“But you, Bethlehem Ephrathah, though you are small among the clans[a] of Judah, out of you will come for me one who will be ruler over Israel, whose origins are from of old, from ancient times.” Michah 5:2
“While they were there, the time came for the baby to be born, and she gave birth to her firstborn, a son. She wrapped him in cloths and placed him in a manger, because there was no guest room available for them.” Luke 2:6-7
A 400 year promise. Waiting. Waiting. More waiting. 400 years of silence. This was the reality of the Jews as they awaited the Messiah. They were given a promise through the prophet Michah that Jesus would come. The promise was kept, centuries later. So many times I ask things of the Lord. To be honest, I am often looking for a quick answer. Even if it’s the answer that I don’t want or the product I’m not looking for, I am happier if the answer comes quicker. I can’t even imagine what 400 years of waiting felt like. Sometimes, most times, always God will use the waiting.
It has been a while since you guys have heard from us. We were in a period of waiting during the Fall of 2019. With the unrest in Haiti, we were really at a standstill with things we could accomplish. This was a very frustrating time as we felt we had made a lot of forward movement during the summer, especially with our children’s home, Cowboy’s Castle. However, as always, God’s timing is perfect. At the end of 2019/beginning of 2020, our president, Kensly, was able to spend nearly 2 months in Haiti working things out for the good of the foundation.
At the beginning of the trip, Kensly was able to spend time with the community of Morne Cabrit. They celebrated 10 years of Foundation Haiti Project. He was able to provide clothing and goods to the people there. He was able to share with them that even though the process is slow, we have not given up on our dream project of building Cowboy’s Castle. Next, Kensly was able to travel to the northern part of Haiti. In Jean Rabel, his hometown, the people rallied to support the foundation and offered up 6 acres of land for agriculture. This will allow us to grow food for locals to eat. The next visit was to the northern city of Cap Haitian. We now partner with a local foundation called Foundation Joseph Dorcely. They, too, have much land for agriculture. People need jobs and people need to eat. This partnership and land will help address both things. The final stop was back to Port-au-Prince for what was probably the biggest “win” of the trip. The foundation was granted a franchise which will allow us to have easy import/export for things needed in Haiti. God never fails.
You see…while my sight is so nearsighted….God sees further in the distance. He sees the coming of the promise. He sees the working in the waiting. God was preparing situations and relationships in the fall that Kensly would be able to cultivate in the winter. God is never early. He is never late. He is right on time. We will continue to wait, while we continue to work. We will walk in the promise of God and serve him fully. What promise are you waiting for? Don’t rush the waiting. He’s got you!