Monday, 10 June 2019

One week later

We made it to Dublin last Monday at lunch time where they were some very happy cousins waiting for the boys.  Thank you for your prayers, the boys were great during all of the travel.  Jacob slept on both flights but was a little unsettled on the second flight, wriggling around during his sleep but once we lay him down on the floor at our feet he was fast asleep for the rest of the flight.

Sam takes flying very seriously.
Its funny the things that have been standing out to us since being home, here are just a few of them..... the water from the tap is so cold, smooth roads, blending in, the variety of food, how simple driving feels,  the fruit is so good as is the chocolate, no mosquitoes,  the smell of the laundry, the easiness of lunchtime and putting hoodies and jeans on your kids makes them look at least a year older.

It is even more interesting to listen to the boys talk and then have answer so many questions!

Bangor has a lot of neighbours.
Why are the roads smooth in Bangor? Who looks after the roads?
Why does the government of Haiti not look after the roads, do they just sit around on their chairs all day doing nothing?
What is a speed limit? Why does Haiti not have speed limits? Are you driving the speed limit?
A green light! I love green lights, I love this hill, I love this bridge.......that's Joel he loves everything!
Is it always cold in Bangor?
What are the lines on the side of the road?
Why is it still bright at bed time?
I see its morning time outside. (it was 4.30am)
Mummy I see it says slow on the road but why did you go zooming by (I was doing 30 mph!)

They are really enjoying seeing their cousins and friends and playing at the park, especially Jacob who has been on a slide and a roundabout for his first time and doesn't want to get off.

My best friend has three boys just about the same age as my boys,
add in cousins (both boys) its pretty wild when they are altogether!

We are so thankful to have a house to stay in which is right across the road from a park and our town library where Bill has been working. He is starting on preparation for next semester as well as working on his registrar duties.

We left Haiti one week ago and it feels a million miles away, life is just so different and just so hard.  And if its hard for us who do have running water, electricity, food, clothes and are able to send our boys to school then it is a million times harder for most people in Haiti.  And things are particularly difficult right now.

Protests started again yesterday to try to get the president to step down, these protests continued into today and are rumoured to continue the rest of the week.  I just spoke with Altidor tonight and she told me that food continues to get more and more expensive, that many people are going hungry.  The value of the Haitian gourde continues to fall against the American dollar and life is just getting more and more difficult.

There were protests in Cap Haitian today and some of our clinic staff could not get to work.  So once again we're asking you to pray for Haiti.  The problems are sometimes so overwhelming that we're not even sure what to pray for.

Here are a few requests:

Pray for the political situation to become stable.
Pray that the value of the gourde would stabilise.
Pray for wisdom for Haiti's leaders and government.
Pray for safety for our clinic staff and Emmaus staff as they attempt to get to and from work.
Pray for Christians to be salt and light in these very difficult circumstances.

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