Howdy from New Hampshire!

“My bed is too hard, it’s not comfy” said Grace, our four year old.

We switched her mattress with another we had at the house, hoping it would help. The next night, she had trouble again.

“I don’t like my bed because it’s too tall” she told us as we put her to bed.

After talking with her, we discovered the problem: It’s different.

In Texas, her matteress was on a boxspring that sat directly on the floor. Here in New Hampshire, her bed sits up on a frame allowing her to see underneath it. She’s not a fan.

The past few months have been a whirlwind of change for our family. After almost eight years of living in Texas, we sold almost everything we owned, packed up what we knew we would need in Haiti and moved to New Hampshire where we’ll be until we leave the U.S. later this year.

Although Grace doesn’t like the space under her bed, our kids have actually adjusted quite well. This is encouraging, especially as we consider all the changes they will experience later this year when we make the big move.

Another big change is that I have now left my full-time job at DTS (I’m still serving part-time as a Graduate Teaching Assistant). This allows us to give ourselves full-time to building the remainder of our support team. This has been an exciting step for us to take.

Update from Haiti

Meanwhile in Haiti, our Crossworld team has been busy! We’re excited that Lois Beadle, veteran missionary of over 30 years, has moved from rural Haiti to join the team in Port-au-Prince where she is helping to build an English program at STEP.

Others from our team are teaching a summer English program to first year seminary students there. You can find a great post introducing you to some of their students here: Class Is In Session.

English is important because it unlocks a wealth of resources not available in French or Creole. Would you join us in praying for them during their remaining few weeks of class this summer and for Lois as she develops a program that will run throughout the school year?

A Busy Summer Ahead

While our team is busy on the ground, we’ll be working hard this summer to build the rest of our support team so that we can join them in the fall.

Since returning to New England, we’ve been busy speaking in churches and connecting with individuals and we’re having a blast. As of this writing, we’re excited that the Lord has led 51 individuals, families and churches to partner with us! We still need 30 or so more in order to reach 100% of our monthly budget. If you’re here in New England and know of a group that may be interested in hearing about the work in Haiti, please let us know.

Prayer Needs

Haitian-Dominican Relations – As you may have seen in the news, tensions between Haiti and the Dominican Republic have flared up again. Several Haitians living in the D.R. (many of whom were born there) are being forced to leave. Please pray for a peaceful resolution to this issue. You can read more about it here: A Haitian border town struggles with new rules in the Dominican Republic.

Preaching this Weekend – Luke will be preaching in three services this weekend at the First Congregational Church of Kingston, NH. Tonight, we’ll be at the Newton campus and tomorrow morning we’ll be at the Kingston campus for two services. Would you pray that the Lord would be honored in these and other preaching opportunities we have coming up?

New Partnerships – Thank you for praying for us as we work to build our support team. Keep it up!


 

Beautiful sights in New England! We passed by this bridge on the way to speak at a church in Sangerville, ME.

Beautiful sights in New England! We passed by this bridge on the way to speak at a church in Sangerville, ME.

We had a great time shraing about Haiti with the people of Grace Bible Church in Sangerville, ME. We're grateful to have them on our team!

We had a great time shraing about Haiti with the people of Grace Bible Church in Sangerville, ME. We’re grateful to have them on our team!

All loaded up and on the way to speak at a church in Belmont, NH

All loaded up and on the way to speak at a church in Belmont, NH

Students from the summer English program at STEP pose outside of a classroom (Photo Credit: Lauren Young).

Students from the summer English program at STEP pose outside of a classroom (Photo Credit: Lauren Young).

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