Monday, January 18, 2010

Is there a Chick-fil-A in Port?

Sure there is a lot of serious business going on here, but I am trying to not lose my sense of humor. As Jimmy Buffett said, "If we couldn't laugh we would all go insane"

We moved out of our apartment and in to the school for the foreseeable future. While we were waiting for a truck to come get us Katie and I started singing. At first it was just Amazing Grace, but then it became our favorite Pat Green and Stoney LaRue songs. We two stepped around our apartment to Take Me Out To a Dance Hall. I laughed so hard I cried. It was the first time I have cried since Tuesday. There like I said, there isn't much to laugh at here but I am trying to do my best.

I am really hungry, I was driving around Port today and say lots of live stock. I immediately weighed the pros and cons of slaughtering that animal and bar-b-queing it. Really. There is tons of tomato paste here, there are hot peppers and some molasses. I could make a sauce, there is charcoal all over this city. It shouldn't be too hard.

We worked at Q Chapel again today. Katie helped treat wounds while I monitored the crowds and carried wounded on a stretcher, my very own M*A*S*H moment. I have finally seen some of the CNN coverage. It is as bad as they are saying closer to downtown, but we are doing well. Not to much violence and looting but we are all steeling ourselves for it.

I wanted to take a moment to thank again, everyone who has commented, donated, or just provided encouragement to us. There are days that all we emotionally survive on are your encouragement. Really thank you.


  1. Okay, I've already posted a comment once today, but I figure if you're reading them and getting any encouragement, then it's okay to post again. I just keep your blog up and hit refresh when I sit down at the computer to see if you've updated again. :)

    The pictures below just make me smile and then cry at the same time. I'm so thankful that they were able to get some treatment, yet so sorrowful for their injuries and all of the MANY who are still needing treatment, while mourning, too. And those orphans! I SO wish we could scoop them up and bring them home. I wish there was an easy way to collect some toys and just bring them down there tomorrow!!! and of course food and everything else they need!
    ... and you need!
    I'm so sorry you're going hungry, too! God will sustain you, I know he will!

    Ben, I'm glad for your humor. And glad you could sing and dance to releive the pressure you're under. Keep it up! It'll help you cope!I know it's really rough, but rejoice in the Lord through it all. There is still so much to be thankful for. He is faithful!!

    We continue to pray, pray, pray.
    We love you!

  2. As another devoted reader, Thank yall for sharing all of this with us. I have been so amazed by the numbers of comments and where they are coming from. I hope it is some encouragement to you to know that you have a growing, faithful team of prayer warriors in this journey.
    Keep laughing and singing and dancing. I'm glad yall had a chance to escape if only a second.
    Yall are doing such an amazing thing and I think God knew just what he was doing when he gave you this idea so many months ago.
    Love you both and We are all praying for you!!

  3. Dear Ben and Katie,

    My son, Frank just told me a few weeks ago about your plans to go to Haiti. As soon as I heard about the quake you and the people of Haiti have been in my prayers.
    You and the others who are helping the victims are there because God sent his best people to be there in their greatest time of need. As a teacher and as a mom, I am very proud of both of you.
    God bless you.
    Shari Barat

  4. Ben/Katie, Bless your hearts. We are crying and praying with you. I pray that you guys feel overwhelming power, strength, and peace. We love you guys -- Gayle, Clark, Miles, Anastasija, Olivia, and Beverly

  5. Katie and Ben,
    You're blog is so challenging and encouraging. Thank you for being faithful and for setting an example to believers everywhere. Thank you for truly trusting in a Sovreign God who will be glorified. Praying for you both and for the people in Haiti and praying that God will heal and comfort and provide peace that surpasses understanding. Love you guys! The LORD will fight for you, you need only to be still. Exodus 14:14

    Love, Ruth (and Paul)

  6. We love you Ben and Katie. Say strong. I remember our laughing that first night - you have to laugh.

  7. My wife and I are from the Dallas area and have been following your blog every day since we found out about it through the Dallas Morning News. We are praying for you both, and are encouraged in the faith to see how you are continuing to follow the Father throughout the face of adversity. I think Psalm 23 definately applies to you right now! Even though we have never met, we love you as our brother and sister in Christ!

  8. Ben/Katie, would donating to your PayPal help in any way right now? Or does the money get caught up in a distribution cycle that can take a while to reach you? (Not that it would be any less helpful weeks or months from now, just wondering how quickly it can be of help.)

    Mike Mayberry sent me this link. I pray for you two and for all the people in your pictures and in Haiti. I read the blog backwards and was crying and praying for the little boy with the head injuries, then was so happy to keep reading and see that he received care. :)

  9. Katie and Ben - I am praying and praying for y'all. Love you both so much.

  10. Ben and Katie,

    I am reading this with tears in my eyes. I am so proud of you both!! Keep up the good work, they are so lucky to have you there.

    Much love and many prayers for you and all the people of Haiti!


  11. Ah, Ben. I love the contrast between your stories and Katie's. They both touch my soul in different ways. But yes, I am laughing with you and I glad you have each other to laugh with :) Much love, Sarah Roberts

  12. keep up the good spirits ya'll! I know you can do it! love you! ~caro

  13. Thank you for sharing your experiences here ~ it is incredibly inspiring to see people staying strong throughout the turmoil ~ Thank you for doing what you're doing, I will keep you, as I keep Haiti, in my thoughts and prayers ~


  14. many prayers are coming from my heart. though we were friends in passing during our time at baylor, you and your dear husband have been near my every thought this past week. i am frightened/challenged/encouraged/amazed/humbled/excited by your honesty in writing and your passion to serve those who have nothing. thank the Lord you have hope to offer them. i am led to pray the lyrics by Shane and Shane you posted not long ago...

    Oh the devil’s singing over me
    An age old song
    That I am cursed and gone astray
    Singing the first verse so conveniently
    He’s forgotten the refrain
    Jesus saves!

    His saving power is the only thing we can look to at this time.

    again, many prayers,

    Celina Byrd

  15. Justin, thanks for reading. Yes our Pay Pal account is totally ours and 100% of the funds go to us. The hang up is that right now we cannot get to a bank. No banks work in Haiti right now. They will in a week or so and then we will have access to all of our funds.

  16. Ben and Katie,
    I read today that when you are praying and you don't see the answer coming right away, just thank Him for the answers that He has set in motion even if we can't see them. It keeps us from repeating the need over and over again and keeps us focused on the fact that He will answer. We are praying for you constantly.
    Tonya Ray



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