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BIG EXCITING NEWS!

God moved in big ways this week and it was in a way that ONLY He could do. We have been praying that is how this journey would be, so that He gets the glory. At the beginning of the week, we were praying a specific prayer request that we knew was a BIG ask. We knew that God could do it and only He could do it but we also knew it might not be in His plans or will for it to happen by the end of this week, but we asked anyway and trusted He knew best.

We were asking to be at 50% raised in monthly support by the end of this week! We were at 44% and knew that to get that 6% to get us to 50%, it would take many families as new monthly supporters. Well, God was like “I got this, and not only do I got this but I am going to do this with just 2 people instead of the several you think you need to get there.”

FRIENDS….we are officially 50% raised in monthly support! Will you just take a second with us and stop and praise God over this! This is HUGE! This journey has been more than we could ever have imagined. God has shown us time and again how He is providing and that He’s got this. It’s been a long journey, a hard one at times but so worth it. We are so thankful to be at the halfway mark! We are going full steam now as we need to try and get the rest raised in the next month or so as we are really needed down there but right now, we are pausing for a moment just to say THANK YOU GOD!

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The story behind this is such a God thing. It happened in such a way that ONLY He could do. Oh friends, God is so good, He is so faithful, He is working in the details of our lives.

Thank you for being on this journey with us! We are half way there friends. We are so thankful for each of the 59 families/churches/individuals who are on our monthly support team and we are thankful for each of you who have been praying for us! Please pray with us that God would continue to work in a way only He can and that we would be able to get the rest raised up that we need to, so we can move to Haiti in the next 3-6 months. Thank you so much! If you have any questions about wanting to join our monthly support team, just message us! We would love to answer any questions you have!

Love,

The Starkeys

January Haiti Update!

FAMILY UPDATE: Our family may have been snowed in most of January but we have kept busy. We are excited to share we are prepping our house to sale soon so we’ve been busy giving a fresh coat of paint to many rooms, decluttering and staging the house for when we put it on the market here in the next 2-4 weeks!

We also have had a lot of fun playing board games inside together as a family. The boys have been working hard on their studies and both just finished a few of their school books and Isaac was in the top 2 in his grade for the IS Speech Meet. Zeke turned 2 on the very last day of the year and we had a fun celebration with family. Our little bilingual toddler is learning more English and more Creole every single day! April is on lesson 5 of learning Creole with Haiti Hub. Since Jim has already done all the lessons, it’s been nice having him go over things and help her study.

KEEPING BUSY! We had the privilege of speaking at Lexington Grace Brethren Church in January and really enjoyed our time there with their church family, who was very welcoming to our family. 51791316_10218350912261627_7695842672941989888_n

LOOKING AHEAD: We are speaking at a local church on February 10th, a small group in Akron, OH on the 12th, and another local church on March 3rd. We are working hard on our end and trusting God on His for the rest of the connections we need to get us fully funded so we can get to Haiti. We are really needing to be down there as soon as possible. There is simply so much to do there and not enough hands & feet, so we are needed there greatly. As you know we are trying to get fully funded by the end of March, so we are 2 MONTHS AWAY and are 43% raised in monthly support right now and need to be at 100%. Our one-time moving costs are almost completely raised, we are around 90% right now, which is amazing. However, we can’t move until our monthly is higher, as the one-time moving cost fund is simply to allow us to move down there, while the monthly will help KEEP us there.

So please be in prayer that God would lead us to those He wants to use to be on our monthly support team, whether it’s a church, group or individual family! We would LOVE if you took a few minutes today and thought & prayed about if any people you know, may have a small group, bible study or church they’d love to have us come share at and also if your family would like to join our monthly support team. Thank you so much!

WE NEED YOU! Like we shared above, we need prayer! We appreciate so much when we hear from so many of you, that you are praying for our family. You have no idea how much that means to us. Please pray for all those things we mentioned above. If you’ve been waiting until the end, until we were about to go, THE TIME IS NOW. We truly need all of our friends & family to take a minute, pray and see if there is anyway they can make a way to support us monthly so we can get down there. This allows YOU to be a part of what Christ is doing down there. Would you like to be a part of the remaining 57% we need in monthly support that we need to raise in the next 2 months?

To become a MONTHLY SUPPORTER and make our list of 56 amazing families that support us monthly grow, please go HERE!

We could not do this without you, THANK YOU SO MUCH! Your support, encouragement, reading our updates and asking us how the journey is going means the world to us. We have an amazing tribe ❤ We love you all!

One day in Haiti, God blew away my view of worship…

10603238_10208660372764196_891027998405164463_nWhen we went to Haiti 3 years ago for the first time, I knew I would leave CHANGED and it would have a big impact on me. Yet God still blew me away more than I ever imagined. Throughout the week, I was part of a small group from our team that built the pews they needed for their new church.

I learned so many lessons through that! However, I want to share with you about one thing that has probably been one of IF NOT the most powerful and beautiful times of worship I’ve had yet on this earth! Throughout the days I would sing while working because well that’s what I do. I had taught the kids a few songs already and they already had them memorized and followed me around daily singing them! My mouth hurt so bad every night when we went back because of all the singing 😉 12801337_10208660337843323_5069577684491649188_nWell, one day we were waiting on the pews to dry before we did another coat of stain I believe. There were a few of us girls from the group in the church and a few of the Haitians from the village including what I would call their worship leader because I remember seeing her leading the people in song from a megaphone on Sunday at church.  I decided to start singing some of the hymns and songs I remembered they sang in church on Sunday. Songs like Nothing but the Blood, How Great thou Art etc, you know all the classic hymns! What happened next brings tears to my eyes every time I think about it!

The Haitians sitting in the pews all of a sudden looked up at me when I started singing and they got a big smile on their faces as they knew the song by the melody even though they couldn’t understand my words. Then they started singing along with me and the other girls in our group. They were singing “what can wash away my sin, nothing but the blood of Jesus” in Creole while we were singing it in English. The smiles on all of our faces showed the joy of the Lord in that moment. It was incredible! To hear two different languages singing at the same time but in the same melody with the same song TO THE SAME GOD was well…there are no words to truly describe it! We went on from there and just fell into worship together. This little group of us were probably 10 total at most! They would start singing a song and I would then listen for the melody and figure it out and start singing and then I would pick one and they would listen for the melody and then start singing along. As I closed my eyes, I had such a sweet glimpse of what it will be like one day when every nation, tribe and tongue will be before Jesus worshiping Him and it won’t matter what color our skin is, where we were born, how much money we have, how much food is in our belly or what we look like. All that will matter is JESUS and in that moment, in Haiti, in that little tent village church, all that mattered to us was Jesus!

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JESUS was who we all had in common! It was such a beautiful site when I opened my eyes every so often while worshiping and I would see them worshiping, eyes closed or hands raised. I remember towards the end, I was so lost in worship I didn’t even know what had happened but I remember opening my eyes and seeing almost, if not, every window (they had probably 10-30 windows in this church because that is the only way air got in) covered with Haitian eyes peeping through watching us sing. You see the church in the village is on the corner of the street so people walking by to the market or wherever heard us and stopped and just stood there looking through the windows at us. I don’t know what they thought, but I do hope they could see that all that mattered to us that day and in that moment was JESUS!

Can you imagine, one day, in eternity, millions upon millions of us together singing a song that God puts within our hearts that we sing together as one, to Him! In Revelation it says we will sound like a roar of rushing waters & mighty thunder. Can you imagine the amount of worship that must be, to produce that rumbling, making all of heaven sound like that? WOW! So thankful for the little glimpse I had that day in Haiti and I can only imagine what it will truly look like one day. Nation upon nation, every tribe & tongue represented in eternity as we sing HALLELUJAH FOR THE LORD OUR GOD THE ALMIGHTY REIGNS!

Love, 

April