Monday, June 6, 2011
An Alabama Couple!!!
As you know one of our biggest prayer requests has been for the Lord to call a couple or family to Jacmel to help Samuel with the kids. Also, in our last post I explained about the Alabama House and how the couple would have a dual role in Jacmel as the host for mission teams and helping Samuel. Well, the Lord has called a couple from FBC, so I am so excited to announce that Tommy and Joy Schwindling will be moving to Jacmel around July 15th. They have sensed the Lord's call to be in mission work for some time now. Joy and Tommy initially thought it would be in Africa until this opportunity arose. If you attend FBC, you know that they are dedicated servants who work hard and want no recognition. They have served tirelessly in helping prepare countless meals on Wednesday nights, MIC, and many, many other occasions!
They have also headed up Raceway Ministries and been vital members of our SS class. Their service goes far beyond this as they quietly reach out to others on a daily basis sharing God's love and building relationships. Please begin praying for them daily as they prepare to make this transition.
The plan is for the Schwindlings to live in the Alabama House until a permanent "missions" house is built on the same land as a home for the children. We are still awaiting word from Jerry O'Leary (Canadian who owns land in Jacmel). From most recent conversations, it doesn't appear that he will turn over the land to us at no cost. However, we are hopeful that he will provide terms and amounts that are reasonable. We will keep you posted, but please keep praying about this land. In the meantime, Charley Elgin (Pathfinder Mission) is working on lining up a team of professionals to assess the piece of land and provide a design concept congruent with what we want for the children. We know if the Lord doesn't provide this land He will provide land. Sometimes it just takes waiting on His best! This is His mission; not ours. He just lets us be a part of it.