Today we wanted to take the time to recap what has lead us to our “today” of moving full time to the mission field in Haiti. We are beyond thankful for those that have and continue to be an enormous encouragement on this journey God has us on! It all started last December…
In December of 2015 we humbly accepted an offer to join For Life Ministries as missionaries in Haiti (to read more about this decision visit this blog post- For I know the plans. Less than one-month later God answered our nine-month prayer and we found out we were expecting our first child! We are still rejoicing to this day that He is entrusting us to be parents and our prayer is to raise this child up in the ways of the Lord where ever he places us. With that said, we have confidence knowing God’s timing is perfect. While we know this is going to be challenging, we are clinging to what God has called all believers to do, “go and make disciples of all nations.” He does not say, “but if you have children stay in the comfort of your culture.” There is no but, just a command to go. Therefore, we will go and continue trusting God with everything in us knowing He has opened a door for us to use the gifts He has given us to glorify His name in Haiti (1 Peter 4:10).
While we are blessed to be able to provide a safe home for our child, we have faced the brutal reality that not every child brought into this world knows what it is like to have a safe and loving home to call their own. Tomorrow morning in Haiti, a child will wake up before dawn to cook food she will never eat and wash beautiful clothes she will never get to wear. She will buy food from a market and fetch water from a well, all for a family that is not hers. All for a family that will probably treat her as an object only good for serving their endless needs. She is just one of the more than 300,000 children in Haiti, known as restaveks or domestic slaves. These children will never know how much God loves them. They will never know that God created them for a purpose. They will never know unless God’s people go and tell them. Therefore, we will be moving to Jacmel, Haiti to partner with Faith House Orphanage. This orphanage exists to spread the gospel by rescuing orphans and restaveks in Haiti. The orphanage also provides a Biblical based education opportunity to the community and has a growing church. We are humbled to be God’s vessels to share the love of Christ with as many restaviks, orphans, children and adults as possible. If we can teach just one person that God loves them and that He sent His only son to die on the cross for all people, it will be worth us packing our family of three in suitcases and humbly going.
Once our funds are raised, our new family of three will move to Haiti in January of 2017. Our goal will be to share the gospel while working with the orphanage.
As we move forward we continue to ask you for your prayers as we prepare for the arrival of Piper Eleanor (due October 3rd), for God to provide faithful financial supporters, for God to open doors to share about Haiti with church groups, and for God to be glorified as we journey through this process. If you would like to schedule us to come share with your church, small group, or any other organization please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We praise God that 20% of our monthly financial goal has been met! Thank you to everyone who has partnered with us monthly or has generously donated a one-time donation. Please be in prayer for others to join our team to help us meet our goal. If you would like to become a monthly supporter or make a one-time donation, please follow the steps below or feel free to call the For Life Ministries office to set it up over the phone (256-203-2997).
Online Donation Steps
1. Go to http://forlifeministries.org/know_one.html
2. Scroll down until you see the Barbrey family photo
3. Click the “donate button” below our picture
4. Follow the steps required for donation payment
**If you would like to make a recurring monthly donation, please select the recurring billing box in the upper right hand corner on the payment form.