Moving forward…

Just wanted to give an update to all those millions (cough cough) who view my blog…ok…thousands…ok, so maybe its just a few…hundred:)

Anyway, we are excited about our upcoming move to Haiti and we continue to move forward in getting ourselves prepared.  Our hope is that we will be in Haiti by the Fall of next year.  I know that seems to be a far way off, but there are a lot of things that need to get done to make such a big move, therefore that time will be necessary, and I’m sure it will come before I know it.

We have recently sold off our bedroom set and our living room set, since we are getting ready to move to Asheville, NC to a home that is fully furnished.  Therefore, our home is pretty empty right now, and all of us are enjoying our family time on our mattress that sits on the floor in our empty room.  This will be fun for the next 2 months.  We are really excited though because with the sale of our furniture, we were able to pay down some debt, which gets us better prepared to move to Haiti when the Lord calls us.

We also have been doing a course called “Chronological Bible Storying” as one of the requirements that our sending church asks of the missionaries that they support.  It has been a good course to learn about how to share the Word of God to non-literate cultures.  And Haiti certainly falls in the category of non-literate as almost half the population is illiterate.  So, the course has been good so far.

In January, we will be going through the “Crown Financial” course with a local church here.  This is also another requirement that our sending church asks of its missionaries.  We are very excited to go through this course and learn better ways of glorifying God through the resources that He has given us.

I’m learning Creole as much as possible, but there aren’t a lot of language study courses (such as Rosetta Stone, Fluenz, etc) that offer Creole.  Right now, I am listening to Audio CD’s of “Pimsleur’s learn to speak Creole”.  It is pretty basic, and seems to teach Creole for the traveler, therefore I’m definitely equipped now should we get lost in Haiti and I need to ask how to find Jean-Jaques De Saline Boulevard.  Needless to say, I hope to find some better resources soon.

We are all excited about Christmas tomorrow.  This is the first year that we have a tree (thanks to Maria’s friend who loaned us a tree and ornaments).  The girls are loving it.  All day, they sit by it, play near it, dance in front of it.  And tomorrow, they will open up presents under it.  It is such a joy to see my 2 little daughters get so excited about Christmas.  Maria and I already have our matching gifts for each other neatly wrapped and placed under the tree.  I can’t tell you what they are yet…you’ll just have to wait until after Christmas…ok…I’ll give you a hint…it is something that will keep us in “touch” with American culture while we are in Haiti.  Can you guess what it is?