry Christmas!
Isaac and Evie also want to share a Christmas greeting. They insisted on typing it out themselves after seeing me type. Here is their message:
honfnfshektmvndhs FBRC ZCCC CCCCAG ZJ'
I'm not sure what language that's in, but I can only imagine that it says "Merry Christmas and we love you!"