Friday, October 14, 2011


We got up at 4am so Todd could begin his journey back home to his wife and kids.. During his time here I've made a point to stay off of the computer because I wanted to use every second he had here.  Driving the motorcycles in the dark, the rain was held back and the breeze was nice and cool.  The sun rose just as we were coming into Cayes.
We made it to the little island hopper airport as the man came with the keys to open the gates, and Todd was delivered safe and sound to Tortug Air, for the first leg of his ride home.  He was about to have a beautiful sunrise flight over the country of Haiti at about 1000 feet altitude.  
As we said our last goodbyes and the wheels of his plane left the runway, I knew I’d miss him. 
His service, his friendship, his love, and his compassion for God is contagious, and I’ve really enjoyed his fellowship.

I’m thinking as I’m writing this, he is in a full state of decompression. I remember my first trip home.  It was only after I’d re-entered America that the floodgates opened and my thoughts began to just pour over me.  Some of my most overwhelming emotions occurred in an airport full of people, beginning with an awareness of being completely alone, feeling like nobody in the world would ever understand me again.    
Maybe it will be different for Todd. Maybe He will be a mouthpiece for the Lord and have the ability to convey what he’s experienced here, in ways that I couldn’t.
For some reason my mind drifts to this passage as I think of his return home...
‘Welcome him in the Lord with great joy, and honor men like him, because he almost died for the work of Christ, risking his life to make up for the help you could not give me.’ Phil 2:29-30
This week has been mind blowing.  It’s near impossible to know just where to begin in describing to you how present and in control God has been. Showing us time after time, that He has a plan.  One after the other, He’d draw us to scripture that would completely outline and define the extraordinary circumstances we were faced with, and always with the underlying theme of “I’ve got this handled.”  
The Living Word of God was so alive, leaving us all with the feeling, “Why do we ever doubt?”  In fact, Todd’s nugget for yesterday was this: 
‘In the Lord I take refuge. How then can you say to me: “Flee like a bird to your mountain.’ Psalm 11:1 
And as I sat here reminiscing of His innumerable blessing this week, I told my wife, “There’s just so much.  I just don’t even know where to begin!”  Todd can verify this claim: He literally rescued us this week.  He gathered us.  He protected us.  He delivered us.  He renewed us.  He carried us.  He provided for us.  He helped us.  He reassured us. He answered us... and there is a story, an amazing story, behind each one!
She laughed and said, “That’s really funny,  because my nugget from yesterday was:
‘You have multiplied, O Lord my God, your wondrous deeds and your thoughts toward us;  none can compare with you!  I will proclaim and tell of them, yet they are  more than can be told.  Psalm 40:5’


  1. Dan we love to read your blogs - and we know that Todd will be welcomed back in the Lord. Especially by his sweet little girls who just could not understand why their big, strong Daddy was leaving them! Todd's smile never wavered, but we were all in tears as Kari & the kids with Todd shepherding them went through the security gates. We are so blessed by their faithfulness in Todd going with them to Haiti. Can't wait to hear all about his experiences! Love you all - Mom & Savine

  2. Dan It is so uplifting to hear how God really does have it covered. Todd has been such a vital part of this journey and I will be eternally grateful to him for all he has done. I am also grateful to his wonderful family who supported him in his decision to go in spite of being emotionally torn in seeing him go. God used them all and it is like seeing little miracles being done right before my eyes. I love you all. Your Mom-in-law