Wow what a day…
1 Corinthians 4:1: This is how one should regard us, as servants of Christ and stewards of the mysteries of God.
We started our day a little slow… Well some if us did. 😉
We thank God for a wonderful night’s rest! After a great breakfast graciously prepared by the pastor’s wife we got ready for an exciting day of ministry.
We headed for a church where half of us would begin working at a medical clinic for the morning. The heat was intense; I mean that we were sweating while just sitting. 😉
We had our morning devotionals; the focus was REALLY following the Holy Spirit’s leadings regarding the ministry we would choose to do. Many of us were undecided, but after lots of prayer and waiting on God, we divided into groups.
One group would stay and do a medical clinic for 38+ patients with Kristi, Brooke, and Pastor/Dr. Max (also the man that runs the orphanage) directly worked with the patients – lots of pepto and antibiotics were given. After being treated, the patients were prayed for by others, which resulted in 2 ladies being welcomed into the Kingdom!!! Praise the Lord!! While waiting, Bible stories were told to the children. What a great opportunity to see God heal both physically and spiritually.
Eleven team members went on prayer walks. What a great experience to walk down the street, stopping and praying for people along the way. We met many fellow believers and were so encouraged by their faith. Many earthly things have been taken from them, but they hold fast to the one thing that can NEVER be — Christ’s love and faithfulness!
This is where I spent my morning… God quickly brought me a five year old “tour guide” who took our group from “tent” house to “tent” house and ultimately brought us to the house of Shee Shee, a fisherman who has twelve children and is living in a tent. He had heard about Christ’s love, but had never given his life to him.
After a conversation that included the story of Jesus, Peter, and Andrew on the sea of Galilee fishing, Shee Shee decided to turn his life over to Christ… We could see an immediate change in this man. He was filled with joy! Our God is an Awesome God!! Five minutes later his sixteen year old daughter gave her life to Christ too! We plan to go back to see them and take them some food on Friday.
Karmen’s group also did some prayer-walking and they met so many people who physically were hurting, sick, and in pain, and yet most of them had hope in Jesus Christ! Even when their tent was sweltering – probably 110 degrees and no air – their hope was in Jesus Christ.
This is so humbling for me and the rest of the group.
We have so much that it becomes hard to place our hope in Christ. Here in Haiti Jesus Christ IS alive and we see Him!!
One other exciting “prayer walking” story is that Corey and Shane met a carpenter who didn’t even have a hammer. Amazingly, Ellie had packed us a hammer at the last minute and God knew this man needed it, so today he got it!!
Wow, and all that was just this morning!
This afternoon was spent at the orphanage doing VBS, playing soccer at a tent city, and going to a compound preparing food for delivery for tomorrow afternoon. We continue to marvel at these precious children who are so receptive. They are so thankful for each and every little thing.
We are thanking God for his love for the Haitians, and asking Him to continue to meet the felt needs that are here through us.
Ephesians 4:14-21: Then we will no longer be
infants, tossed back and forth by the waves, and blown here and there by
every wind of teaching and by the cunning and craftiness of men in
their deceitful scheming. Instead, speaking the truth in love, we will in all things grow up into him who is the Head, that is, Christ. From
him the whole body, joined and held together by every supporting
ligament, grows and builds itself up in love, as each part does its
So I tell you this, and insist on it in the Lord, that you must no
longer live as the Gentiles do, in the futility of their thinking. They
are darkened in their understanding and separated from the life of God
because of the ignorance that is in them due to the hardening of their
hearts. Having lost all
sensitivity, they have given themselves over to sensuality so as to
indulge in every kind of impurity, with a continual lust for more.
You, however, did not come to know Christ that way. Surely you heard of him and were taught in him in accordance with the truth that is in Jesus.
Continue to pray for strength for us and that God would protect us tomorrow as we distribute the food. Please praise God with us for good health, and most importantly for our new brothers and sisters in Christ!!