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March 20, 2011

Sometimes He Calms the Storm!

The Two Wesleyan Boats

The Breezy Sea (right) brought us safely across Saturday! My first rough crossing was in The Wesleyana (left).

Another crazy hectic supply run into Port ended late Saturday afternoon! We left La Gonave on Thursday at 9:15am and arrived in Port-au-Prince about 1pm. We then spent Thursday afternoon and most of Friday going around Port shopping WITH Haley and Luke! I made the statement, “We’ll never do this again” more times than I will admit!

On Thursday we were riding through one of the notoriously violent parts of town and drove up on a tire burning in the street. Heidi and I noticed that our driver, who had been carefully slowing down and avoiding potholes and speedbumps because of the children, no longer slowed down. He never let off the gas pedal after we saw a second burning tire a short distance away. I asked him a little later what he thought when he saw the tires burning. He said, “That’s not good!” What added to the Friday adventure was the phone call that exiled former president Aristide had landed at the airport at 10am that day! The report was that Haitians were “flocking” to the airport yelling, “Aristide is King!” A couple of the Haitian workers told the guy who called us that the crowd was happy now, but would likely turn violent later. Thankfully, we heard of no violence!

The Saturday return boat trip was in the top three roughest I’ve ever had. One of the other missionaries who has made many trips across said some of the waves were 7 to 8 feet high! All our groceries and recently purchased furniture was soaked along with each of us. Haley was seasick and scared! Her head was laid in my lap and her hands were clutching my shirt. She heard me refer to the Bible story where Jesus was sleeping in the back of the boat and said with a sweet, child-like honesty, “I wish Jesus was sleeping in the back of this boat!” I’m so thankful I could tell her, “He is!” God has said, “Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you,” and He still calmly reassures of of this today! He told Joshua, “Be strong and courageous. Do not be terrified; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.” In Cite Soliel passing tires being burned in the streets, in the Breezy Sea crossing the 12 miles of churning ocean to the island of La Gonave, or in the “storm” or “rough water” you find yourself in…GOD IS WITH US! He cares for us and He loves us!

A song from a few years ago said, “Sometimes He calms the storm; at other times He calms His child!”

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2 comments already

  1. Martin LaBar on 03.21.2011 at 4:16 am | permalink
  2. He does care. God bless you all.

  3. Steven Blanton on 03.22.2011 at 8:16 am | permalink
  4. Love Hayley’s comment. I wish Jesus was in this boat. And Dad’s come back, “He is”.

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