Tuesday, February 1, 2011

This is Chris writing. I wanted to let all of you know that we have arrived home safe
and sound and with no missed, late or changed planes. Second trip in a row. Never before has this happened maybe we are setting a new pattern :) We had an awesome trip.
The team consisted of just 4 of us this time. We usually have about 10. The March trip already has 15 committed and paid team members. The smaller size of the team allowed us to do some things that a larger group would not have been able to do, like walk through the town and markets a couple of times and shop for the orphanage. Jeremy shared some of the trip highlights, but I would like to add a few more.
Besides the healing of the blind girl, Nathan also prayed for his cousin over the phone who was wheel chair bound. After about 20 minuets his cousin was able to get up and walk, very exciting. Praise God!!!
In Peru after the weddings(which I enjoyed, I love being a part of other cultures)we hiked a couple of miles down the road to a deeper part of the river to do the baptisms. We had a full band with us marching along. The parade kind of collects people from the community as it goes along, so there was quite a large gathering by the time we reach our destination.It is a pretty good witness and testimony to the rest of the community. After wards we returned to the church for the last night of a 7 evening revival held in Peru. There were salvations and healings. Mike prayed for a young boy (maybe about 9 or 10 years old). The boys legs were deformed and he was crippled and unable to walk. Not much seemed to happen that night that we could see. I felt like we were supposed to pray for him again the next day. So the next day we visited our school in Peru and handed out snacks, backpacks and gave the school some supplies. Then we asked where the crippled boy lived? We were told and walked to his
home. We prayed again for awhile and then went back to the school. About an hour later the boy and his mother came hobbling up to the school to find us. He was slowly walking with her support. It was not a complete healing but some none the less. I sat with my hand on him and quietly prayed until we had to leave. Mike and
I have been prompted by God to pray for him ever since. I am believing for complete
healing for him before Mike goes back in March. I cannot wait to hear how he is doing. Please join with us and lift him up in prayer. Haiti is such a hard place to
live I can not even imagine how much harder and hopeless it would be for someone who is handicapped.
I had been told before I left that I would be sharing while in Haiti. It did not look like I had thought it would, but I did share some at the pastors conference,
and with our Good Shepherd pastors, and in church Sunday evenings. The rest of the team also shared at church in the evening. God loves to stretch us.
We also did some interviews for nanny's and a director for the orphanage. We have hired the director and it looks like we have two who will work for the nanny positions, possibly a third :) We do need more though, so we would appreciate your prayer for this hugely important need to be met. We also have some others that we will be hiring for laundry, cleaning and cooking helpers.
We were also able to spend some time with Nathan on vision. In May we will be having a teaching conference for our Pastors association. We will have a team of pastors
from around here that will be going with Mike to teach. Also Nathan would like to have a youth conference. He believes we will be able to have between 500 to 1000 youth come. It will be both a teaching and encouragement for the christian youth and an evangelistic outreach to the youth that do not have a personal relationship with Christ. It will also involve worship. So we would also appreciate your prayers for
the planning of this event. We are hoping to be able to have the conference in September. Super exciting.
Well I know this is a very long update, I appreciate all of you who have read through it, we really are thankful for your prayers. Many, many Blessings,

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