Sunday, August 31, 2014
I am writing tonight with two things in mind. The first is our headquarters in Lynden is located on a rural country road. Occasionally the local teens like to play pranks. A typical one is to knock down or smash a mailbox while traveling 50 miles plus as they go by. The other is to stick a firecracker or other such explosive in the mailbox and blow it up. Melissa told us that is what happened on Saturday. So besides having to replace our mailbox, we also need to let you know that if any of you sent any mail the last few days, including automatic bank checks to our home address could you please let Melissa or Dustin know. If you sent them to our PO Box there would be no problem. We would really appreciate it you can contact them at, firstname.lastname@example.org
You can also reply to this email and we will forward it on.
Sorry for the inconvenience, we just have no way to know who's mail would have been in the mailbox. I would like to strongly encourage everyone to use our post office address in the future it is;
New Generation Ministries
PO Box 42
Lynden, WA 98264
Thank you so very much !
The second thing I would like to share is a small dream I have for the children. Thanks to many of you we now have about 5 boxes of children's books collected. We also have puzzles, games, color books and various leftover VBS crafts for children. I let a couple of children come into my home at a time and spend time drawing, reading or playing. It would be nicer though to have a room set up just for these activities. I have also wished we had a room set up to pray with the children in a semi private place. As I have put more thought and prayer into this I believe I have found a solution. Nathan, Mike and I use our own places for an office, rather than the room here in the children's village designated for an office. Sooooo.... My heart would be to turn the designated office into a library/game/prayer room. So here is where some of you come in. I need a little help, not much. First I would need some wood for book/game shelves. The current window we have in the office has opaque amber colored glass, great for privacy, but it lets very little light in. So I would love it if someone would help me change the amber glass out for clear glass. I also would love to paint the room. Painting the room would obviously require some paint, but I would also love to bless the children with some painted murals in the room. Which leads me to another way you can help, I would love it if any of you would feel led to come help me paint some murals. I know some of you are very talented in this area and would enjoy helping paint the room. I would be open to art work that fits your talent. We do have a projector too, if that would help. Any takers????? Please let me know :) I am excited to get started.
Sunday, August 17, 2014
We really appreciate all of the people that have supported us over the years by giving financially, going on trips, or lifting us up in prayer. To show our appreciation, we would like to invite you to a BBQ. This is not a fundraiser. This is simply an opportunity to bring together all of you that have a heart for Haiti.
We are excited to share with you all that has been happening in Haiti. We have had an eventful summer and Mike will be here to update us and to share our vision for the coming months. We will be providing the dinner. Bring your kids, bring your friends, bring your neighbors, leave your check book at home.
The BBQ will be held on Saturday, September 6th at 5:30 p.m. at Henry's Pond in Lynden. 9030 Guide Meridian Rd. Lynden, WA 98264. (Henry's Pond is just a couple of miles from the Canadian border, so we hope some of our Canadian friends will join us!)
We look forward to seeing you all on the 6th!
Thursday, August 14, 2014
Our swarm of honey bees. They decided they like it on our porch.They are already building a comb.Trying to figure out how to make a bee hive, so we can put them in a safer place.
I know this is blurry, but I thought it was cute. This little boy built his own guitar and was playing it during worship just to the side of the tent.
I want to share with you a fun thing we have been able to do the last couple of mornings. The community of Pass Rein is so hungry for God and trying so hard to figure out life differently, that besides meeting for church every night, they also wanted to have a men's conference and a women's conference and this week a marriage and family conference. So yesterday Nathan, Mike and I, and today just Mike and I sat with them and let them ask questions, any question they wanted to. We have had a lot of interaction, a lot of oh my's, a lot of hard life questions and a lot of laughter. It has been great. The youth have now come to Nathan and said they want a conference too, so they can learn about life. Please, please pray for these families, that their eyes, ears and minds would be open and that they would understand the things of God. Not life like Americans, Canadians or even Haitians, but Kingdom life, life like God created them for, like Haitian Christian men and women.
Thank you again for helping us to put Bibles in the hands of the Haitian believers. You have helped to give 100 bibles towards our goal of 300. What a huge blessing.
Monday, August 11, 2014
I wanted to share a "rest of the story" as Paul Harvey would have put it.
So the story starts... with God drawing a man to the well. A man who does not know God.There are two natural springs that I know of in Pass Rein. The springs are places that draw community for obvious reasons. One of them is located across the road just outside our church meeting tent. When church or bible study are happening anyone at the spring getting water cannot help hearing what is going on. Frequently we pray quietly for the people at the spring or well. Yesterday morning Mike was preaching in Pass Rein and Nathan was preaching in Poteau. While Mike was preaching a man came to the well and as he was drawing water he said he could feel the presence of God. So he stayed by the spring and listened. He said as he listened to the white man, God showed him that our church was in the center of Pass Rein (a mountainous village of about 3000 people). He said he could see flames of fire in the spiritual realm over the church. Then he said he could see the flames of fire spreading out over the village and valley. He said he knew it was the spirit of God. The rest of the story is... that He came back to church that night, last night and gave his life to the Lord.
God is soooooooo amazing!!!!
When I was reading in the bible today this was the verse I read; Isaiah 9:2-3
The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light; those who dwelt in a land of deep darkness, on them has light shone. You have multiplied the nation; you have increased its joy; they rejoice before you as with joy at the harvest, as they are glad when they divide the spoil.
God just keeps blessing and we are sooo very privileged to be a part of it. Thank you sooo very much for your prayers, and help both physically and monetarily. We could not AND can not push through the darkness without you. Your response was great for bibles, I wish that every one of you who helped to give bibles could stand with us and see the smiles break out and the joy take over as they hug their bibles to their chests. A sneak preview of heaven :)
Blessings and thanks
Tuesday, August 5, 2014
Thank you for praying for us. Everyone here is slowly but surely getting past their sickness. Stephanie and Jason made it home safely as did the Teen Challenge team. So we are down to one family from CTK Snohomish visiting now. Tyler and Jacob have worked on the electric and plumbing at my daughter Rebecca's house. They are working on the electrical for Dita's home today.
On Saturday evening in Pass Rein 25 more people gave their hearts to the Lord. Last night there were 6 more salvations and we prayed for at least 30 people all together. These salvations in themselves are huge, and I know that God sees us all the same, we are all sinners and need to be saved, but we are so excited to share about one salvation in particular. We live and minister in an area where the surrounding villages are among the top voodoo villages in Haiti. Three of the villages are the ones that were advertised as destinations to see voodoo during Haiti's annual carnival. Two Sundays ago a man came to the church service in Pass Rein. He came again yesterday, and
received salvation. It turns out that this man is the boko (head witch doctor) for the area of Gonaives and Enerey. For those of you who have been here, when you are on the mountain behind the orphanage and look down onto the valley as far as you can see, you are looking at about 1/3 of the area he is over. He wept and wept for all that he had done. God is so amazing, to think that He would save us when we are so evil, He loves us and forgives us when we are at our worse. I think God has big plans for this man. He has influence in areas we would never be able to speak into. Please pray for him and his family. The enemy will not be happy with his decision and he will have to find another way to make an income and support his family. It will change absolutely everything for them and many others.
We have had so many salvations lately in Pass Rien that we have a good problem that you can help us with. We could really use more bibles for all of the new Christians. We are able to purchase a new complete bible in Creole for $10. If any of you would like to help us, you can go to our web site newgenerationhaiti.org. On our web site you can use credit card, pay pal or your bank. You can also send a check to our ministry if you would prefer. The address is New Generation Ministries, PO Box 42, Lynden, WA 98264. Again thank you so much for your prayers and help.