Saturday, March 5, 2011

Update from Phyllis Schmid

It has been awhile since you’ve heard from us.  The 3 work teams have come and gone and as expected it was a busy but profitable time.  Sam’s home is done, Jean Robert’s home was worked on and the faculty office building is over ¾ done.  The remaining work is mostly carpentry (hanging doors and putting in windows, etc.).  Anyone interested, please contact us.  J  A note of praise:  We had asked you to pray for Sam’s salvation and he did pray with one of our Haitian leaders to receive Christ as his savior.  Praise the Lord!!!  Pray for his personal growth in the weeks ahead.

David, Bruce and the 4 top administrators of STEP were in Florida for a leadership conference.  All of them returned on the 28th and David came home on March 4th.  They all said it was a very profitable time and exciting to see how God is moving and leading in the world.  David stayed an additional 4 days to help take care of his sister, Joanne’s, needs with paperwork, etc.  She is in severe congestive heart failure and only has 25% function of her heart.  She was very grateful for his help and just to be able to spend time with him.  Pray for her as at this point she is living in her own small apartment near friends and her church but financially may need to move elsewhere.  David also worked on arrangements for 2 containers to come down – one with a front loader and other construction supplies and one with hospital beds for a clinic in Port-au-Prince. 

Lois Beadle has spent some time with me while David was gone.  She is involved in teacher training seminars with CEF on the north coast and came with lots of projects to do.  She, Cindy and I did get some movie and game times in and some just chatting time.  J  I thank God for the friends and coworkers He has given me. 

This is Mardi Gras weekend in Haiti and the celebrating and noise is already reaching high levels at night.  Monday and Tuesday will be bad and then hopefully Wednesday things will quiet down.  Then we start with “Rara” which continues until Easter. 

March has finally arrived.  I hope maybe some of you at least have begun to see signs of spring.  Our weather is beginning to change but still cools down nicely at night.  I dread the heat and humidity returning full force but that is the way it goes.  We also will begin to receive rains which makes everything come to life again

All for today.

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