Friday, January 31, 2014

Week 2 in Haiti - Spiritual Warfare


We have made it into our official first week of classes - Spiritual Warfare. We are so pumped about all that is happening and all that is to come. We have some great teachings still to come and this week was simply awesome. The Lord has been speaking to each student on a personal level this week as well. Some of the things the Lord was speaking into my life this week are that he wants more of me. He wants me to praise him and worship him in new ways. I have recently discovered my artistic side with smash booking as well as learning to draw and paint. 

This week he has challenged me to dance before him. The cool thing about that is there is a dance class weekly here that I decided to go to in response to God. I went and although it was not the greatest thing I’ve ever done I enjoyed it and I learned some things. I was a bit nervous and self conscious; however, the Lord just kept patting me on the back and encouraging me to keep going and that he was proud of me for stepping out. I would love to be able to dance a beautiful dance for the Lord one day. I love to watch dance and always have. I am excited to step into it and see what he does with it. Lexi and Aaron are both down with some crud and not doing well. (update - they were sick for 6 days and on complete bed rest but are up and well now! Praise the Lord) The other kids have been working around campus with a team that was here from Pennsylvania. They helped to pack food and get supplies ready to be distributed to some of the villages in the 5th district. 

Oh! At the beginning of the week on Sunday Austin and I went to a church at one of the villages in the 5th district with the PA team and we got to attend the dedication of the church building service. That was so special. We enjoyed playing with the kids and hugging on the mommas. I got to rock a sweet baby girl to sleep. So precious! The team had brought lots of goodies for everyone in the village like bowls and wooden spoons for each family as well as candy and snacks for the kids. They also brought those wiki stix things you get in happy meals. They were quite icky and sticky but the kids absolutely loved them. We made so many pairs of glasses, mustaches, necklaces, bracelets, and rings. Austin was a big hit with those things - he had kids lining up to have him make them a cross necklace. It was such a blessing to see him ministering to those kids and so happy.


Bryan and the other kids had their first experience of hand washing laundry. Whew! I am thankful that they fixed the washing machine and that we are allowed to use it and that we don’t have to do that all the time and that I didn't have to do it this time. Yes, I know that was the longest run-on sentence ever. Maybe. LOL 

OH! And the Lord also spoke to Bryan and I on a very personal level and gave us some very clear instructions on what to do. So, as a result of this, we want to thank each of you that have been praying for us and ask you to please continue to pray. We would also like to open up an option to you all that feel led to and would commit to doing so to join an intercession team with us. What this would look like is that you would let us know you want to be a part of this intercession team. You would commit to praying for us as often as the Lord lays us on your heart. You would be signed up with your email address and would receive an email with any prayer requests and updates to prayers that we have. This is a way for you to join us on a deeper, more intimate level than scrolling a blog and thinking of us. This is a way for you to partner with us and partner with the Lord in his work in our lives. We would be so honored to have you praying for us and with us in this time. If you would like to join the intercession team and receive email updates on prayer needs and praises, please email me at newhornerfamily@gmail.com with Intercession Team and your name in the subject line and you will be added. You can feel free to type a message too if you so desire, but to sign up that is sufficient. We thank you in advance for listening to the Lord on this and coming alongside us in this journey.

I wanted to also share some of the highlights from class this week with you. We had an amazing teacher who is so full of passion and zeal from Canada, Charlotte. There were so many, many great things she said that were eye opening for me even though I grew up knowing about the spiritual side of things. I love how God is constantly renewing our minds and teaching us new things. Some of the key points I got this week were that worship is actually a combo of warfare and relationship. We make something happen in the heavens when we worship - we fall deeper in love with our creator and we also deal with the battle that is raging in the spirit world. This was eye opening to me as I never viewed it that way. 

She talked about how when we have a revelation of God that we are called to move and respond based on that new knowledge. Don’t just go ahhhh.. wow and be done with it. When God makes us free, we are free and there is no going back. There was a story of a slave that was set free and then upon establishing his home and family another slave owner burnt down his home and thus the paper of his freedom and put him back to work in the field. The slave worked and then eventually sliced his tendon to make him unable to work and thus free. There was no going back from that decision. He was now an invalid but he was free! 

We talked about depression and how it comes in through the door of fear. The Word tells us that perfect love casts out all fear! If you need to break the grip of depression you need to fill yourself with the Word. Fill it up and reverse it. God has not given us the spirit of fear, but of power, love and of a sound mind. I have struggled with depression in the past and looking back I can see that yes, it started with a fear that was uncontrolled and then it progressed into terror and sadness and then I sunk further and further in. I am thankful for the freedom and pray for those I know struggling with this. There is freedom! There is hope! 

We are to be different. There is no middle ground or neutral zone. That being said - I am on God’s side. We don’t work for God. We work with God. The more time we spend with God the more powerful our ministry will be. There is something you are supposed to be doing. Are you doing it? 

Satan only has as much ground as humans allow him.. He has no power unless you give it to him. WOAH! By the power of God in you command him to leave! KICK HIM OUT of your lives, your homes, your families, your workplace etc! If God is for us - who can be against us?? There is no power in hell or any scheme of man that can stand against the power and the presence of the Great I Am! He lives in you if you have accepted him as your savior and by golly you have the power in you through him to trample of Satan and his evil minions! 

You are supposed to be doing something. You have an eternal purpose. Are you doing it? If becoming a Christian was all there was to it then God would just Zap us home. That isn’t it y’all! We are to be Jesus on the Earth and spread his love and the great news we have! 

When you are on your way to do what God has called you to and you face many obstacles - you know it must be worth it. The win on the other side is worth it so just keep going. No matter what your naysayers try to say or do to break your spirit - take heart and know God is in control and he will complete the work he has started in you. Also, as christians we are to intercede on behalf of fallen man - intercede - to come on behalf of. The whole purpose of prayer is to enforce the victory of Christ by exercising the authority he gave us. We are partnering with him. 

Authority without movement is useless. 

A tool in the hands of someone who has authority is powerful and changes things. A tool on the table is nothing; decoration. Don’t be a tool that is wasted. Be used of God! Be a tool in the hand of God and move in his authority! God is the fan and the electricity - he is looking for someone to plug it in - that’s you, that’s me - partner with him. He does the work - he allows us to participate.

Each encounter with Christ should change us. The more time you spend in the word the faster the process of renewing your mind happens. Brokeness is not a bad thing. Brokeness is having God reset your mind. Live as close to the throne of God as you can get. Soak. Choose wisely what you allow into your heart, mind, and home. It will feed one or the other kingdoms - God or Satan. We want God and anything in the way needs to go. Watch what you say. Our words are an access point either for God or for Satan. 

I loved this comment - When Satan asks you “Who do you think you are?” Your response should be “It doesn’t matter who I think I am - it’s who I am reflecting that you should be concerned about!” It is not about your ability. It is about stepping into the authority God has given you. It is not that someone moving in God’s authority has become more talented.. just more surrendered. 


We talked a lot about fear - how the spirit of fear is actually fearful- think about that one. The Bible tells us perfect love casts out all fear - God is love! We also learned about thanotophobia - the fear of death and how that is the basis for all other fears. Who knew! Where fear is active, faith is not. Where faith is active, fear is not. 


We talked about being firm in your pursuit of God and that to love at all is to be vulnerable. We also talked about how we are all given the same measure of faith. It is up to us to develop it; so, it’s not that we need more faith, it’s that we need to work that muscle and strengthen it. (Romans 12:3)


Faith is activated by love. Love him. The more you love him the more you believe who he is and what he will do. (SO TRUE) Faith expresses itself in love. 


OOOOH this was good - If you’ve ever heard about or studied the Armor of God you know what I am talking about and if not you should check it out. The armor is GOD’S. That means when we put it on.. we look like God. In the spirit realm the enemy sees us as that and woah! Yeah, he can’t win that battle! You have the authority to wear the armor. Use it! 


God is the creator. We are created in his image and our words create. We can create life or we can create death. Satan, however, was not created in his image and thus he cannot create. He does use humans to create his kingdom for him. So, if you speak and release life you form life. Speak to the heart and encourage others. Speak life. Lift up. Create a space that God can use in your words. 



If you have read this far along in my notes, I commend you! :) I actually have more that I didn’t put in here but those were the ones I felt I should share with you. I pray you are blessed by this blog and thank you again, so much for your prayers. 



Much Love,



The Horners in Haiti

PS.  I know you all are hoping for pictures and I do have some to share.  Unfortunately I can't seem to get them on this computer.  I am working on it and will update with pics ASAP! 

Thursday, January 30, 2014

Orientation week



Day 2 in Haiti - or day 1 depending on how ya look at it. How about we just say our first full day in Haiti at YWAM! :) Well, sleep was interesting for the first night back in Haiti. In case you didn’t know, we do not have air conditioning throughout the houses here and most of the time you don’t have electricity either. The great thing about the base is we actually have power most of the day due to the generators they have. It does go off at 10pm on weekdays and 11pm on weekends. The city power kicks on more frequently here than it did in Carrefour. Thank the Lord! It actually comes on at about midnight and stays till about 6am. Then the generators come on at 8am and stay till mid aftn most days and kick back on at 5pm and stay till 10 or 11pm depending on the day of the week.




Anyway, all that to say we have fans in our rooms and that is another blessing! We are able to run them up until the generators cut off and then they come back on about midnight. I am so so so so so so thankful for that! The other great thing is there are roosters here that do crow early in the morning - and right now as I am writing this at 11:45 in the morning lol- they get a little confused - anyway, they crow, but they are not right outside my room and they are drown out by the sounds of the fans going. YAY! The other fun thing is that we actually get up SUPER early here. Our schedules start at 6am during the week- earlier if it is your day to help prep food for breakfast - you must be at the kitchen at 5am in that case.




So, yeah, those that know me know I like my sleep and this is a whole new world for me! LOL Everyone settled in nicely except for Bryan and I. The bed we have is so hard! It hurts every bone, joint, fiber of our being! We hardly slept and then it was time to get up. I was almost in tears over the pain and the exhaustion. We all woke up hungry and eager for food. Unfortunately, we arrived on the day that the breakfast is actually brunch on Saturday and thus it isn’t till 10am and then you don’t eat again until dinner at 5pm I think. Anyway, we were all very hungry by the time breakfast rolled around as we had been up for 4 or 5 hours already. Breakfast was a smorgasbord of food including corn porridge, cereal, fruit, and hot dogs. Yeah, we were loving it! LOL




We spent the rest of Saturday and Sunday just familiarizing ourselves with the base and resting. We were actually quite bored! We were sure that this feeling wouldn’t last long and we would actually come to love our lazy weekends; however, at the time, we were rearing to go! Fast forward to Sunday aftn when we had official orientation class and we started orientation week. This consisted of a general overview of what life would look like in the coming months including an outline of weeks to come class wise and assigning of work duties. We attend class each morning and then do work duties in the afternoons. We did a tour of the base and got the history of the base and each building as well as did a small tour of St. Marc. We had mini classes each day taught by one of our DTS staff that was about worship, our belief tree (system), personal devotions, journaling, work duties, hot/cold climate culture, kingdom culture, and intercession.




We have been told that orientation week has typically not been an intense week or deep in any real sense of the word; but that our class has dove deep since day one! I, for one, am loving that! We came here to “Know God and to Make Him Known” so why wait past day 1 right?? I will share with you some of the things the Lord spoke to my heart during orientation week in hopes that my transparency and honesty about my journey with the Lord will somehow bless you and encourage you to seek the Lord with all your heart as well. Not that that requires you to go to a DTS, although it is a great thing to do and highly recommended, but that you in the privacy of your own home, your own room, that you SEEK him and you FIND him! The Bible tells us in Jeremiah 29:13 “You will seek Me and find Me when you search for me with all of your heart.” I pray this for you. I pray this for me.




We started out on an intro to the “Belief Tree” We were encouraged to look at each day saying “God has something greater for me tomorrow” We are called to be like Christ regardless of our background or our upbringing. This is how the belief tree is formed. We have our roots which are our beliefs, they form our trunk which is our values, which then branch out and produce fruit which is our actions. So, if you have a root of insecurity or rejection or comparison like I do that influences your values of how you see people and how you respond to situations. We talked about how God isn’t concerned with what you need but with what you have. Take this in context as you read the story about the feeding of the 5,000 in John 6. Jesus seeing there is a large crowd that is hungry asks Philip - where are we going to buy bread so they can eat? He knew full well what he was going to do but was testing Philip by asking him. Philip responds like most of us would - that is a lot of money.. months of wages it would take to feed them all.. I don’t have it (my paraphrasing here). The disciples then tell Jesus there is a kid here that has 5 loaves and 2 fish and that’s all we’ve got. Jesus told them to have the people sit down, took all that the boy had, thanked God for it and then gave it out to everyone that was there and there were 12 baskets of left overs!!! WOAH! I mean, does that just blow your mind or what?? He fed them ALL and there was EXCESS. Now, the neat thing about this story is that I never realized before the significance of the Lord taking ALL of what the boy had. He didn’t ask for one loaf and one fish. He took it all. He wants our ALL. He then took all of it and multiplied it to what was needed and more! He could have just used one fish and one loaf. It wouldn’t have been any less of a miracle but the point he is making is that he wants us to show up, give it all up and trust that he will provide. Mind blown.




The next teaching was on personal devotions. I have longed to go deeper in my personal devotions with the Lord and have been craving it for some time now. I was blessed immensely by a dear sister at our church that gave me her brand new inductive study Bible that I had been eyeing for weeks at the stores and online. The Sunday we had our send off service at Bridgeway she came by our table and was visiting with us and I saw her Bible. I got so excited as I had been telling Bryan all about it and was figuring out a way for me to get one before coming to DTS. I asked to see it to show him all the cool things about it, the helpful study guides, the beautiful maps, the marking instructions, and of course, the gorgeous cover. I realized I was taking a lot of time and quickly handed the Bible back apologizing for drooling over it and Kim said, actually, I want to take my things out of it. It is yours. Ahhh!! Melt my heart into a big fat puddle of water on the floor. I couldn’t believe it. I will be forever grateful for this gift! I have thoroughly enjoyed having it and have zealously dug into it daily to know my Father better. It’s so colorful and I love it! :) Thanks a million Kim! Ok, so back to personal devotions, mine have gotten better, can you tell?? ha We were encouraged and reminded that the word is alive and active as it says in Hebrews 4:12 “ For the word of God is living and active and sharper than any two-edged sword, and piercing as far as the division of soul and spirit, of both joints and marrow, and able to judge the thoughts and intentions of the heart.” The Word of the Lord WILL change us. One tip given was also to pray first and ask the Lord to speak to you through his word, remembering that this is time with you and God. God wants us to know him and he wants us to be known by him. This happens through the reading of his word and spending time with him. John 10:14 says “I am the good shepherd, and I known my own and my own know me.” God LONGS to spend time with us. God LONGS to spend time with YOU.




We then moved into journaling. The journaling we are doing here is more than just writing out a dear diary page daily. It is actually creative journaling, which is so very similar to smash booking, and I am in love! :) I have recently started smash booking and it has been such a special time to spend making memories and storing memories and telling stories that will be read and savored for generations to come. It is much less stressful for me than scrapbooking in the traditional sense as it is all about creative freedom and there is no order to it or rules of going in order or anything. You have pockets, and pages full of color and you add to it with your journaling or pictures or both and embellishments.. ahh… I enjoy it well! It was so a God thing for me to get started doing that at home and then to be able to do it here and about my journey through DTS so that it is a keepsake and a momento of our time here and a marker of what the Lord is doing in our lives. Anyway, we do this weekly, it is 5 pages due each week of just what the Lord is doing in your life, what he is teaching you this week, struggles, thoughts, prayers, whatever is on your heart. I am enjoying it. It is teaching me to be even more open and to journal more often and write out how God is working in my life. I encourage you to start journaling and or smash booking and see what the Lord does with you through it.




Work Duties. Yup, that’s a part of our life as much as it is anywhere else. We all have a job to do to help keep things in working order and care for our base and one another. They talked about how we are to glorify God in all that we do and in what he has given us by taking care of it. Work duties help to shape our character and challenges our attitude as well.




We then moved on to our book that we were assigned at the beginning of the week called Foreign to Familiar; which is a study of hot climate cultures vs. cold climate cultures. I have to tell y’all that God is already at work in us both. Bryan will tell you that he loathed reading. If it wasn’t about sports then he wasn’t reading it. We were assigned a book at the beginning of the week and given until Friday to read it and work with a creative group (2 other DTS students and yourself) to then do a presentation on the book in class Friday morning. Bryan blazed through this book y’all! I am so proud of him and thanking God for this change already! So, this book basically talks about how people from a hot climate are typically more relationship oriented and less about the task at hand whereas people from a cold climate are typically more task oriented and relationship is not really considered. The point in us reading this book was to better understand how God created people differently and how where we come from really has a bearing on how we behave and interact with others. We are called to go into the world - we are not called to offend them. So, by understanding the cultural differences we can better know how to approach situations with people with compassion, respect, and dignity rather than expecting everyone to be just like us and deal in the same ways.




Moving on from how our human culture is we learned about living a Kingdom Culture above all. People look at us to know who God is. They should see Jesus in us and in our relationships. We are to also then see others for who they really are, who they are in Jesus, we are to encourage them and push them forward in who they can be with Christ rather than seeing and focusing on their negative behavior, speech, and their downfalls. We honor who God CREATED them to be. When we live with a culture of honor it allows others to walk without any fear of shame. We are to call the best out in people. We love when it isn’t convenient. We don’t take offense when we are wounded. Offense is a choice. We can choose to overlook it. We can have unoffendable hearts! The Bible tells us that as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone. My take away was that we are to conform to the Holy Spirit’s way and that I don’t want to grieve him by the way I act to respond by spitting venom back.




Worship was our next class and we talked about how worship isn’t just music. It is about giving your all. It is about God. We are all about him and at the same time he is all about us. That is how we feel blessed when we worship. We come to bless and magnify him and he in turn blesses us as we come. Just come with what you’ve got. Bring your loaves and fishes.




Intercession. This is a new one for me. While I have interceded for others before in many ways, I have learned a new way that is much more inductive and thorough and powerful here. First off, we start by praising the Lord and asking him what is on his heart for whatever the situation is. We ask him how he wants us to pray. When we do this and listen for his response when he speaks he has given us the missiles that are locked and loaded and will hit the target every time instead of me just shooting out arrows hoping I might hit the target with one of my prayers. When we intercede we are partnering with God in the spiritual realm in prayer. We conquer the battle through prayer first and then we will conquer it physically. They talked about how in a battle - even in Bible times that the army with the archers - the ones with a bird’s eye (God’s eye) view were the ones who typically won the battle. They could see more and prepare the way for the foot soldiers coming in behind. The key is that if you don’t know how to pray, all is lost. Prayer must be first. Prayer is key. The Word says our battle is not against flesh and blood but against principalities and powers of darkness - that’s spiritual y’all. Don’t miss this. This is huge. You can’t win a spiritual battle fighting flesh against flesh. You can win it fighting with the sword of the spirit and fighting where the problem truly lies which is far beneath the flesh of the situation.




We have had many things spoken into our lives over the last few days and it has been phenomenal. Words cannot even do justice to the magnificent things the Lord is doing here in Haiti in our hearts. One of the words spoken over me is that there would be a filling, filling, filling and then fulfillment. That God has made many promises to me that he is beginning to fulfill in this time. I couldn’t be more excited about this. The Lord gave me a verse confirming this on January 16 that is Luke 1:45 and it says “ Blessed is she who believed that there would be a fulfillment of what had been spoken to her by the Lord!”




I leave you with that, my friends. Trust in the Lord. Remember his promises he has made you and seek him with all your heart and watch as he works miraculously in your life and in mine!


Much love



Horners in Haiti

Sunday, January 26, 2014

Greetings from Haiti!

Greetings from Haiti!  We have been here almost 2 weeks!  Hard to believe! It has gone by so quickly.  We are really loving it here. We have had some struggles and we have had some victories.  We have seen some amazing things and we have seen some devastating things. The Lord is truly at work in this country - at this base even.  We are in awe of what he is doing, even inside these walls.  I suppose we will back up and start at the beginning of our journey to Haiti this time. 
 
We started our journey to Haiti on January 3rd just after closing on the house; which is a huge praise in itself.  You see, we had to sell the house to be able to come to Haiti.  We were running on a very tight time frame and came to the realization that we would have to have a cash offer and it would have to come no later than Dec 15 in order for us to have the funds we would need to get started coming here.  December 12th rolled around and I began to get a little nervous...ok, a lot nervous.  Then I was told we would have an offer on Saturday and ... it would be a cash offer!!!  That meant we would be able to close in two weeks instead of the customary 4 weeks.  This was the only way we would be able to leave on time.  So, on Saturday morning our realtor met with the woman and by the aftn we had an offer in writing and we were able to come to an agreement and sign the papers that aftn.  The next day was our last day possible to purchase airfare and we were able to do so.  TOTALLY God's timing. 
 
We packed up the last bit of our things and we were ready to go.  We had closing in the morning and loaded up the truck and said our "see you laters" and off we went.   We drove from Moore and went to a dear friend's house in Arkansas and stayed for a couple of days.  We had a great time with our friends that we consider family.  We then headed to Bryan's brother's house in Georgia and stayed there for another few days.  It was great to spend quality time with my new sister in law and niece as well as Brett.  We left there and then spent the night in Florida to be at the airport in the morning on Friday Jan 10.  We really enjoyed being able to drive across the country and stop to visit our friends and family as we have never been the ones to travel as there are so many of us.   The great thing is it was less expensive for us to drive and visit with family than to fly out of OKC so it was a win - win.  Thanking God for those special memories! 
 
We arrived at the airport and corralled everyone and their belongings and headed to the kiosk to check in.  Of course, it wasn't working... lol  I then went to the counter and had an attendant helping check us in.. well two actually because there were so many of us.  They thought we were crazy to be traveling with kids and going to a 3rd world country and not having a return flight booked.  They called over team member after team member and got their opinion and the whole time I was thinking, you can have your opinion, but it doesn't matter; God said go and we are going!  Nothing will stand in the way of God y'all!  They questioned passports and visas and said "what are you thinking? You are traveling to Haiti with 4 children with no idea of a return date??"  I responded, "Actually, I am traveling with 6 children and yes, I am - with a smile!  We are following the Lord and we are going to be missionaries and will travel wherever he tells us and not worry about it because he's got it!"  They shook their heads and looked around in disbelief as they counted passports and kids.  They kept saying "we can't let you go."  The kids began to get nervous and saying "they aren't going to let us go??"  I told them it was ok and to just pray because God had it worked out.  We stopped right then and silently prayed.  As I said Amen the man said where is your luggage? He had the baggage tags printed out and my spirit jumped for joy!  I called out to Bryan to bring all the luggage over and they started tagging each piece.  The kids were thrilled and I was so relieved and thankful for God pulling through just like he always does.  The man said "good luck." We thanked them all for their help and the kids and I sat in the waiting area for Bryan to go drop off the truck and come back. 
 
We met a Haitian couple and were able to have a brief conversation with them in Creole.  That was fun!   The man spoke English too so that was a much longer conversation lol.  Bryan made it back in time, even with the slowest cab driver in Florida who was admittedly afraid to drive on the highway escorting him.  We went through security easily and were on our plane.  We sat on the plane for  a while waiting for take off.  We were getting everyone situated with pillows and headphones and I just couldn't get mine open.  I figured we had been on the ground for a while; what could it hurt to ask the attendant to help open them.  As I approached, I realized the cabin door had not been shut and the pilot and co-pilot were turned around watching me as I approached.  I explained my dilemma and asked for help.  I also inquired if there was something wrong with the plane that was delaying take off.  I was informed it was a sticker that was missing on one of the oxygen masks.  Not a big deal.  The attendant was unable to open the package and passed it to the pilot to try.  They both gave it a shot to no avail.  We all got a kick out of the fact that I had just purchased them in the airport and you would need a knife to open them; which of course is not going to be on the plane! Then the maintenance man came and of course he has every tool available and he quickly opened it for me.  YAY!  They replaced the sticker and we were cleared for take off.  1 1/2 hours later we were on the ground in this beautiful country! 
 
We stepped of the plane into a warm, muggy airport.  Flew through immigration with lots of smiles as they were happy to see the children.  The man welcomed our family to Haiti.  We made our way to baggage claim to get our things.  Thankfully we have been here before and knew where things were and how to proceed in the most efficient way possible with 8 of us.  All of our luggage arrived with no problem.  We loaded them on carts and made our way outside where the YWAM staff was eagerly awaiting our arrival.  You have to understand what a feat this is!  You see, there are masses of people arriving at the airport, masses of people waiting to pick up those arriving, and even more masses of people waiting to help carry out your luggage for a small fee or not so small if you don't know what's going on.  You have to be very determined in your actions and speech and refuse the help that is attempting to take your cart full of luggage from you and help you through the line if you don't want it.  Last time we actually had no idea of how this all worked and we told the men NO and they literally pushed Bryan off of the cart and took off with it.  This time I said NO MESI with my very determined look on my face and kept calling kids forward to keep up.  It worked!  Yay!  We did have one man who cleared our luggage without having it inspected and we paid him a few bucks as a thank you; Trust me.. that was worth it as we had 8 people's things all in totes and backpacks and we didn't need that hassle.  Not that they do it to everyone  but had w not paid him he would have done it and yeah, not something I wanted to deal with at that point. 
 
We loaded our stuff through the back window of the us and sat there visiting and enjoying the sights and sounds of the area as we waited for another DTS student Michaela to arrive on her flight.  Aaron was so exhausted form the week's travels and the day that he was so whiney and just wanted rest - understandably so!  He fell asleep right there, sitting up!  I laid him down and tried to keep him cool as he rested.  The other kids played UNO with Lizzy a DTS staff member while Bryan and I visited with Uncle Freeman -(Lizzy's uncle)  Once Michaela arrived we were cleared to go...so we thought.  You see, the same bus that was picking us up had just dropped off another team that was due to fly out on the same plane that we had come in on.  Well, apparently there were more issues was the plane than the stickers for the oxygen masks.  The drug dogs surrounded the plane along with droves of police.  We were waiting for them to find out whether or not the plane was clear for use and if they would actually be able to fly out.  Call after call came and it was determined it would be a couple of hours before they even made a decision on it and so we headed home to the base as it was a couple of hour drive.  If it was cancelled then Freeman would send another bus back to get them. 
 
We had about a 2 hour drive back to the base and we watched the sun go down.  That is a beauty that will never grow old for me.  I just love seeing the Lord's glory on display in his beautiful creation.  Melt my heart.  about midway home Freeman got the call that the plane had indeed been rounded and all flights out of PAP were booked up and the team would have to stay another two days before being able to fly out.  Freeman had another team member from the base grab another vehicle and meet him along the way.  We switched drivers and Freeman headed back to the airport to pick up the other team and bring them back to the base.  Crazy!  Freeman was such a trooper!  He had already spent all day driving to and from the base and now turned back to do it all over again. 
 
We arrived on base and were taken to our home where everyone helped to unload our luggage and we were greeted by many and they even brought us fresh squeezed juice.  Our fridge was full of food for us to eat for dinner and it was one of my favorite Haitian meals!  Fried chicken with creole sauce, rice and beans, fries and this salad concoction that is actually onions, bell peppers, carrots and a spicy citrusy juice on it.  Amazing!  I was so happy to see it! LOL  We had our dinner and started to get settled in with our rooms and clothing put away.  We do have a large closet but no dressers in our room so ours are in our totes still but the kids have dressers and desks and were able to put it all away.  So there you have it!  We made it to Haiti!  We are already in love!  We are excited to see what God is up to and what is in store for us as we dedicate the next 5 months to wholeheartedly seeking him and his will for our lives.  We so appreciate your prayers for our family!