So its been a while
I apologize. Blogging has been on a back burner recently.
But, alas, I am back.
And I’ll start by telling you a story:
Last month, we had a friend in town from Haiti – Renette. A woman in her late 20’s who runs an orphanage. Not only is she a mother herself, to a two year old cutie-pa-tutie, but she helps to raise, love and support 40 other children. Her husband Jackson started the Maranatha house over 7 years ago, when he was just 25. Called by God to do something about the devastation after a hurricane ripped through the country.
Ncompass – a Portland based non profit, has partnered with Jackson for around 5 years, and has been fully supporting him and his efforts for over 2 now. Each fall, we’ve flown Jackson out to meet our donors, to see America, and to be loved on. Last November, we surprised him by offering to not only fly him, but his wife out the following year. We wanted to give them a vacation for all the outpouring that they do.
This past July, Jackson was tragically killed in a car accident. He is survived by his wife, Renette, his two year old son, Jaden, his mother, Mamma, siblings, cousins and 40 beautiful children.
After the initial shock was over, we asked Renette if she still wanted to come out. Courageously, she said yes. Mind you, this woman does not speak English, has never been in an airport let alone an airplane. Try explaining through google translate how to navigate an airport to someone who has no mental image of what an airport is or looks like. We tried… and it was crazy frustrating and hard. We were pretty concerned that she would not know where her gates were, or know if her flights changed. And then what would she do if she missed a flight…
So 12 hours before her flight left, I called American Air and requested that she have a wheel chair. She had an attendant take her to and fro. Thank God for this service, I don’t know if she would have actually caught her flights with out it.
Once she was here, it was a whirl of events, and some much needed down time for her. She met with one of our business partners – Cook Security Group, who empathized with the language barrier and purchased her a laptop and Rosetta Stone.
On Friday night, we had our 4th Annual Ncompass Dinner where she was greeted with a standing ovation, and lots of hugs and kisses. What an amazing night, not only for her specifically but for Ncompass as well. We had standing room only in our facility, and doubled our fundraising efforts from the previous year. I was telling my husband that the best part of all this is that money is coming in, but we don’t get to spend a dime. And we are so excited about the fact that we get to use it to bless others. We are so blessed to be a blessing.
Saturday, she went to the Pumpkin Patch, and we took her bowling. Obviously she had never bowled before, and she wasn’t very good at first. But after the first few rounds, she started knocking down pins, and then she started bowling for us. I don’t think she understood that you only bowl twice and then its someone else’s turn. But who cares, she was having fun.
We ended the night with home made hamburgers – an American tradition, and then she put herself to bed. I can only imagine how tiring it is to have to be thinking the whole time about words you don’t understand, customs you don’t know and missing home.
Sunday was church and lunch at Fire on the Mountain. Before taking her back to the air port, we had one last important meeting with her. For this we needed a translator to discuss things, and help her get questions answered. Prior to her arrival, we were unsure of how we would accomplish “important” conversations while she was here. What do you do when you don’t know what to do – post something on Facebook of course! So we did, looking for a French translator. We were hoping that would work, because we had sneaking suspicions that we wouldn’t find a Haitian translator for miles. But through a friend of a friend of a friend, we were introduced to a lovely young Haitian who was just 20 miles away. What a God send. Seriously, the Lord knows how to connect people at just the right times.
So, we sent Renette back with hopefully a full and rested heart. We were so blessed while she was here to see the fruit the Lord is producing through us. So thankful this opportunity to serve and build relationships across the globe. And even more excited for whats to come!.