Happy Fall! You want to know the funny thing about fall in the Caribbean? It looks pretty dang similar to winter, spring, and just a bit cooler than summer. So we sit, sweat, and dream of Pumpkin Lattes, candy corn, and falling leaves. On a happier note, it has started raining in Gonaives! Since I moved here in 2012, we have had very little precipitation. It bring me such joy to watch clouds roll in and cool the earth off about 2 or 3 times a week!
With the changing of seasons tends to come other change. I am happy to announce that Chris & I will be moving to Cap Haitien! This is a city about 3 hours north of Gonaives where I will be starting a job as Programme Manager for a UK-based organization called Haiti Hospital Appeal (check out the link!). We are insanely excited for a new chapter in our lives in Haiti- as well as sad to be leaving friends and neighbors in Gonaives.
This city we are leaving will always be close to our hearts. It is where we first lived in a third world country. It is where we fell in love, where we spent our first year of marriage. Where I first experienced being exposed to tear gas. Where Chris became a University professor. It also contains some of my favorite people.
Gonaives is a place that is considered, even for Haiti, to be an undesirable place to live. When we travel & tell people that is where we live, their response is typically, "Why?" But it has the best bakery in Haiti. Better power than Port au Prince. And is home to some of the most rambunctious, resilient, and amazing people.
Transition can be hard. As we gear up to move next month, my calming reminder comes from the Jesus Storybook Bible.
"All day they listened to stories about the wonderful things God has done for his people. How he made the world. How he gave a promise to Abraham. How he rescued them from slavery. How he spoke to Moses and showed them how to live. How he brought them to a special land. How he rescued them- no matter what, time after time, over and over again- because of his Never Stopping, Never Giving Up, Unbreaking, Always and Forever Love."
So we are remembering the stories of what wonderful things God has done for us during our time in Gonaives. We remember that He is a Never Stopping, Never Giving Up, Unbreaking, Always and Forever God.
|Photo Credit- Becca Brooks|
"Oh, it's delightful to have ambitions. I'm so glad I have such a lot. And there never seems to be any end to them- that's the best of it. Just as soon as you attain to one ambition you see another one glittering higher up still. It does make life so interesting.
-Anne of Green Gables, L.M. Montgomery-