Wednesday, October 5, 2016
October 5, 2016
We want to thank you all for praying so much for our family and our friends here in Haiti. We so appreciate all of your prayers. We experienced miracles because of them.
One of the precious miracles was a surreal feeling of Peace. Yes, the anxiety of the long wait squirt out differently among our family and friends, but over all we experienced a Peace that only could have come from God. I know I for one, on the Sunday morning the hurricane was first chosen to hit, was contemplating the what if's, in regards to the approaching hurricane. But a peace that is hard to explain covered us, it was tangible, you could touch it. That, as the unknown approached was a miracle.
Another miracle happened in Artibonite, where Gonaives is located. One of the reports I read said that after the hurricane first hit the south of Haiti, the storm started to come apart and the wind was not as concentrated, although it remained a category 4 hurricane. It stated that the hurricane passed the west and northwest part of Haiti, before regaining its concentration and moving on. I am not sure if that is the reason or not, but as the 140 - 155 mph hurricane passed, the winds were not nearly as destructive as they should have been for that speed. My phone said they were 76 miles per hour with gusts to 105. They certainly did not feel that strong. We did receive rain and lots of it, hence a little flooding, but nothing compared to what we were expecting. I believe there was a huge covering over us and God showed his mercy and grace to us even though we were so undeserving of it.
The third miracle we personally experienced was that of asking the people in our neighborhood to come out onto the street and worship and pray to God together Monday evening before the hurricane hit. We had between 30 and 40 people show up. Most of them not Christians. Mike shared about how Jesus desires them as they are, not after they are fixed up and dressed up. He explained that the religious rules that have been put on them are man's rules, not God's. He shared the simple gospel and then we worshiped and passed out muffins.
As we were thanking them for coming, some of them asked if we could do this again in the street? Some of them asked if this could be their church. We prayed for one teenage boy for healing. Then we all went back to our homes and waited for the hurricane.
This morning we went back out into the neighborhood and asked the people to come once again so we could explain God's miracle of being spared and Thank Him. Again Mike shared a little bit about God and explained why and how we could thank him. We also prayed and worshiped again. This time we had closer to 50 people come. Afterwards we passed out rice to each family to help them.
Nathan also passed out rice to the community in Marose around the orphanage. We have passed out a lot of rice and will continue to reach out and help with rice and whatever else is needed to help the people who have experienced some flooding or other problems due to the hurricane. Please help us reach out to them, help us to continue to be the hands and feet God. You can donate on our website, the link is below. You can say it is for hurricane relief. We would so appreciate the help.
Another miracle was that the hurricane did reach a category 5 (the highest rating possible) before it struck Haiti and then changed to a category 4. Because of hurricane Matthew reaching a 5 in the Caribbean and because it was in the Caribbean longer than any other recorded hurricane it's name will be retired in history, scientists say.
Please continue to pray for Haiti, Cuba, the United States and the other countries hit by hurricane Matthew. The southern part of Haiti was hit very hard. The mayor of Jeremie said 3 historical buildings were destroyed and many roofs are gone and most of the town is flooded, and many have died. There are many little villages in South Haiti that have experienced the same things. Please continue to pray for them. And please continue to pray for us as we help people recover.
On another note I just read more rain is coming like 14 inches plus! Please continue to pray.