Sunday, November 22, 2009
Sunday, November 15, 2009
We had a wonderful weekend of ministry in La Croix. We showed films both Friday and Saturday night. We also stayed for church on Sunday morning. We had 7 boys make a decision for Jesus Christ!
Monday, November 2, 2009
The trip was especially dusty because I had an accident and knocked out my windshield. Or should I call it a dust shield? Fortunately the windshield wasn’t knocked out by one of our heads!!! A big truck threw a rock across the road and hit the windshield. It burst into a million cracked lines, which was nearly impossible to see through. That wasn’t a problem because a few bumps later the whole windshield fell into pile on the dash. We weren’t hurt other than a scratch on my arm. No windshield makes for a nice breezy ride, but it’s a bit dusty to be practical.
Then the saga began. When we got to Cap Haitian we went running around looking for a replacement windshield. One of the auto parts stores said he could order it, and have it there by 9AM the next morning. I went ahead and paid a fortune ($240 US) for the windshield so he could order it yet that night. Fortunately I had enough cash along for that. The hospital has been giving a poor exchange rate so I was going to get some money changed while I was in the city. For an extra $65 US, they would have installed it for me. Anyway, we got to the auto parts place on Friday, a little after 9AM. The windshield wasn’t there yet, so he called his contact, and they said they would be there in 60 minutes. About 3 hours later, we still had no windshield, but got word the bus that was carrying the windshield broke down and was coming there to get a bearing for it. He promised us my windshield would be there that evening. We said we couldn’t wait and made arrangements to get it on Saturday afternoon on our way back into town. We arrived at the auto parts place on Saturday and found the parts guy there. He brought out the windshield, and we started putting the gasket on the new glass. We couldn’t get it to fit. We held the glass over the windshield hole, and it was about 3 inches too tall. Another guy had ordered a Land Cruiser windshield the same evening as I did, so the shop owner called him up to see how his windshield fit. The other guys windshield didn’t fit either, so we were in luck. We drove about an hour out on the other side of Cap Haitian to the other guys shop. He brought the windshield out, and it was the same size as the one they ordered for me. So I still don’t have a windshield. He promised to have the correct windshield there on Tuesday morning, which I kind of doubt since Monday was a national holiday. Tuesday wasn’t going to do me any good anyway because I was going home on Monday. I said he could return the money, or deliver the windshield to Deschapelles. He didn’t know Deschapelles and didn’t want to make that commitment. Neither could he return the money because everything was closed that time of day. We agreed that he could deliver the windshield to his friend’s house in Gonaives and I could pick it up there. This will work out alright since my next film trip is to La Croix, which is about half hour from Gonaives. But it made for a super dusty drive home, and will make for a not so enjoyable trip back to Gonaives to pick it up.
I’ve got the truck cab unloaded and have taken the battery out so that doesn’t get stolen yet.
Serving God never is simple!
Sunday, October 11, 2009
Saturday, October 3, 2009
Wednesday, September 9, 2009
I'm looking forward to a few vacation days while I'm in South Africa. It just isn't right to travel 3 days going and 3 days returning just to attend a conference which lasts 5 days. I plan to return to Haiti on September 25, 2009.
Saturday, September 5, 2009
Of course these are just rough estimates, and I know God has done immeasurably more than I have asked or we could imagine!
Friday, September 4, 2009
Tuesday, September 1, 2009
Monday, August 31, 2009
Sunday, August 30, 2009
How can people have faith in the Lord and ask him to save them, if they have never heard about him? And how can they hear, unless someone tells them? And how can anyone tell them without being sent by the Lord? The Scriptures say it is a beautiful sight to see even the feet of someone coming to preach the good news. Romans 10:14-15
Thursday, August 13, 2009
I also got to visit some friends and share in a church in Washington, Georgia during the trip.
Sunday, July 12, 2009
The short version is that the project is done!
The slightly longer version is that a team came from Fellowship Bible Church. There were 13 energetic brothers and sisters who came and built steel trusses, perlin, and put it all together, including screwing on the tin. They also built some doors.
We had a wonderful time of working together and fellowshiping with the folks in Dubreuil. From the beginning, we asked for the participation of the community, and we were not disappointed. They provided places for us to stay, the majority of the food for the team during the week, they hauled water, carried supplies and materials, and helped with the construction any way possible.
A big "thank you" to all who were involved!
Saturday, July 11, 2009
The final night of films, one man made a decision to accept Christ as his personal savior.
Wednesday, July 1, 2009
The plan is to drive from the airport to Deschapelles, where we will spend the night at my house, and then continue on Friday morning to Dubreuil, which is in Grand Riviere du Nord, in the North of Haiti. Hopefully we arrive before dark, and can cross the river, and start to hike our our supplies into the village.
The primary project of the team will be church roof construction, steel trusses and pearling, covered by tin.
The secondary project will be Bible training seminars for lay leaders of the Oasis of Faith Christian Church. These would be country bumpkins who are responsible for the day-to-day operations of their local church. They plan to meet every day, all day.
The third project will be vacation bible school (VBS) for the kids of the community; they have limited it to 50 special kids.
The forth project will be evening outreaches, of showing films, preaching, testimonies, and singing. This is planned for 3 different locations, over 4 nights!
The team leaves on Saturday, July 11th through the Cap Haitian airport. Then I will make the long drive back to Deschapelles!
Thanks for your prayers for all of these activities! To God be the glory!
Thursday, June 25, 2009
Wednesday, June 10, 2009
James translating for Karen at the Women's Conference
Wednesday, Thursday and Friday night we showed films as part of the evening services. Some people accepted Christ after the services!
Sunday was most exciting for the group and I. We got up early and drove to Dubreuil, a section of Grand Riviere du Nord. We parked the truck, and waded across the river; then hiked up to where the church is. We had a meaningful service including special singing by the group.
After church I had a meeting with the church leaders in preparation for the upcoming construction team. We discussed construction, how and where to get materials and tools, where the team would stay, what they would eat, who would prepare the food, and how they can prepare it safely for "whites" to eat. I also measured the church to verify how out of level and how out of square it was!
Then we had coffee and bread, and drank coconuts. It was wonderful.
Then we drove over to Milot and negotiated the price to drive up to see the Citadel. This is a giant mountaintop fortress built in case the French ever returned. When we had nearly reached the top, it started to rain. We continued to press forward and made it to the Citadel dripping wet. We had a quick tour of the Citadel, including a wild worship time in the echoey chambers. One of the team members saw how I and another Haitian were shivering, and was afraid of hyperthermia. They took measures to warm us up, like forming a group huddle, etc. When it was time to head down the mountain, we took off running in a downpour. The three of us were side-by-side, and another team member latched on behind us trusting anywhere we would go they would be safe. When we got to the bottom of the hill, we sat in the truck (the 4 of us) and stayed warm while we waited for the others to walk down. It was a wonderful fun time, even considering the rain, or perhaps caused by the rain!
The following day, we went to Labadi (actually Belly Beach) which is right next door because a cruise ship was going to be there that day, and the price would be inflated. We had the resort to ourselves. We had a good time of swimming, fellowship, talking business, and worshiping together.
Sunday, May 24, 2009
Praise the Lord for holding the truck together. During the trip, I had (and temporarily repaired) a minor problem with the brakes. Also, a couple of days ago, while I was driving, I heard a noise coming from under the truck. It got worse and then better on the way home. I'm hoping it's a universal joint going bad. I also had a shock that went bad. Too many speed bumps (and other bumps in the road).
The highlight of the trip was the ministry that took place. We were able to show films all 9-nights that were planned. Even though one of the nights didn't get planned in advance, some quick invites were sent out and we showed films that night at another location. Let's not waste time, let's build the Kingdom!
The most exciting part of the trip is over 20 people (mostly children) who indicated they would like to follow Jesus!
Thursday, May 14, 2009
May 15 – Barahona
May 16 – Santo Domingo
May 17 – Bonao
May 18-19 – Santiago
May 20-21 – Sosua
May 22 – La Bija de Cotui
May 23 – Sabana Grande de Boya
May 24 – Return to Haiti
Thanks for your prayers as we make this missionary journey!
Sunday, April 26, 2009
Saturday yielded time for rest in the morning, and a nice long swim down at the "swimmin" hole in the afternoon.
Tuesday, April 14, 2009
Last week we did a Haitian Leadership Conference that lasted the week. Pastors, leaders, and wives were invited. Five days prior to the conference we had nobody registered. Two days prior to the conference, we had 23 people coming. By the third day of the conference we had 130 people and that held until the conference ended. Each day we studied the seven commandments of Jesus, learned Bible story songs in Creole, and went out to do street witnessing and invited people on the street to come watch a video that night. Each night we showed a different film in Creole (three of which came from you!). 29 people accepted Christ.
Now, there is a big demand for the evangelistic films in Creole by the pastors and leaders all over the D.R.
Saturday, April 11, 2009
Sunday, March 29, 2009
Tuesday, March 17, 2009
Satellite image of where we were at (Roche Mulatre)
and where we went (Savan Pedi)
Monday, March 16, 2009
Amphitheatre at Roche Mulatre
Thursday, March 12, 2009
Saturday, February 14, 2009
In January I hosted a medical team, including a doctor, nurses, bouncer and other helpers. I spent the week with them doing medical clinics, using my house as a central base of operations. We saw several hundred patients. I helped them with transportation and translation, as well as, helping plan the places to hold clinic. It was a very rewarding time!