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Spring Update from Haiti

July 12, 2013

Dear Friends & Family,

We had a wonderful Christmas trip back to the States and have now been back in Jubilee for a little over a month. Coming back has been wonderful …. the girls have really embraced living here and are jumping into learning Creole more than ever, Brian has started up the house project again, and I have started an English class with some of the women (+ 2 men) in Jubilee. 

Brian is finishing up the last 7 houses he has left to build with the Cross International grant. He just finished 3 houses since we have been back. One of them we built for Leila, a single mom with 3 kids who had no house. Watching her excitement as she received the key and was cleaning out her new home and hanging a curtain on the door was priceless.

I started my English class with 15 ladies and 2 men here in Jubilee. They all work with Kathy making marketable art and selling it through the website and to the teams we have come in. They are a really talented and creative bunch. They wanted to learn English so that they can speak with the people coming in on the teams. We have been having class 2 days a week for 2 weeks now. 

Homeschool is going well. I think we are finally finding our groove about ½ ways through the school year. It has been interesting to teach our kids and see the different ways in which they learn. The girls have also made friends with some of the little Haitian girls and occasionally have them to our house to do their nails. Brad has been our resident sports coordinator scheduling basketball games and Frisbee for us all to play. They are doing well, and Emma and Kara are doing great at learning to speak Creole. 

We have had many teams come in over the last month, and they will continue into summer. It has been great meeting so many new people and sharing our love for Jubilee with them. A guy on one of teams who was a Marine taught us ladies self-defense. It was a great time trying the moves and the best time was seeing Emma able to take down Brian. It was priceless!

So over all things are going very well, however it is at times heavy and frustrating. Especially for Brian because so many people come to him with requests for money, food, houses, etc. 

Our house is slowly coming along; we still need things such as dressers and kitchen cabinets built, so once again it gets to us after a while. However, I’m reminded of all those that don’t have even the basics of what we have and it causes me to cry out to Jesus that I be content in all things. One of the main things we need is a bigger solar panel and new charge controller for it. We have bought some, but they are not enough to fully charge our batteries to run our invertor. As we come upon the hotter season soon, we need more to be able to power fans all night and computers most of the day. 

Love,  

Cody

 

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