Wednesday, March 30, 2011

A prayerful Friday...

This past Friday was a kick off to one of my most revitalizing weekends in Haiti yet. Well...Friday after 9am.

The 2 weeks prior to Friday at 9am were a different story. Haiti is the most joyful, crazy, unplanned, hopeful, hot, and exciting country I know. This week, Haiti gave me a new meaning of crazy.

With our orphanage director out of the country for 2 weeks, I packed up some stuff, moved into her apartment, and picked up her keys. I quickly realized that 61 kids is a lot more work than I thought. Macline didn't get dinner, meeting with the mommies at 9am, Esther will not let go of my leg, Widler got sent home from school, English class at 2pm, get snacks for the movie, pay the tutor, help kids make sponsor support letters, plan the March birthday party, soccer game at 4pm.... etc.

Needless to say, there was not much resting or revitalizing going on.

In our intern meeting on Friday morning God reemphasized the power of prayer in my daily life in Haiti. Throughout the rest of the day, it was clear that God was going to take my day, my stress, and the kids into his own hands.

As the weekend continued, my English classes went amazingly well, the kids had a great couple days, I was reminded of my passion for this country, and God showed me, again, that He is in control. There is no way that I can do this on my own. This is one of those things that I know, yet, I fail to truly believe and trust in it throughout all of the aspects of my day. I must actively and intentionally lay my struggles, decisions, choices, and moments of joy at His feet.

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Saturday, March 19, 2011

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Jenn Vi

My Check List:
-2 beach balls
-100 paper napkins
-gum
-flour
-3 bowls
-tootsie roll pops
-2 folding chairs
-bed sheet
-basin full of water

To many, this may look like a list of the most random things. To a Younglife leader, it looks like the makings of a great Monday night. (In this case, a Wednesday night.)

Younglife/Wyldlife has been a huge part of my life since I was in 7th grade. It is the craziest, most fun, intense, loving... actually, I'm not really sure how to explain it. haha I do know that it has had the biggest and most lasting affect on my life. Whether I was a camper, on work crew, running the ropes course, or leading some crazy (but amazing) middle schoolers... Younglife has constantly furthered and strengthened my relationship with Jesus Christ.

Today, God has brought me to work at an orphanage in Titanyen, Haiti and my passion for Younglife is just as strong. Through prayer, club planning, and a lot of trying to explain the awesomeness of Younglife to my fellow staff, Mission of Hope had its first "Jenn Vi" last night. While it was a blast, we have a long way to go.

As I continue to work out the kinks and try to get a scheduled bi-weekly club planned, please keep this growing Jenn Vi in your prayers.

With Younglife love from Haiti,
Abby

P.S. I am so bummed that I don't have any pics from this great night to share with you. As I get more organized, I hope to find the time to document our next club!

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

blog post for Mission of Hope!

I just wrote a new blog post for the Mission of Hope website!

Check it out HERE!

Thursday, March 3, 2011

Beach Day!

Last week, I got to enjoy yet another beach day in this beautiful country with 24 of my amazing kids! Every month, I try to reward my students who have perfect attendance, with a trip to somewhere great! This month, we headed to the beach. So great!