After flying out of Port yesterday we all went our separate ways on different airplanes. Harley and I arrived home at 1:30 AM very tired, but thankful for the Lord’s protection throughout our travels. Today we have no power, thus I’m sitting at Starbucks to send out pictures and thank you for your prayers.
What a wonderful team of folks we had ministering in all types of different ways! I thank each one of them and ask God to bless them for their willingness to serve. I saw this team as a group of mature believers who served well. Each of them have been on mission trips throughout the world and each knows the sacrifice of serving, but continue to go and give. Bless them, Lord.
Gerry Pryor left a day early because of his bad nose bleed. He arrived safely and has been seen by his doctor and we are grateful to hear that he is well.
Joel and Gerry spoke for three nights at the Crusade. It was wonderful and powerful. About 35 people came forward to receive Christ. Your prayers meant so much, as we felt opposition to our work there. Friday night there were voodoo drums all night right next to the church and rooms where we were sleeping. It was a long night. Saturday night Gerry had such a bad nose bleed that even Dr. Tim was concerned and we were planning on getting him down that next morning early to fly out. We weren’t able to get a flight out, so it never materialized, but some of us were up much of the night. Poor Joel spoke the next morning in church and the next night at the Crusade. He is amazing!
In our medical clinics we saw 400-450 people total. The woman who had the baby die has gone home for now. I pray there are no complications. Many, many people were touched by the doctor and his helpers. Someday I would like to hold a medical clinic in the mountains as the people are even poorer in health.
I just spoke with Pastor Louinet and he says thank you for everything. We couldn’t be doing this without you and your support. My heart is full of appreciation for each of you.
Church has gone on now for 3 hours, with Joel teaching from Psalm 23 about how the Shepherd (the Lord) calls us by name. The team acted this out by playing the sheep as Joel called each of us by our names. As you can imagine, Harley was the lost sheep : ) They have been doing tons of special music this morning, and also did a baby dedication and an ordination ceremony, and more.
Right now there is a graduation ceremony going on for the women. 102 ladies! They sang a song for Francy, expressing their gratitude for teaching them for the past four years. It gives me tears in my eyes as I write this! What a celebration of their lives!
Church finally letting out now… whew!
We have been having pretty bad cell phone reception today so nothing I’ve been texting has been going out. Haiti has taken big steps forward in technology in some ways, but the reliability leaves something to be desired. Going to bed soon… we are all spent.
We are heading to the beach! After a long and tiring week, the team is taking a much-needed day to relax and have nothing required of them as we say goodbyes and head down the coastline toward Port au Prince. On the way we will make a pit stop at one of Haiti’s most beautiful beach resorts for a couple hours of relaxation.
We made it to Port au Prince. Those of us with enough energy are going exploring at the famous Haitian metal market, where gifts and decor made from hammered-out metal oil drums can be found and bargained for.
It’s already getting dark, and food is cooking on the stove here at Byron and Shelly Tlucek’s home. They are such great hosts, and their meals are always a treat. Before long we will be headed to bed. We will need lots of rest before our marathon day of traveling home tomorrow!
Meanwhile under the Mango Tree, Joel and Gerry shared with the pastors and other men how to share God’s story with others in their own context using some key principles. After that, they headed to the downtown square where they shared the gospel to a large crowd of about 1500 people. on Thursday Joel gave the message, drawing from Hebrews 11 and 12. Joel reports he sensed a strong opposition from the darker spiritual side of Haiti, which is steeped in vodou (Voodoo). Friday, Gerry gave the message. We hope to have more details soon. So far more than 30 people have responded to the call to put their faith in Christ!
Wednesday the team arrived in Nan wo safely and went right to work setting up a medical clinic to see to the various medical needs of the community. In the shade of The Mango Tree (if you’ve been, you know the one), almost 70 people lined up and received care from Doctor Tim, while Mike and Jean took time to pray with the hurting ones who were waiting. Most of the team found work to do there, handling supplies, taking down names, or just extending a loving arm to those who needed support. Today (Thursday) they will repeated the action in Dessalines at the Ebenezer Glen Orphanage, setting up shop in one of their buildings and seeing over 60 young and old patients just in the morning session.
Meanwhile, Francy and Joel started their teaching sessions in Nan wo with the Haitian ladies and gentlemen, adding depth to the training they have already taken. Joel and Gerry taught on the topic of teaching men to be mature leaders, using 1st and 2nd Timothy as a guide. This is part of Hope in Haiti’s goal.. to equip Haitians to equip one another.
Tonight, Joel and Gerry will be speaking at the downtown evangelistic gathering. The ‘Crusad’ has been meeting in Dessalines nightly since Sunday, and will continue until Saturday. Joel and Gerry will be keynote speakers on Friday and Saturday as well. Praise God, already 10 souls have found him through these outreaches this week! Pray for more hearts to be changed and led to Christ.
This Christmas season, many of us will be enjoying a bounty of blessings—good food, friends and family together, and an abundance of gifts given in love. The hope, joy, and enthusiasm are almost palpable as we start stringing up lights and putting on the Christmas music. And as we celebrate Christ’s birth, we remember His gift to us by sharing gifts with one another which allows us to play a part in meeting each other’s needs and putting our love into action.
As you are preparing to give this Christmas, would you consider giving the gift of education to a young child in need? Haiti is a nation devastated by natural disasters and economic crisis, leaving its children desperate for hope to cling to. Hope in Haiti was established in 2007 to step up for those children and offer education, meals, books, school uniforms, and even parent and teacher training. We have been blessed with an expanding ministry that continues to grow every year as more children pour into our schools. However, the number of children still needing sponsors is growing too.
For just $35 per month, you can give the hope of a brighter future for children who are in need of education and training. Boys and girls with stories you wouldn’t believe—stories that aren’t finished yet. Would you play a part in bringing them hope, joy, and enthusiasm through a simple gift of sponsorship? Check out our Sponsor page right now and choose a child to bless today!
Thank you, and Merry Christmas!
P.S., If monthly sponsorship doesn’t work for you but you’d still like to give or volunteer, please contact us! Use the contact form below
After a few hours at the beach we have arrived safely at our friend’s house in Port. Looks like a wonderful dinner of taco salad awaits us. Yum! Lexi Anderson is here to take four of our team for a few days–Cheryl will be staying a few more days with the kids. Tomorrow Harley, Gary, Ruth and I will be flying out first thing.
Please continue prayers for us, especially for our travels. What a great team this has been. Thank you to everyone!