Wednesday, April 4, 2007


There are seven in our family again!--well, temporarily. Grace and Jacob Leach are spending the week with us while their parents are in Port au Prince buying meds and supplies. We're enjoying having them here, and plan to spend Easter weekend with them at their place in Bombard.

For those of you who don't get our newsletter (if you'd like to receive it, let me know), we've made our decision. We're moving to Bombard in October to join the work there. You can check out the Haiti Hospital-IMF link to learn more about the work. We have peace, knowing that God wants us there, but you can still pray for us as we make the transition.

In family news....Mike, our oldest son, is headed to Iraq. His unit leaves on April 20th for a six month deployment. Kent does not yet have his orders, but it sounds as though he could follow Mike shortly. Of course, they and we appreciate your prayers for them and for the situation over there.

Those of you interested in the basketball court in Mole will want to know that the new pole and backboard project is underway--thanks for the contributions! The welding is done, and Rich has been prepping and painting. It should be installed in a week or two, and I'll post pictures. Rich also has most of the screens on our house now; what a blessing that is! He'll be finished with that project very soon. Down here we have to put rat wire over the screening, or the rodents just chew their way right on in, so it's a bit time-consuming, but worth it.

I harvested more cucumbers, and pruned the tomatoes to encourage them to set fruit. Rich put screening on the end of our shadehouse to cut down the wind and keep the pine needles out. The plants look better already. By the way, do any of you know how to extract the oil from neem tree seed pods to make an insect repellent we can use on plants and ourselves, and maybe introduce to Haitian gardeners? There are certainly enough neem trees here! I've been doing research online, and can find all kinds of products for sale, and even information for sale, but no helpful (and free) recipes. Maybe I'll have to experiment.

Enough rambling for now. Until next time............God bless!



Beth Yoder said...

Have a Happy Easter!!!!!!! Wish we could be with you over the weekend . . . . . enjoying that nice warm weather of yours :)
Later. . . . . .

becky said...

Hi, my name is Becky (Gardner)Marshall. Found your blog by following links from a friends blog. I found your blog very interesting because I was a Missionary Kid, born in Port-au-Prince, grew-up in Belladere.
I remember having a washing machine like the one you have. My mom was home schooling 4 young children, so we had a lot of outside help with the washing, cooking, and cleaning. Your pictures bring back so many wonderful memories. God Bless!

JOSHUA and NATALIE said...

Marj, I emailed someone about neem tree oil. Hopefully I will get a response and recipe to share with you.
Natalie in Troy, Missouri

JOSHUA and NATALIE said...

On a website I found ideas about making oil from the leaves and seeds. It is under subject: control methods, and plants in pest control. This is more for gardening uses, but was only place that told me how to use the tree itelf. also had information about using vasoline and neem oil mixed for a repellant. If you havn't checked these sites, maybe you'll find something practical.