It is such a pleasure to be here in Florida serving with Harvest. I have uploaded quite a few pictures this month to help you get a glimpse of my new surroundings and the work we are doing at Harvest.
Here is the house where I am staying with another Harvest member, Jennifer. I really like it. I have had to fight off many bugs due to a bad seal on my air conditioning unit but that has been resolved so I am thankful. I have not seen too many “Palmetto bugs” (a.k.a. roaches) and for that I am extremely grateful! Bug Story
Humble abode: 2 bedrooms, 1 bath and 2 large unfinished Florida rooms (a.k.a. sun rooms)
Home Sweet Home
Some occasional visitors: Sandhill Cranes
Some of the Harvest crew that helped me haul and unload furniture that was given to me
My new wheels- a gift from a co-worker at Harvest. It is such a blessing!!
Salvaging parts for the new engine. I removed the exhaust from the old engine to access the inner baffling to be used with the new engine.
The new engine has arrived
The new engine mounted..lots of wiring to do
Baffling repairs like this one took me over 2 weeks to complete but saved Harvest $2000.
Bahama Relief Efforts
Pallets of goods to bring to the Bahamas
A volunteer group, the Faith Riders, came to help Harvest wash and wax our aircraft.
Faith Riders unloading boxes of air mattresses they brought for the Fire Dept in the Bahamas who don’t have beds to sleep on.
Not only does the Chieftain look good but waxing the aircraft actually saves fuel cost because the plane flies faster. Having them was a blessing!
Some Nature Pics
So peaceful- not so much traffic here…well, yet. I heard that when the Snowbirds come it gets a little crazy! (Snowbirds: people from the north that migrate south for the winter).
Not many palm trees where I live.
Spanish Moss decorates many trees including this one in our front yard.
Just captured this one yesterday. I am not sure what it is but he sat like this for quite some time, drying his feathers maybe.
A HUGE praise and continued prayer request: The Executive Director of Harvest, Eric, was in a horrible car accident which left his car totaled. He broke his collarbone and L2 vertebrae. His recovery time is estimated to be 6-8 weeks. Harvest has planned a week-long trip over Thanksgiving to Belize where he was going to lead a teaching ministry to assist with the discipleship of local pastors there. We are still praying that he would be able to accompany us on the trip as this ministry is close to his heart.
There is much to do at Harvest. As soon as the new engine installation is complete we are looking forward to delivering supplies to the Bahamas. There are many humanitarian efforts assisting in the relief work there. We were told that the government there is frustrated with the churches in the area because while the government is trying to limit the help and resources for their own gain, the churches know exactly who to help and where the supplies are needed most. God is providing for His people despite the seemingly corrupt government there.
Thank you all for your continued prayers on behalf of the ministry here. On a personal note, I am currently at 83% funding for the year which leaves me under budget each month by $507.75. In addition, I have incurred some start-up and medical costs which still have yet to be met. You can click here to get a breakdown of those costs. If there would be a way you could help, would you please consider helping with one of these costs or a monthly donation? Every little bit helps!
Donations can be made online at continuetogive.com/lizperr or you can email me at firstname.lastname@example.org to receive additional information on how to send a check. If you cannot give at this time, will you pray that these financial needs will be met in a timely manner. Thank you.
When I first arrived at Harvest, and since last Friday if I am going to be honest, I have felt a lot of pressure. The laborers surely are few. Would you pray that the Lord will bring more mechanics to Harvest? Without mechanics, the work can not happen. In addition to that, it seemed wherever I looked, whether at work or at home there was much to do. I think not having my belongings here with me has also added a level of stress. This week I have been able to breathe and am hoping to get away this weekend to relax for a little bit. I leave in a few weeks to go back to New Jersey briefly to transport my items to Florida. I am looking forward to that.
Well, that just about sums it up. Thank you again for taking the time to read this. Don’t be afraid to leave a comment. It is an encouragement to know that people are reading…and praying!
God bless you all!