Impressions After 5 Months Away
I had never been away from Haiti for 5 months at a time...not since I came here in 1992. This year was different (understatement of the year). I was about 10 days away from being gone for 6 months.
I have not walked around town yet. I am 'kind of isolating' myself so that people feel more comfortable around me, and so that I can't be blamed for anything. :) BUT, I have yet to meet anyone who is apprehensive about getting close to me.
I am surprised to see the growth in certain kids. It's dramatic. I am also delighted to see noticeable advances in maturity from a couple of people. That's encouraging.
I have been hearing stories about "ASAPH" things that happened while I was away. That is a blessing. I left 3 guys at my house...WEC showed up as things closed down in March and April. They appear to have handled the house very well. No official ministry stuff took place due to the government's rules about meetings, but there were things that happened that were positive. A Compassion student and member of the brass band had to hand in an important paper on a short deadline. He showed up here asking for electricity overnight so that he could work on his laptop. I was not here. The guys at my house made it possible for him to accomplish his task. It is little things like that that impress me as I learn what happens while I am away.
As always, I anticipate learning some things on the other end of the good/bad scale as well. They take longer to bubble up it seems. A have noticed a few broken things, but nothing dramatic.
God keeps working in people all day every day. It's a good thing. I am thankful we cannot escape Him ever. God is good.
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Missionary in Haiti.