Sunday, August 31, 2008

A missionary from Haiti’s call for help following hurricane’s destruction

I  feel like Nehemiah when he heard of the destruction of Jerusalem, and he was in a foreign land. I am in Port au Prince, Haiti but the villages in the areas where we have churches are in dire need. What little they had, is now taken away!! (At this writing my husband, is still stranded in the village due to washed away bridges.) Every village where we have planted a church has been damaged by the hurricane. All the roads to these villages have been destroyed. The roads and bridges need to be rebuilt or repaired.  Marche Kabrit has no water. The water source has been destroyed. We need to get food (bags of rice, corn, beans) to the people. Right now they are eating the animals that have died during Hurricane, and the fruit from the fallen trees.
This is an email from a missionary serving in Haiti, which was struck by Hurricane Fay and now Gustav. These are the some of the desperate needs Agape Flights exists to meet. More than 50 people were killed after tropical storm Gustav struck Haiti on August 26. Please keep the missionaries, the Haitian and Dominican people and Agape Flights in your prayers.

Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Danny is safely in NY!

Danny arrived safely in upstate NY on Sunday. The families within the church body, affilated with the school, offer housing for the bible college students. I love that! He is staying with a family, the Banks, who have adult children. Danny said it was a lot like being at the Peters house in NC. They are the family that the boys stayed with to finish out the school year when Dan and I headed to Venice. He said it gets to around 40 degrees in the morning and he wants his parka and anything Please pray for him. That he would have godly discernment, that he would desire God's will above all else and that he would drive carefully in the snow...make that at all times.
Well I am off to the grocery store, Jack is making dinner tonight. I decided after his brother gave himself food poisoning, that Jack making dinner once a week would be a good life skill. He is making Quesadillas and chips. Ole!

Friday, August 22, 2008

Soccer has started.

Tonight was Jack's first soccer game of the year...and it poured for more than half of the game. In the pictures above you can see that Jack, and Dan are soaked. In the third photo you can see the beautiful rainbow that followed the rains. Jack's team lost 6- 0. I think there are 5 high schoolers and the rest are 6th - 8th graders, but they are playing as a varsity team. Jack was goalie and gave it everything he had. We are praying for a much drier game next Friday. God bless!

Tuesday, August 19, 2008

August 19, 2008

Hurricane/tropical storm Fay came inland about 25 miles south of us. So all we experienced was a little gusty winds. Thank you Lord!
I (Kate) went to the hangar with Dan today and while he worked I cleaned the kitchen/staff dining area. I also helped the Cargo Manager/Pilot, Jeff Yannucceillo, load the plane for tomorrows run to Haiti & the DR. It was very interesting...the airplane we are currently using, a Cessna Chancellor 414, has a cargo hold in the nose and one in each wing, I was not aware of that, it adds quite a bit of usable load space.
Thank you to everyone who prayed for us during Fay's visit to the gulf coast of Florida. We appreciate it!

Monday, August 18, 2008

August 18, 2008

The first day of school and our first hurricane warning. It looks like Hurricane Fay may come for a visit. The second day of school has been deemed a hurricane day. When I saw on the school calendar they had hurricane days rather than snow days I laughed. We escaped last year untouched, Praise God! Please pray for the areas that are hit by Fay. For anyone watching this unfold Venice is locate about half way between the 2 indented areas on the gulf coast of Florida. (Fort Myers and St Pete/Tampa). Our plans are currently up in the air. We may go inland to stay with some friends but are unsure as of right now. We'll keep you posted.

Friday, August 15, 2008

August 15, 2008

Today is the last day of summer. Monday Jack goes back to will not be too long before he too will be off to college. This summer was entirely too brief. I really enjoyed spending some one-on-one time with Jack this summer. It was wonderful to have our whole family together also. Danny is safely back in SC. Please keep us in your prayers as we continue to engage our personal ministry team. To those of you who are a part of our team...we can't thank you enough. We appreciate your faithfulness and we keep you and yours in our prayers. Hope everyone else is doing well this crazy time of year. God bless!

Wednesday, August 13, 2008

August 13, 2008

Where has the time gone?

Dan and Danny will be heading to St. Petersburg later this afternoon. Today is the day that Danny leaves us. We have enjoyed having our little family together.
Danny will spend a few weeks in beautiful Greenville, SC and then head to Farmington, NY for soccer camp which begins on the 25th. He has been hired(?) as the varsity soccer coach (he will be just a litttle bit older than his at Calvary Chapel Christian School of the Finger Lakes. God is blessing Danny and growing him. Please pray with us that Danny would have good freshman year and seek after Him always.
Dan got to fly right seat (aka co-pilot) last week on the run to Haiti and the D.R. and was able to spend the night with John, Sarah and Evie Neisen in Santo Domingo. He enjoyed the flight experience and the fellowship with our friends. Dan reports that it looks as though the King Air 90 twin-engine plane will arrive in Venice in 2 weeks, Lord willing.
The woman who owns our house, Margaret, has to put our house on the the market. I am hoping it sells for her sake but not so much for This week I get to go through and get our house ready to show to the realtor and any perspective buyers. It will be a good to time to purge some of our belongings in preparation for our deployment to the Dominican Republic.
On August 2nd Jack turned 16, it was nice that we could all be together. Jack started soccer practice this week and is going to play goalie. He is eager to get back to school and sports. He is hoping that he gets to stay at HCA at least through the basketball season.God has been working in Jack in awesome ways this summer. Please pray with us that Jack would have a good junior year and seek after Him always.

Friday, August 8, 2008

We are back home now. Our oldest son, Danny, is home for 10 days then he goes back to Greenville SC, and then in September onto Calvary Chapel Bible College in upstate New York...Brrrrrr. I am sure he will look forward to visiting us in either sunny Florida or the D.R.

We are enjoying our whole family being together again. Dan is busy at the hangar as usual and I am tying up end of summer /new school year loose ends. I will be going to the Dominican Republic September 5th through the 15th to be of any assistance I can to John and Sarah Neisen (Baby Ransom is due on the 11th). Jack is getting ready to start a new school year on the 18th at Heritage Christian Academy and is getting geared up to start soccer camp next week. He will be one of 4 or 5 juniors...the senior class is currently one girl. It is a very small school.