Unless otherwise specified, all reports are from Brother Chuck
I didn’t get a chance to take pictures or write for the 22nd; I had to go to Port-au-Prince to pick up materials for the mission house. This took all day, naturally, and the van gave us problems all day; as we started up the mountain we noticed a water leak. At first I thought it was the water pump (the only thing I can think of we haven’t replaced), but the leak was too far back from the front of the engine. The van started to overheat, so I pulled over; we could see the steam coming from under the van, but couldn’t tell where it was coming from. I had bought drinking water in 5 gallon jugs, so I told Thomas and Simon to break one of them out. We had to stop about three times to keep the radiator full so it wouldn’t overheat. Our Lord got us up the mountain one more time–He just continues to bless us.
Today (Wednesday) I had to go back down Port-au-Prince again, which was no surprise. Ralphy and Simon went with me. We have so many projects going on–we just can’t think of everything. I know that when I’m doing a project at home I have to go to Home Depot about three times, so it is the same here. The good news is that we made it back about 12:30.
While we were gone, the team accomplished a lot. There is no way I can thank each man for being here, but I know the Lord will. They are truly doing everything as if they are working for the Lord. Bruce and George started laying the tile in the bathrooms. They almost finished one, and they got the tile laid in two others where the toilet and sink will go, which is all we need for now. We are hoping to get toilets and sinks in three bathrooms so we will have three out of five bathrooms functioning. Chuck and Joe worked on putting in the door to my room, and they did a great job.
Karl and Thomas tackled the electrical–it is hard to believe that we have functioning electrical outlets in the mission house! We also have two of the A/C units hooked up, and we ran them today. Bill worked on the water lines again today, getting water to the kitchen and to all the bathrooms. Hopefully, tomorrow we will have one complete bathroom with a flushing commode. For those of you who have never been here, this is awesome–if you have never smelled an outhouse you really can’t appreciate this.
As some of you may know, the Lord showed me His vision of this mission house many years ago, and I have had no idea when it would come to reality. All He asked me to do was tell everyone what He had revealed to me, and He would take care of the rest. He has kept His promise, as always. He told us that we should wait upon the Lord–that He is our Provider. We don’t need to get in hurry, we don’t need to borrow money or get stressed out, we just need to continue to be about His business, and He will provide in His time.
I humbly thank everyone who has prayed, given, and gone with me to Haiti. I pray for you and your families often. I could not be here without you, and I am assured that my Lord called me to be here at this appointed time using each of you. God bless!