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What we’re looking forward to!

Awhile back we did a post on the things that we were struggling with, people & things we would miss. It felt good to share them, to think about them and not act like they are not going to happen. It is part of the preparation! HOWEVER…we wanted to do another list. We thought it was time to now do a list about all we were looking forward to, with moving our family to Haiti.

Here we go, in NO PARTICULAR ORDER:

  • Experiencing new things together as a family.
  • Getting to know new people & hopefully make new life-long friendships.
  • Trying new foods we would have never tried before.
  • Learning to do things differently than in America, figuring out how to adapt. Part of this yes will be hard but part of it will be exciting too.
  • JESUS! Of course Jesus is everywhere, but we are very excited to see what Jesus is doing in Haiti and get to be a little part of it.
  • As we take teams to different places or go to the different schools, we will be excited to see all the new places and God’s creation wherever we go.
  • Learning another language.
  • Having a banana tree in our background and getting fresh produce, some of which we can’t get in America or as fresh as we will get it there.
  • The boys are excited to be able to go to the beach a bit more often than we do here in Ohio šŸ˜‰
  • Micaiah is excited to have his birthday in warm weather. (He is a March baby)
  • Isaac is excited to meet Nathan Nunemaker’s bunnies.
  • Looking forward to the boys living a life there that is more simple and just plain fun for them to play outside with friends and be boys.
  • Excited for the boys to have new teachers (that are not me however April will miss homeschooling them) and friends at their new school.
  • Excited to meet all the people that come down to serve & love. We look forward to growing relationships with them as well.
  • Making our new home there HOME! Making new memories in it and starting new traditions together there.
  • Riding an ATV around the village to the places we need to go to.
  • Not having to shovel snow or wear a winter coat!!!!
  • Video chatting with friends & family and sharing our adventures online with them. Thankful for technology.
  • Visits from friends & family when they come to visit. That will be so wonderful to show them our new home and share the beauty of Haiti with them.
  • We are just so excited because we know God doesn’t need us, but He wants to use us and we are grateful. We look forward to seeing what all He will have us do in Haiti for His kingdom. We look forward to serving & loving wherever He leads.

Love,

The Starkeys

June Haiti Update!

HAVE YOU HEARD THE BIG NEWS?

If you haven’t heard the good news yet, we are in contract with the sale of our home. Praising God for His guidance in this. Please continue to pray forĀ things to go well duringĀ the inspections & appraisal & some other things we need to get done before closing on the 8th of July. Thank you all so much for praying for the sale of our home.

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WE’RE LEAVING ON A JET PLANE…

We wanted to share some dates with you all and some details so youĀ can be praying for those specific things for our family. Thanks so much!

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June 17th – We will be heading down to RMI US office in Florida for a few days of Haiti prep & doing our budget.

July 8th – Closing date for our home. Please pray for all to go well & smooth so that our home will be officially sold on July 8th.

July 13th- Jim & a friend will be driving the U-Haul truck down to Florida for all of our belongings to be put on the shipping container that will arrive closely around the same time as we will in Haiti.

End of August – We fly out of Ohio and head to Ft. Lauderdale for a night layover and then head out in the morning to Haiti.
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OUR NEW HOME!
Praising God we have a home in Haiti. We are grateful for our home that was the previous Field Directors home for the past 9 years and we are thankful to be able to now make memories in it with our family. There are 3 bedrooms just like our current home so the older two will stick together in their bunk beds like they are now and Zeke will get the smaller room all for himself. My prayer I had been praying for our home was that wherever we were, it would have a yard for our boys to play in and this one does, which we are so grateful for.
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WANT A PIECE OF THE PUZZLE?
To put it simply, we are not fully funded yet and even though we are moving down August 22nd, we still need monthly supporters. Would you consider helping us by joining our monthly support team? We will be doing our final budget for Haiti on the 18th and so if you have been thinking about joining our team, we would greatly appreciate it if you can join by the 18th. Thank you so much! Pick a puzzle piece below that you would love for yourself or family to donate towards our family each month, to help us serve in Haiti. To donate go to http://www.toHaitiwego.com/donate
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AMAZON TO THE RESCUE!Ā 
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We have had many of you ask how you can help or what items we need etc so we were encouraged by other missionaries to make a wish list on Amazon of things we still need to get and bring with us, as many of these items would be very expensive to ship in once there. If you’d like to donate any of these items towards our move, we would greatly appreciate it. We will need to have any item donations given to us by the 13th as that is when Jim takes the moving truck down to Florida to put it on the shipping container.

AMAZON WISH LIST LINK:
https://www.amazon.com/hz/wishlist/ls/2SUXO4KXGWL0L?ref_=wl_share

HOW YOU CAN PRAY FOR US:

1. For the sale of our home to go through well with no issues.
2. For strength & wisdom for us as we pack everything up securely to ship over to Haiti.
3. For the rest of the monthly support that we need.
4. For us to finish well on this side, with spending time, making memories with family & friends.
5. Transition for the boys and us as we move and as the boys start school there. For Jim & April as they dive into language studies and acclimate to life in Haiti.
6. We would love prayer that God would help the boys find a good friend or more, to do life with in Haiti.
7. For speaking opportunities to share this summer, at churches/small groups.

THANK YOU ALL SO MUCH! YOU WILL NEVER KNOW HOW MUCH IT MEANS TO US TO HAVE YOUR SUPPORT & PRAYERS!
Love,
The Starkeys

 

Thankful for the scars!

Today our sweet daughter Annabelle would be turning 8 years old. Her due date wasn’t for a few more months but she came early and went straight from the love she felt and knew in my womb to opening her eyes for the first time, in the presence of her Savior.

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8 years later the tears are less, the moments that are hard are fewer but she is still missed along with our other 6 sweet ones we lost in the first trimester, with a depth that is not able to be explained.

We had sweet moments from her ultrasounds, even an hour before delivering her, of seeing her sweet little body moving around inside of me. I had the privilege of feeling her sweet little movements and the absolute honor of delivering her into this world. Those moments will never fade. That day changed our lives forever. At that time, we felt we were stuck, we were frozen in time and would never move again.

 

8 years later, I am thankful for the scars I have from it. It changed me yes, but what the enemy meant to destroy us…God redeemed! The person I was 8 years ago is not the person I am today and I praise God for that. My brokenness brought me to God during that time. In the hardest time of my life when I only breathed because my body automatically did it, He used it to draw me to Him, to show me His faithfulness and grow and prepare me for the plans He had for me.

He would go on to use her life & death for SO MUCH GOOD not just in our lives but in others. Moments like the mother/daughter tea lunch at my parents church bring some hard moments still as I imagined her sitting beside me in a sweet little dress, hair all done up, sipping her tea cup with her mamaw, mommy and aunt. However, I don’t grieve like those without hope. Oh praise Him…I WILL SEE HER AGAIN! The day when I see Him face to face….oh my heart I can’t even imagine…and then get to hug all 7 of my sweet ones, now THAT will be a day! The way He has shaped me through the past 8 years, I will forever praise Him for.

 

So today I honor Annabelle Cherrea Starkey. I remember her sweet little toe gap just like her daddy’s. I remember her sweet little button nose just like mine. I remember holding her sweet little body and singing to her. Today I am thankful for her and I am thankful for what God has done these past 8 years. HE IS SO GOOD! This song captures EXACTLY how I feel about our journey from loss to where we are now, living in joy. Please read the words & listen to the song and be encouraged that whatever you are or have gone through…oh the good He can redeem through it and bring through it.

Waking up to a new sunrise
Looking back from the other side
I can see now with open eyes
Darkest water and deepest pain
I wouldn’t trade it for anything
‘Cause my brokenness brought me to you
And these wounds are a story you’ll use
So I’m thankful for the scars
Cause without them I wouldn’t know your heart
And I know they’ll always tell of who You are
So forever I am thankful for the scars
Now I’m standing in confidence
With the strength of Your faithfulness
And I’m not who I was before
No, I don’t have to fear anymore

I can see, I can see

How You delivered me
In your hands, in your feet
I found my victory

Happy 8th Birthday in heaven baby girl! We love you so much!

Love,

AprilĀ