Start, Pause, Stop, Go.... Be Flexible

Flexibility n. the quality of bending easily without breaking, the ability to be easily modified, willingness to change or compromise. 
Look here, you who say, "Today or tomorrow we are going to a certain town and we will stay there a year. We will do business there and make a profit." How do you know what your life will be like tomorrow? Your life is like a morning fog -it's here a little while, then it's gone. What you ought to say is, "If the Lord wants us to, we will live and do this or that." James 4:13-15

God has been teaching us much over the last year in St Kitts. Among things like humility, patience, self-control, and kindness-even-when-we-are-super-stressed-out, one of the biggest things we have been learning is flexibility. We can't enter the prison today even though we showed up on time, in dress code, with my own TV monitor and computer and prepared a lesson? Flexibility. Dinner party and the electricity goes out? Flexibility. We have to find …

When Things Don't Go As Planned

We were dreading October. Not for any great reason, but we had been warned that it was the hottest month of the year. This summer was quite the experience in scorching heat and sweating 24/7, so we weren't super excited about it feeling EVEN hotter. Surprisingly though, October brought cooler breezes, lots of rain, and a drop in temperatures. This shift set the stage for a month of unexpected.

  Our Celebrate Recovery Inside had been put on hold while the prison was on lock down after a violent incident. The women's side was cleared, and I have been able to be back with my ladies for the past few weeks. But we were no longer meeting in the air conditioned classroom next to the offices. Now I was being escorted across the men's courtyard, through padlocked doors and past high concrete walls into the world in which my ladies spend their day. We meet outside, me in my full length pants and shirts with sleeves (per the visitors dress code). We are more heavily observed, and …

Back Home (and ALLLL the pictures from the past 3 months)

The kids and I (Katelyn) are back! Back to warm (hot), gorgeous, slow-paced St Kitts. Back with Aaron, our house, our own beds, and our new friends. Back to routine and ministry and "real-life." It feels good to be home, but even better to truly feel like home is where we are.
  I left off last time at 1am just before the second catagory 5 hurricane, in a two week time period, was about to pass by our island home. I'm praising God that our island, home, and Aaron were all safe and sound! The island had some trees and signs down, a few roofs were damaged, and a couple roads had to be repaired. However, compared to places like Barbuda, St Martin, Dominica, and Puerto Rico, we were so happy to be mostly ok.   I have so many pictures, and I'll use them to walk you through the highlights of our summer (or the middle of "rainy season", as we only have 2 season here).

 Aaron got the opportunity to preach at our church, CCF, while our pastor and his family were …