We have been blessed the last 3 months with Dean and Connie Pashak’s help here. Dean and Connie have been coming to Haiti for over 20 years to help out in the Construction Department and with Child Care. This year they came in the middle of January and left just a couple weeks ago with the Roanoke Team on the 22nd of March. They have been such a huge blessing down here in all that they do. Dean went out on all the construction teams. He would help pack and unpack for the teams. Out on the teams he was our “ground man”. He kept the system running smoothly and efficiently. When not out on the teams he would be busy in the shop repairing things, working on the New Depot, and trying to keep things organized. Dean has lived and breathed construction. So what a huge God send he was to us. Connie would go up to Child Care everyday and help out Marie Lucie, the head manager of the Child Care office. What an incredibly huge help Connie was at Child Care! She would help keep things organized, label letters, do some book work, and many other odds and ends. Child Care now has close to 1000 students that go through the office, and that’s not including the pastors that come by for the schools they take care of. So, it is a lot of work to keep the Child Care office functioning. Marie Lucie does a fabulous job, but she needs the help for it is a huge job! Dean and Connie have touched so many lives with the few months they come to spend down here every year. We have been greatly blessed to have them. I can not express this enough!
March was an exciting month for all of us! One of our workers, Boss Ezekiel, and his wife had twins! They were born a couple weeks early, but thankfully they are both very healthy and doing great! They had a little girl and a little boy, and I’m not even going to try to get their names correct. The little girl weighed 2 KG (about 4.4 lbs) and the little boy weighed 1 kg (about 2.2 lbs). So they were pretty tiny when they arrived. They are beautiful little babies.
The past few months a brother here in the Construction Department has been acting very strange and a little off. We finally figured out that he, Brent, seemed not himself due to a gorgeous young lady living down here. Brent Wagenbach and Alisha Gutwein announced their engagement on the 20th of March! Alisha is the daughter of Jan and Val Gutwein who live down here in Haiti working with LSM Ministries. This, as you could imagine, brought much excitement to the missionary body! It’s so neat to see how God brings two people together, especially when both ends are truly seeking out God’s will for all of it! I have personally been so blessed by both Brent and Alisha and can’t wait to see how God uses them together for His glory and praise! Maybe I can convince Brent to share a little more in another post sometime. =)
As teams and interns come and go, the New Depot has slowly started to take shape. Most of the walls are now up, and this week they have started putting trusses up. This building is huge and will be so incredibly nice when it is done! Please pray for safety this week and the weeks to come as they put trusses up. These trusses are the biggest, heaviest, and highest we have ever done! The men working up in them look kind of tiny from the ground. So thankful so far that no one has been hurt and things seems to be going fairly smoothly. It’s a slow process and a huge job!
We have been blessed this week with the Scott and Mandy Yordy family. Scott and Mandy brought their 3 daughters down with them for a week to help out and check the place out. Scott is a carpenter and has been a huge blessing to have working on the New Depot. Mandy and the girls have been helping out with little odds and ends. We are very thankful to have them here. (Sorry I don’t have pictures of this amazing family =()