Friday, July 21, 2017
Just a quick update. Thank you so much for praying. The fire in the 100 mile area is now 65% contained. Yay! Praise God! Prayers make all the difference. Some of our friends are able to go back to their homes, they are still on alert, but they are allowed to be in their homes again.
We are having a crusade in Myan that we would appreciate prayer for, it will go through Sunday evening. There have been 12 salvation's so far and many have come forward for prayer. Mike taught tonight and will be teaching Saturday and Sunday evening as well. Thank you for your faithfulness.
Saturday, July 15, 2017
Just wanted to send out a quick update. The fires in the Cariboo region are still burning. Some of our friends have been evacuated for 8 days now and are trying to help at one of the relief centers. They are being told they will be evacuated most likely for at least a week more. Some of our other friends that were a little further from the fire have now received evacuation notices. There are over 17,000 people who have been evacuated. They are concerned now as the wind has picked up and is changing direction. Also there is lightning in the area. Please keeping praying for the people, the exhausted firefighters, the ranchers that are choosing to stay and protect their ranches and the livestock, some have been able to remove some of their livestock, but not all. Please pray for rain, no wind, and containment of the fires. Pray for mercy. Thank you so much.
Wednesday, July 12, 2017
Hope you are enjoying your summer. I wanted to send out some updates as some of you have been asking about the Cariboo forest fires near 100 Mile House and Ashcroft. The estimate for 100 Mile House is over 5000 hectares now and Ashcroft's forest fire is estimated at 7,300 hectares. Our friends are still under evacuation orders. The news says there are over 14,000 evacuees now. There are also reports of people north of 108 Mile that are trapped between fires, as the areas south and north are engulfed. Please keep praying for our friends, firefighters and other people in the area, especially for the ones trapped between fires. Kathy, one of our friends from 100 Mile House said the winds were the biggest problem today. Please pray for God's mercy. God can move fire just as he can mountains. Thank you so very much for your prayers.
Our latest news is that we are currently remodeling our medical clinic in Marose. We are very excited as we are nearing completion of the medical clinic remodel. In the past we had a waiting room, an exam room, one bathroom, doctors office and a pharmacy. With the current remodel we will now have a larger waiting room, 5 exams rooms, 2 bathrooms, a director's office, a pharmacy, a depot and a brand new laboratory. We are so excited to be able to offer a laboratory to the community. It is a huge need here in Marose. We are hoping to have our grand opening in early September.
We would love to have a medical team come for the grand opening. We would like to offer some health education classes and have outreaches to some of our other communities, especially those in the mountains who have no access to medical help. Let us know if you are interested personally or if you know of a medical group that would like to come. We would love to partner with you.
Sunday, July 9, 2017
We made cakes!
The children and I decorated!
Even the older boys had fun ideas!
The bride and groom and the marenn and parenn!
(Like godparents, they are also the witnesses.)
A happy couple!
A prayer of blessing!
And they are married!
Nathan and Mike
The women whose property the church tent in Pass Rein is on.
I wanted to give some updates. We so appreciate your prayer coverage. I know many of you have been wondering how our friends and others in the 100 Mile, Caribou area of B.C. are doing. The fire is not contained yet and they are estimating that it has grown to 3,200 hectares. It is only one of hundreds of forest fires in B.C. right now. There is another one that they say has grown to 4000 hectares near Ashcroft. Which I believe is about an hour from 100 Mile. Jay and Kathy's son lives there. Kathy and also Kim, another friend in 100 mile both say that the winds have changed and are headed their way. Please continue to pray for these families and the firefighters, who must be exhausted by now. Also continue to pray for the livestock. Some have been able to transport horses to safety, but not their cattle. They desperately need all of us to pray.
We also have another need for prayer here in Haiti. Antonio, one of our pastors that came forward and said he would like to help lead the church in Badjo, needs prayers. He made the commitment and then became very sick. On Friday he was told that he has prostrate cancer. While this is a physical disease, we believe it is a spiritual attack also. Please lift him up in prayer. He really needs your prayers.
Two days ago Mike was in Badjo along with Nathan. Jacks, who I have talked about in previous e-mails, came along and Mike started talking with him. Jacks said he was still thinking about accepting Jesus into his life. Then he shared that Janette, the women who used to be a witch doctor in Badjo, who saw the vision of Jesus during the accident, and is now a Christian, is his sister. If you remember I also shared that she is visiting her brother in the U.S., he wanted her to come visit because he also used to be a witch doctor and is now a Christian. Well the sister and brother who are now both Christians are causing Jacks to think about Jesus. He says he is one of 5 children. Please keep praying for him, I think Jesus is knocking on his door.
Yesterday we held a wedding in our backyard. The couple was from Pass Rein and wanted a small wedding here. It was a fun day, My children and the older boys all helped to make the day special for them. I will post photos on the blog.
Again thank you so much for your faithful prayers, they are a life line to this ministry.
Monday, July 3, 2017
Sunday, July 2, 2017
Hope you are all well and enjoying summer to its fullest. Most of our prayer partners range from Canada, through the pacific northwest and down into California. Although we have them scattered else where:) I know most of you have shared that summer weather has finally come to you. As I write it is still 90 degrees in our home at 1:00 am in the morning and the humidity is 79%. Kind of hot and sticky. Hope all of you have less humidity where you are.
Once again we have exciting news to share. In the previous prayer partner email I shared, that tonight, Sunday, we would hold a dedication/worship night on the property in Badjo. This is the piece of property that we are hoping to build a church and school on. We walked around the property, praying and claiming the land that had once been used for voodoo and was now going to be used for God. We again felt led to drive a stake in the ground. I will post photos on the blog. We had an awesome worship with Nathan leading and then Mike shared. After that, Nathan had everyone pick up a rock and take it home, as a reminder to pray for Badjo. We would love it if you would join us by finding a rock and using it to remind you to pray for Badjo with us.
We have been warned that our spiritual battles in Pass Rein, which were many, real and hard, including but not limited to 4 assassination attempts, will be considered little league compared to the battles we will face in Badjo. There are many who are afraid to come worship and pray with us in Badjo and the surrounding area. Interestingly though tonight many from Pass Rein came down from the mountain to pray and worship with us. They fully understand what is involved and the risks, but they also fully understand how God changed Pass Rein and the blessings. The stake represents 'that we know - that we know - God has called us into this land of darkness'. Just tonight Nathan told me that many are worried for Nathan and us. I replied that unless we break the strong holds in Jesus' name Haiti will never be free to be who they were created to be. So we walk forward and desperately need your covering in prayer.
One really cool story that came out of tonight is about one of the men I mentioned in a prayer partner a while ago. His name is Jack's and he spends his time teaching adolescent girls how to raise zombies from the dead. Evil. Well Nathan had asked the man who sold us the first piece of land and the farmer who sold us the second connecting piece of land, to please clear the crops off of the land as they were ready to be harvested and we wanted the land clear for tonight. The farmer finally harvested his crops from the land yesterday, leaving Nathan only the first part of today to have the rest of the land cleared. This morning he was on the piece of property looking at it and calling people to find some one willing to come and clear it. While he was there, it just so happened that Jack's came walking by and asked Nathan what he was doing. When Nathan told him, he replied "I can clear it with a few of my voodoo friends no problem" So they came and cleared the land. Amazing in and of itself. This evening Nathan was speaking and Jack's just happened to be walking by again, the land is on a main dirt road through Badjo and Mapou. He called out to Jack's to come and he gave credit for clearing the land to Jack's and his friends. They even did it for free. Nathan commented that it should have been Christians that helped, but instead it was some voodoo guys. So after Nathan asked him to come over, sheepishly Jack's came up to the front and Nathan gave the mic to him so he could speak. He said he and his friends had willingly helped and the only other thing he could say was that "when he was on the land he could feel Jesus in the air"! Is that cool or what ! God is so amazing. He then said that "he wanted to become a Christian, but wasn't ready yet. Would we please pray for him". PLEASE JOIN US IN PRAYING FOR JACK'S! This is huge, he is one of the BIG Boko's in the area.
Many of you have also asked about how the pastor's "Life Giving Conference" went. It went very well, thank you so much for praying. We had thought there would be around 100 pastor's and leaders attending. There were 200 pastor's and leaders on each of the three days. They were very receptive. Mike was approached by a couple of pastor's that would like a recording of the conference to play on a radio station in Cap Haitian, the second largest city in Haiti. We have a Haitian friend who is working on editing and finishing the video recording. Please also be praying for this project as it would reach so many. One of the highlights of the conference was a prayer ministry time for the pastor's. This is something that never happens here and the pastor's were blessed to have a safe place to ask for prayer. I shared in the last email about the contents of the conference, but one interesting thing that happened was some pastor's came forward and asked for a certificate showing they had attended the conference all three days. Mike's response was that he was going to send out spy's to check and see if they were applying what they had learned in their churches, marriage, family and life. If after 3 months they were still applying it he would happily give them a certificate. They all busted up laughing, but the point of being 'doers not just hearers' was made.
So once again I am asking you to join us in prayer. There is a lot to be praying for. But, prayers move mountains and we have a few that need to be moved. Please join us and thank you ahead of time for your faithfulness.