One month to go!

Today is exactly one month until…

Our family moves to Haiti!

The past month we have been busier than we have been in our entire lives. It has been a good busy though. We first packed up all of our belongings and since they would be making the trek across our country, the ocean and Haiti as well, we had to really pack well. We have never seen so much foam sheets, bubble wrap, shrink wrap & packing tape! 😉 Jim and his friend Jim Jameson drove our U-Haul down to RMI headquarters in Florida where our shipping container was dropped of. They loaded it and then our container started its journey shortly after. It will Lord willing, arrive right around the time we do next month, in Haiti.

Now that we have the packing done and our belongings on their way, we are finishing last minute details with the sale of our home, getting the stuff we need to get our permis in Haiti and spending as much time with family & friends as we can. The boys were VERY excited when their passports came in the mail.

We have a new mailing address!

SHIP TO:

Jim & April Starkey – CAY 30007
c/o Agape Flights
100 Airport Ave E.
Venice, FL 34285

We would LOVE to receive mail from you all when we are in Haiti. There are a few things to keep in mind though that we wanted to share.

  • All packages or items over 1 lb will cost us $4 per pound to receive it, so if you can possibly pay that fee through Agape by calling them or going on their website to pay ahead of time, then we won’t have to pay that fee to receive the mail. That helps out a lot.
  • With that in mind, go in with others to help on shipping costs if you want to send a care package and make sure to weigh beforehand so you are not surprised by shipping costs.
  • Please do not mail us anything until the last week of August or after.

We have been asked from time to time what items would be helpful to have down there, for others to ship to us as a care package. Of course once we are down there, we will know more and give an updated list but for now we will share what suggestions we have heard from other missionaries in our area:

1. Spice/food packets such as spices, ranch packets, taco packets.
2. Jello & pudding packets that we can make popsicles and other things with.
3. Flavored drink mixes we can use for our shave ice machine a friend got the boys.
4. Letters, cards & drawings.  Updated photos of your family.
5. Seasonal/holiday items for decor or food.
6. Artificial color/dye free gummies & candy for the boys.
7. Essential oils, which we will diffuse in our home & use for our family in many ways.
8. Jim & April are avid readers so any great devotional, encouraging, or growth biblical based book.

TIP: If you send anything that is sealed, pop a small pin size hole in the bag (due to air pressure in airplane) and draw a circle around it so we can easily find it and tape it once it arrives.

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Some go, some send. 🌎✈️

We are going, we need senders. 

Are you a sender?

Prayer Requests

1. Please pray as we speak one last time at our home church on August 4th and at North Buffalo Grace Brethren Church on August 11th.
2. Pray for us to finish this side of the journey well, as we say good bye and finish all we need to do on this side.
3. Praise God for the sale of our home. Please pray that our two vehicles will sale before we move. A 2016 Kia Sedona Van & 2010 Limited Toyota Rav 4.
4. Our boys have asked to get baptized before we leave and so they are getting baptised on our “send off” Sunday, Aug 18th at our church. They have some nerves about it though so please be praying for their hearts and nerves.
5. For the health of all of us. April has what we believe to be a morton’s neuroma (inflamed nerve) on her left foot, making it hard to walk.
6. For our transition with weather, settling into our new home, boys starting school there a week after we move and everything else that comes with transition.
7. For the rest of the monthly support we need to come in before we move.

Rejoice with us friends! God has been nothing but faithful on this journey. From 1 1/2 years ago when this all started to now, it has been truly amazing to see the way He has orchestrated everything. The best part has been how He has done it through YOU ALL! You are the hands that are sending us…TRULY! Thank you for being a part of what Jesus is doing in Haiti! Lives forever being changed for His glory & Kingdom because of your faithfulness in giving & supporting our family to go. We are so thankful for you all. We love you. 

Love, 
The Starkeys

Saying goodbye.

Today our shipping container left and started its journey to Haiti, our new home. Now that we have the hard part of packing up our belongings done, the harder part is coming.

Saying goodbye.

We write these words not for pity, or for any other reason other than we find it a gift. A true gift, to have someone, many someones so dear to us, that leaving them is so hard. So we want to write down this journey, this process, our emotions and share them because through them, we pray & hope they continually point to Him, even when the parts of the journey of saying Yes to Him, are not the easiest.

Today while leaving my parents after having stayed for 5 days with the boys while Jim was in Florida packing our container, I hugged my mom. This time though I did something I’ve never done before, I didn’t just hug her and release but I hugged her and kept hugging her. I hugged her for probably well over a minute total. I let her know that I knew our time was coming when I wouldn’t get her hugs as often and so I wanted to cherish the ones I got now and really let them soak in. I wanted to capture that in my mind to always remember how it felt to be hugged by my sweet mom. We both cried, I didn’t expect or think that was going to happen, but it did.

This last month is going to be filled with a lot of good byes. We have a lot of friends & family we are seeing this last month and we are so excited to see them all and spend time with them. However, we also realize with all that, comes the good byes. The last time we will see each other for a very long time. Saying good bye to our family, friends, our home for the past 12 years, our dear church family, the worship team I have loved being a part of. Even little things like saying goodbye to our amazing local library, places we love to go to as a family etc. It will be a month of love, family & friendships as we spend as much time with everyone as we can, but it will also be a hard month for us.

Pray with us please, that we finish this side of the journey well. That we prepare the boys and ourselves for the transition. That we finish well with saying good bye and spending time with those we love. That we stay close to the Source through this all and connected to Him and each other as we lean on Him to guide us each day, each step of the way as we take this leap into what He has called us to do.

He is so faithful. He has asked us to do this. We said Yes. We are human. We surrender without knowing the outcome. He does not need us. We are grateful He wants to use us though. Following Him isn’t always easy. Following Him is worth it. The times we miss with family on this side of heaven, will not compare to the moments we cherish with them in eternity. We praise Him that we have such a beautiful, loving family we are so close to, that makes leaving so hard. WHAT A GIFT that we have something so precious to us that He gave us. What an even sweeter gift that most of them GET IT and even though they hurt, miss us and are struggling too, they GET IT. They get His call, they get what it’s all about and they get that He is so worth it.

Love,

The Starkeys 

Language studies & boys schooling update!

Hey everyone! Here is a fun brief update on language studies & the boys schooling!

LANGUAGE STUDIES: Once we move down to Haiti at the end of August, we will start our language studies. Jim has already learned quite a bit so he will definitely be ahead of April who is more of a beginner. We will both be hiring a local Haitian tutor to come daily to our house Monday through Friday for about an hour each day. Then we ourselves will probably do another hour on top of that going over what we just learned. As you can imagine, this will be a time of excitement but also intense learning where there will be moments where our brains will feel fried haha 😉

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BOYS SCHOOL: Isaac & Micaiah will be going to Cite Lumiere school in our little village. It is a school made up of mostly missionary kids. There are such a few numbers of kids and teachers this year that Isaac & Micaiah will most likely be in the same classroom. We have heard only amazing things about their teacher and they are excited, as are we. So group lessons like history, science, bible etc they can all do together and then subjects like math, reading etc will be broken up more individually since there will be several grades in the classroom. It kind of reminds me of a big homeschool co-op! They will go Monday through Friday 8am-1pm. We will take our ATV each morning to drop them off and then pick them back up at 1pm each day. The boys start school September 1st!

HERE IS WHERE YOU COME IN!!!! We are looking for people who would like to specifically sponsor/donate towards these two things that are very important to our ministry down in Haiti. Below you will see the breakdown that it costs for each of these things. Whether you would like to pick one and donate to cover the whole costs or just partial, we would be so grateful.

WOULD YOU LIKE TO COVER THE EXPENSES FOR OUR LANGUAGE TRAINING? 

The total cost for 6 months of daily language tutoring for both of us will be around $2,400. We are looking for people to cover that cost completely or even a month or two of it, which breaks down to $400 per month. Please let us know if you would like to be a part of helping us learn the Haitian language to help us further our reach and be able to build relationships more. This could be given as a lump sum or broken down into monthly donations you can give specifically towards it. You just let us know! 🙂

WOULD YOU LIKE TO HELP SEND THE BOYS TO SCHOOL? The cost to send both boys to school, which includes tuition, curriculum, computer, new student & testing fees is $2,100 for both total or $175 per month. If you would like to help cover all or a partial amount of the boys schooling, please contact us and we will help you get that set up. This could be given as a lump sum or broken down into monthly donations you can give specifically towards it. You just let us know! 🙂

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THANK YOU ALL SO MUCH! We have loved seeing God work through each of you and we can never thank you enough.

Love,

The Starkeys