Thursday, November 08, 2012

November Gilmore Gazette: Gilmores en route to Haiti

Dear Family & Friends,

We just wanted to write you a quick hello. We are in Miami for the night and departing for Haiti in the morning. We covet your prayers as we travel with our youngest Zayla. Plans have changed slightly as the Construction group from Trinity Community Church did not come with us. They postponed until January. We decided we still needed to go to Haiti for a quick trip with three purposes: to check in on The Haitian Bead Project artisans and get more products for the Christmas season, to encourage the teachers in the schools and to deliver Christmas gifts to the children in The Bridge Christian Children's Home from their sponsors. We are excited about the trip!

We specifically ask for prayers this week for:
-our oldest girls, Meilani and Giada, who are staying home in Fresno with family & friends
-baggage and supplies to arrive safely and in a timely manner
-traveling mercies as we drive to the mountains and fly with Zayla
-Dorina's work with The Haitian Bead Project artisans in a short amount of time
-discernment as we check in on various projects and meet with Haitian leaders
-Dorina scratched her eye about a month ago and it has been very painful in the last two days.
-Ericlee has been battling a neck ache for the past few days, which is very uncomfortable for travel.
-communication across cultural lines with our Haitian Director Peter and other pastors.

This picture is from the Two Cities Half Marathon, which we ran this past Sunday with our 3rd Annual Remember Haiti team. We had 14 runners/walkers on this year's team who raised more than $6,000 for Haiti's schools. We were so blessed by a new community of friends who trained with us for 12 weeks. Sunday was a perfect morning for running. We had a cool breeze at our backs. The sun was shining. The fall colors were chasing across the sky as we ran along the Clovis trail. Dorina ran her personal best for a half marathon at 8:20 pace/mile for a time of 1:49:04!

As we ran, we were reminded of the verses in Hebrews that say, "Therefore since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecer of faith. For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God" (Hebrews: 12:1-2 NIV). We are grateful today for each one of you! Thank you for being our "cloud of witnesses," our community of constant prayer and support on this race of following God's call to Haiti.

This year's Remember Haiti Half Marathon Team included (L to R): Esther Delahay, Davebo and Yasmin Rodrigues, Julia Channel, Dorina & Ericlee Gilmore, Doug Lazo, Nicole Chavez, Nancy Willey, Dana Johnson, Cori Schmidt, Melanie Wenrick and Rachel Prout (not pictured).

In His Grip,
Ericlee, Dorina, Meilani, Giada and Zayla
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