Insights into these Shoes' Soul

Welcome to our blog! You'll get glimpses into the fabric of our lives... find out what is happening in our family, learn what our latest adjustment is to life in the US, find out what is going on in our minds, see what makes us smile, and hear what makes us tick. You'll also get ministry updates! We hope these insights into our souls will make you smile, keep you informed and challenge you to pray for us.

Wednesday, March 31, 2010

What can 1 person do?

With so many displaced people in Haiti, what can YOU do to help? 

What can you do that will enable families to begin to rebuild their lives? 

What would be culturally relevant, give families a sense of normalcy, security as well as give them dignity? 

RMI has researched those questions and we have an exciting answer! 

Stay tuned!!

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Welcomed visitor!

Painted bunting










Normally my bird feeder just fattens the local black grackles and doves, but today a male (seen above) and a female painted bunting helped themselves to breakfast, lunch, snacks and supper on Monday.  They were joined by a female cardinal occasionally.  It was so cool to see the “happy couple”.  What a beautiful creature!  So many colors in one little body.  God packed a lot into that one bird!

Thursday, March 11, 2010

Lost in the Ruins: Haiti’s Best and Brightest

An eye-opening article by Jonathan Katz, found here, tells of yet another challenge that faces Haiti: the loss of a generation of Haiti’s young professionals.  It makes you sit back, take a deep breath and say yet another prayer for the future of Haiti.  May God provide Christian young people to replace those that have been lost.IMG_1030

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Thank you for the encouragement!

"Thank you for helping our congregation at CrossRoad understand that we are called not just to give to the people of Haiti, but to be in relationship with them. Casual giving to soothe our consciences is being replaced by vital action, where our lives are intertwined with our sister church in Tiburon & we now see we have lessons to learn that only they can teach us."

Dennis Owen of CrossRoad UMC, Jacksonville, FL sent us this great word of encouragement.  It is affirming to see the essence of RMI’s ministry being grasped and lived out.  This is what RMI is all about!  Thank you, Dennis. 

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Notes for the week

#1 – Last week thieves stole the power cables at the office again, so we had to work out of the office again (it happened back in the fall).  The power is back on now and we are so thankful it took less than a week!!

#2 – Dan and Kim (RMI’s new VP) are in Haiti this week.  They are researching the next phase of RMI’s relief efforts, transitional housing.  They will be meeting with several key people and committees for rebuilding.  This is Kim’s first trip to Haiti, so he will have a great opportunity to not only assist in this but be able to meet RMI’s Haiti staff, get to know RMI’s field and see our facilities.  It’ll help give him a much better understanding of how things work there.

Pray that they will be able to get appointments with the right people, that RMI would find favor in the sight of these people and committees and that God will give them clear direction.

More details will follow once plans for this effort are finalized!  Stay tuned!!