Wednesday, October 16, 2013

we're done with the myth of safety

my boys are on an airplane today headed just 2 hours off the coast of florida to a place called haiti.
i went a couple months ago and was just blown away by what i saw: poverty slapped me in the face for sure. i had not seen this kind of life in such a long time, or perhaps ever. but along with red cheeks i received from the blow, i gained a love for a county and specifically for their children.

i knew that it couldn't end there. more had to go.
they had to see. i met God so powerfully there and i wanted more to see it.
it's hard to explain it here on this blog or with my real voice when i tell friends...that seems too tiny of a way to say, don't look away.

i can't make you readers go or give your money. perhaps i could compel you, but perhaps you'll go about your day like i would have had i not gone there.

and so, i thought, it has to start with us. with our family.
your heart is where your treasure is. my husband and my son: 2 valuable humans. 2 things i care so much about. 2 things i never want to be unsafe.


there they go. into the unsafe.
anne voskamp's words ring in my head: "and we've only got so much time, so let's just decide: we're done with the myth of safety. safety is just the mirage of the living dead."
those words i read on the plane when i was scared and wanted to go home.
but they stopped me.
God whispered them in my ear and he keeps whispering that.  i can't ignore it.

i asked Layne if he wanted to go. he said yes.
i asked nato if he wanted to go. he said, we have to.

so there goes the plane and my precious cargo.
there they go to the sweet village of children to build relationships and learn to see God in hard places.

i will tell you what my prayer is for layne... i won't make it a secret.
i want him to go there every year, or maybe every other and grow up with these kids. i want them to become his family and i want God to stir something in his heart at age 7 to do something in haiti that brings a ton of glory to Jesus.
i want it to be normal that we go to haiti
and send our money to haiti
and send our children to haiti.

this life is not worth living if we are turned inward. and i believe the only way to teach our son this is for him to literally turn outward and go there to see it with his own eyes too. however unsafe it is for a 7 year old to go there, i don't know. but the call was too loud to hush it.

pray for my boys this week if you get a chance. i am not feeling anxious about it but perhaps it will sneak up on me this week, so pray for continued peace for me. and pray for the sweet children and families living in haiti that they would hear Jesus proclaimed and that seedling relationships would be built and grown in somewhere that seems so far away, but is actually too close to ignore.

i know that we all have our causes and passions. this isn't made to make you feel bad about not giving specifically here.
but perhaps you aren't looking outward somewhere. please consider sending a child in haiti to school where they will hear the gospel, be educated, and learn life skills.


to sponsor a child to go to school for a month, go here. 
click monthly tuition and you can choose one kid or 2 or 3 to sponsor!
in the description box,  please write KCMO tuition so they know that you are specifically sending the $20 to help the children in the village go to school. i'm hoping my readers will kind of own this village. (or at least this is my prayer!)

23 comments:

  1. I am heading down there 2 weeks from Friday! Prayers for your boys and you this week, would you do the same for me in a couple weeks? :)

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  2. a resounding YES to all of this. may we teach our children that god is not safe but he is so so good!!! praying with you this week friend!

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    1. such a good quote. thank you for reminding me of those words.

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  3. How sweet and honest, Jami. Thank you for sharing. The thing you said about sending your kids to Haiti every year or so, really effected my perspective. Thank you :)

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    1. you are an encouragement angel! i also got your email and am praying about it. :)

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  4. Jami.. I would love to start taking my kids too! Who is the trip through? Or are they going on their own. I know at my church, they have to be 15 and I don't want my kids to wait that long to experience this. Any guidance would be appreciated. Missions work is heavy on my heart.. Thanks!

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    1. we go through global orphan project. if you click on the link on where to sponsor them, it will take you to their website. i'm sure they will let you go with your kiddos. :)

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  5. Oh Jami...love love this post. So amazing for the sweet kiddos from Haiti to meet your sweet kiddo. Soo amazing to think about the ways God is gonna change Layne's heart! I wanna go! I want to take my oldest when he's a couple years older! Talk about being the hands and feet of Jesus! Will be praying for your family this week. Praying for your Mama heart and praying that your sweet family will bless the pants off those kids and make some great change for Jesus!

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    1. thank you for your prayers. seriously means a ton.

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  6. I will be praying for your boys this week. I have never gone to Haiti, but my Father-in-law had such a heart for that country, he went numerous times, I mean like a 100 or more. Our Christmas gifts to him were always something he could bring to Haiti. We have a large family & Dad tried to take each of the grandkids. They went to help build orphanages, churches, water wells....When our oldest went for the 1st time, I was so afraid for him, but boy was it an eye-opener for him.... he has a heart for missions now, because, I believe that 1st trip to Haiti...... Praying right now, that God goes before them & prepares all that is ahead for them... Please keep us posted on their trip....

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    1. that is an incredible legacy your father in law left. wow!

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  7. While my twins are definitely too young to go off without me (they just turned 1), my husband and I have talked about this since before we were even married. That when we pray that God will use our children, we have to accept that if that means they go off to China or India, then so be it. We have to release our children so they can go and do the will of God.

    I can't wait to hear about their trip!

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    1. yes. they are not ours. it's a scary thing to acknowledge!

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  8. This will be something he never forget and will so beautiful shape his childhood and adulthood. My first missions trip to Mexico was around age seven and it will impact me forever and my children. So beautiful!

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  9. This will be something he never forget and will so beautiful shape his childhood and adulthood. My first missions trip to Mexico was around age seven and it will impact me forever and my children. So beautiful!

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  10. yes and amen! praying for your precious cargo.

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  11. Our family will be praying for your family this week.

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  12. I so love your heart for Haiti & for the children most of all! I returned from China's orphanages last March & am headed to Dominican Republic in February! I so share your heart for those needing hope, help, & Christ's love! I will be praying for your sons! Just found your blog & am now your newest follower from http://richfaithrising.blogspot.com/. ~ Jen

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  13. Hi! (Long time stalker/reader and friend of Jocelyn) I HAD to comment and introduce you to my friend Abby. She and her family have taken on the huge task of basically adopting an orphanage in Haiti after falling in love with the country. They are Jesus loving, hard working, GENEROUS, faithful, and tireless young family with 3 children. They visit Haiti to work and connect as often as they can and take their young children, parents, friends etc. They are also in the middle of a LONG process to adopt 2 sweet ones from the orphanage. Here are links to the page they have created for the orphanage and their newer adoption blog. I thought you might enjoy having some new reading material while your precious ones are traveling. I also thought your heart would be encouraged to see pictures of her children loving and befriending their Haitian buddies. http://lovinghaiti.org/ http://growingthebainfamily.blogspot.com/?view=classic
    -Kari (www.twinmamaloves.com)

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  14. i love that layne wanted to take a skateboard to leave. jami you two are such good parents! I'm so excited to see what God does in your guys's hearts. love this.

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  15. YES! Thank you for sharing. Thank you for the quote from Ann V. So solid. So blunt. So needed.

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