Insights into these Shoes' Soul

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Monday, April 16, 2018

It’s Official, We Are Empty Nesters–For Real This Time

IMG_1289On April 6 we put Dawn on the plane to Haiti.  For several months we’ve helped her pack, labels things and get ready to go.  We attended fundraisers in Tampa and in Ft. Myers, then as her support came in, she was able to quit Starbucks.  She was given the go ahead to order the sea container and we packed some more in earnest.  There were packing parties at the house where her Starbucks friends and church friends came and helped her wrap and prepare her furniture for transportation and label everything (she had to have a manifest of everything she was putting on the container for customs).  Then her friends came to help pack the container.  Her belongings only filled half of it and the other half was filled with supplies and equipment for RMI’s missionaries and ministries.  You can see pictures of all this on her website,

By the time the container was sent on its way, Dawn was down to living out of 3 suitcases, a backpack and a carry-on…for a month!  But she had planned well and she was able to focus on spending time with supporters, getting her paperwork in order to get her visa once she gets there and all the many last minute details.  Her Tampa friends hosted a very nice going away party and we hosted a large going away party at our home for all her Ft. Myers supporters and friends.  It was a challenge, but we managed to feed and fit 50 people in our house!  Both times were a tremendous encouragement to her!

A last meal with her grandparents in Naples and her brother, sister-in-law and niece in Ft. Lauderdale and then it was time to get on the plane.  She was so excited, she hardly looked back as she took off down the airport.

IMG_1308RMI staff met her and all her luggage arrived fine.  They arrived in Cayes in time for supper.  [Here she is that night in the yard of her new house with RMI missionary Becky Thompson and her daughter, Tessa.]  After a good weekend they were all surprised to see her container arrive Sunday night!!  That was a record time for a container to be shipped, worked through customs and received in Cayes.  They unloaded it the next morning.  Most of her things went into a storage area until her house is ready for her.  But she was able to unpack her bed, refrigerator and a few other essential things.    I’m including her March newsletter which answers some of the “where will you be living” kind of questions.

So now, the house is quiet, no more packing and preparing, no more trips to Tampa, and we hardly know what to do with ourselves.  Well, that’s not exactly true….we’ve turned her bedroom into a 2nd guestroom (which we’ve already used twice in the last 10 days) and are now trying to get our overdue gardening/spring planting done.  Dan was able to go on a 3 day motorcycle ride around central Florida with several buddies.  He needed that break and change of pace.  And we are getting ready for a trip to South Carolina for my mom’s 80th birthday. 

Here is Dawn’s March newsletter:

It’s finally happening!!  April 6 I fly to Haiti.  I say finally because becoming an overseas missionary has been my life goal, my “dream job”, a specific calling from God for a very long time.  Thus I can tell you with a tremendous amount of excitement that I’m flying to Haiti on April 6!

God has been Faithful...
By  the time you get this letter, I should be at 98% for both my monthly support needs and my one time costs.  I’ve been able to purchase what I need here in the states with those funds.  Once I get there and set up house, there will be costs that I have to pay there in Haiti - things like buying propane tanks, buying a stove (it needed to be bought in-country because the ones there will not have all the electronic controls like the ones in the US), housing fees, getting satellite internet set up and quite a number of other things.  God has allowed me to share at quite a number of churches and Bible studies.  Some of them were new opportunities and some were contacts from my college and post-college years.  Some in Tampa, Myakka City (a small town near Bradenton), here in Ft. Myers and I sure don’t want to forget my new ministry partners in Washington state.  In some I was given just 4-5 minutes to share while some gave me the entire service.  And God worked.  He spoke to people’s hearts and my funds have come in.  I so appreciate everyone’s love and sacrificial giving! 

The Sea Container is on its Way...
IMG_0828Each step of this journey to get to Haiti has had it’s own set of challenges.  Trying to work at Starbucks and do deputation at the same time was difficult.  It left little time to shop for a household of things (everything from couches, tables, chairs, to the bathroom sink) for 4 years.  I was so glad when Feb. 2 came and I turned in my apron!  Since then I’ve focused on whittling down my list of needs and sharing about my ministry.  Oh, and packing.  Five days before the container was dropped, I had 9 wonderful friends from my Bible study group and former Starbucks co-workers who came to my house and spent 2.5 hours packing my bedroom furniture, securing my bins with zip ties, and labeling and numbering everything. 

The container is 40’ - the same size as a semi-truck.  My belongings didn’t fill it up, of course!  RMI used about half of it to get quite a number of things for the ministry to Haiti that just can’t get there any other 4-wheelers, truck tires and an industrial stove for the Zanglais Ministry Center.  There were 40 pillows and sets of sheets for the Ministry Center and many other supplies added to the container.

IMG_0905We had to have everything packed, bubble wrapped, stretch wrapped, labeled and ready for loading day, March 6.  Since my parents’ house could only hold so much stuff, we rented a storage unit until we could get them loaded.  I’m so glad RMI has experience in doing this because I would have never known that a forklift, rental truck and all kinds of other equipment was needed to load it.

We had another night of friends helping load the rental truck with the things at my house and some of the storage unit stuff.  The next day, March 6, we had a wonderful crew of volunteers who came and worked hard all day to load everything onto the container.  What a huge job.  It was sealed and sent on it’s way.  Pray with me as it makes it way through the Port of Miami, onto the container ship, across the sea to Port of Port-au-Prince, through customs and then on the road to it’s final destination at Cayes.  If all goes well, it should arrive in Cayes about the same time I do on April 6.  Believe it or not, I’m now down to living out of 3 suitcases, 1 carry-on and my backpack.  Amazing!  This is becoming real!

Before I leave...
The month of March will be very busy.  Every weekend is planned, and the days in between are starting to fill up with last doctor visits, paperwork for customs, paperwork for my work permit (I have to get fingerprinted and a good conduct police report!), etc.

Once I get to Haiti...
I will be staying in temporary housing at first.  I’ve been assigned to live in a “single ladies house” and 2 of the 3 ladies that are in there right now are in transition and in the process of leaving.  Once they leave, repairs will need to be done before I can move in.  This house is approximately 80 years old and much of the time it’s been occupied by single ladies.  The wiring needs to be updated, a number of things replaced, painting, leaks fixed, etc.  Most of my belongings will be stored at RMI’s storage and depot yard in a secure container until the house is ready and I can actually move in.  This house has 3 bedrooms with each room having its own bathroom and a common living/dining and kitchen area.

Where will I be located...
My house is located on the Cite Lumiere Mission Center.  It is the same mission center where I was born and grew up.  In fact, the house I grew up in is right down the hill from where I’ll be living.  The mission center is basically 2 hilltops.  The Haitian church association that RMI is affiliated with, MEBSH (Mission Evangélique Baptiste du Sud d’Haïti)  - the Evangelical Baptist Mission of Southern Haiti - owns all the property and buildings and I’ll be renting my house from them.  The mission center has a number of homes for missionaries, a missionary kid school (where I attended), a hospital, dental and maternity (where I was born!) clinic, all the offices of MEBSH and its departments as well as the RMI office and it’s storage/garage/depot yard on it.  It’s about a kilometer long, end to end.  The homes are concrete block; some of them have concrete roofs and some have tin roofs.  Mine has a tin roof (with a drop ceiling).

Haiti map marking Cayes & ZanglaisThe mission center is located right outside of Les Cayes, Haiti’s 3rd largest town and the major town in the southern peninsula.  It’s a mixture of a “big city” feel and yet rural too.  It’s about 5 hours from the capital of Port-au-Prince.  Most of my living and shopping will be done in Cayes (the name is usually shortened to just “Cayes”, pronounced “k-eyes”).  My travel with teams will be in different villages all over the southern peninsula.  The other place to note is the Zanglais Ministry Center.  It’s located about 45 minutes east of Cayes.  I’ll be spending quite a bit of time with teams there. 

My RMI Teammates...
I’m so thankful that I’ll be a part of a large team working with RMI.  There are 9 US missionaries and about 40 national staff working with RMI.  Some of the national staff used to work with my parents when they were there, so they knew me when I was a kid.  Quite a number of missionaries working with other organizations live across the street, down the road and next door, too.  I’ll be well taken care of!  I appreciate that they emphasize field orientation and language study first before starting ministry.  That’s what I’ll be doing during my first 3-4 months besides getting my house in order.  I know I’ll be anxious to get started in ministry but I also know I need to be properly equipped beforehand with solid language skills. 

Please Pray with me...
I am filled with many different emotions, happiness, excitement, amazement, and a little nervous. I’ve been waiting to go to the mission field for a very long time. God has blown me away with His provision, love, care, and direction.
* Pray that the last funds I need will come in before I leave for Haiti April 6.  RMI has cleared me to go, but those last funds need to come in.  If you feel led to help, go to
* Pray for my transition to living in Haiti. It’s going to be so different, and away from family and friends.
* Pray that my housing situation continues to work out.  There are many details and repairs to take care and it’s hard to be patient.  I’ve been “in transition” for a long time and I just want to settle in and “make my home”.
* Pray for me as I go through Creole language study.  I want to do well.  I have a good base from my growing up years, but I really need to do a lot of catching up to get it up to a ministry level.
* Pray that I’ll find a good solid niche in the RMI team.
* Pray for my relationships with my roommates.  With housing so tight, other single ladies will be assigned to the other bedrooms in the house and I won’t really be able to “pick out” a housemate. 

You can still contact me via email,  You can keep up with me by checking out my website,, or find me on Facebook (look me up using “Dawn Shoemaker – Impacting Haiti”).   Once I get there, I’ll let everyone know my new address and phone number.

Thank you again for your faithful support.  I appreciate you so much!

Only by His Grace,


Her support is currently at 98%.  We’ve seen God do amazing things in providing for her one-time needs and her monthly support.  It’s been so encouraging to her and exciting to see this blessing and affirmation of her call of God on her life.  We are very proud of her to say the least.  She’s finally there!  Her life-long dream has become reality.  But…

Now we have to figure out how to do this empty nest thing.

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Do You Want the Good News or the Bad News?

It’s been an eventful start to the year.  I figured that if I didn’t write it down, I wouldn’t remember it. 

The year started with some bad news:  our colleague, RMI’s VP, Kim Rose, fell off a tall ladder at his home on Jan. 3.  An ER visit, dislocated shoulder, broken arm, sprained wrist and torn Achilles tendon later determined that with surgery and weeks and weeks of recuperation and physical therapy, he would be ok (that’s the good news part of this scenario).  But for us, this has meant that he has to work from home and we in the RMI office are “limping along” (pun unintended) without him.

Good News – we live in America and there was a peaceful, orderly transfer of power in our country.  But since this isn’t a political blog nor do we make political statements I won’t comment on the people involved.  From the perspective of one who lived for 25 years overseas and traveled to quite a few countries in Europe and Caribbean, I can say that I enjoyed watching the inauguration and I love being an American.  Seeing the flag, hearing the songs (well, except that one from Missouri – I couldn’t figure that one out), watching the pomp and circumstance – it made me realize that I really did miss seeing all that throughout the years of being gone.  We really do have a wonderful country – even with it’s imperfections and challenges.  (The good news/bad news in this will have to be determined by the reader depending on your view of things.)

But it’s the stuff in our personal lives that this blog is about. 

Jules 1-1So…the good news is that our nearest and dearest friend, Jules Gedna, finished his battle with cancer and graduated to see our Lord face to face on Jan. 19.  He is no longer in pain.  The bad news is that we have lost our dearest friend and closest partner in ministry.  In our early years of ministry in Haiti…the 1980’s and 1990’s, he was almost the only co-worker we had.  RMI would not be where it is today if it hadn’t been for Jules’ tireless, selfless, loyal work for us and the ministry.  You can read more about Jules from RMI’s Facebook page HERE, particularly the Jan. 19th post, or from the Facebook group, “Remembering Jules Gedna” HERE.

Dan & JulesA team member (who became a good friend and eventually a fellow missionary) wrote:  “I have enjoyed reading the tributes to Jules and Dan (on the occasion of his 60th birthday on January 29) but struggle to find my own words.  I cannot seem to share my first memories of the one without the other…they blend in the fog of my first experience in Haiti!  What a remarkable situation we are now considering…memories of two brothers – one now singing in glory…the other remaining here to celebrate his 60 years.  My most powerful early remembrance is of the two together – partners-in-crime / brothers in the ministry.  I recall the sensation was ‘I can trust these men!’  Dan commanded it and Jules exuded it.  They trusted each other and the God who loves them…they would escort us up the ‘ramp’  (a particularly tough part of the main road up and over the mountains) to see Jesus in Beaumont, Haiti…and so they did…and we did…see Jesus!  I know I will never be the same…and I sing with great joyful gratitude to God for bringing me into the company of these two Godly men!  Although I have stories of memories that have grown like mountains upon these, none can overshadow that ‘first time’ in Haiti and the gentlemen who facilitated my unique encounter with God.  I am forever grateful.”

IMG_5008One piece of good news was that 2 weeks before he died Dan and Dawn flew to Boston where he and his wife, Marthe, lived and spent a day with him.  Dawn and Jules have had a special bond since she was born on his birthday.  Dan showed Jules pictures of the hurricane aftermath, they visited and Dan prayed with Jules.  The bad news was that they knew this was to be their last visit.  It was bittersweet but they were glad that they went.

Dan and Debbie, as well as representatives of the RMI Haiti staff, attended his funeral in Boston on Jan. 28.  He leaves behind his wife, 2 adult sons and 3 grandchildren.

Dan’s 60th birthday was Jan. 29.  Very good news indeed!!  The bad news is that there was no celebration because we were involved in a huge missions conference at our home church that day.  We felt very sad about this…but have decided that we’ll have a dual celebration in March when Debbie turns 60.  We hope to be able to take a special trip sometime later in the year to mark those milestones and our anniversary at the same time.

1Jan. 22 we made a trip to Ft. Lauderdale to help our sweet Riley celebrate her first birthday.  It was a fun day to be with both sides of the family.  10 days later she loves the rocking horseShe took her first steps on Christmas Day so she’d had a month’s practice being on her feet.  While we were there she enjoyed practicing going up and down the little steps into the house and out of the house, in and out, and in and out again.  She’s already pretty agile on her feet.  She was overwhelmed with all the people that were there and even all the presents – but she has the hang of ripping up paper.  One of the things we gave her was her first rocking horse that happens to sing….and she was afraid of it and burst into tears when it started to sing.  It was cute.  Another toddler that was there has one just like it – so she stood by it pinching it’s ear to activate the song and did a little bouncy dance to the song.  In time she’ll like it and be riding it – it’s just her little size.   [This is Riley on the horse about 10 days later, riding it and squeezing the ear to hear the song.]  That’s the good news of that day.

The other good news of that day was that we lived through a terrible accident on the way home.  We were almost home, traveling on the main road into town when a minivan came barreling down a side street at 50 mph – not even applying the brakes for her stop sign.  She blew right through it and slammed into a truck that passed between us and the minivan in the intersection.  The 2 vehicles crashed, twisted and turned all around us in the intersection, debris from both vehicles flying everywhere.  It happened in a millisecond.  And somehow we drove through all of that without a scratch on us or even the car.  Our blood pressure and adrenaline levels were entirely another matter.  We pulled over, called 911 and checked on the occupants of the vehicles involved.  EMT’s were quickly on the scene since the station was right up the street.  The jaws of life were required to extract the van driver.  As Dan gave his statement to the police, Dawn and I walked around the debris field on the side of the road.  The truck bed had been full of construction equipment so we saw tools, buckets, gas cans, a chunk of cement and a huge sledgehammer.  How some of that didn’t hit our car is a mystery to us.  We do praise God for His mercy and grace for protecting us!

The bad news was that this was not our first encounter with the police that week!  Several days earlier Deb’s van was broken into during the night.  We say “broken” into but really all the thief had to do was to open the door since she accidently left it unlocked that night.  Some very nice headphones and a bag of change was all he got for his efforts but it still left us feeling creeped out.  Dan and Dawn’s cars were locked and didn’t have a problem.  She won’t be leaving it unlocked again!

Well, that’s enough good news / bad news for now.  See you all in the next post.

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

The Answer is Yes

path of hurricane matthew with labels and hurricane wordsYes – Hurricane Matthew hit southern Haiti HARD Oct 3 and 4 as a category 4, 145 mph wind monster.

Yes – It hit where our ministry is headquartered in the southern Haitian town of Les Cayes, where our missionaries and national staff live and where most of our partner churches are located.

Yes – The destruction and devastation are much, much worse than you have seen on the TV and social media.  The descriptions I’ve heard over and over is that it looks like a nuclear bomb went off, just no radiation.  Homes, businesses, churches, and schools have been flattened – destroyed.  Small villages wiped off the map.  Reports are that there is 100% crop loss and 80% livestock loss.  Where trees once stood is now a wasteland.  This area was the breadbasket of Haiti and nowBenson's mother's house officials are saying that it’ll take up to 10 years for it to come back.  Large trees that fell over by the roots were things like mango and breadfruit.  If such a tree survived, it’ll be many years before it re-establishes itself and even more before it bears fruit.  There’s no vegetation as far as the eye can see.  This destruction isn’t isolated along the coast but is found just as much if not worse in the mountains and valleys inland.  Many areas experienced huge floods, bridges were washed away, mudslides and landslides blocked the roads making moving around the region very difficult.

Yes – There was already a hunger problem in Haiti, but the results of all this crop loss will be felt by the entire country.  Especially in southern Haiti, there will be extreme malnutrition and possibly starvation.

14572807_10153984450761538_2076005466331047177_nYes – Cholera, an intestinal bacterial disease, is exploding in the hurricane zones.  Water sources…rivers, springs, wells…have been contaminated yet that is all the people have.  This contamination leads to cholera (which causes vomiting and debilitating diarrhea) and if left untreated can kill in a matter of hours or just a few days.  It’s easily treated but there’s the rub – there’s just a handful of hospitals (some now destroyed) and almost no possibility of getting treatment.  And it’s contagious as people live in unclean situations and don’t have the knowledge and capability of how to prevent its spread.

Yes – The utter devastation is said to be much worse than the 2010 earthquake.  The death toll is lower (1,000 at this point) but the scope and area affected are far greater than what was affected by the earthquake.

2Yes – Our missionary and staff are all ok.  The missionaries were in cement homes except one (the house where we used to live).  All of the homes are fine – even our old house with its tin roof.  It’s a duplex and the other side did lose a part of their roof.  All of them lost a lot of trees and outer structures.  Our old yard suffered quite a bit.  The iron cage for Spike the very large iguana we left there was destroyed when the tree that the cage was attached to fell over, roots and all.  He was rescued and spent a few unhappy days in a missionary’s bathroom before a new, temporary cage could be built for him.  The gazebo and tin roof over the deck on the depot blew away.  You can see pictures of the mission center, our former house (now RMI field leader, Rob Thompson’s house) and the RMI facilities HERE.

3Yes – Our RMI office and depot/garage yard suffered some damage.  The office is a cement roofed building but winds blew in the windows allowing wind and rain inside.  The depot’s huge metal gate was blown into the middle of the road.  The garage’s tin roof and the tin roofs over the containers in the yard (where the food aid is stored) were blown off.  Of course, all the trees are either stripped or down.

Yes – Mission center where the missionary homes and our facilities (and where we lived for 25 years) are located was heavily damaged: 7 missionary homes lost their roofs (and thus most or all of the contents), the water system was destroyed, the electric system was destroyed and many ministry offices damaged.

dame marie 14Yes – It took several days for our staff to literally chop and chainsaw their way out of their homes and make paths on the local roads enough so 4 wheel motorcycles could pass through.  They’ve also been very involved in helping the other missionaries recover.  The missionaries came together to help move the lost-roof families to homes that were empty due to the occupants being on furlough, making sure that everyone had a generator to keep their refrigerators and freezers running, repairing the electricity system and water systems and working at repair the antennas to help restore some internet.  Communication with the field is very tenuous.  Cell phone towers are down and out, so cell service is intermittent at best.  But now, 2 weeks later we are happy to report that the water systems are back and electric lines are re-strung and there is power now.  That goes a long way toward helping families begin to focus more on relief aid in their ministries.

Yes – RMI’s Zanglais Ministry Center is fine.  In fact, we’ve been told that it looks like it was untouched.  We’ve even had relief groups stay there already.  We are so thankful for this!  It wasn’t in the area hit by hurricane force winds (see the map above).

14581433_10153984450381538_887380408804398249_nYes – RMI was immediately involved in distributing food aid and relief supplies.  Phase one of our response is to respond to the immediate needs of food and water.  We had over 800,000 meals stored and ready for such a time as this and, to date, we have almost handed out quite a bit of them.  By faith, we’ve ordered 5 more containers of food aid.  We are also distributing chlorine tablets and water filters to provide clean drinking water to combat cholera.  What can you do to help us provide this aid?  Go HERE to donate to this massive undertaking of relief aid.

dame marie 14Yes – Our staff fanned out on motorcycles to go visit every single C3 partner church, get detailed reports on how the church, school, parsonage, community, and district churches fared and to take pictures to send back to their US partner churches.  It’s heartbreaking to read the reports and see the words “destroyed” and “roof torn off” on so many of them.  You can see the reports HERE.

Yes – RMI is addressing the need to rebuild.  Phase two of our response is to focus on getting roofs back on schools.  We need to help kids get back into school.  This will help bring some kind of normalcy back into their lives.  If schools don’t get back up and running soon, the entire year will be lost for those students.  After that, we’ll turn our attention to roofs of church and then homes (including parsonages).  In November we will start booking work teams to assist in this rebuilding.

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Yes – Dan is in Haiti this week, Oct. 18-21, to see things first hand, meet with the staff and visit several C3 partner churches that he is able to get to.  The road to Port-au-Prince is now open (after the main bridge washed out…now that the river waters have gone down significantly, vehicles are fording the river and getting through), making travel possible as well as getting fuel, propane, and supplies into the Cayes area.

Yes – This is going to be a huge, long-term recovery for the southern peninsula.  We need your prayers and your financial help to get through it.  There is such great need everywhere we turn.

Dawn's prayer card black outline 90% transYes – Dawn is more anxious than ever to get to Haiti to help out.  In order for her to go, she needs her funds raised.  She has a monthly amount that she needs (this includes not only salary but funds to cover taxes, insurance, and other monthly costs) and a separate amount for her one-time expenses (this covers things like her flight there, a 4 wheeler for transportation, funds to set up a household, the cost of obtaining her visa and other one-time expenses).  She can’t go until all of those funds are raised.  Could you be a member of her support team?  Go HERE to give to her support or one-time costs.  The need for her help is even more acute now.  Just think – she’ll be going back to the same mission center where she was born (which was 26 years ago on Oct. 24…next week!!).  How exciting is that?

Yes – We, RMI and Haiti need your prayers.  We have been working hard since the hurricane with coordinating relief efforts, shipments of food, fund raising for those relief supplies, keeping the communications (social media, etc.) going and much, much more.  There aren’t many of us in the office and we are all wearing multiple hats.  RMI needs your prayers as we do what we can to care for the needs of our staff and work at providing relief for Haiti.  We need wisdom in the scheduling of rebuilding work teams.  The needs are so many and complex!  The people of Haiti need your prayers.  They are a resilient people, but this has been a serious blow.  For the Christians, they remain strong and unshaken in their faith, but they are hurting.

And finally Yes – We need your financial help. 
Thank you

Thursday, September 15, 2016

Third Generation Missionary

We wanted to share what was posted on RMI’s blog this week!

Signing with RMI 2Meet RMI’s newest missionary appointee, Dawn Shoemaker.  She is literally returning to the land of her birth.  Dawn is the daughter of RMI president, Dan, and RMI Director of Communication, Debbie Shoemaker and the granddaughter of Herb and Shirley Shoemaker, RMI founders.  Dawn was born in Les Cayes, grew up and went to school on the mission center where the Shoemaker family were missionaries for 25 years.  She returned to the US with her parents when she was 15.  After high school she attended Trinity College of Florida and majored in cross cultural communications and Biblical studies.  One of her summers was spent as an RMI intern in Haiti.

Besides growing up as a Third Culture Kid, she has participated in a home building trip to Mexico, a leadership training trip  that traveled to Paris, Brussels, and Amsterdam and a trip to Paraguay using volleyball as an entry point to present the Gospel in public schools. 

Dawn began to feel the call of God on her life  while she was a child in Haiti.  This was strengthened in high school and she chose to attend Trinity so she could prepare for full time ministry. 

IMG_6779Dawn will be working with teams, helping them to engage in ministry and evangelism with the Haitian people, helping with hospitality,  providing video/photos and stories for our blogs and social media, and assisting wherever the Field Director has need.  RMI has many needs and will be looking as to how best to use her skills and passion.  She is needed there as soon as possible so pray for her as she begins to raise her funds to be able to get to the field. 

She excited to be going to Haiti to minister.  She’ll be living and working on the same mission center in Cayes where her grandparents lived and where her dad grew up as well as where she grew up.  The maternity clinic where she was born is also located on the mission center.  Who would have known that she’d be back as a full time missionary one day? 

We’re excited to welcome Dawn to the RMI family!  If you would like to be a part of Dawn’s support team you can do that online HERE.


We are all excited about this news.  Dawn will still be working at Starbucks while she begins raising her funds. She is working on writing her first newsletter and building her website.  We’ll share that information with you when it’s ready.  We hope you will consider being a part of her support team.  It would be such an encouragement to her and help her get to the field sooner than later.

P.S.  What we should have mentioned is that she is actually third generation missionary on Debbie’s side of the family too!  Her maternal grandparents were missionaries with Child Evangelism Fellowship in Germany for many years and then they served in CEF’s International headquarters for a number of years before they retired.  She can honestly say that full time service is a part of her DNA.

Thursday, May 26, 2016

This Day….10 years ago

May 26, 2006    That was the day everything changed for us and we began a new chapter in our family story. 

We moved to the US 10 years ago today.  Our “Haiti Chapter” seems so long ago yet at time it feels like it was just a couple of months ago.

For fun, here is our newsletter that traces our first year in the US.  It was eventful to say the least. 

[Don’t leave this blog yet….there’s more at the end!]

Fall 2007 a

Fall 2007


~ Jump ahead 10 years and here is our latest newsletter ~


10 years

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I hope you enjoyed this look back – we did.  Who knows what the next 10 years will hold?

Blessings to everyone!