April 19, 2011
Hello, family and friends! Let me just start by saying, “WOW!” Our God is amazing… but we knew that already ;) The past few months have been pretty long. For those of you that keep in touch with me personally and closely you know, or have heard, about my student’s passing this past February. While we all know that the passing of loved ones is a part of life and something we will all go through, there is something about losing a child that forces you to trust in God and His plans. There is nothing natural about it. The rollercoaster of this healing process continues each day that I wake up; however, this trip and the Lord, through all of you, have shown me more than I could have ever imagined in such a short period of time.
I have had absolutely no choice but to trust in the Lord and that His plans and timing are perfect. I am only human… which means I’m not perfect… in fact… I’m a pretty broken individual. Without my trust in the Lord I am nothing, so while this has turned into a very difficult season in my life, for the first difficult season ever I am absolutely positive that: I am so blessed! I am blessed to have faith and trust in a loving, forgiving Lord; I am blessed to have been afforded the opportunity to even know the heart and smile of my dear student who passed; I am blessed to have the opportunity each day to work with kids; I am blessed to have the family I have… though we aren’t perfect… there’s a lot of heart in all of us; and I am blessed to have ALL of you! You have each played an impactful role in my life, whether obvious or not, and for that I will be forever grateful for you.
As of today my personal fundraising goal has been met and I have felt all of your love and prayers everyday. THANK YOU, thank you, thank you to everyone who has not only donated their resources, but their prayer time for our team. I will never be able to express just how thankful I am for your generosity and kind hearts. Our team has spent time getting to know one another through sharing testimonies, dinners, and “speed dating,” and we can’t wait to go on our retreat and continue getting to know one another. God has really chosen a phenomenal group of individuals to serve Him and the people in
. As a team we work to continue raising funds, so even though my personal goal has been met, if you still feel led to give, please do, as the funds over my goal will go towards other team members’ goals so they will also have the opportunity to work with us. If you still feel led to give you can visit my fundraising page at: http://my410bridge.org/simmel . Haiti
Thank you all again so much for your love and prayers. Please continue to pray for myself, our team, and the people of
as we continue working together to prepare for our trip. I’m so excited to see what the Lord has in store next J Haiti
Love you all and I’ll be in touch!
“’For I know the plans I have for you,’ declares the Lord, ‘plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” ~ Jeremiah 29:11