Sunday, January 31, 2010
Now, on to my day! :)
We went to church today. I almost didn't, but John was going to call live from Haiti and I didn't know if I would be able to see Lance (if they did Skype) or at least hear him, and I didn't want to miss that opportunity. Plus, I haven't left my house since Thursday afternoon. Two words...CABIN FEVER!!!
I'm so glad we went. John just called and talked to our pastor while they showed pics from Haiti. It was very emotional. It's the most I've teared up this whole week. John got emotional because he was at an orphanage and the conditions are just so horrible. He told me later in a text that the average 9 year old weighed 25-30 pounds and was only 3 feet tall. My heart breaks. Those are pre-earthquake conditions. And he said that all of them had intestinal worms. I just cannot fathom.
Lance worked at the shanty village today. John told me in a text that it was a very difficult place. I didn't have much time to talk to Lance about it today. I'll process that with him when he gets back. He did say when I talked to him tonight that he is amazed by the Haitians cleanliness. There is a creek that they have been driving past everyday and everyone in the community bathes in it together. He said it was a strange sight, but there's just a bunch of naked people taking a big bath together! And they wash what little clothing they have everyday. Their driver is obsessed with keeping his car clean. They take pride in what pitiful amount they have. So humbling. I sit here looking around my house at the piles of laundry just thrown on the floor. How do I justify that? I can't even put into words my emotions.
Lance briefly told me about the worship service they participated in today at the church were they did clinic yesterday. He said he was amazed at how the people dressed. They showed up in suits and tie, and dresses and high heels. When he was telling me that, I thought of a conversation I had with Sara recently. She asked me why we dress up for church. I don't want to offend anyone here, but these are my feelings on the matter and what I told Sara. In the Bible the people brought their best to the Lord. We are commanded to give our firstfruits, not our leftovers. I explained to Sara that God wants our best. So how is Sunday different than any other day if we don't dress our best for the Lord? You can take that too far and say, well why not formal attire, but that is missing the point and getting pretty legalistic and sassy if you ask me. I'm just not one for jeans and shorts for church. (And I'm not legalistic about that! I wore jeans today actually because of the weather. ha!) I just feel that we should make Sundays special.
And to hear that the Haitian people have that reverence for God despite their circumstances and lack of all that we have. Humbling.
I cried some at church today. How could I not? It's the most emotional I've gotten. But when John was speaking about the orphanage and the abject poverty, his voice cracked and everyone in the room started crying. God is developing a burden and love in my heart for the people of Haiti. I cannot wait to get down there and share His love.
The girls and Catie Beth
Friday, January 29, 2010
John twittered several times today and posted some pics of their progress through the day. A huge praise that it only took them 7 hours to get from Santo Domingo to Port Au Prince. Much less than the up to 15 that we had heard it could take. I was able to talk to Lance a couple times today. Once when they were at the Haiti border and then again tonight when the were back at their camp.
They are camped out at the end of the Port Au Prince airport runway. He said that there are C130's flying over them constantly, and that they are LOUD! Bless their hearts. I don't know how they are going to sleep.
He already sounded so tired. They toured PAP today. They were driven through downtown and saw so much of the devastation. And they saw what's left of the presidential palace. The one thing that really struck him were the children. He said he saw so many cute children running through the streets and around the country side playing. He wishes he had more goodies to give them. They took ribbons, stuff animals, and candy, but he knows they don't have enough. That's going to be hard for him.
They treated a few people today, but he said it isn't what he was expecting. Some broken bones, but nothing as traumatic as he thought he would see. But who knows what tomorrow will bring. They are going to plan on setting up 2 clinics. One at the church they had originally planned on and one at an orphanage hopefully.
I can't imagine how hard tomorrow is going to be for them. I just got off the phone with John's wife Leslie and she said John told her the smell was awful. That is horrible. There is death everywhere. But despite that, there is hope. The children playing show hope! And tomorrow, Lance and the team will get to share the Hope of Jesus to the hurting people of Haiti by taking care of their physical needs.
Thursday, January 28, 2010
I talked to Lance in Dallas, and in Miami and then twice when they got to Santo Domingo. We heard that AT&T wasn't charging for cell calls from Haiti. I called immediately and talked to a rep. It is true!!!!!! At first she said she hadn't heard that and then she said, "wait." My heart skipped. She read a memo while on the phone with me and said it was true! They are comping calls to and from Haiti for relief workers until Feb. 28th! I started crying. I told her thank you so much and she thanked me for Lance going. She said she has family in Haiti. So that made me cry even more.
This is a picture of most of the nearly 2,000 pounds of medical supplies that landed safely in the Dominican Republic. Amazing. I was praying that all of the supplies would get there without any problems. They did. Praise the Lord!
Lance said they are good. The hotel is nice. So they will get a good night's sleep before they are sleeping on the ground. If they can fall asleep. I'm sure the adrenaline is pumping right now!
The kids and I had a great night. I can so feel everyone's prayers. This is one of the few times in my life that I have actually felt prayers that are being lifted on my behalf. When I drove Lance to the airport this morning, I started tearing up. I looked at him and warned him that I was going to cry at the airport. But I didn't. By the grace of God, I didn't. I have had so many friends call to check on me today. And I have honestly been fine.
The kids played so well together tonight. No arguing. I let them pick what was for dinner. (hot dogs!) And they read books in their rooms for about 20 min before they went to sleep. I called Lance into Sara and Hope's room to pray for Lance. I plan on doing that every night that he is gone.
Here is a snippet of their prayers...
Sara: Please keep Daddy safe. Help him help the kids. Please help Momma not to yell at us. (hahaha!!! That made me laugh! What does that say about me? So convicting.)
Hope: Help the children who don't have parents.
Luke: Keep Daddy safe. Keep us safe in the ice storm. Put Your arms around us. Please let there not be enough ice that we can't go to the Terrazes' to spend the night. Please let there be enough ice that I don't have to go to school. (haha! Some dear friends of ours invited the kids to spend the night Sat. I know! Crazy! They are wonderful. The kids are so excited, but the way it looks right now, it's not going to happen. So much ice.)
It's late and I'm still up. Midnight. I always have trouble going to sleep when Lance isn't here. It's incredibly hard with him where he is. I know I have to. I'm on my own with 4 kids in an ice storm! Holy cow!
Wednesday, January 27, 2010
We had a low key night at the house tonight. Really didn't do anything special with the kids. I kind of had it built up in my mind that it would be this awesome night of the kids telling their Daddy how much they love him and us praying for him and the people of Haiti, and playing games together. Well, you know the saying, "the best laid plans of mice and men?" I know all too well what that means! Lance had to get onto Luke tonight, the girls were clamouring all over Lance and yelling in his ears and he had to get onto them. Dinner was chaos and we just got them in the shower and threw them in the bed! Ha! So much for my awesome family time.
But I thought later, that is was probably for the best. God had a plan in tonight. It was just another usual night in the Faddis house. Nothing special. And if we had made a big deal of Daddy leaving, then it might have made the kids nervous.
Sara asked to pray at dinner. It was so sweet. She thanked God for the food, and asked him to keep her Daddy safe and the people in Haiti safe.
So now, Lance is all packed. Bags waiting in the living room, and we are about to get into bed. This is going to be hard. Neither one of us sleep well when the other one isn't in bed. I know he will fall onto his sleeping mat exhausted every night, but I won't. I'll be here missing him.
But, I am so excited for what he is going to do. We talked with another person tonight who just got back from Haiti on Sat. She gave him several names of locals that she knows that might be of great assistance to the team. That is exciting!
Now to try to go to sleep!
Tuesday, January 26, 2010
The girls and I were with Lance this afternoon for some of the last minute packing. We went to the church and when we got into the conference room where the supplies are, Hope asked, "Is this Haiti?" Bless her heart. How do you explain?
After Lance got home, we all went out to eat. The kids behaved so awesome (trying to eat with 4 kids, seven and under has it's moments!) It was a great family time. They are all asking so many questions about Haiti. We are trying to answer them honestly, but age appropriately. That is hard. This whole experience has affected our entire family. I told someone today, my heart is in Haiti and Lance hasn't even left yet.
We are hearing more and more out of Haiti. I am connecting everyday with different people and learning about things "on the ground" there. It is horrific. Absolutely heartbreaking.
If you are reading this (and I am amazed at the fact that anyone but my friends and family are!)
then here are some specific prayer requests to pray for...
1) The place where Lance and the team will be has had no medical assistance whatsoever.
2) There are orphanages who have not had any assistance since the earthquake. At one of these, the only survivors were children.
3) There is a Atlanta minister on the ground and has witnessed child trafficking out of a hospital!! He has brought it to the media's attention and is fighting to stop it. PRAY!!! My mind had not even conceived the evil that happens after something like this!
4) Finally, on a more personal note. I covet your prayers for my husband, me and my children. I told Lance at dinner tonight that the reality is setting in that he is leaving and we will be here. We have never been apart for as many days as he will be gone. And we have never not experienced something this big together. I told him tonight that I expect him to journal something every night. No matter how short. I want to "live" this with him.
Monday, January 25, 2010
This morning when I was picking the girls up from MDO, Hope saw a bunch of Dum Dum suckers that I picked up from someone who called the house and wanted to give something for the trip. She told Lance she was on her way to Sam's and he told her that the kids (and adults) love the suckers. I told Hope that someone had given them for Daddy to give to the kids who didn't have parents and who were hurt. She then asked, "Why can't you and Daddy be their parents?"
This afternoon, I was changing Emma's diaper on the couch and Sara told me she needed to tell me a secret. She leaned over and whispered in my ear, "um, when are we going to get a kid from Haiti." And tonight she prayed for her Daddy to be safe in Haiti and for the kids that were hurt to be ok.
And Luke prayed tonight for the children of Haiti and that his Daddy would be able to help them.
See what I mean? I am blessed.
Sunday, January 24, 2010
We found out just a few minutes ago that the UN has donated a 20 person field tent and cots for the team to use. That is HUGE! Lance's observations were...1) That means they aren't expecting people to just walk in and walk out. They are expecting the team to see injuries that will require more long term care. And 2) He might need to stay longer until one of his partners gets there on the 6th. wow. I can't even process my emotions.
I totally want him to stay. That was my first thought. Second thought: That's over a week of me with the kids by myself. Doable, but long. Third thought: I wonder if he'll meet a child, while he's there, that we will adopt.
So many emotions running through me right now. Pride. I've never been prouder of my husband. And my kids. Amazing! They are asking Lance to find them a brother. We have never even mentioned that as a possibility to them. And they are so concerned, as much as they can comprehend at their ages, for the people of Haiti.
And humility. How honored I am that God has chosen to use my husband to do such a great and mighty thing for His kingdom. Lance is so burdened for the Haitian people. And I have been able to have a small role in helping him prepare for this trip.
The kicker is, I know I haven't even scratched the surface of emotions this trip will expose. He hasn't even left yet.
Saturday, January 23, 2010
Lance spent all day organizing supplies and packing trunks and suitcases. It is AMAZING how much people have given! And his hometown has raised $6000!!! In just 3 days! This is a town of 2500 people. I am overwhelmed. Seriously overwhelmed. God is good.
Tonight, when Lance got home, he was showing me the backpack and other personal supplies he bought for the trip. The kids were playing around us. Hope and Emma were climbing all over us. They were enthralled with an USA flag/bandanna that he bought to take. Hope was folding it and then looked up at Lance and this is what came out of her precious little mouth..."Daddy, when I get to be a teenager, can I go to Haiti and help God and you?"
There is no more to say. How can I top that? Precious child of mine.
Friday, January 22, 2010
Lance and I were interviewed along with our friend John (who is the missions pastor at our church) yesterday for one of the local news stations. It was a great report. It got the word out on what is going on with the Haiti trip. They interviewed me to give the other side of the story of a wife whose husband is going to such a devastated area in time of crisis. They showed a picture of the kids and I wish I had had a camera on the kids faces when they saw it. Priceless!!
We have had money pouring in for the trip. It is amazing. Several people in Lance's hometown (which is just 45 min from us) saw the interview last night (which they ran at 5, 6 and again this morning!) and called his mom and wanted to bring money to her. She has had people bring $20, $100 and all kinds of amounts! His parents Sunday School class had just recently taken up money to donate to a ministry and had given the money to the person in charge of that ministry. They saw the interview and called his mom today and said they were giving all $850 dollars back to her to give to Lance for Haiti!
Lance's aunt works for a bank in their town and she sent an email to all the NWA bank employees telling about Lance's trip and she's collecting money. We'll hear how much Monday. Then she called the resource officer at Prairie Grove Schools (Lance's alma mater) and each grade (I think elementary) are taking up medical supply donations. Each grade is responsible for one item; gauze, med. tape, etc. People are bringing crutches and braces and all kinds of other things to his mom's flower shop! It's AMAZING!!!!
A friend of Lance's from the years he spent as a Kannakuk counselor got in touch with me asking how he can help. Friends of friends are bringing the kids and I dinner while he is gone. More friends are having the kids over for a sleepover. And yet more friends who own Cold Stone Creamery are setting us up for ice cream while he is gone! (You rock Dawn and Jimmy!) I had a friend call tonight on our way to a birthday party and say they were going to bring me $500 and people are still emailing, texting, and facebooking me asking how they can help. I stand in AWE at God's provisions!
I just laughed a little at myself, because I thought about Field of Dreams. "If you build it, he will come." If HE calls you, HE will provide!!! Hallelujah! What a Savior!
Today, Lance and John were interviewed by another local TV station. And then the local paper did a telephone interview with them and then called me to get my perspective on my husband going. Way to go publicity!
This trip is just the first of many. There is already a second one in the works for the week that Lance and his team get back. And plans for more in the next 2-3 months. What an AWESOME God we serve!
Wednesday, January 20, 2010
But that all changed Monday with a phone call from Lance. I was standing in the checkout line at Old Navy when my phone rang and Lance told me he had talked to a good friend of ours who is the Missions Pastor at our church. He then said that they were thinking about going to Haiti. I told him that I could not discuss it right then and that we could talk later that night.
I had assumed that John and called Lance about going, so I was surprised when Lance told me that he had called John. I was upset mostly because I was fearful. It is so unstable there right now. And there are tens of thousands of doctors around the world. My husband didn't need to go into such a dangerous situation. But God's plans don't necessarily line up with our plans. And there is no denying the hand of God on this trip.
Lance and John talked Mon. Tuesday they had contacted a missionary in Port Au Prince, had a place to set up a "clinic", have a place to stay and have secured a flight into Port Au Prince. And now here we are at Wednesday and there are 12 people going. All doctors, nurses and 2 pastors.
They will be staying at a church on a hill overlooking Port Au Prince. They are going to be sleeping on the ground in sleeping bags behind a locked gate in the courtyard of the church. There is no running water, no toilets, no food. They are taking tents, sleeping bags, water purifiers, protein "gu", dehydrated food, and medical supplies.
It is going to be rough. And that's an understatement. I am so proud of Lance. God called and he answered. In 36 hours, he has mobilized doctors, gotten medicines donated from 3 hospitals, and made contact with military personnel that are helping in Haiti. Those things weren't done by him, but by God, through him and I'm so proud that he has listened to His call.
Now I have to say in all honesty, that I'm scared. It is literally like a warzone there. Today there was a 6.1 magnitude aftershock. There are looters in downtown Port Au Prince. It is just unsafe. But I know that God has called and He has a plan. I have no choice but to trust Him. So, I will pray (a lot) over the next 2 weeks. (He leaves on the 28th and returns on the 2nd.) And I will lean on my Father knowing that He has my husband in His hand and He will protect him and use him to minister to the hurting people of Haiti.
So if you're reading this somewhere out in the "blogosphere", :) I covet your prayers for Lance and the team as they minister in Haiti. And for all of the other workers who are there and who will be going. We cannot imagine the devastation that the people of Haiti are living through. The only hope they have are in the Lord.
Friday, January 15, 2010
Tonight while we were eating dinner, Hope announced that she was going to marry Luke. I told her she couldn't marry her brother. When she asked why, Sara answered, "because they will arrest you if you do." (Ha!) I told her that she would marry her boyfriend. And she wanted to know who her boyfriend was. I told her that God would have a man for her to marry.
Then she said that she was going to marry Daddy. Lance looked at her and told her he couldn't because he was already married. I told her I had a problem with that idea and then she said the absolute cutest thing! "Momma, we could share." As innocent and sweet as can be!
Thursday, January 14, 2010
Monday, January 11, 2010
Sunday, January 10, 2010
It was a great restaurant, reasonably priced, and had a great ambiance. We had the best time. I loved the babakanoosh and hummas. Our kebobs were wonderful, but they were out of creme brulee. Lance was bummed. He loves it, so that just means we have to go back!
Then we went to the mall and just walked around without any pressure to hurry and after that, we met his sister and bro-in-law at the movies. It was a great evening. The most stressfree I've felt in a while.
Tomorrow starts our routine all over again. Praise the Lord! School is back in! The girls have MDO, and I'm going to lunch with a friend. I'm glad to back in to the swing of things. The past 3 weeks have been fun with the kids, but with it being sooooo cold, there's just so much you can do inside. Everyone is ready to get out of the house!
Friday, January 8, 2010
But that all changes tonight. I started this blog to remember what the kids are saying and how our family is changing and having fun. So that's what I'm doing! If I have a picture, then Great! If not, then, oh well!
So the thing I have to write about tonight is absolutely hysterical!!! We've been couped up in the house all week because of the cold and snow. Lance got home early, so we went and picked out fabric for the new couch we've ordered and then we met Mom and Dad for dinner at a Chinese food restaurant that we love to go to!
Lance was sitting by Emma and playing with her by taking off her hat and handing it back to her. While he was doing that an older gentleman walked past and started talking to Emma. He smiled and looked at her and said, "Does grandpa have your hat?" Totally talking about Lance! Hahahahahahaha!!!!! It was all I could do to keep from bursting out laughing right in front of the man! It was hysterical!!!! Poor Lance. Time for some Just For Men!! Ha!
Monday, January 4, 2010
We went out to our land to sled. Hope HATES the snow so she and Lance and Emma were content to just play in the snow sitting down so it didn't get in her face.
Luke and Sara on the other hand LOVED sledding!
Friday, January 1, 2010
I'm so glad Mom and Dad live so close just for spontaneous moments like that!
Dad called me a little bit ago to tell me something else funny Hope said. Evidently she called Poppa stupid tonight. She did that to me this afternoon and she got a spanking for it and I hugged her and told her we don't talk like that. She kept telling me she was sorry. Poppa got on to her also tonight when she did it to him. They were saying prayers when they were going to bed and she told God she was sorry for saying "stupid, and pee, and potty water, and poop." I about died laughing! She asked for forgiveness for all the bad words she knows!