Sunday, July 21, 2013
Hello from Haiti,
Hope you are having a great summer. We have been having temperatures around 96 degrees. It is definitely summer here, even though it is also the rainy season. The rain in Haiti does not mess around like it does in Washington. In Washington it may rain all day or drizzle. Here within an hour we have 1 or 2 inches of water. There is flooding, bridges out and roads blocked. Just one of the many differences.
Two days ago we had such a crazy schedule it was a good thing it did not rain. We were in two of our mountain villages, which can become treacherous when it rains.We started out in the mountain village of Perou teaching a conference on church leadership. While we were teaching a man road up to the church on a bicycle. He stopped to see what was going on and one of the leaders invited him in. In Haiti they are exceptionally relational and inviting. The man chose to come in and sit. After awhile I made peanut butter and rolls for lunch along with water, soda or juice to drink. This man ate with us. Near the end of the conference he asked for prayer. Mike prayed with him, then asked him to share as Mike and Nathan had been teaching on being a life giving church. The man shared his heart, which was very precious. He stood up in front of everyone and said "I was hungry and you fed my stomach, then you fed my soul. Now I want to know how to have Jesus in my heart." We truly believe that you need to feed someone who is hungry before they can hear God's word. He is living proof. His testimony was such a great analogy to the teaching. God works in amazing ways.
The team went on a tour of Perou while Nathan and Mike were teaching, which included visiting a sugar cane press. They were able to sample some of the cane juice and chew on some sugar cane.
Next we went to Pass Rein for church. Nathan led worship and Mike preached again. It was a very powerful time. I do not know any other way to describe it. I have no other words, it was and is just amazing. The people in Pass Rein are so hungry for the things of God. They are such joyous worshipers.
After Pass Rein we returned to Marose, where Nathan led worship and Mike preached yet a different message. Mike and Nathan have been challenging the Good Shepherd churches to go out and be the hands and feet of Jesus.
Tomorrow the first team that is here will be traveling home. Please be praying for safe travel and on time connections.
The second team we have here will be doing intense leadership training for the International Awana Children's Ministry for the next three days. Please continue to pray for wisdom in teaching and clear communication and understanding. Thanks again for your prayers.