Big news! For everyone who has not heard through the grapevine already, the Price family is moving to Alabama in December. After 12 years on the field for me, and 6 years for my husband (and for my children-all their lives), we feel that it is time to return to the United States. When I originally came to Haiti, I gave a tentative two year commitment. As the years passed by, I continued to feel that God had more work for me here in Haiti. I have always prayed that the Lord would make it clear to me when it was time to leave. I also prayed that it wouldn't be a huge tragedy or major event or interpersonal issue that forced me to leave. It seems that God is answering my prayer. We are not dissatisfied or traumatized – we just feel it is time to move on to what God has in store for us next.
We will relocate to northeastern Alabama, near my husband's hometown and family. He has accepted a job with a Christian optometrist, and I will try my hand at being a stay-at-home mom. Of course, being a missionary is all I have ever wanted to do with my life, but I think there are plenty of mission opportunities everywhere in the world (even Alabama!), so I'll keep an eye out for them and dive in when the opportunity arises. And who knows? Maybe God will lead us overseas again in the future.
I would like to thank Community Christian Church for their faithful support over the years. They have been such an encouragement to me and such an example of what it means to demonstrate the community of fellow believers. Other supporting churches that I would like to thank are Lake Eustis Christian Church, Harvest Community Church, and Hope Evangelical Free Church of Roscoe. Thank you, also, Community KIDZ, who have been special supporters and have brought joy to my heart all these years. To all my faithful individual supporters, I cannot express what a blessing you have been to me and to the Haitian people through your selfless giving. May God reward you greatly!
For those of my supporters who have a heart for Haiti and would like to continue giving towards mission activities here, I would recommend the following:
Fellowship of Christian Optometrists, Christian Vision Eye Services to Haiti (the mission my husband is part of... they will still be continuing the construction on the new eye clinic and are actively recruiting a new missionary optometrist). For more information, go to www.cvesh.kk5.org
Haiti Health Ministries (the mission started by Dr. Jim and Sandy Wilkins, who currently run the clinic where I work). Construction continues on the new clinic building, and as always, donations are used to help patients who cannot pay for medicines or procedures or surgeries, and for formula and protein for malnourished children and adults. For more information, go to www.haitihealthministries.org
Christianville Foundation (the mission where we live). Donations are used to support Christian schools and churches as well as other community development projects. For more information, go to www.christianvillehaiti.org
Thank you again for all your support and prayers through the years. Stay tuned for a few more blogs. We haven't left yet!