It’s the time I have been dreading. So to just rip off the band-aid: We are leaving Haiti at the end of July.
It’s so hard to figure out how to explain that we are leaving Haiti. It’s difficult to even know what to write.
Delete, delete, delete.
Everything I write seems to be awkward or it just feels strange. I suppose we aren’t required to convey an explanation but I really want to.
The truth is that we have been so honored to have you traveling with us on this two year journey.
We weren’t sure where this journey was going to take us. I know, I know we missed writing down some of the best conversations, struggles, joys, and thoughts but we tried to catalog our experience and hopefully it gave a glimpse into this beautiful land.
I like what Tara said the other day (modified a little to describe me):
As I interact with the precious people of the island I inhabit, and as I build relationships and get to know [them] on deeper levels, something unusual and confusing happens in my heart and mind. I find that I want to honor and remember every last detail of every story shared with me – AND – I want to forget immediately, all of the painful things I am trusted with each week.
Below is a little snippet of the letter Melissa sent out to our close friends.
We wanted to give you a quick update on our future plans. Our two year commitment will be up at the end of July, and then we will be returning to the States. We spent a week with another couple interested in running the guesthouse, and they just confirmed that they will take our spot when we finish.
We are praying hard about what’s next for us, but right now have no idea. We’re not sure what state we’ll live in or where we’ll work or really anything. God is faithful, and we are confident that just as he led us clearly to Haiti to run the guesthouse, he will also direct our paths for what is next.
The guesthouse has been a very busy place these past few months, and will continue that way through the end of our term. To be completely honest, it’s not been an easy road these last few months. As they say, the last part of the marathon is the most difficult. Please continue to pray for perseverance and focus to “finish strong,” keeping our eyes on the Lord and remembering that it’s not about us, it’s about Him.
“My nourishment comes from doing the will of God, who sent me, and from finishing His work.” -John 4:34
We would like to spend time visiting with each of you after we return, so we’ll be sure to connect once the time arrives. Thank you all again for your support! Please let us know how we can specifically be praying for each of you, or any way we can return the thanks. We’ll keep you all updated on our plans through our blog once we know more. We love you all and pray that the Lord richly blesses you!
“Not all of us can do great things. But we can do small things with great love.” – Mother Teresa