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May 2021
 
Dear Friends in Christ,
This month has been full of joy and tears for us. God is good to give our family and the OSM teams safe and successful travels.
We were very grieved to hear one of the school girls, Sarah Duclervil, age 7, passed away on May 9th. It still is not clear exactly what took her life. Because her neck was locked, we speculate she may have had meningitis. She was with her Mom in a hospital in Mirebalais where the doctors said there was nothing they could do, when she went to be with Jesus. The memorial service was held at her father’s church, which was a 4 hour hike one way from the school. Pastor Petty, Lussade, his wife, Yanick, teachers and school children all made the trek for the service. We pray this was a testimony to her father and his community. Sarah was loved and will be missed by many. We appreciate your prayers for her family and the many children at the school who loved her.
Pastor Petty and Lussade have continued to take supplies for meals and building projects to the school. OSM was provided the funds to build a second building. This will double the space for the 115 children who attend. We praise the Lord for this awesome addition for the school!
We are excited that the 2 young men who OSM sent to the Ag school in March, Bertheson and Pastor Cossou, have gone to the school to see how they can help begin projects there. They are planning to oversee the older school children doing some gardening and possibly raise animals during summer break. The plan is to use this for Bible teaching and have hands on experience with a very practical skill to help themselves and their families. Please pray with us that this project progresses smoothly and helps spread God’s love to these children.
We enjoyed spending time with dear friends of ours, Dana & Liz Sweet. Many of you may remember them from years ago when they partnered with OSM for a time working in Mexico. Below is a note Liz shared about our time together as we reminisced memories of Mexico and our dear Shelby who has been with Jesus 16 years now this month.
When the Kennedy family and the OSM team pulled into our driveway to help us put a new roof on our old farmhouse, my heart skipped a beat or two­–one for joy but also one of tears. It was joy to see Ken, Debbi, and Kenny with his growing family, but I felt the pang of grief knowing that the much-needed roof going on our home was marking the home-going of Shelby sixteen years ago.
I still question the loss of Shelby, “Why, God?” and yet He gently reminds me, “For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, declares the Lord. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.” (Isa. 55:8–9) So instead, I turn my heart to gratefulness–grateful for the years I watched Shelby blossomed into a lovely woman with a heart after God, grateful for the many mission-team dinners we cooked together in a small kitchen yet we moved as one, and grateful that she called me, “Aunt Liz.”
I smile when I think of her laugh, I weep when I remember her care for the sick and down-trodden, and I am warm-hearted when I recount her love for her family. But most importantly, I rejoice when I reminisce about her commitment to her God and His Word.
So what can I say? “God, thank you for the life of Shelby that impacted me in ways that only You know,” but today I add, “Thank you, God, for the roof over my head, and I call it, ‘The roof that Shelby built.’” -Liz Sweet
So what can I say? “God, thank you for the life of Shelby that impacted me in ways that only You know,” but today I add, “Thank you, God, for the roof over my head, and I call it, ‘The roof that Shelby built.’” -Liz Sweet
Thank you for your continued love and support for our family and OSM!
Because Of Christ,