Sunday, June 29, 2014
Hope you are having a wonderful summer Sunday. Mike is preaching in Marotte and Nathan is preaching in Pass Rien. And I am home with my 8 year old son Joshua. He has the chikungunya virus which is spread from mosquitoes. Most of Haiti has it or had it. According to what I've heard It came from South Africa. I thought we had managed to avoid it, but I guess not. You mostly get a fever, rash and bad joint pain. So we would appreciate your prayers please.
We had a great night in Pass Rein. Nathan led worship, Mike and Rusty preached, Joann and Mike from the Anacortes team shared their testimonies. And best of all five women were prayed over and set free. I am constantly in awe over God's love. He continues to allow us to participate in bringing his light and glory to the Pass Rein area.
So I am sitting here with my 6 year old daughter and I asked her what else did the team do lately? She looks at me and says, painted my nails, sang songs, played with me and played with Dieka. I guess her perspective of the important things the team did is very different from mine. Hmmm I wonder what God would deem most valuable. Something to think about.
Yesterday, Nathan and Mike rented a big bus and took the teachers and school directors from all of our schools to a beach near Arcahaie. Nathan's wife made a beautiful meal for them to eat. They talked about how the school year went and what they want to see for next year. Then they spent the day relaxing. It was constructive, but also a thank you to them for the work they do.
Mike also took the team to Saint Marc yesterday, they were such a blessing to all of us in the Children's Village. He will take them to the airport Tuesday morning. Please pray for safe travel for them and for on time flight connections.
On another note, a very exciting note for both us personally and for the ministry. My son Jacob and his wife Amber along with their family of 3 and 1/2 little ones arrive in Haiti Tuesday, along with my daughter Rebecca, soon to be followed by her 9 year old son (who will be staying with his other Grandpa and Grandma for a week or so). Her husband Andrew will follow in about a year. He has
some commitments to finish up with first. We are excited personally to have some of our children and grandchildren ministering with us. It has been so hard being far away from family. But, we are also excited for the ministry as the two families will be running transitional housing for our aging out orphans. Jacob and Amber will be running Dita's home and the ministry for the girls and Rebecca and Andrew will be running the home and ministry for the boys. We are excited because they are not just providing a house, they are providing a true transition into adult life. This program is offered to those children that are trying to finish high school or vocational training. They will also receive training in cooking, cleaning, laundry, purchasing food, budgeting and inductive bible study, along with other life skills. We are so thrilled to be able to offer a life giving alternative to being put out on the streets.
The venture of transitional housing was the focus of our May fundraiser headed up by our daughter Amber, she along with Mia, Jesse, Jacob, Melissa and Dustin and a few others, worked hard to raise funds for this project. This project was also the focus of our very faithful friends, Bob and Rose Crabtree's mission store. They hold a mission store for us each summer with a particular theme. They invite their friends to a picnic lunch and share, sometimes they have a store set up of actual items needed, this time they focused on transitional housing and it was very successful. We received many notes telling of how enjoyable the time was. Rose asked our son's Jacob and Jesse to speak. Jacob spoke on the transitional home and his family's calling to minister in that area. Jesse, whom we adopted from Haiti 25 years ago, spoke from both his heart and his perspective. We are very proud of them. We are also very grateful to Bob and Rose and their friends for their help and support.
Thank you for reading my thoughts and thank you for your prayers and support.
Thursday, June 26, 2014
I wanted to send out an e-mail thanking everyone for praying for me. I am still trying to catch up on things. It has been almost 4 weeks since my surgery and I am finally feeling back to normal. I think I felt better the first week instead of the next two. Probably because I rested more and had less to do during the first week. I am so grateful for your prayers. Between the long intense pain episodes and losing my vital signs in the ER, I know your prayers were covering me and that God was protecting me. I also really appreciated all of your notes letting me know you were praying. Mike shared them with me. We are so glad to be back together again as a family. God is good and works everything for our good.
We had a great team from Anacortes arrive Monday. They have been very loving and serving. On Tuesday the team spent time with the children. Playing guitar, singing, painting the girls fingernails. In the afternoon they went into Gonaives to the market and into the city center to see a little bit of history.
On Wednesday, Rusty and Mike helped my Mike fix one of our water tanks. We have only had two 1000 gallon tanks the last couple of months. It will be so nice to have 3 tanks again. The team also helped organize all of the donated clothing that arrived in the container. Thank you so much for all of the clothing you donated it is much appreciated. The organizing took a couple of hours and I appreciated the help very much. With out their help it would have taken me a day and a half. In the late afternoon we had a birthday party for the May and June birthdays. We missed the May birthdays because I was so sick and then had surgery in Florida. So we combined the birthdays. After the birthday party 1/2 of the team went to Pass Rien with Nathan for bible study and the other 1/2 stayed here in Marose for church. Rusty preached and the girls shared their testimonies. They did a great job.
Today, the team started off the day by helping to pass out clothing and shoes to each of the children. They spent time with each child helping them to find things that fit and that they liked. It took almost four hours to help everyone. Even the mama's (nanny's) picked out some things. Afterwards some of the team took the children to the river, or maybe I should say the children took the team to the river. It is lower than it should be this time of year, but they still had fun. In the late afternoon the girls on the team met with the older girls in our Children's village. They shared with them about life and life choices. We have been having some great devotions up on the roof each night. It is so cool and refreshing up on the roof. Tonight after devotions the team spent time praying for us, which was really nice.
Tomorrow the team will travel up to the mountain village of Perou. They will pass out some more clothing and shoes and they will also pass out some Days for Girls kits that they brought from their church. They will also spend some time praying for Wadner and visiting his family. If they have enough time they will visit one of the areas in Perou where sugar cane is made into syrup. Please pray for the team as they travel and minister in Perou. In the evening they will be going to all night prayer and worship in Pass Rein. Again the team will pass out clothing and shoes. Please pray for the team as they minister and for Nathan, Mike and Rusty as they preach. Also pray that the Spirit moves and hearts are made new.
Again, blessings to each of you as you pray for and come along side of us to help the poor, the needy and the orphans.
Sunday, June 22, 2014
"The power of prayer to God, is so much more productive than all of our human resources or mental efforts could ever be."
We have endured the fierce battle daily, and have seen the strong tide of darkness being pushed back all week. We had such an amazing Sunday. We started at 6:30 am at the church at Pass Rien. People from 4 churches gathered to be baptized. Even though they had attended classes, I shared with them about the spiritual significance of this obedient outward display, and the transformation that Jesus and the Holy spirit were doing inside of each one of them. We had a big parade 100 strong, with marching band for about 1 1/2 miles down to the river. We baptized about 40 mostly young people. One demon manifested but was quickly extinguished in the presents of the Holy Spirit. What a great witness for the community looking on. We marched back up to the church for a 3 hour service which included our Good Shepherd coral, a couple of singing groups, an "over the top", glorious worship time by Pastor Nathan, and a message by yours truly. We had an amazing ministry time that lasted 2 hours and delivered 5 ladies and brought 13 new people to salvation in the name of Jesus. It was so powerful that you could just feel the presents of God. Altogether we saw 35 salvations this week, and many deliverances and healings.
"This is the power of your prayers for this ministry!" You have persisted in prayer until the Lord would graciously move in victorious power over the strongholds of Haiti. Thank You and Bless You....Mike
P.S. Chris is doing very well and looking forward to joining us in Haiti on Saturday. Thank you all again for your amazing outpouring of love and support and prayers for Chris and I and this ministry. We could not do this without you................Bless You................Mike
Chris came out of surgery this evening at about 5:30 eastern time. The surgeon said things went well. He said that he took a good look around and everything else looked good. He said that the gallbladder was totally inflamed and looked like a sack of marbles. He had never seen one like that before. Chris is resting now, and much releaved that it is mostly over, but a bit lonely without her family. Tomorrow she will get to go to the home of our dear friends who have sacrificially gone out of their way to take care of her in our absence. Thank you God for them. And thank you God for the outcome that we have all been praying for. She should get to come home to us in Haiti in one week. Yea!
I so humbly want to thank ,all of you, who have been earnestly praying on our behalf for Chris's recovery. We are so appreciative of your rich expression of love to us. I do also strongly believe that with God there is always more to the story than we know. We may never know how many relationships were healed during this time, or how many people who knelt down to pray to a gracious God that they didn't really know all that well, felt something that they had never felt before. We may never know how much power and authority was exerted "in the name of Jesus" to deliver and to heal and to break the chains of oppression or open the eyes of those who had never seen the truth before. You, most likely, will never know how He has used this little struggle of our lives to advance the Kingdom of God, and defeat the kingdom of this dark age. We may never know......
To GOD be the Glory, Forever and Ever, Amen......
Just spoke to Chris this afternoon. First thing this morning she went into the hospital in Tampa for a full CT Scan. She was told that it would be Wednesday before her test results could be given. But God is wanting to be graceful to Chris in all this, so they called her a few hours later and said that they had them.
The doctor said that the tests showed that she had several large Gallstones. They have made an appointment with a surgeon for Thursday morning. She is resting well with minimal pain at this point. I'm not all that familiar with the ramifications of this, but it seems to me like a relief, and answered prayer.
Please pray that despite my lack of knowledge on all of this, Chris remains in the caring hands of Jesus, until she is healthy and home again with her family.
I will be preaching up at Pass Rien tomorrow night. It has been very intense up there all week. We have seen 13 salvations, 4 deliverances, and many healings. On Sunday afternoon we will baptize over 60 people who will proclaim to Haiti and the world that they are followers of Jesus. Please pray for a strong continuance of the power and authority of Jesus over the darkness that has oppressed the people of Haiti.
"INDEED, GOD IS BREAKING THROUGH!"
Thank You and Blessings on you all.................Mike
Just a quick up-date on Chris's status. First of all, Thank you all so very much for standing in there with us, in fact holding us up when we are just too week and afflicted to be up on our own.
Somehow, I kinda think that's the way He designed it.........
Chris flew from Port-Au-Prince, Haiti this morning to Miami, Fl. and then on to Tampa, Fl. She was met at the airport by a good friend and medical professional and our daughter, Rebecca's mother in law, Deena. She was rushed to a clinic that is connected to the hospital there. She saw a Dr. who ran extensive blood tests and has also scheduled her for a CT Scan. She is resting with minimal pain at this point and we will keep you up-dated as we are.................Thank all of you for your prayers. Some of you have responded so wonderfully and prayerfully, it is humbling to have such quality friends.............Mike
Good Morning; It has been a very good and yet very hard week here in Haiti. Last Friday night there were 7 new salvations and several demons cast out. One man had been pursued by the witch-doctors for the past few years to become one of them. He did not want to be a witch-doctor, but they would not leave him alone. They had put many curses on him until his health was failing him. They told him they would restore him if he agreed to become a witch-doctor. He felt like he was down to his last straw. Friday night he was completely set free and is now telling his testimony of what Jesus did for him all over town.
This morning as I prepare to go up to Perou and preach the gospel, my wife and partner in this mission is boarding a plane to go to Florida to go to a good hospital to undergo some testing. She is sicker now and in much pain. Maybe gallbladder, we don't know. I will be here with the kids and hold down the fort, only with God's help.
Please hold us up in your prayers as we continue to walk out this mission that God has given us.
"Where else will we go Lord, For you have the words of life." .....Mike