Saturday, July 2, 2016
A couple of stories.....
The team is here and doing well. Thank you so much for your prayers. They arrived late Tuesday evening during a rain storm. They settled in and spent the following day with the children in our Children's Village. On Thursday they went to the open market in downtown Gonaives and then in the evening to bible study in the Perou church. Both Kirsten and Carrie sang a few songs and Kirsten played her ukulele. On Friday they helped us to celebrate our daughter Janae's birthday. Then in the evening they went with us to all night prayer and worship in Pass Rien. Kirsten and Carrie sang and played again. It was a great evening, pastor Rusty from CTK Anacortes preached and all of us thoroughly enjoyed worship. Pass Rein is my favorite church to go to for worship. Today Saturday, the team introduced themselves to the pastors and leaders at our pastor's conference. Then Rusty shared with them and encouraged them. Susan and Kirsten joined me to play with the children in play and prayer room. We are just about finished with the chicken pox, over half of the children have had the chicken pox now. Tomorrow Rusty will be preaching in Pass Rein and Mike will be preaching in Perou. Please be praying for open hearts and minds. Tomorrow evening we will be starting a week long crusade in the village of Myan. Please be praying for soft hearts and the moving of the Holy Spirit.
Now for a couple of stories. The first story is about a witch doctor. He actually is a boko, a boko is a witch doctor that is above other witch doctors. He called Nathan and asked if they could meet and talk. Nathan said that the man shared that he had become frustrated because he and the witch doctors under him in Pass Rien were unable to practice witchcraft, nothing they did was working. They were realizing that they had no powers left. He admitted to Nathan that the powers of satan was less then the powers of Jesus. He then said that he wanted to know more about Jesus and gave his life to the Lord. I am sure the angles in heaven were praising!!!!!!!!!!!!!
The second story also takes place in Pass Rein, and it also is about a boko who is over other witch doctors. As we have shared before, the area of Pass Rein we minister in is called Deforce, which means place of darkness, the place where the witch doctors come from. The community of Deforce, Pass Rien has had so many salvations that the people in the community want to change the name of their village to Bon Berger. Bon Berger means Good Shepherd. They have started the process of the name change with the government. Anyway getting back to the story, this boko was having a voodoo ceremony, and like the other boko, he was becoming more and more frustrated because his powers were no longer working. During this particular ceremony he shared he was becoming extremely frustrated and all of the sudden there was a bright light. He said the light was so bright that he could not see anything else. He said that he asked the light "who are you Lord?" He said he heard a voice coming from the light that said "I am Jesus", so the next day he went to our church in Pass Rein and asked how he could know Jesus. God in his perfect way and perfect timing is changing the area from a place of darkness, that the witch doctors come from, to a place of light that God's people come from. It is truly a village that speaks of God's story of redemption and transformation. We feel so blessed to play a small part in God's plan.
Blessings and thank you for being a part of God's plan also.