It sure has been an interesting month! Almost nothing has gone according to my plans at all (I'm a missionary now...I guess I should probably expect/get used to it. ha). Yet, the Lord continues to order my steps.
I was originally going to be moving down to Haiti May 23rd. It seemed like what was supposed to happen...graduation, move home for a couple weeks, leave. The quickest, smoothest post grad plan ever....perfect! COME ON GOD....my plan makes so much sense!!! Make it work! (please?)
I was really pushing and prodding and trying to make it work, but it just was not happening. Finances were the biggest and most obvious obstacle, plus my job had already hired my replacement and I had no place to live after May 7th because I had to move out of my apartment the day after graduation. It was 5 days before I was supposed to graduate and I was REALLY stressing, "okay God, can you please provide the finances I need because I need to leave in 3 weeks???...or please provide a place for me to work and live for the summer because I am TOTALLY in the dark about what the heck I need to do!" (Not going to lie, I can be demanding at times...my family didn't name me "The Queen" as a child for no reason)
Despite my impatience, the Lord answered:
It's a long story, but here's the short of it...last Tuesday my boss told me they have a place for me because they had (that day) received extra funding for summer positions, and then within 45min of that news the Lord provided a place for me to live for the summer.
I feel so at peace about this. I have realized that I need time to reflect, rest, raise support, and prepare before moving down to Haiti. I miss the Rescue Center kids, I miss Lori and Licia like crazy, I miss church in Haiti, I miss all that is Haiti....but I know that in waiting upon the Lord my strength will be renewed (Isaiah 40:31) and that is exactly what I need right now.
I am still in need of $360 of monthly financial support before reaching my goal of $800. (All money that has been/is given will be put towards my time in Haiti.) My sending cannot happen without you guys, the senders. If you feel the Lord nudging you to be one of those supporters please let me know. You each mean more to me than you even know! God's heart breaks for Haiti and He has allowed me to share in that and be an extension of Him there.
The new "plan" is to move down to Haiti around August 9th. Please pray for me this summer as my heart is prepared. Please pray for Lori and Licia as they continue to serve and love the people of Haiti each and every day. Please pray for the people and nation of Haiti, that they would know Jesus in the depths of their hearts.
I will continue to keep you all updated over the summer. Also, you can get daily blog updates at www.realhopeforhaiti.org. If you have questions, advice, thoughts, prayers or whatever feel free to email, call me, stop me on the street, etc.
As the wise Jon Foreman says in his song "Your Love is Strong"