We are “safe” back in the states as of now. We arrived last Saturday just 2 days after the robbery in our home. We are still greatly shaken up by this latest ordeal. Maria and I have a lot of anxiety that just sits like a rock in our stomach. We covet your prayers. Isabela is doing well, so it seems, but we just want to make sure that she is being fully cared for and want her to have the opportunity to heal as well. She looks very strong on the outside, and perhaps her innocence has protected her from the level of anxiety that Maria and I have, but nonetheless we want to make sure that she is being well cared for and has her own way of processing and healing. Thank the Lord, baby Jake is doing great. He nursed throughout the entire robbery and I don’t think he was affected by anything.
So, here is where we are at and what we are doing…
First, we just need some respite. We need to be away from family and friends for now, and just be alone as a family so that we can process all that has happened and take a time to decompress. We are really wound up right now. So, we are staying at an undisclosed location so that we can just try to relax and let some of the initial stress let up.
After this, we will be seeking out some trauma counseling for our family. We are looking into options right now and are praying that the Lord will lead us to the place that will be most effective for our issues to be addressed. We appreciate your prayers.
After counseling, we will then visit with friends and family as I’m sure that there are many who just want to hug us and see that we are okay. But the truth is that right now we are not okay. And that is why we need to do counseling first before we see people.
The ministry in Haiti still continues even though we are stateside. We have staff on the ground that are doing a great job continuing to minister the love of Jesus to the people through our sponsorship program, discipleship program, orphan care, etc. So, thank you all for your continued giving to make a difference in the lives of many.
Everything that we are doing is in full support of our mission board. We are thankful for their love, support, and godly counsel.
Please continue to pray for us as we seek this time of healing and further direction for our family and ministry. Yes, we are hurting. Yes, we are broken. But God is still on His throne. He still reigns. He still pours out His love on the most undeserving. Yet He is just in everything He does. We don’t have to retaliate and take vengeance in our anger, for the Lord Himself said that vengeance belongs to Him. he will be the One to repay for the evil that was committed against us and the other missionaries. We need not fear. He is in control. He is good. And His message still burns in our hearts. And our desire is still to reach the nations with the message of such love, grace, and truth. So please pray for us during this time.
You all have been so supportive of us and we are so thankful to have such great friends who stand with us through the difficult trials that we have endured. As I often state in our newsletters and email updates with regards to the work of the ministry, “we couldn’t do this without you”, I state today just as emphatically in regards to where we’re at and the time of healing that we need, “we couldn’t do this without you.” So, thanks so much for standing along side of us and lifting us up in prayer. You are much appreciated. God bless you.