Saturday, September 9, 2017

Haiti trip update and running

Hey Friends and Family!
As most of you know I have been training for the Richmond Marathon on November 11, which is almost 2 months from now. I have put in 400 training miles so far and have about 200 left. I am running all of these miles because God gave me the legs and heart to do it. It isn't for my benefit it is to honor and glorify Him. I obviously enjoy it most of the time because I look forward to it and challenging myself.
Training in the Outer Banks, NC
Last year I ran for Team Fisher House to run in the Marine Corps Marathon, and it was worth it to help families of the military. This year I didn't have to join a charity, but I wanted to. I wanted to make the miles matter for more than myself. So when I want to quit, I can think about the other people's lives that matter who may not be able to run or walk. This is my way of still being involved with a mission organization and making a difference where I can. I am raising donations for medical flights in Haiti with Mission Aviation Fellowship. I worked with them for a year there and I know there are people that cannot afford the costs of a medical flight. The medical flights can range anywhere from $250 to $750. My goal is $2000 to help them out. Please pray about this and see if it is something you feel led to help with. Here is the online link, all donations are tax-deductible: http://www.maf.org/tredway. If you would rather send a check to MAF, you can write my name in the memo line and send it here:
Mission Aviation Fellowship
Atten: Becky Lee
PO Box 47
Nampa, ID 83653

I was recently in Haiti to see some friends and also got to visit MAF again. It has been over 2 years since I left and it brought back a lot of memories. The driving is still crazy as ever! lol! I was able to run once while I was there, made it about 7 miles doing .5 mile loops and Daniel walked the last few with my water bottle and I would meet him every other lap. I am thankful to be running on the pavement instead of watching out for giant potholes, rocks, oh and the wild dogs that would bark at me and try and jump on me sometimes. It is a completely different lifestyle and the people that I passed running gave me the strangest look, like who is this tall american running in 90 degree weather. I am glad we were able to visit again but I think it will be awhile before we can go back as we have some big trips coming up next year (Brazil in March & cruise in the Caribbean in May)!

MAF hangar in Haiti
Daniel and I at our old house in Haiti















This is the 2nd floor of a restaurant and you can watch the airplanes taking off and landing. 
Last weekend I was able to go home for the holiday. It had been since Christmas since I saw most of my family. It is really hard to be away from my family and friends there. However, I know that God has plans for us here or maybe even in Texas at NASA, but nonetheless they are the people that you grew up with and have always supported you. There was a lady that used to work next door and she would always tell me "Never forget where you came from", and I haven't and I miss everyone a lot. I can't say thank you enough for all of the support I have gotten from everyone throughout my adventures and trying new things that I had no idea what I was doing or where it was going to lead to. I have God and that is what I hold on to.

God Bless,
Amy (and Daniel)



Saturday, July 15, 2017

Miles for medical flights

Hi Friends and Family!
So I decided to register for my second marathon, this one will be in Richmond, VA on November 11th! As most of you already know when Daniel and I lived in Haiti I volunteered with Mission Aviation Fellowship. I miss being apart of this organization and the work I was doing there. So I reached out to MAF to find a way to help raise support for the medical flights MAF is doing in Haiti. The support would be for the people that can't afford them. About one-third of the customers who need medical flights need help with the costs. Flights can range anywhere from $250-$750 it just depends on where they have to go. Would you consider praying about joining me in making a difference in the lives of people in Haiti. Any amount matters and will make a difference. Every mile I am running in the next 17 weeks (600+ miles) is a privilege because I know not everyone can do that. Not everyone is called to be a missionary out in the field, even though I did that short term, this is where God has Daniel and I and I want to make the most of it. Daniel and I are actually going to Haiti the end of August before he starts his fall classes and are looking forward to taking a trip back. All donations are tax-deductible. Please reach out if you have any questions. Here is the link: http://www.maf.org/tredway

Thank you for all of your prayers and support over the years of my adventures. I don't know where I would be without the great God we serve. I continue to try to be open about where the path leads that He has planned. We don't know when we will be called home to Heaven, but we can make the most of our time on earth to honor and glorify our Father. I pray that you can have peace about whatever you are going through right now and trust in your Father who loves and knows you better than anyone.

Blessings,
Amy

Saturday, January 14, 2017

Update on Nicaragua Trip

Family and Friends,
I want to say thank you for your prayers and support for my Nicaragua trip. It was an amazing experience. I knew back in September that God was nudging me to go on this trip. I didn't know why He wanted me to go and as I got closer to the trip, the more anxious I got about leaving my busy life here. I didn't know anyone besides my pastor going but I kept feeling like God was saying "Trust me, I got this" and I knew that I needed to be open to whatever God wanted to do in me while I was there. I am so glad that I went and followed what I felt God was leading me to. I have been on mission trips before and even lived in a third world country, but this was different. I believe that God's plan for me going on this trip was to get me out of my "normal" life to make me realize what I was missing and the changes I needed to make in my life.

We attended the Sunday church service there and it was so great to see how excited everyone there is to celebrate Jesus and what he is doing in their lives. I wanted that joy and peace they had. So I gave my heaviness and stress and anxiety to God and almost immediately I started to feel better. I could focus on what God wanted me to do there and how I could help the people there.

Working on filling the pillars on the wall
Our main project for the week was to help
provide protection for the kids in the orphanage. We filled in pillars of the wall with cement. It was probably the hardest work I have ever done and we were sore and tired from previous days but God always gave us the strength to get through it. We worked as a team and we made a lot of progress to keep the kids in a safe environment. We worked all day on Thursday and Friday on the wall and half a day on Saturday and Monday. After we worked we would go to the orphanage and see the kids until dinner time. We stayed in the same area as the orphanage so it was very convenient to go over after work and play with the kids. They were on their summer break so there weren't as many kids there as there normally is. After dinner we would get together for "porch time", which we got together with the 14 of us in our group to process what happened that day and what was happening the next day.

Took the kids to the river to go swimming!
Besides our main project we did a variety of other activities. Saturday we took a tour of Puerto Cabezas, which is where we were staying. then we did ice cream at the orphanage with the kids and played games. Sunday after church we took the kids to a river where we all went swimming and there was a cliff to jump off, which I even did! Monday after we worked in the morning we visited a prison and brought the men and women there food and some of our team shared their testimonies or an encouraging message. The men and women both sang for us, which I found very interesting. Even in their hardships they still want to praise God. Tuesday morning one of our team members decided to get baptized so we went a river and got to celebrate with her in that decision! Then in the afternoon we went to a feeding center and made fun things for the kids out of pipe cleaners! Then we helped serve the food to the kids. Most of these kids, this is there only meal for the day and a lot of them will take most of it home with them to share with their family.
At the feeding center
The kids loved our pipe cleaner creations!











We also visited the dump after that where they pass out food too but we went later so we missed that. Tuesday evening we went back to the orphanage to say goodbye to the kids as we were leaving on Wednesday morning.

Thank you again for your prayers for our team, it meant a lot and I am so glad I could be apart of what God is doing in Nicaragua. I would like to go back, but we will just take it one day at a time to see what His plans are for us.

Blessings,
Amy

2017 January Nicaragua Team!

Wednesday, October 5, 2016

2017 Nicaragua trip

Friends and Family,

It has been awhile since I posted on my blog, we have been really busy with Daniel in school full time and myself working full time. I wanted to share with you something that has come up recently. The church here in Maryland (Maryland Christian Fellowship Community Church) that Daniel and I have become members at is going on a mission trip in Puerto Cabezas, Nicaragua. When I heard about the mission trip coming up in January, I didn't really think about going because I figured I already knew what it would be like. Thoughts came up in my mind like, "I have lived in a third world country so this doesn't apply to me." However, in the last few weeks God was telling me something different. A book I have been reading is about saying yes to God and I figured I at least needed to be open to this trip if God really wants me to go on this trip. What He wanted from me was to be open to change my plans I already made as I was really looking forward to having a long week around Christmas with my family and friends in Michigan but I can't do both. I feel like it is more important to see what God wants to do with me on this trip and cut my vacation short in Michigan than wonder what I might have missed out on. 

The trip is scheduled for January 4-11, 2017 and I am looking forward to working with other members of my church to be apart of what God is doing in Nicaragua. I will be going without Daniel as this is something that God has put on my heart and he will be taking a 3 week class during that time. Our purpose on this trip is to minister to orphans. We will participate in activities with the orphans that are designed to build relationships and share Christ’s love. 

First and foremost, I ask that you pray for us as we go. Pray for our health, our safety, unity as a team and pray that we can be effective for the Lord.

Secondly, I would ask that you pray about becoming a part of this effort through your financial support. The cost is $1,600 which covers all expenses, including travel, lodging, food and ministry funds. The payment deadline for this trip is November 30th. However, I have to pay $700 by October 15 and $700 by November 15. Not everyone can go firsthand, so I’d like to extend the opportunity for you to share in this effort with us. God honors each one’s part in His overall plans. Whether you can give $5, $50, $500 or $1600, all gifts make a huge difference no matter how large or small. The lost matter to God; therefore, they matter to us. Please prayerfully consider how you might join with me in this effort. Thank you for caring and praying.


You can make payments online at:  https://mcfcc.ccbchurch.com/form_response.php?id=315 and please be sure to select my name. Or you can pay by check and please make your checks payable to “MCF”, put my name in the memo line and mail them to me at: 11366 Cherry Hill Road Unit 301, Beltsville, MD 20705.

Thank you for your continued prayers and support, and I will keep you updated on the progress of our trip! Feel free to contact me with any questions. 

Blessings,
Amy

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Introduction to the U.S.A. and Conclusion from Haiti

Greetings family and friends!

2015 Family Outer Banks Picture!
A lot has happened in the last couple of months and I am glad we are BOTH full-time back in the states now. So thankful for everyone's prayers and support as we were in Haiti and also transitioning to Maryland. In fact, we are still transitioning. Daniel started school yesterday and I have had a temporary job for the last week, which will go for a few more days. I have a couple interviews lined up for the next week, I am open to wherever God wants to take me. Just looking forward to serving in whatever position I end up with. Currently, we are living in an apartment, but we are almost done closing on a condo we bought.

Celebrating being full-time in the states!
It is hard to sum up our time in Haiti, but we were both ready to leave. My time with Mission Aviation Fellowship was amazing, and I am so thankful that I had that opportunity to serve with them while in Haiti. They are helping so many people in the work they do, not just in Haiti, but all over the world. May they be the light that people need to see God and who He really is through their service. Daniel finished his contract on the 25th of August working for Colibri. He learned a lot during that time and can use that knowledge to continue his education to get his bachelor's degree in Aerospace Engineering.


I would like to challenge you to look outside of our "bubble" to see where we can serve, whether it is right next door or maybe even a bigger adventure to a new country. I pray that each one of you that reads this, may feel the love of God surrounding you in whatever way you need Him most. Blessings to you and your loved ones.
At the Air & Space Museum in D.C.
I would like to ask for your continued prayers as there are things unsettled as for when we will have a permanent place to live. Also, for Daniel starting at UMD (University of Maryland) and for myself as I find a job that is a good fit for me and also the company that I will be joining.

God Bless,
Amy & Daniel





Thursday, July 2, 2015

A little bit of everything!

Greetings!
Well it has been a crazy couple of months! So much going on before we leave Haiti in August and a lot going on getting ready in Maryland.

I had a great time seeing all my amazing friends and family in Michigan last month! It was a bit overwhelming at times running around trying to fit everyone in my schedule, and I wished there was more time in my days to fit all the people I missed! After Michigan my travels led me on a road trip to College Park, Maryland with my parents. We were able to look at potential places for Daniel & I to live and we ended up looking at around 10 to 12 different apartments and I think 7 or 8 condos. However, there are a couple possibilities yet. I was able to spend some time yesterday in our Nation's Capital and explore. It was kinda cool to be there so close to Independence Day.

World War II Memorial in front of Washington Memorial
I'm heading back to Haiti on Saturday, and as great of a time it has been in the states, I am ready to be back with Daniel! However, I am not so sure I am ready for Haiti and it's heat. Can't wait for the day when we are both here together. My plan when I get back is to continue volunteering with Mission Aviation Fellowship for a couple weeks and pack all my things up in Haiti. On July 18, Daniel and I both fly to Norfolk, VA to meet up with my family heading south to the Outer Banks, NC for a family vacation for the week! Hopefully we won't encounter any shark attacks! After the vacation we will be driving our car up to College Park, MD for a week for Daniel to go through some orientation stuff at the school and hopefully choose what apartment we want. The hard decision comes after that, on August 3 Daniel has to go back to Haiti through August 26 to finish his job, and I need to figure out if I am going to stay here in College Park or go back to Haiti with him. It really depends on if we have an apartment here and if I have a job, then I will probably stay in Maryland.

Praises:
-Going on vacation in 16 days!!!
-Finding a couple apartment possibilities
-Having parents willing to take the time to drive you and help you with the search!
-Daniel is getting excited for his classes to start at the University of Maryland and living back in the states.

Prayers:
-Daniel and his online chemistry class. His laptop decided to stop working earlier this week and he is struggling getting his homework done and being distracted by other stuff. Once I get there, he can use mine until his gets fixed during our vacation.
-We are moving to a new apartment in Haiti that is quite a bit cheaper than where we were before, so we have to settle in when we both get back to PAP on Saturday. A friend of ours will continue living there after we leave.
-Finding the right place to live in Maryland close to the university and also that I can find a good job.
-Daniel starting full-time classes at UMD this fall.
-Spiritual strength, as we are both overwhelmed with everything going on, that we will continue to seek God through it all, in His timing and build each other up during the unknown of it all.

We are so thankful to have the support of our family and friends! Prayer is powerful and I don't even want to know where I would be without the love of God. Please continue praying for us as we are transitioning/adjusting to the current/upcoming changes. Each one of us goes through times when we cannot wait for that time of uncertainty to be over, and that is where I am now and I am not sure when it will end. However, I do know that I am ready whenever God wants to let me know. I pray that each one of you reading this will be open to whatever God wants to do in your life. Many blessings to you and your loved ones.

God Bless,
~Amy & Daniel

Monday, May 11, 2015

Exciting news!

Family and friends,

If you haven't heard, Daniel got accepted as a transfer student into the University of Maryland, starting Fall 2015! His plan is to go for Aerospace Engineering, but he can't get accepted into that program for another year or so until he finishes some of the general classes. Daniel is looking forward to being back in a college community and having the resources (aka...reliable internet) to use to complete his courses. UMD (University of Maryland) is located in College Park, which is about 30 minutes outside of Washington D.C. We are both getting excited about this change and moving. However, there is still a lot that needs to fall into place for us to get transitioned back into living in the states again. I am thrilled to be back on American soil again, but I am also overwhelmed about adjusting back to the states after I am finally feeling settled in Haiti.

I will be home in Michigan for a few weeks in June starting on the 11th. I would love to see as many people as possible during this time! During the end of June, I am planning on driving our car to Maryland with most of our belongings and looking for a place for us to live, we are hoping to buy a house or condo if the price is right :). Then I am hoping to leave our car in a storage unit and fly back to Haiti the beginning of July. Then the 18th of July we will be flying to the Outer Banks to spend vacation with my family for a week! After that, we will be going up to Maryland for us to hopefully confirm on our place of living and Daniel's orientation and getting to know the city of College Park. Daniel will be heading back to Haiti to work until the last week of August, and I am still not sure if I will be staying in Maryland at that point or going back to Haiti with Daniel. It is a summer full of traveling and I like to save money, so we will wait and see.

As I am getting closer to the end of our time in Haiti, I think back to last May when I was preparing myself to move to Haiti and starting my volunteer position with Mission Aviation Fellowship. This past year has been a learning experience like none other, not only learning how to live in Haiti (driving, grocery shopping, cooking, unreliable internet, running on roads filled with rocks and branches, fixing the car, etc...) but also living in Haiti as a newly married couple. It has been an experience that I wouldn't change. There have been some very difficult times of pain and missing our lives back in the states, but what we have learned during this time has taught us the lessons we need to use in our future. We will miss the meaningful friendships we have made here and hope we can return again.

Praises:
-Getting an answer about Daniel's acceptance into UMD!!!
-Being able to travel home in June for a few weeks to see family and friends.
-Staying healthy and safe
-The wonderful friendships we made in Haiti that make it so much easier to live here.

Prayers:
-Daniel is currently taking another online class (Chemistry), prayers that he can have the time management to complete that and safety as he continues working on airplanes.
-I am currently taking an online Anatomy & Physiology class that will end in a couple weeks.
-Adjusting back to the states, packing (one of the most stressful things for me), moving, finding the right place to live.
-Our travels driving in Haiti and also flying around this summer.
-Health and safety, as it is getting hotter there are more mosquitoes out, which means a larger chance of getting bit by one that has a disease.
Thank you for your prayers and support. It means so much to us to know that we have prayer warriors out there for us. God knows what we need, and when we need it. We are trusting Him in His time, and whatever happens is just part of the adventure. May God bless you and your families in whatever you may be going through. Life is full of daily struggles and pain and I pray that you may feel God wrapping His arms around you and you can feel the comfort of how much He loves us.

God Bless,
Amy & Daniel