Wednesday, January 30, 2013
Tuesday January 29, 2013
The team had a great day today. They went into town for a couple of hours. They purchased the steel needed for the swing set. They also visited the school in Poteau and spent time playing with the children. They passed out candy and the children sang for the team. Later, Kathy and Brenda spent time in the kitchen helping the cooks. They had a lot of fun and all of them learned some new things. The team picked up the bibles today. I have been told that I will get photos tomorrow, if I do I will post them.
Later in the day Nathan, Mike, Jay and our translator went back up to Pass Rien for another evening celebration. The evening was interesting to say the least. The celebration was held in one of the families home, so picture about 200 people gathered together in the yard of a mud hut. Nathan brought a portable sound system and lights with him. Nathan led worship and Mike taught. A man heard the worship and thought is was a party or a disco as they call it. When he asked what was going on Nathan called him and asked what he wanted. He ended up giving his life to the Lord. There were 6 salvation's tonight and lots of people came forward for prayer.
One man shared his testimony, he said he was part of a witchcraft group and he had thought it was like family for him. He said his eyes were opened and he gave his heart to the Lord and now he realizes he has a new family, a family in the light.
One of the men who gave his life to the Lord was involved in what they call death bands. Death bands start an evening with music that becomes very provocative and play music through the night, but by morning someone is killed. This man turned from this and gave his life to the Lord.
While Mike was teaching, Nathan thought he saw something out of the corner of his eye. So he went over by the woods and looked around. There were 4 witch doctors hiding in the woods. They obviously were trying to stop what God was doing. Mike and Nathan were told that a couple of weeks ago, two men showed up in church that were strangers to the village, they came to check Nathan and a friend named Shalam out. Some in the village did not think they were very good men. It turned out that they were hired by the Madam, the witch doctor that some of you have been praying for. She hired them as hit men to take Nathan and Shalam out. After church that Sunday the two men went up to Cap Haitian, but evidently some deal they were part of in the Dominican Republic went bad and they went back to the Domican Republic, and were killed.
I share these stories not to scare anyone, but to share with you just how much prayer is needed. It is so important to keep praying. The area of Pass Rien has a higher population of witch doctors then a lot of other places. The village of Pass Rien has been under the Madams thumb, and under Satan's for generations. Prayer has broken through, and even witch doctors are coming to salvation. In Luke 4:8 God says: The Spirit of the Lord is on Me, because He has anointed Me to preach good news to the poor. He has sent Me to proclaim freedom to the captives and recovery of sight to the blind, to set free the oppressed, In the village of Pass Rien captives have been set free, the blind from birth have seen and the oppressed have been set free. God's word says when the light comes darkness has to flee. Nathan and Mike have been teaching how important it is to separate voodoo and the church. And not to go back to the darkness, but to stay in the light. Please keep praying for the village of Pass Rien, for discernment and protection, also that God's light would burn brightly.
Tomorrow the team will go to the village of Perou and spend time giving the gift of bibles. Please pray for them and the people of Perou.
Thank you so very much for your prayers. We greatly appreciate them.