"He is no fool who gives what he cannot keep to gain what he cannot lose." -Jim Elliot

Saturday, August 27, 2011

Preparing for school and learning a new languege

Sorry to be so long in writing. Hopefully we will get better.

We spent most of the first week getting acclimated and painting the school that we are working in. Doing that has provided great opportunities to bond with our team. It is neat to think about each one and see how God knit this team together. The people are very spiritually mature and are an encouragement daily. Also they have loved on Luke and Abigail like they were there own family. It was fun working in the school thinking about the kids and the opportunities that we will have to share with them in the coming months. The only difficult part was dodging the misquotes.

Sunday morning we had the first opportunity to worship with our Haitian brothers and sisters. The service was much like the one David experienced in Africa. The music was great. They did their best to translate the service. Since it was our first Sunday there they called us up front and prayed for us. Sister Gladys (leader along with Pastor Henri of the orphanage) told the people that they have no excuse not to know that God loves them because we were there. What a humbling thing to here, to know that God chose to love these people through us. Two words come to mind, not worthy.

This week we continued to work on the school, to include everything that teachers and administration do prior to beginning school. We have also continued our Creole lessons. The process of learning another language is humbling. I often think about people in America, including myself complaining about foreigners in America speaking a language other than English and then appreciate the Haitians being a little more patient with me than I would be in a situation where the roles were reversed. Mwen renmen ou.

Luke is doing well, he has made so many new friends. A new Luke line is "I want to go play with my friends". It makes sense though, he loves to be outside and he loves to play with other kids. Abigail is doing well, she is so hot natured but she is adjusting and of course everyone loves her. Their adjusting so far has been good and a blessing from God.

Thank you for your prayers. Love you.


  1. So glad for the update. I really get excited thinking about the work you are all doing there. It really is a priviledge for you I'm sure. We are praying without ceasing, missing you without ceasing, and as always, loving you without ceasing.

    Love to all!

    Aunt Robin

  2. Hi Amiss Family,

    Tyler and I just got your letter and photocard. Can't believe you all are in Haiti! I know it's beautiful and you are serving God's calling. We will pray for more beautiful days, your safety and can't wait to hear more from you. Keep us updated. Have a wonderful time and we can't wait to hear all the great stories when you get back. Love to you all- Lauren & Tyler Carroll


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