Saturday, August 29, 2015

New Blog site!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Hey family and friends...I love you all so much and wanted to share that I am bloging on our team website now that we are in Haiti and we want to share His stories about our lives with not just family and friends but others that have a heart for the ministry here in Haiti. Please come and follow this site and my blog as I am bloggin much much much more often than I had in the past...HA!

http://www.rockhaiti.com/blog/andrea/



Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Seasons of Great Strengthening

Wow! This blog has been calling me for a while and I haven't placed myself down to just plain and simple say "hello". "Hello".

I really want to update you all on everything that God is doing with our preparation to move...but you might stop reading too soon because so much is happening. Right now we are 70% funded for monthly support and our one time needs have been met! How awesome is our Lord! Every time Aaron and I sit and pray over specific needs or people the Lord is so faithful to move. We are still praying and trusting to be fully funded soon so that we can actually get to the funds to purchase our airline tickets!

In the midst of fun-raising:) we have continued to be busy with the kiddos. God has been opening Aaron's eyes and heart to walk in his role in God's design of a dad. And I have been stepping out of that discipline roll and more into nurturing my children. (We both discipline, but Aaron is the lead in it) It has been so amazing to see how I feel so blessed to nurture them, and as hard as it is for Aaron he is created to walk in that role and it is a blessing. As with anything we do to grow anyone closer to the Lord there is always a battle involved. It has NOT been easy. But so very blessed. Our love for each kid has grown to enormous amounts. We are also able to see each one of them walking in their individual design and God's amazing gifts in them. SO AWESOME! Raising eternal being's is no joke. Prayer is absolutely top priority in this battle.

Also...what an awesome thing it is as a parent to see one of your children call on the name of Jesus and trust Him with their lives! On April 5 Isaiah proclaimed at church his trust and surrender to Jesus Christ as his Savior and was redeemed! Such a huge day! PRAISE JESUS for what He did for us freely! So neat to see Him shine in our kids when they come and receive Him. The Holy Spirit just shining through them and growing them! AWESOME!

Thank you all for continuing with us on this journey. I am excited to begin to post more pictures. I know Facebook is the easy route for pics..but I want to let you all know I will share stories on here of all the awesome things God is going to allow us to walk through and the struggles of it too! Love you all deeply!

Thursday, March 5, 2015

Loving and being loved is all the pleasure, joy and happiness, of an intelligent being-Matthew Henry

"I don't need to ask." "We will figure it out." "I can sell more of what we have." "We really are just fine."  These are my typical thoughts. Yep, it is a huge step and major shift in my paradigm to truly reach out and ask for help. I have found that I trust very much in my frugality and great use of used items to provide what is only necessary for our family. I would pride myself in not spending much and getting ridiculously almost free items. I would lower every use we have in our house to cut cost and to save what we have to make it last. And in those good habits...I still believed that I was trusting the Lord to be provider. Yes, in the midst of these actions I knew I was doing my best to steward what He had given us and me as a wife. Truly most of these things I did and still do are good. Not bad. But as I sit and search my heart I find that there is a lot of "I" in the control seat of these actions. It is truly good to sit before the Lord and allow Him to show us even the smallest actions that we do can not involve Him. And He deserves to be completely in control. Besides, why would I...an imperfect small human being, want to be in control??? Yes...I know He created me and in me are great things...only from HIM! Without Him I am nothing. Absolutely in need of a Savior and I need to continue to find myself saying, "You, God are enough." I have many many steps to go. I love this journey.
   In the midst of this journey and working this major area of my heart I find that He has great amazing ways of showing me His great great love for us. As many of you know we are selling all we have to live in Haiti. This past year we were super blessed to live off  Aaron's 401K as we both attended Impact195 and about a month ago the funds were almost out. Reality hit and we prayed about what He wanted us to do. Aaron prayed about stepping into part time work while we tried to fundraise, prepare for us to move to Haiti, prepare our team for Haiti, and homeschool and raise our kids!!! HA! If it was His will for Aaron to work nights that would just have to be a season to really press in, but He put it on our hearts to try to sell the Suburban since we truly don't need it here in California and it wouldn't be wise to try to store it while we are gone. So we began to look into selling it and the dealers offer's were pretty low. So after asking around we took the leap to try and list it on Craigslist...which I thought was crazy because, well, that's a lot of cash to have available for a vehicle! So, Monday rolled around two weeks ago and God just decided it was time to pour out! That morning we got approved for Food Stamps...which we had been without for 4 months and this is a HUGE help! Praise Jesus. Then that night we got a call from a man interested in the Suburban. He offered more than the dealerships...banked at our bank...and was ready to look at it in the morning at our bank! Tuesday morning he showed up...tested it..and transferred the money instantly! It sold in 6 days...just like our house did in Colorado when we decided to trust the Lord to move here!
   That night I posted a praise on the Impact facebook page and asked that they continue to pray for the Lord to provide a vehicle that would fit our family of 6 until we leave. And someone...I didn't know her...posted that I should call her. Ok...I sat down and called her. Here's how it went. "hello. I don't know you. We've never met. But I have seen your posts and your family has been on my heart. I graduated from Impact about 5 years ago. Man...I'm not the kind of person to let anyone use any of my vehicles....but God keeps putting you all on my heart. Here's the deal. I have a minivan that is parked. No one is driving it and I was about to cancel the insurance this week on it because I can't afford it. If you guys could pay for the insurance until you leave you can use it." I just started crying. WOW! God, you will never cease to amaze this child of yours. It is an unbelievable thing to think that You spoke to this woman, who doesn't know us at ALL, and she is willing to give us her van...and let me say...it's a VERY NICE van! WOW! WOW! WOW! What amazes me even more is the opportunity to minister to those that You bring into our lives to bless us. When Aaron met with Jennifer to do the insurance he was able to find out that she had felt that she couldn't hear from the Lord anymore. She was struggling. And in that moment, You spoke through Aaron to her that she clearly heard You...she was loaning her nice van to complete strangers who had prayed for You to provide! You are doing so many things and so many times we are too busy to see it!
   Along with the van and food stamps...I am amazed at what the Lord is doing through our fundraising too! We are about 75% of our first time needs and 1/3 of the way on our monthly support! Praise Jesus! Yesterday, I was again taken back...first this past weekend our best friends...and  family, the Eckarts came to visit one last time before we leave the country. They blessed us abundantly with things our kids need for Haiti! Then yesterday afternoon a woman I have never met, from the Storehouse on Facebook, arrived to give us a girls sleeping bag and a mosquito net. To my surprise she had also gone to Costco and given us EmergenC, bandaids and some natural oil to help us!! Here's where I know that my God is just blowing my mind. We have been selling or giving away things that at one point I truly prized. And now I am glad to know that they are gone and the lives we will touch are coming when we move to Haiti! And people we've never met are being moved by our God to help us...and in HUGE ways! Thank you Father for reminding me that you never hold back and you're not a God who says that you only give to those that are perfect. You desire to give us so much and man..it's not the used bad stuff...even though I love used things too! You amaze me Father. Thank you for your sweet reminders that You have already gone before us and prepared a way for us to get Haiti and if there is a need...YOU WILL PROVIDE through Your amazing love!

Saturday, January 24, 2015

HOW AWESOME!!!

I am so in awe of how great this season is. Now, it has not been easy at all, but so amazing to be in a place where we are in complete trust in our Provider! We knew in the back of our minds that God ultimately had been the provider of all we had before, yet even then we felt in small ways we had something to do with our income by working. And as the years went by that thought took over our trust in Him. Now God has us in a place of complete trust financially in Him to be provided for financially through the body of Christ! Honestly, we for sure came into this with many fears and apprehension to feeling like we were asking from people...but it so completely not about the money! It's asking them to be a part of the fruit and ministry God is going to do in Haiti and they get to be a part of it! Senders! Not only do they get us there but they keep us there! What's been amazing is that the Holy Spirit has gone before us and so many people we've connected with are so excited for His work!
   WOW! All of that to say I wanted to update everyone on what He is providing and what we need to get us there and keep us serving there! PRAISE JESUS we have over 50% of our one time needs. For our one time needs we needed $21,500...and wow we are over half of that! SO AMAZING. We have been blessed to have people come along side our monthly needs to keep us there with $525 commited monthly toward our goal of $3,000 a month! So that's where we are at and what we need to get us there and keep us.
   Some people have asked about giving physical items to us because they understand where we are moving is much different than San Diego and we may need some different things! So here is a compiled list of those things for our family! If you have them or know of anyone who may want to donate that would bless us abundantly!!!



TAYLOR FAMILY NEEDS FOR HAITI

 

  • 9 Large Suitcases (not to exceed 62 inches overall)
  • Family Essential Oils Kit (Medical)
  • 4 Mosquito Nets
  • 4 twin size plastic bed covers
  • 4 twin sets of sheets
  • 1 queen size plastic bed cover
  • 1 set queen size sheets
  • 4 kids, 2 adult warm weather sleeping bags that condense to small packing sizes!
  • 1 woman’s small frame, 1 mans framed backpacks for hiking
  • Printer(lazer color with ink to last one year) for homeschooling
  • Laptop
  • Bug zapper light
  • My Fathers World Curriculum for Kindergarten,2 & 3)
  • Homeschool supplies (4 boxes pencils,3 packs lined paper,2 box crayons)
  • Full Medical Kit
  • Hydration Kit
  • Childrens Multivitamins(2 year supply)
  • Adult Male & Female Multivitamins (2 year supply)
  • 6 boxes EmergenC
  • Non refrigerated boxes of Probiotics
  • Protein powder
  • Hand Sanitizer
  • Ibprofen(2 bottles adult, 6 bottles childrens)
  • Tylenol(2 bottles adult, 8 bottles childrens)
  • Cold Medicine(kids and adults)LOTS
  • Burn cream, Antifungal cream
  • Lots of Bandaids & Neosporin
  • Nebulizer for children
  • Kids Keens & long lasting tennis shoes

Thank you all for continuing to go on this journey with us! We love you dearly and are so grateful for your friendship and love!

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Making this move get going!!!

     So you would think we didn't have much to get rid of, knowing that when we sold our house in Colorado we had 4 HUGE yard sales and so so so much sold on craigslist. Nope...we have plenty to sell. And so to move forward toward our move to Jeremie we are doing our first yard sale here. We have had a few yard sales here to raise funds for our short term trip to Haiti with the team then. So we are becoming yard sale pros! That's right! Ha...But truthfully the crazy part is that it's January and warm enough to do a yard sale. Cracks me up. Of course, as I write this outside our little place in San Diego it's the coldest it's been in a long time. Cold enough to have frost on the ground at 7pm!! There's snow 45minutes away from us right now. And to top it off my weather app on the phone even said that at midnight last night we could've had snow...which leads to another fun story....
    So the kids saw that my phone said it might snow. Whenever  we talk about snow the kids get super excited, especially Isaiah! So with his love for snow he started talking about what it would be like if it snowed in Haiti. So we, Aaron and I, responded that if it snows in Haiti Jesus is coming back! And of course Isaiah's eyes became a mile wide with excitement. And of course yesterday that excitement came back and flurried through our house as if it were snowing for real! The kids went to bed at normal time and around 11pm Rachel came scurrying out of her room a bit groggy. She was doing a little jiggle so we figured she needed to make it to the potty quickly. She was super out of it, which is pretty normal for her. She sleeps heavy! So once she actually came to I asked if she was ok. She then responded, "If it snows tonight, is Jesus really coming?" WOW! I giggled with her in her sweet tender excitement! It blessed my heart so much that her excitement to see her Savior kept her up in the night wondering if the snow would bring Him here. And she didn't want to miss Him! Her hunger for the Word is growing daily and her questions are deep and sincere. It is such a gift to watch her understand Who created here and want to get to know Him. And if I had any idea that He might show up in the middle of the night because of crazy unexpected snow...I might keep myself up in excitement too!

Sunday, December 28, 2014

Beginning again...for real!

Running. There is nothing greater than taking the last few steps of a long race that you have ran and know that it is finished. Right? It feels so wonderful to be at the point where you know you have accomplished a goal, even if it wasn't perfect or you didn't finish in your best time. You finished! 

...I have not finished the race. Let me rephrase that. We have not finished! On June 21, 1986 I began the race of walking the amazing and challenging journey with Jesus Christ as the Lord and Savior of my life. Aaron began his race September 2000; Malachi April 4, 2009 and Rachel Eliana October 21, 2013,,,prayerful that Isaiah and Caleb will soon begin the race too! The Taylor family has begun a few times to really pick up the pace and take huge leads in the race. By lead, I mean.,,actually furthering the gospel of Jesus Christ by TELLING others about JESUS! Plain and simple. Obeying the command to "Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit,"-Matthew 28:19.
        If I would have known at 7 that the race would include; pain, loss of people I love, letting go of things "I" thought were important, goals "I" had set, dying to self and becoming lukewarm...ugh I would have wanted to find a shortcut. Yet through the years of these different race tracks I am learning that God has given me many testimonies. And more than that, I have experienced Him in profound ways that I would not have had, had  I taken a different, easier path.(Which of course would not end with seeing His awesomeness at the finish line) And do you know what's even cooler than this? I AM NOT DONE! I am so blessed to have watched many amazing people of wise ages step into Impact 195; either as students or as missions overseers. In many cultures they should be done...retire or even have a sense that they have arrived in their knowledge of the Lord. Yet the Holy Spirit grabbed them and said, "there is more...don't miss this" Man it brings me joy to see people not stop sharing the Love of Jesus wherever they are. I pray that I too will burn with passion for my Savior as I grow and never, ever stop sharing His truth. It's not about me and my comfort. It's about that one person who may sit next to me on a bus who has lost their spouse or their son and has no hope. It's about the person who helped check me out at the grocery store who goes home and wants to end their life with no hope. It's about the little girl living two doors down who watched both her parents get thrown in prison and has no one to give her hope.
        Why do I turn my life's decisions into "me" focused ones? Every 10 seconds two people die. Yep. That's crazy to me. It's reality. My mind begins to wonder and think up ways to physically take care of those needs or a cure for "that" sickness. It is just a temporary fix. When I began this race I began with the ultimate cure and I carry it in my heart. It's not just for me. That's not why He saved me. It was never meant for us to take and hide...ever. It was meant to pour out of us. Overflow with Him! We get caught up in small talk and worry about offense but that persons life is at stake...SERIOUSLY! Do I get it?Do you? 
   And so the Taylor's continue to run the race as we sell practically everything and move to Jeremie, Haiti...I am really excited. I will be honest that the past six months of knowing we would be moving to Haiti have been incredibly hard. Lots has gone on in our home and around us that has been difficult yet God is so good. Always and has never left us. I am now committed to blogging what is going on in this journey. My hope is to lay out the facts...sometimes all we get are the super hard stories or the amazing miracles(mostly the miracles) of missionaries. But for me...it will be hopefully just honest and amazing too, because frankly, if we get to have another day that is God's grace which is miraculous! We love you all...thank you for praying for us and please keep on!

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Wow! God is doing a great work!

Hello friends and family! I am trying to get back into the habit of posting on here and filling you all in on this great adventure we are on...so please keep coming back and checking in on us!

    So, you all know that we are pressing in to the Lord and preparing to move to Jeremie, Haiti! This adventure is so much greater than we could imagine, and harder! In the last three months of praying and picking a team and trying to step into lifting them up, we have for sure been challenged, and so have they! As I had announced in my last post about the people on our team, God was doing a work we didn't really know about and last week four of our team members stepped out of the team:( Those three days for sure rocked Aaron and I. It was not at all so much that we felt the mission wouldn't be accomplished or that we had to have that many people. It was that they are family and as part of this team we had really focused on the family side of preparation and our hearts did hurt. And in those moments God spoke very clearly, especially to me about areas of me that needed to be fully surrendered.
   It was almost as if He kept leaning in and whispering, "Trust me." And I have heard these words my entire life and would probably say boldly that I do....but really part of me hadn't really trusted Him and understood that when He says "I will never leave you, nor forsake you." That even when I am confused by what is happening around me and my circumstances seem like such a mess that He is always good and not surprised in any way by what is happening. He is "I Am." There is not a part of Him that desires to mislead me in any way. He has no evil or harmful ways. His love is perfect. Praise Him! In those moments I really am learning that just saying "yes" to go is where I find the greatest, most intimate moments with my Savior. I may have crazy circumstances but His peace is always available if I am seeking Him and pursuing a right relationship with Him. I am so grateful to be on this journey. He is teaching more about Him and His love and His design of me. WOW! Seriously...I deserve non of that. He is amazing. I can do nothing to earn His love. He gives it completely free.
   I am so glad to be on this journey with my amazing servant leader, Aaron. It is so so so good to be in a place that when it's hard we both know the only way to find rest and clarity is prayer and listening! It is so good to have Aaron wash me with the Word and encourage me and push me closer to the Lord!  So...all of that to say where are we now? Well, praying!
      We definitely have evaluated some of our choices in how we lead our team and things we can improve on. Most of all we are praying more and seeking to reach out for prayer more! This Saturday we will have a vision casting night to finalize our Sending Team, which includes a prayer team. We absolutely need prayer every day and sometimes we don't reach out out of pride or feeling like we'd burden others...THAT IS A LIE! God has and is teaching us so much about the power of the body functioning as the body. So if you ever think of us at any point in your day...please pray?? God is so faithful and not only would that help us but it would grow your relationship with Him! How awesome!
   We love you all so much. Thank you for joining us in this. Please send comments on here, Facebook or email/text for prayer! We'd love to lift you all up specifically!