We have been back in the states now for two weeks, although we should have been just arriving to the states today. The last couple weeks have been wrought with emotions that range from one extreme to another. We are so thankful for our family that goes out of their way to take care of us and help us in this time of transition. At the same time, we miss our home in Haiti and our friends and "family" there. We are mourning the loss of what we thought our last 2 weeks would look like. In the last couple weeks, we have tried to rest and seek comfort in who God is, which consistently reminds us that He is sovereign. We see His hand over every detail of the past few weeks, and even more in the past months. He is good. Ultimately, that is our resting point - He is good.
We know he is working on something new. We feel it and we can sense it coming. We have learned so much in the past six years, and seek to continue learning with each and every step. His goodness pours over us in His gentle grace. Over and over, I keep telling people that the one character trait of God that has overwhelmed me most in this process is His gentleness. He has led me through the grief of letting go of Haiti, the joy of something new, the peace during the protests. Truly, He has been so gentle.
As I consider what may be ahead, I am blessed at the new life I am seeing. My children, within a week of leaving Haiti, could state that they saw God's protection over us as we evacuated. I pray that they hold onto that. Those are the building blocks that lead to a faith that cannot be shaken. Life experience that proves God's work in and through us - nobody can take that from us. So I pray that God will not let them forget. I pray that in this time of new things, a new season, of God doing something new in and through us, that my children will continue to press more and more into Him. As we prepare for our oldest to go off to college in the fall, watch our youngest try to figure out how to walk, and still walk the many stages of life with our kids in between - we pray that they each walk with God.
Behold, I am doing a new thing;
now it springs forth, do you not perceive it?
I will make a way in the wilderness
and rivers in the desert.
Gami & Cathi Ortiz
Best friends; married for 17 years; parents of five wonderful children; living on mission in Haiti since 2013.