In the first week, we did something that I will do for any and all future breaks: not leave the house for two days. Literally. Not one errand, not one lunch date. We are hoping to correct the unwise insane schedule we created for ourselves last summer, and the resulting crazy emotional wrecks we became. So far, so good.
The first week home, we saw a few friends, took it easy, and watched Mavs playoff basketball. I visited a lovely counselor to try to get to work on this anxiety thing. We spoke at Fellowship White Rock, which is the church where we have our a-may-zing small group. Ben asked the pastor, our friend Gabe, for five minutes. He said "take the whole thirty"! So we did. We told stories of the Haitian students we love, the struggles they have faced, the whole crazy story of how we got to Haiti. We still tell the basic earthquake story. When do we stop doing that? Is that the defining moment of our ministry? Our lives?
|Miquette celebrating her birthday with a cupcake. Best part: tiger on top.|
The second week we are hosting our dear, dear friend Miquette! Miquette is the founder of TeacHaiti, and she is here in Dallas for a week. Her main purpose is to thank First Baptist Richardson, the church where Ben and I have grown up, for doing a change drive last summer that raised enough money to sponsor 22 children in her ministry. Fun fact: the change drive was entirely put on by the preschool, children's, and youth ministries. Thousands and thousands of dollars in change from children- it put 22 Haitian kids in school for a year, wearing their tie-dye uniforms and eating heaping portions of beans and rice with a smile each day! She also wanted to spur the church on to continue this great work, since the Vacation Bible School where most of the money came from last year starts again tomorrow. That's right folks.... bring back the M&M costumes.
In addition to Miquette thanking FBC Richardson in the service today and being at VBS tomorrow, we've gotten to take her to sushi, Tex-Mex, and lunch with some friends who are pastors or marketing/website people and might want to connect with what she's doing. We got to have a couple over for dinner who are sponsoring a child every single month in 2011. Oh yes, that's 12 kids. We also had a barbecue with our small group on Wednesday and a reception at my parents' house on Thursday. Whew. Big week. But this is one week I was willing to be super busy, because I want to give everything I can- money, sure, but also all my connections, all my talented friends, and all my "put people together and see what God will inspire".
Will you join me in praying for this coming week, for Vacation Bible School at First Baptist Richardson? Twenty two kids got to go to school this past year because of VBS 2010. I hope to see even more at the TeacHaiti School of Hope on the first day of the 2011-2012 school year, as a direct result of what happens in the next five days.
Also: Sic 'em Mavs. Champs! That is all.