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Back from the Rich Port with Thanksgiving!

How Did We Get Off the Island?!?

Joel and I got the opportunity to go to Puerto Rico and when we were buying tickets to head down there, the return tickets were around $600-800 a piece and you couldn’t book them for earlier than three weeks out!  So what did Joel and I do?

We just bought one way tickets with no logical hope for getting off the island!  I love that my husband is crazy and trusts God when he feels his leading.  We were able to be a part of distributing filters, medication, and batteries all over the island then it came time to leave.  What to do?!?

With an island trying to leave through San Juan, Joel and I tried a tiny airport on the other side of the island.  There was no one there but two people behind the jet blue counter with street clothes on.  No tickets for two weeks and around $300 a piece.  We stand there, I feel like leaving because I think the lady behind the counter wants us to pay this and try standby the next day even though there was only one flight out.  Joel asks her to check again.

Her face drops as the screen changes.  She whispers to her co-worker that comes over.  There are now four seats open on the flight tomorrow for $100 a piece.  She tells us how a mother and daughter have been waiting in the airport for three days trying to leave the island.  She says two of these tickets are your and the other two are theirs.  She books and we walk out stunned that we not only have tickets for a noon flight the next day but that we got them so cheap.  Praise God!  Just like our Lord.


In addition, the tickets were flying into Orlando where we have some friends and family it was nice to see!  We may have made a little stop while we were there.

Someone gifted us with entrance tickets!  I haven’t been to Disney World since I was six years old and it was a perfect day there with Joel.  Back to Charlotte burbs we headed.

Painting Prints for Sale for Small Business Saturday!

With Joel and family’s support, I made prints of some of the paintings I’ve painted over the years.  For small business Saturday I am sharing them with you here!  The big ones are for $15 and the smaller ones for $10 plus $2 for shipping (write me for international order rates). 

Just send what you would like to order and your address to happyreign222@gmail.com.  Happy holidays and Best wishes to you and your families wherever you are!  We can accept payments through paypal on our happy giving link.  You can find all of these painting’s background stories on this website link here!

Joel and I have plans to travel this month but everything should be stateside.  Maybe we’re coming to a city near you!

Love and Blessings,

Heather and Joel

P.S. If you are looking for Christmas gifts and you want something for the outdoors, we also have some beautiful friends in the Orlando area that sell reflective wind spinners that are colorful and last forever.  They ship them right to you and you can check them out at their website here!

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We’re going to Puerto Rico!

Hey everyone!

Update

These past two weeks Joel and I have put together and sent around 25 packages to different families in Puerto Rico that need access to food.  The first of them started arriving safely into the hands of their recipients yesterday.  We have a few yet to send off due to the people we want to send them to have had any access to the internet yet at this point to even know we need their address!  All that to say thank you for your donations, support and help as we extend a helping hand to Puerto Rico.

I think the hardest part in getting involved is hearing details about their lives and what’s really happened.  Beyond homes being ruined, ways of living and livelihoods on the island have been destroyed.  How can a wedding photographer take pictures when all the weddings for the rest of the year have been canceled and all the beautiful places they took pictures are gone?  How can a pastor continue to be a pastor when the building they met in is gone and families don’t have enough to get by themselves?

Shopping for the food packages you helped support to send to Puerto Rico!

Our Upcoming Trip

After considering it the first week after the hurricane happened, a trip to Puerto Rico wasn’t in the right timing for us.  But Joel and I have the heart, energy, and time to give freely.  Both of us have a history of being of service in times of need and crises and are trustworthy to steward relief.

Joel has family we just made contact with as of yesterday for the first time.  There are places for us to possibly stay and LOTS OF WORK TO BE DONE.  Whether Joel and I find ourselves cooking meals, waiting in lines for others, clearing homes, rubbish, debris, helping the elderly and infirm, filtering water, or giving humor and hope,  we are willing to go.  The people of Puerto Rico are worthy of love and help. Now is the time to go.

What’s The Plan?

Joel and I are flying out Thursday in hopes of teaming up with a long time friend of Joel’s that leads a ministry and is heading down at the same time.  They are planning to work primarily in a town called Quebradillas.  This is a town located next to the town Joel’s family from and where he lived for 15 years.

Our game plan is flexible according to the needs we meet along the way.  That’s the best description I can give you.  I know our hearts will be broken and the need will be limitless.

Joel speaking with a good friend in San Juan when we visited Puerto Rico in January

What do we need?

We need you in prayer, compassion, and support.  Thank you so much already to the handful of people that have already helped get food into the hands of those who are hungry.  With political banter surrounding this tragedy concerning Puerto Rico, I don’t feel the need to explain or justify how these people got into this situation or why it will be so hard for so long, but Jesus never asked us to ask why or put conditions on our service or giving.

If you want to come to Puerto Rico with us in Spirit and tangibility you can through prayer and partnership.  I will put a link below for any donations you want to add to this trip.  We may be bringing supplies or food down with us as well before we go.  Thank you in advance for believing in us, caring about the people of Puerto Rico and taking the time to read this in a busy internet world.  Love you and God Bless.

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