Old/New Things

The lack of posts as of late has been because I haven’t really had much to talk about over the past month. I don’t want to leave you guys in the dark here, so I decided it was about time to give you a little update. With that, here is what has happened over the past couple weeks:

The house next door (our future guest house) is coming along quickly! The plumbing is completely done as well as the electric. The rooms have been changed and walls moved and bathrooms put in. The things that remain for it to be ready to be used are finishing the smooth coat on the walls and sanding so that paint can go on and the floor being tiled. After that, the extras have to be bought and put in (lights, fans, AC, solar panels, etc.) This next team coming on the 10th will be the last team to stay at this house! We are so excited for this project to be finished so that our teams and visitors can be more comfortable. God has been faithful to us as all of the money needed for the first floor has been donated!!! If you are one of the donors, we want to extend a warm thank you to you and your families. This will be such a blessing for the Foundation for Peace!

This last week (August 25-September 2) I had the opportunity to visit the Dominican Republic again! It was a great time of relaxation and fellowship with my fellow ministers for the Kingdom of Christ. The two American workers Aimee and Anna left shortly after I arrived so the majority of my time was spent with Fania (as per usual). I love that woman, she has become like a sister to me over the past several months and even though we have only spent a total of less than a month together I feel like we’ve been the best of friends forever. I have enjoyed times of deep conversation with her about Haiti, God, racism, and other such amazing topics. There have also been many times of laughter and joking. For some reason she feels comfortable around me which I don’t really understand haha.. this chunky white guy with a big beard and lots of hair.. but I thank God for each time I get to spend a couple days with her. I am praying that she can continue her education in the States! That would be such a great opportunity for her and one that she wants. Please, even if you don’t know her, pray for Fania! She needs it! I have shared some about her past in previous blogs and so for those who read those, you can imagine how studying in the States would be a big blessing for her.

As my time here comes closer to a close, I ask that you would continue to pray into my future. Please pray for wisdom and clarity about what God wants me to do after I am done with Foundation for Peace. Please pray also that I would have the humility to accept his will for me even if I don’t agree. Please also pray for my future wife, as I have been as of late. (I shoulda done been praying for her for a long time huh..) I know God has great things in store for me, but the part where I don’t know what they are can be frustrating sometimes. There are details about my future that I really desire to come to fruition and sometimes leaving those desires in the hands of another, even if that other is The Supreme being, is tough to do. It requires me to give them up and just accept which, if any, of them come to pass.

I am very much looking forward to returning to NJ in October and spending time with those I love. I have been feeling a deep yearning for my loved ones and country as of late, I’m not sure if that’s because the time to return is coming closer or what. There has been an interesting update about possibilities for work after this, but I don’t know enough about it yet to feel comfortable sharing. Hopefully after I meet with some people this week I will have a better understanding about the opportunity and be able to post about it.

Please continue to pray for yer boy as the end of this year will potentially be full of hard choices. God’s guidance via the Holy Spirit is what I want and need in order to navigate the waters of the future.

Mesi anpil,

Ben

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