|'08 Annie, Lydia, Tess, Tara - right after Lyd left hospital|
We first met Jen in August 2006. Our friend Marcia E. introduced us all after finding all sorts of connections that we had in common. We liked each other instantly and became friends. We grew close in early 2008 when we all lived in LaDigue, Haiti together. (Marcia's fabulous daughter Tess lived with us and helped us with our kids those first crazy months when we had Lydia and Annie and Phoebe all at once.)
Since the earthquake Jen has been spending a lot of her time in Haiti. We all love having her here. She is able to help all of us at Heartline as well as our friends in Cazale at Real Hope for Haiti and others. It has always seemed to me like she is available to us in some of the scariest situations we face.
Troy and I are thankful for Jen's friendship and thankful that God used a silly blog to help us find such a good friend.
Jen has to head back to Minnesota tomorrow. Please pray for her transition time. I fully understand the crazy that happens when you live your life with a foot planted in two worlds and I know she'll have some adjustment in the next few weeks. She is finishing up her fellowship this year. Please pray for her as she attempts to wrap up a lot of work between now and July. We're already excited for May when we'll see her again.
Below is the reposting of the amazing story of just one way God used our friend ...
Today is Jen Halverson Day!!!!
Links to the stories -
Day Lydia was admitted
Day of sorting out anger
Jen's post before the seizure scare
After the scare
God provided in totally cool ways during this time. Jen needed a ride on a day that Lydie had a fever and needed to be admitted (but we did not necessarily realize her fever was very serious and we lived almost two hours outside of Port au Prince) - so we ended up bringing Lydie to Port because of Jen's advice - then admitting her - and then a few days later Jen came to spend the night with me at the hospital on the exact night she needed to be there to take charge and stop a seizure. There were tons of little amazing details that brought it all together ... all orchestrated by an amazingly detailed God.
Troy and I don't go many weeks without revisiting the miracle that happened January 2008. Thank you for being there for us and allowing God to lead you to Haiti and then later to Lydie's side at the exact moment in time that she needed you. Thank you for your gentle bed-side manner and for being so humble in your service to Haitians. We love you so much. Happy Jen Halverson day to you my friend.