Home Sweet Haiti

Greetings from our home sweet Haiti!

Before I begin to tell you about our journey to get home to Jacmel, I want to thank each and everyone of you for your prayers, financial support and the love you have shown our family over these past several months. The journey to Haiti has been full of trials. But, in the end we are here. God has brought us this far, and we know He has great things in store. Stick with me, this is going to be a long post.

Many of you may not know this, but while Chase was setting up our house in Jacmel two weeks ago, he had a accident. While he was drilling the holes in our bedroom wall to install a small air conditioner (can I get a double praise for some AC!), the ladder he was using collapsed under him. He fell and hit the side of his face on the side of the ladder. He immediately called our teammates on the ground and they took him to a clinic. The clinic was able to call an ER doctor in the states and access the damage done to his face. They instructed him that he needed to get a CT scan done as soon he was able to get back to the states. He had one more full day of work ahead of him, and he insisted on staying to get as much done as possible. He was scheduled to fly back to the states two days later. He continued to work and flew back to the states on Wednesday March 8th. He arrived back to PE and myself around midnight.
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Ever-changing Journey to Haiti

One thing we have learned over the past few years in the mission field is all plans are subject to change according to God’s plan. We simply make the best prayerful plans and adjust as God shows us the direction He wants us to go.

Today was supposed to be THE DAY that our family of three boarded a plane and made the big move to Haiti. We have greatly anticipated this day and every night as I rock my baby girl I have prayed for her to have a smooth transition on the 28th of February. But, God had slightly different plans. And I will go ahead and tell you, without any surprise, His plan is much better than what we had come up with.

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New Year Update {2017}

Happy New Year! I hope this finds you starting your new year off fantastic and still holding on to those oh’ so popular new year’s goals. 😉

Chase and I are excited for what 2017 will hold and ready to be back in the field. Our time in the states was far from anything we could have expected. We definitely experienced some serious heart-break, but nothing can over shadow the joy we have experienced becoming parents! Zero words can explain our love and thanksgiving we have for our Sweet PE. We are smitten and everything that transpired in 2016 does not hold a candle to the arrival of our precious daughter! God has taught us so much about love and grace while being parents to PE.

Our family started off the new year by getting PE’s passport applied for and can I simply say, babies take the most adorable passport photos!! But, maybe I am a little biased! 😉

Our goal is to move to Haiti February 27th. A lot still needs to be accomplished for us to move into our rental house. What things you ask? Well, one main thing that needs to be done is power still needs to be ran to the house. Some other basic maintenance needs to be done and a biggie for me, a hot water heater needs to be added. Call me pampered, but I like to shower with hot water! Please be praying for the house to be ready and for other housing to be available if it is not ready.

Chase and I have had an over abundance of conversations about how much we miss our Ugandan family and friends. But, we cannot deny how God continues to encourage us and show us we are supposed to go to Haiti. While we still have some fundraising ground to make up gaining monthly supporters, we have NEVER been this far ahead in our fundraising. God continues to show his faithfulness to us through people giving so selflessly. A huge shout out to everyone who has given to our fund and for believing God can use us broken people to grow His kingdom. Please pray for more people to join our monthly support team.

The next few weeks are going to fly by and I pray we cherish our remaining time in the states. Here are a few exiting events coming up that we want to share with you and invite you to join us…

  • January 15th we will be officially commissioned  as For Life Missionaries at Willowbrook Baptist Church in Huntsville (time TBA).
  • January 22nd Chase will be ordained at First Baptist Church Opelika at the 6 p.m. evening service. We are also excited to share a brief testimony of our time in the field with our church family during the ordination service.

Thank you to every single one of you who has helped us during our time in the states. The body of Christ is alive and moving and I am so thankful for each one of you who has showered us with love and encouragement!

My goal is to keep everyone more informed this year through our blog. My apologies for my absents from blogging, but I have been over consumed loving on Sweet PE and I make no apologies for that. 😉

Have a great day friends! I will leave you with these sweet three-month old pictures of PE to hopefully brighten your day with a toothless smile!

September {Haiti} Update

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 kimmey@forlifeministries.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.