Tuesday, August 2, 2016

Shifting Plans, but Still Sharing Christ's Love {August 1, 2016}

This morning, Pastor John began teaching the Bible Training Center students in the book of 1 Peter.  They asked tons of questions and progress was slow, but abundantly productive!  Pray for these young men who are eager to embark upon the journey God has for them.

Orphanage…We had a wonderful second visit to the orphanage. God is so good! The first time we visited the orphanage the middle schoolers were kind but distant. Today God intervened, and we were able to love on them. The team had brought sidewalk chalk, and once the middle schoolers got some they began drawing out games on the ground for us to play with them. It was AWESOME!! We were able to show them that Jesus loves them even when they are no longer little children. To show them that to Jesus they are important. It was such a sweet time. Danielle did a review of the lesson her and Rachel taught during our last visit. It was great to see how much they remembered and wanted to tell the answer. We were able to bless them with some mango slices for lunch. Natasha (one of the ladies here at Cross to Light) showed Janelle the Haitian way to cut up Mangos. We were thankful for her experience and kindness towards us. Everyone here at Cross to Light are so kind and have such a servant’s heart.

We were scheduled to visit the village of Artibonite today and the church plant with Pastor Fednel, but heavy winds (sandblasting?!) and rain storms (mud slides?!) prompted us to reschedule this to Friday.  We were able to spend some extended time in prayer and worship this afternoon, a wonderful treat.  During this unscheduled break, John and Melanie were able to visit the orphanage where our team has ministered the past few years.  We were concerned about the possibility that we would not be able to minister here again this year, as the new management wasn’t as welcoming.  However, after a warm visit with their sponsor child (and his house mom) and incredible favor from the Lord, they have welcomed us back as a team!  So we will be going there Friday morning.  We wish we could go more, but pray we make the most of our one visit, especially to the handicapped / special needs children.

A few from our team went to a local hospital to minister to the babies tonight, but the hospital was closed.  The doctors aren’t being paid, so they are all on strike apparently.  This was such a disappointment.  We will try again later in the week (and a different time of day).  Our desire is to hold the babies and pray over them…provide diapers, baby formula…but His will be done.

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