I COME TO THE GARDEN BUT NOT ALONE

Posted: August 5, 2009 in Uncategorized
Yesterday as I sat on the rooftop next to the rapidly growing rooftop garden waiting for a couple of men to come for our Tuesday morning rooftop prayer time.  I thought of that old hymn I COME TO THE GARDEN ALONE except that there are no roses and I wouldn’t be alone but I still thought of the song.  If you’re unfamiliar with the hymn or your haven’t heard it in some time, click on the following link Mahalia Jackson – I Come To The Garden Alone and watch Mahalia Jackson sing it.


The garden is growing as you can see from the above pictures.  We first planted on July 1st and WOW take a look at that squash. 

We spent about 45 minutes praying, enjoying the early morning breeze and the Lord’s presence.  The Tuesday morning rooftop prayer time is special and powerful.  We especially prayed for Dina, who for several years has tutored the kids in the homes in English.  She has done a remarkable job as adoptive parents  know quite well.  Well several months ago while praying, I felt that we should try to get Dina to the States to study at a US college.  I understood that if she were to travel that we would lose a great tutor for the children, but it was still the right thing to do.  Dina had her visa appointment yesterday morning while we were praying.  It is safe to say that the majority of those that apply for student visas are refused for various reasons.  So although she had been accepted at Crowder College in Neosho, Missouri, she couldn’t attend unless she received the visa.  Well, she called me at about 9:30 and told me that she had been approved to receive the visa.  She, praise God, picks it up on Thursday, her sister Carine, our office manager gets married on Saturday and Dina leaves on Monday for her first airplane trip.  She is excited and a tad nervous.  She will join Bethsabe who left a few days ago, a Haitian man named Sandro who got her visa about two years ago, and Joseph, our adotive kid who lives in Joplin, MO with the Rices.  Maybe they can start a little Haiti like in Miami.
We are excited to be a part in helping these young people realize opportunities that they would not have if they remained in Haiti.


SPINACH FROM THE GARDEN

Yesterday we picked some spinach leaves from the rooftop garden and Beth made a spinach salad.  I ate it pretending that the spinach was actually green gummi bears.

John

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