Wednesday, June 28, 2017
Hope you are enjoying your summer so far. I have heard that some of you are experiencing some very nice summer weather. We have been having temperatures in the 90's also, the difference is the humidity, today the humidity is 65%. Just a bit much, I have given into the fact that I am going to be covered in sweat no matter what :)
Thank you so much for your prayers for the crusade, many were saved and many were healed. God was obviously moving among the people. It was very refreshing.
I am writing today to ask for pray. We are holding a 3 day conference for our pastors and leaders. We have also invited pastors from the surrounding villages. Mike teaches a conference every Saturday morning for our pastors and leaders of about 30, but this conference is significant in a few different ways. There will be over 100 in attendance. He will be teaching in a way that will be challenging the norm in the church of Haiti.
Western culture has pretty much trained the church of Haiti to sit and listen and be entertained, and then go back to their regular lives. He will be challenging them to apply what they are being taught. To live it out on a daily basis.
He will be trying to teach on basic concepts of a life giving church. Here in Haiti, not a whole lot different from many churches in western culture, once you accept Christ, grace is replaced with man's rules and regulations. So he will be teaching on grace being the most important. On the idea, that to obey without love gives poor results, because it is with human power, but if you are saved by grace and learn to have a personal relationship with Jesus then those that love Jesus will obey out of that love and the fruit will come.
The western culture has also taught many in Haiti that they are the ones to be reached out to, that they are not the ones who are supposed to be reaching out to others. We have had significant break through in this area in our ministry, but it will be a new concept for many others. It is a thought process that is part of oppression.
In all of this we are not trying to change the church to be like a Canadian or American church. With our limited perspective we are trying to call the church back to a more biblical perspective.
One that has a living, breathing, loving, action filled relationship with Christ. We believe God has created everyone for a purpose. That the Haitian church will and should look and sound different. But there are basic beliefs and actions that are Christ centered and should be part of each cultural.
Please pray with us that God open eyes, ears, minds and hearts. That the teaching that is of him remains and the rest falls away. That His most perfect will is done. That Haiti chooses to grow in Christ according to His will and purpose. Thank you for helping to move mountains and kingdoms.
Tuesday, June 20, 2017
It's been a while since I have sent a prayer partner out. We have a lot of things happening right now. So I will try to keep it to Badjo and send out another prayer partner in a few days.
God is amazing, since the accident in Badjo killing so many people He has opened up so many doors. We feel called to build a church and a school for the community of Badjo, as there is neither. We have found 2 small pieces of land right next to each other and have purchased them. One of the pieces of land is the same land we held the crusade on. We will be having a celebration on the land July 2nd, complete with driving a stake in the ground claiming the land for Christ. We have been praying about who could lead and pastor this group. And God has answered. One of the leaders from our nearby Debarriers church has come forward and said he believes God is calling him to lead this new church. This is so exciting, as we have watched him thinking he is ready to be called to serve a church and with out us asking he has come to Nathan and Mike and volunteered. His is a very faithful, prayer warrior and will be such an asset to the kingdom in Badjo, he believes he has found his purpose and we believe him. His name is Antonio, please pray for him, as voodoo has a very strong hold in Badjo, he will face lots of battles along with us.
It is so amazing to watch God as He fits the puzzle pieces together in our lives. If you remember just after the accident we shared a story of a major witch doctor who saw Jesus as the bus was plowing through the crowd killing people. Well we found out that a broker for voodoo travelers from North America and a few other countries had approached her a while back and told her that she would get her a visa to travel to America so that she could meet with witch doctors there. Then the accident happened and she gave her life to the Lord. After a bit her visa came through. At the same time word about her salvation got back to her brother who had been a witch doctor and now is a Christian and lives in America. He called her and said he had heard she gave her life to God and he asked her to come visit him for a month so that he could help her spiritually. So she used the visa for God's work instead of satan's. HOW COOL IS THAT! GOD KNEW HOW THE VISA WAS GOING TO BE USED ALL ALONG!
Tomorrow we are fasting for Badjo, would you consider fasting and praying with us. Helping to move the kingdom forward in Badjo.
Please remember to pray for Antonio, Janette(the previous witch doctor) and for the establishment of a church and school.
P.S. We are in the beginning of a crusade in Pouteou, one of our communities next to Badjo, please pray for hearts to be opened, we had 7 salvation's Sunday night. Nathan is leading worship most of the week and Mike will be preaching on Thursday and Sunday evening. Thank you so much.