“Commit to the Lord whatever you do, and he will establish your plans.” –Proverbs 16:3, NIV
Five years ago, around this time of year, we started to share with family and friends that God was calling us to Haiti, and that we would be moving there to work at Quisqueya Christian School in Port-au-Prince. Now, five years later, it has become clear to us that God is leading us back to the United States at the end of this school year.
Why now? The major factor that precipitated this decision is the Zika virus, which was introduced to Haiti in December, and continues to spread quickly. As you know, Irene and Grace left in order to protect our unborn child, while Robbie completed the school year. Because the virus continues to present a risk for any future children that we may have, we do not feel that we can return to Haiti as a family. There are a number of other factors, like increased violence in our neighborhood, political instability, and transitions in the school, that have confirmed the sense that God is leading us into a season of change.
What's next? At this point, we just do not know yet. Our short-term plan is to stay with Irene's parents in Reston, VA for a while, welcome our baby in June, and navigate through the strange experience of reverse culture shock and reentry after living abroad. After that, we are not sure. Robbie is actively discerning God’s next call, and applying for various positions at churches and Christian schools. We are trusting that God will make our next steps clear, as we seek to honor and serve Him as a family.
If you feel so led, we would ask for your continued prayer and financial support through September, as we transition into the next part of our journey together. We are partnered with RCE, through which you can make tax-deductible contributions. We also welcome personal gifts to help offset the transition, but these are not tax deductible. You may contribute through RCE by clicking here.
This past Wednesday, Robbie spoke for the last time at the school's high school and middle school chapel services, about trusting God in the midst of change and transition. He shared more about our situation, and how we are personally called to trust God in our lives, even with so much uncertainty about the future. If you would like, you can listen to the talk by clicking here.
Hebrews 11:8 says, “By faith Abraham, when called to go to a place he would later receive as his inheritance, obeyed and went, even though he did not know where he was going.” Like Abraham, we trust that God is leading, even though we do not see the complete picture, and we will go in obedience to Him.
Please pray for our family during this time of transition.
· For wisdom and clarity as we discern next steps for our family.
· For guidance for Robbie in particular, that the Holy Spirit would lead and call him as He chooses.
· For insight, patience, and peace during the process of reentry into life in the US.
· For God's continued provision for us, financial and otherwise, during this time of transition.
· For health for Irene and our new baby during the rest of pregnancy, birth, and beyond.
In the midst of these circumstances that we did not choose, God has been so faithful, for which we are so grateful. We are also thankful for you, our friends and family. Your prayers, friendship and financial partnership have encouraged and strengthened us, making our ministry in Haiti possible for the last five years. Thank you so much.
In Christ alone,
Robbie, Irene and Grace
Supporting our work in Haiti:
If you would like to make a tax-deductible donation, we are partnered with Resourcing Christian Education International (RCE) to raise the funds needed for our ministry at Quisqueya Christian School. All donations made through RCE are tax-deductible. Please visit: https://rceinternational.webconnex.com/26902