The Christmas/New Year holiday break has officially ended and so has the somewhat slow pace of the base. We just wrapped up a three day staff conference here in St. Marc on Wednesday. It was an amazing time to connect with the various people that comprise YWAM Haiti. Each morning started with breakfast and worship and then some teaching from Rod Smith out of Indiana. We would break for lunch and come right back into it in the afternoon until about 3. At 3 we were whisked away to the National Leadership Team (NLT) meeting, because of the vision that Kate and I have for starting and operating a YWAM base in Haiti in the future.
As good as Rod Smith was in teaching, it was the NLT meetings that really caught Kate and I's attention. We were able to meet with everyone that is currently directing (or proposing to direct) a YWAM location. We got to hear everyone's vision and even share our own amongst this group of movers and shakers. The greatest part about it was the discussions and teachings from YWAM Haiti's founder and current National Director Terry Snow. We dove into everything from finances to identifying the needs in the community and how our ministries can meet those needs. Those meetings have given Kate and I a lot of confidence as we begin to plan for our own future ministry and a great community of leaders to engage with.
That's not all we had going on this week.
As I write this, we have foreign students arriving for this year's first Discipleship Training School (DTS), an outreach team from Mendocino, CA, and Haitian students arriving for the Foundations of Christian Character (FCC) school. Kate and I will not be directly involved with the DTS or FCC at this time, but we will be with the students at various times throughout our day.
The outreach team from CA will be with us for the next two months and have already plugged right in since they arrived on Friday. They were working around the base yesterday and will be at the city's prison today. I am looking forward to get to know the team (there are 9 people on the team, 4 guys and 5 ladies) as we minister together around the city and surrounding villages.
We'll be sure to let you know how things are progressing with the team and I do apologize for not having the tour of the base video ready for you. I'm not sure when that might become a reality, but we will certainly try to make it happen.
P.S. Enjoy these photos of Isaac and his first adventure in swimming! (He didn't like it at first but he kinda warmed up to the idea after a little while.)