So by now you can tell that getting regular posts up on our blog was NOT one of our New Year's resolutions. And if it was you know by now that we totally bombed that resolution. Needless to say, its been a little while since we have updated you guys on what has been going on in our lives! So, here is a lovely rapid fire post to get you caught up;
-January brought on our first season of teams! We were so happy to have our annual team from Pennsylvania join us for food distributions, building homes and distributing clothes.
- The Pennsylvania team also installed a new kitchen in our apartment!! (We were quite excited for this! our old kitchen was poorly made and falling apart)
-Isaac started school! He started learning his alphabet and all of the sounds the letters make (so exciting!)
-We were able to purchase a new fridge and our own stove with the funds raise by our home church!
-More teams! In February we welcomed the New Danville team. They did an awesome job of building a Home of Home here in the city, not far from our campus! (See the video below!)
-We also helped host a Pastors Seminar that served over 50 pastors.
-March was an exciting and crazy month for us! We hosted 4 teams!!
-The very first team we hosted was from our home church, Family Worship Center (FWC) This team was so servant hearted and spent almost their entire time on campus helping to put insulation in the ceiling of our staff apartments. This was SUCH a blessing because before this team came, the apartments were very very hot.
-Kate's brother came to visit Haiti for the very first time with the FWC team!
-At the same time FWC team was here, we had some ladies on outreach from YWAM Tyler Texas. They used an iPad app Kate created to help create a contact list for the families in Gervais, a new village we are working with.
-We hosted a team from Cornwall church in Bellingham, Washington. We host teams from this church twice a year, and it is a joy to receive them each time they come.
-Our last team of this quarter was HUGE! BC Bounce and Crucible Dance ministries from Canada joined up to host a basketball camp for kids and young adults from around Saint Marc. They were able to teach and train 98 youth, give them all T-shirts, host a final tournament and send each kid home with their own ball! At the end of their trip, Jay and one of our other staff, Wadner, helped to baptize some of the team members at the beach!
April of course started with Christmas. April Fools! It was Easter (But you already knew that didn't you?). What also started in April was our Discipleship Training School (DTS). This school dominated the next few months for us and I'll combine much of the next few months together because of it. This was a different DTS than we were used to operating on our campus. As a leadership team, we decided to have all of our staff from the bottom to the top participate as students in this school. We wanted the staff to be able to remember and return to the single minded focus and love they had for God during and after their DTS's. Some of us graduated from our schools almost 10 years ago!
While all of us were consistently taking part in class and small groups, Kate had to pull double duty because she was actually directly involved with staffing the school. She was organizing, teaching, communicating, and helping disciple the students that had come to the school on top of the staff that were already participating! The month of April saw topics such as hearing the voice of God, character and nature of God, father heart of God, and plumbline.
April was also a very busy month for travel in the Fisher household. Jay took a few day long trip up to Cap-Haitien to do some work with a member of our home church and Kate took a quick week and a half long trip back to Colorado for her sister's wedding. (Isaac was so happy when he saw the couple boxes of Paw Patrol Mac and Cheese that Kate brought back with her. It was so adorable how surprised and excited he got when he saw the boxes.) The third and final trip was to the local clinic for Isaac to get a few stitches in his head because he tripped and hit his head on a window sill. The story I told him to stick with is that he took a bullet for the president or got into a fight with a goat, but I don't think he's gonna stick with it.
May - June
DTS continued on through May and June and there wasn't too much else going on like in April, so we were able to focus in on the teachings for these months. For these two months we had:
Laying Down Your Rights,
and a week for preparing for outreach.
In other words, good stuff. At the end of June the DTS also started outreach. This is where they will spend 8 weeks on the road putting into practice all the things they learned and telling others about Jesus. We will not be joining the DTS on outreach because we have a trip back to Colorado planned, but they have been working in a village called Gervais for 2 weeks and then just came back from 1 week in Gonaives working with an orphanage. The remaining 5 weeks has them spending about 1 week in the South, in Les Cayes and the last 4 weeks going to another country here in the Caribbean. I'd like to tell you what country it is, but while it recently opened its borders more it is still considered a closed nation and our team will not be allowed to openly preach Jesus. I can tell you that it is south of Florida, it's not Jamaica, and the US has not had amazing relations since 1961.
July (and what's coming up)
Like we said earlier, we will be taking a trip to visit Colorado on July 18. This will be only our second trip not caused by pregnancy or medical emergency, and we are looking forward to time to see everyone. Isaac is taking this 6 week trip as his "summer vacation" from school. Which he has been doing phenomenal at. He has learned all his letters now, most numbers up to 100 (Still practicing but he can read them), and is working on his reading and sight words! Evie will have a neurological appointment to determine if she will still be required to take her medication, but as of this trip she has not had a seizure since October 2016! Woohoo! Liam will probably start walking while we are visiting (carpet and padding make a world of difference) and will enjoy his time with Aunts and Uncles.
As a reward for making it all the way to the end, you will be the first people to know that we are partnering with Mama Zwazo (Mama Bird) for this trip! Mama Zwazo is an organization started by some of our friends in Port-au-Prince, that is seeking to provide stable employment to Haitian women, as well as impact their lives in other ways, by selling some really cool fashion that these women have hand made. We will be bringing back a number of items with us to sell to anyone with an eye for fashion. (Which unfortunately excludes Jay, have you seen the cargo shorts with grease stains and shirts older than our marriage in those pictures above?) You can check out the Mama Zwazo website for more of their story and see some of their designs below.