Sunday, January 17, 2010

Love, joy, peace, PATIENCE

Tempers are wearing thin among our QCS community, and we are the most fortunate people for far around. One teacher has a staph infection. Another was evac'ed today after coming down with typhoid.

What a FRUSTRATING day! Why are the journalists here first? Why do the US govt and UN spend their time fighting, letting aid sit wasted at the airport, while literally tens of thousands are dying? We know they are here, we see dozens of helicopters flying over each day...

A few more single female teachers left today to be evac'ed, along with some more families with kids. Pray that we know when/if to evac. There are many factors to consider - it is very expensive to be evac'ed by the government - way more than a commercial flight. They evac flight will take us to Santo Domingo, DR, not the US, so it would take several more flights to get home. We can be used here- maybe. We speak no Creole, don't know the city, and aren't medical personnel - are we taking up resources that the dying need now? But God brought us to this country, to this place at this time, for a purpose - what's that purpose? What would we do if we went back to the states - sit? We sold all our things, quit our jobs, gave up our home.... Will school open in Febuary? March? This year? If there are very few students, the director has communicated clearly that not all staff will be needed for a skeleton curriculum smashed into a few weeks or months at that point - 75% percent of our classes are electives...... We just don't know what to do.

Tomorrow we will go back to Quisqueya Chapel to work at the medical clinic. Ben and I are excited to be used, to be hands-on serving again, to weep with those who mourn and to comfort the hurting. Perhaps I've just got a bad attitude because I am hungry.... we're on "one meal a day" rations. We had our meal already - beans and rice, plus orange juice. I did get a full night's sleep last night, that was a blessing...

Pray against looting. Pray for aid to MOVE. Pray for God to move, most of all.


No. matter. what.



  1. We are all so proud and inspired by what you and Ben are doing- What the Lord is doing through you and using you for. I cant imagine how hope gets worn down in a place like that. We had a great time of pray for yall this morning at Central. God is using you for awesome awesome things. I love you both and am praying constanly!

  2. You're making a difference.

    Leave when you think you can no longer physically, emotionally or spiritually provide comfort to those in need.

    God bless you guys!

  3. Katie and Ben, My heart is breaking for you and everyone there. I wish there was something we could do. We will keep the prayers coming for strength and wisdom. You both are amazing and I am thankful you are there to help where you can. Be safe! Love you both, Rhonda

  4. Oh sweet Katie, I am so sorry it has been a hard day. We prayed for you this morning in Central. We prayed that God would give you peace, wisdom, strength, and discernment. We also prayed that God would move in a mighty way. That you and Ben would be His hands, would speak His words of love and encouragement, would show His unfailing love to the people of Haiti. We continue to pray for you!! PLEASE let us know if there is anything we can do!!

    Love you!!

  5. Joshua 1:9
    "Have I not commanded you? Be strong and couragous. Do not be terrified; do not be discouraged, for the LORD your God will be with you wherever you go."

    Love and prayers to you both. I am overwhelmingly proud of you and know that God will use this for His glory.

  6. Katie, I do not know you but found you through the Dallas Morning News. Just reading your blog, it is so apparent that you are doing GOD'S work. You are in my thoughts and prayers!!! Both you and Ben are so grounded - it humbles me greatly to read your blog. How blessed the people in Haiti are to have you both there - God is watching over you!!!

  7. Katie and Ben,
    Do not be discouraged! Your strength comes from the Lord! Maybe you can take heart from some of the scripture we read in Central this morning when praying for you and for Haiti:

    For he has not despised or disdained the suffering of the afflicted one; he has not hidden his face from him but has listened to his cry for help. He raises the poor from the dust and lifts the needy from the ash heap… Surely he will save you from the deadly pestilence. He will cover you with his feathers, and under his wings you will find refuge; his faithfulness will be your shield and rampart. You will not fear the terror of night, nor the arrow that flies by day, nor the pestilence that stalks in the darkness, nor the plague that destroys at midday. Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified… for the LORD your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you. (Psalm 22:24, 113:7, 91; Deuteronomy 31:6)

    We would never question your decision to return if you do, but I want to be one encourage you to remember your call and listen to the Holy Spirit's nudgings, even if they go counter to common sense. I remember the passion in your voices when you spoke of your call to go... just read your own side bar here! :) Whatever you decide, we fully support you!

    We love you and are praying for wisdom for you... and also for the aid to miraculously have no more obstacles getting to the people who need it! I'll be praying that your bellies feel full even when they are not, and that your energy is there even when you are frustrated and rest is little!

    Check out Jenny Simmons blog for another great perspective on our call to sacrificial living (that you two are living out right now!!!)

    Love you both!

  8. I too read about you through the Dallas Morning News. I'm sorry you are going throught his. My prayers are with you.

  9. "Thank you God for this couple who are yoked together serving you! Protect them, fill them with your presence, energize them with the power of your Holy Spirit. Let them experience your miracles dear Jesus. Oh Lord, we know you are in control. May they see the face of Jesus as they minister to each person. I ask that Ben and Katie take hold of Is. 41:10 "Do not fear for I am with you. Do not be dismayed for I am your God. I will stregthen you and help you and uphold you with my righteous right hand." AMEN!

    From My Heart to Yours,

    Carla McDougal
    The Woodlands, TX

  10. Dearest Ben & Katie,
    that little prayer group that has prayed for you through the years is huddled around a computer, clinging to all that you have written. We have all prayed every day and most hourly for you both! We love you and are more proud of you than you will ever know. So thankful for God's anointing in your lives! Thankful for his provision and protection over you---we all know that our God is mighty and with you in a powerful way! May your light shine brightly as you minister, may God's words that you treasure be whispered to the depths as your souls as encouragement as you walk through incredible times. Oh the stories we will share when you come home for a break...trusting God to be with you both, he promises that you know.
    To God be the GLORY!
    your prayer warriors--mom, sarah, donna, and robbie

  11. "That is why we never give up! Though are bodies are dying, our spirits are being renewed day by day. For our present troubles are small and won't last very long. Yet they produce for us a GLORY THAT VASTLY OUTWEIGHS THEM AND WILL LAST FOREVER! So we don't look at the troubles we can see now; rather, we fix our gaze on things that cannot be seen..." ~2nd Cor. 4:16-18

    Katie and Ben,
    Continued prayers for you both, your team, the aid coming in, and all in Haiti. I am trusting GOD, who is able to do infinitely more than I could ask or think! (Ephesians 3:20) Love you guys! Continue to fight the good fight!

  12. I'm here from the DMN link, too. I've also been so upset at how slow everything has been! And I'm not even there, like you are. All I can say is, hang in there. You look the kind of people whose smile and touch would be like a healing balm. God bless you...

  13. Katie and Ben:
    Brianna and I have been praying for you since I heard about the quake. I know that God needs you there right now and am glad that you are so willing to be used by Him. I will continue to pray for you and watch your blog so I can pray appropriately. You will receive a special crown for your work there to present to Jesus in the last days. Thanks for your service to the Lord.

    Small world story: I went to high school with Carla McDougal who posted earlier. Didn't know she even knew of you.

    Shawn Blagowsky

  14. You guys are a blessing. I don't know the details of how possible this is, but I encourage you to stay there and keep shinning the light God has placed in your hearts.
    Praying for you in Greece...

  15. “Right Place is a grace, not a space.”

    You are loved.

  16. You guys are exactly where you need to be. We have been praying for you constantly and we know that this is why God sent you over there. Your love and compassion for the people of Haiti is a testimony to the entire world and you will be used everyday. We miss you all so much but we admire what you are doing. May the Lord continue to strengthen you everyday.

  17. Ben and Katie, I am so proud of both you. I am praying for grace under pressure, wisdom for the moment, and courage to follow the still small voice. There is a purpose in this experience and a peace that passes all understanding. Thanks for being the hands and feet of Jesus. Be safe and may the Lord Bless and keep you; may he cause his face to shine upon you; and may he give you peace.

  18. Katie and Ben,
    Know that we are continuously praying for you and the work God has for you in Haiti. Thank you for being Jesus to a world in need. Thank you for posting so that we better know how to pray for you and your ministry. We love you guy so much!

  19. thank you so much for all of your work, on christ's behalf, in and ben are my new heros!
    fort worth, texas



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