Check out this month’s newsletter: Sept 2011 Newsletter.
Just wanted to let you know that the team that visited our sites in Haiti returned safely last night. Thank you for all your prayers. God blessed their work there–they built much-needed steps to the cafeteria at the new orphanage, did VBS with the children, held a two-day seminar for pastors in the area, distributed clothes, shoes, and many other supplies to two orphanages and children in the community, did medical checks and administered worm medicine to children. Several of the members made the grueling 3 hour hike to our church/school site in the mountain village and distributed more supplies and medicine there. They did much more, and we are grateful for their love for God and the children of Haiti demonstrated through their service there.
I also wanted to mention that the HOHH annual meeting that was originally scheduled for this Sunday, August 7 will be postponed to a date in September or October. We will let you know when and where it will be held if you are interested in attending.
Thank you for your prayers and support!
Mike & Lenore
We enjoyed a wonderful end to our seminar today!
The pastors opened up, were honest, and engaged in the discussions. Pastor Bill did a great job of leading a discussion about relationships, marriage, and sex. He spoke about the need for men to be faithful to their wives, to love their wives, and to count their wives needs before their own. In Haiti, it is very common for men to have children by multiple women and they often leave their wife to be with another woman. Bill emphasized the need for Christian men to set an example for their congregations in their own relationships and marriages.
After this, Pastor Jake did a session with the men on preaching and the female leaders had the chance to lead a session for the women that was separate from the men. We asked the women what struggles they had and what obstacles they were up against. Many of them spoke of men who were unfaithful or who had more than one woman in their life. We encouraged them to wait for men who would love them and honor them and treat them the way Christ treats his church. We were fortunate to have two more mature Haitian women there who are both in strong marriages and could speak to their young friends with wisdom. We pray that God works powerfully in the lives of these women and uses them to touch the lives of many!
Before the close of the seminar, we handed out certificates for everyone who attended so that they can have proof of their ‘seminary’ training. I hope that the Lord continues to give us opportunities to come here and encourage and guide these pastors. I pray for this in part because it is so badly needed and in part because it is such a joy and a challenge for all of us to be able to serve them in this way.
Some of our team had the chance to spend the last two days with the children at Valley. They did VBS activities, medical check ups on some kids who are running a temperature, and get shoe sizes for everyone!
Tomorrow we will be worshipping at Williamson and then taking the Trou-Bagette (sp?) kidos to the beach for the afternoon. After all of the preparations and work that has gone into the last two seminar days, it will be a blessing to be able to sit back and enjoy some relaxed time with the children!
As you continue to remember us in your prayers, please pray for…
• Today we will join the church at Williamson for worship, and then we will take some orphans to the hotel for a fun afternoon at the beach. There will be many opportunities today to build/strengthen relationships with the staff and kiddos of House of Hope. Pray that we will have energy and passion enough to be present to people today, and to show the love of Jesus.
• If there are any loose ends from our work this week, we will work to tie them up today. Pray that no work will be left undone, and that we will have the presence of mind to know what needs to be done.
Today was another wonderful day in Haiti!
It was the first day of our seminar. We were able to minister to 43 Haitian pastors, evangelists, and church leaders. They came dressed in their best and ready to learn. The music was loud and the walls were lined with curious children from the neighborhood. Grace and I did a session on understanding and teaching the Bible. We focused on the importance of application, carrying God’s word in your heart, and how all of the Bible is about our relationship with God and our responsibility in God’s kingdom.
Pastor Jake spoke with the pastors about the importance of Christian character. He focused on how church leaders need to be willing to share their weaknesses with each other, lean on their Christian brothers, and work together to accomplish more. You can tell that many of these men and women are worn out and in need of encouragement and rest. Many of these pastors are working alone and isolated from other churches. We pray that they will continue to build relationships and support each other in their common work.
Before we left, we were able to have some time for questions. It is clear that many of these pastors have troubles that weigh heavy on their hearts and the most we could do is listen. During this time, we had the chance to identify some areas where people are misunderstanding what the Bible has to say and unsure of God’s promises. We hope that we will have the chance to address these tomorrow and that God will give us the words.
As we enter the second day of the seminar please pray…
• Please pray today for the Ministry Leadership Seminar and VBS! Please pray that the Holy Spirit would be in complete control. Pray that He will work mightily through us, so much so, that we will be convinced that it is Him working and not us.
• Pray for the safe travel of all of the many pastors and leaders who will travel for hours to attend the seminar. Once they arrive, pray that the Lord will give them rest and rejuvenation as they enjoy the conference. Pray that the Lord will tell us what these men and women need to learn to help the communities they serve.
• Pray for our teams members who will teach, lead VBS, continue doing health checks, and do maintenance work around the orphanage. Pray that we will be flexible if things donʼt go as planned, and that we will be sensitive to the Spiritʼs leading.
p.s. Sorry for no post last night! The internet was iffy and it was getting late!