Since my last post, there have been many steps forward toward my move at the end of the summer. Firstly, I met with Rachel Montgomery, who has been serving at the Mission of Hope for the past 3 years in the Hope House (orphanage). She was home for a month and it was such a blessing to get together with her. She has such a passion and excitement for everything happening at the mission, and her enthusiasm is contagious! I am so thankful for her already and know that we will become great friends during my time in Haiti.
The next big thing that took place was the accumulation and shipment of my first load of furniture/school supplies/etc. to the Mission of Hope. A few Sundays ago, we traveled as a family to the van der Mark's home in Carlisle to drop off the load. It is our hope that everything will be there when I arrive in a number of weeks! And I have a cool story about our trip... The evening we drove to the van der Marks, we began to see thick dark clouds in the sky toward the direction we were heading, and I began to prepare myself for all of my stuff getting drenched in the open trunk bed behind us. But amazingly, we just kept driving and we remained dry. Even though we headed directly into the storm, the Lord sheltered us. With His blessing, we made it all the way to the van der Mark's house and unpacked all of my materials without getting wet!!! When we arrived in Carlisle the roads were soaked and Laurens and Cheryl said that the rain had stopped only minutes before we arrived... and less than half an hour later when everything had been loaded into the garage, the rain started again. It was quite evident to all of us that the Lord was on our side! Isn't that awesome!?