Thursday, October 22, 2009

The team fly's out of Haiti tomorrow morning at 9:50. Please pray for on time arrival to the airport and on time flights, and working planes. They should land in Seattle around 10:45 pm. They are in Port-au-Prince tonight, so they will not be up in the middle of the night traveling to the airport. Thanks again for all your prayers. Mike will send an update after he is home. We will post some of the photos also. He said it has been a good trip.
Many blessings,

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Hello again,
Just a quick update. Mike said helping Emory yesterday with feeding the children went really well. Mike and Nathan have been speaking at several churches and have had most of the congregation come forward for prayer, healing or salvation. Denise's leg is better, thanks so much for your prayers, she now has a sore throat and cough, so she still needs prayer. They have the roofs formed up for the concrete but the steel has still not been delivered, so we also need prayer for the steel to come so they can pour the roofs. Tomorrow the team will be traveling to Port-au-Prince which is about a 5 hour journey and they would appreciate prayers again for travel. We really appreciate your prayers, it seems as though they are what moves things forward.

Monday, October 19, 2009

Hello again,
Just got off the phone with Mike. The team is doing really well. They had a great Sunday. Mike spoke at church in the morning. They had a great afternoon and then went to visit another church where Pastor Nathan was asked to share in the evening. Mike said they had a good alter call afterwards. Later on that evening they had a really good team meeting. A lot of real life was shared. They are spending a lot of bonding time with the children. Also the girl's day went well, they passed out about 150 girl's day kits. Today around 3:00 (1:00 our time) the pastors association meeting starts. Nathan, Mike and Kurt will be sharing. Please pray that Nathan, Mike and Kurt are lead by the holy spirit as they speak so they can really meet the needs of these pastors and truly bless them. Mike has done interviews with doctors the last few times he has gone to Haiti, in hopes of finding a doctor to run our newly built clinic.
He had a successful interview this trip. Starting in November we will have a Doctor coming one day a week to run our clinic. He is trained and a real doctor and a Christian. Praise God! We also have found a nurse who will act as both receptionist and nurse. Praise God, we have been looking for months. Also the doctor is willing to increase his days at the clinic as we increase funding for the medical clinic. A couple of other prayer needs are, for Denise one of our team members, she got a bug bite and has allergies to bug bites. It was red, painful and quit swollen last night. The team prayed over it and the swelling is gone, and a lot of the pain, but it is still red and hurts some.She would appreciate our prayers. Also tomorrow they will visit Emory, a friend of ours who has a feeding program in the poorest part of Gonaives about 20 to 30 mins. from us. They will also be helping them with some medical things, because he has a visiting medical team. This is something that you would thing would be easy. But it is not, it is very hard to be face to face with children starving. They take in the first 250 at the door of his tin building, the rest are turned away. It is hard to comprehend, in North America we just do not have a grid to place this on. It is one thing to see photos and read about it and quite another to be in the midst of that kind of suffering and be able to do so little to help.
Thank you so much for your prayers, they are so important and much needed. Blessings Chris

Saturday, October 17, 2009

October team update

I talked to Mike, the forming up of the roof for concrete is going well. Please pray the steel for reinforcing arrives today. And that they are able to put in pipe work for the future electrical wiring. The women spent time organizing and stocking the medical clinic. Tomorrow they will hold a girls day meeting. They are expecting about 200 women from the community for this event. They have kits to pass out to all of them, thanks to many of you who have sewn them. Please pray for the teaching for girls day. I did not remember to ask Mike who would be translating, but my guess is either Herbie or Stenley, young Haitian men ( in their early 20's). Last time this proved to be both embarrassing and comical for Herbie. Tomorrow Nathan's grandfather goes into surgery for a hernia, we would really appreciate prayer coverage for him. Mike was able to spend time today talking with him and praying for him. A privilege. Thanks so much for your prayers they are greatly appreciated.

Friday, October 16, 2009

I wanted to share about a special couple who have been a blessing and an encouragement to Mike and I and our ministry. There names are Ben and Laura. When Laura was growing up she attended
a wedding celebration of an aunt. What impressed her about the wedding was that the couple asked
for donations to be given to a cause they believed in rather than be given wedding gifts. Laura said
after Ben proposed she recalled that memory. She was talking to a mutual friend later on and told her the story. Our friend suggested New Generation Ministries. When she shared this with Ben
he said he knew that this was what they were supposed to do. So when they were married they
asked for gifts to be made to our ministry. We were blown away with their generosity and the generosity of their guests. They have been an inspiration. James 1:27 says "Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world." Proverbs 22:9 says "A generous man will himself be blessed, for he shares his food with the poor."I know they will be blessed for what they have chosen to do and that they will be rewarded in heaven for it. We pray that their marriage will be richly blessed. Chris

Thursday, October 15, 2009

Team arrives

October 2009 Team Photo
This is Chris again, not Mike. Someday we will have internet in our orphanage and be able to communicate from there. But for now Mike calls me. They started the trip with plane delays but did manage to arrive in Port-au-Prince at the scheduled time, which is very good. They arrived at the orphanage last night around 11:00 pm, and were up early this morning ready to go. Their plans were to put rafters on the first phase of our orphanage building and a metal roof. They had a change in plans though. The source we had for wood is no longer available. So after much delberation and prayer they will be putting on concrete roofs. I think in the long run this will be better. Metal roofs get very hot in the sun and make the rooms very hot as well, and it is already too hot in Haiti. The concrete would hold up better in hurricanes, and would allow more rooms to be built on top if we needed them. The down side is this will be a more expensive choice. But God is in control not us and He knew what the team would be facing when they arrived. So they are spending time with the children today and this evening will be forming up for concrete roofs. As I was talking to Mike today, I could hear the laughter of children in the background. A sound I love. The best birthday gift I received this past June was a call from Pastor Nathan, as I was handing over the phone to Mike he said no wait, and I could hear him talking to someone in the background, then all the children were yelling happy birthday to me. It was wonderful. Well that is all the news for now. We would appreciate your prayers for the roof building to go smoothly and for health, safety and unity for the team and orphanage. But even more than that for lasting relationships to be built and for lives to be spoken into and changed and passions birthed. Blessings and many many thanks, Chris

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

It is with great joy that I return to Haiti. It has gotten to my heart so that when I am there, I miss my wife and family, and when I am here I miss them and the children in the orphanage. I take a team of 11 generous, sacrificing, caring, people,(8 men, 3 women). Our tasks at hand are putting a roof on the first of 3 parts to our new orphanage building, and relating with the children. Because of your prayers and generous giving I will be taking Christmas bags for all the children in the orphanage, the school children, the adult helpers, and the pastors and their wives. I feel like Santa Clause, But it is really more Jesus than anything.
Please pray for us as we travel, and carry our ambassadorship of the Holy Spirit to the "least of these" in Haiti. Pastor Kurt and I will also be speaking to the pastors of our association, encouraging and building them up in the faith of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, so that they can continue to be champions of their flock and the calling they have been given. It is not easy to be a pastor in Haiti, nor does it come with a paycheck. It has become one of my greatest joys to encourage and cheer on these great men of faith who sacrifice for the gospel. Please pray that as these men are renewed in the strength of the Lord that it spreads like a brush fire among the people. They need it so. We are so grateful to all of you and your support of us, We could not do what we do without you. Chris will up-date the blog and E-mails as I report in while on the trip. We are always open to your comment, words of encouragement, and words that you feel are from the Lord to us. Back on the 24th................Mike