Sunday, November 22, 2009

Ministry News

I've got lots of news from the weekend.  Some good and some not so good...

1.) We showed evangelistic films both Friday and Saturday night!
2.) I had lots of abdominal pain and associated problems on Friday night and the better part of the day Saturday.
3.) Even though I wasn't feeling well, I was able to teach a seminar, on the 7 churches of Revelation, with about 75 students.
4.) Saturday night we were outside, and we had a few sprinkles of rain during the film.  After we were all packed up and I was laying in bed, we had a heavy shower.  Our prayers were answered, the rain was delayed.
5.) Seventeen people made a decision to accept Christ Saturday night.
6.) Two men accepted Christ at church this morning.
7.) I brought the message at church this morning, and it was well received.
8.) We had a truly incredible time of ministry and prayer for many folks after the service.  Some wanted prayer for specific things that I had preached about.
9.) After the church service I got news that the long-awaited windshield for my truck was on its way.
10.) I was in two police stations today and in prison.
11.) The driver left the windshield at the Lester police station and some friends went along to get it.
12.) The new windshield wasn't broken in transport!
13.) The new windshield was the right size for my truck.
14.) We put the new windshield in, right on the spot, at the police station.  Even the police chief lent us a hand at it.
15.) The windshield wasn't broken during the installation.  This was the first time I had installed a windshield. I had been given good how-to instructions.
16.) I made it to Payen just in time to pick up a group from Payen Mennonite Church to go sing and pray with the prisoners in the Verettes jail.
17.) After our little service at the jail, one person made a decision to accept Christ.
18.) I have just taken medicine for my stomach (chicken soup) and it's feeling good!
19.) I'm safely home again, completely exhausted, and overjoyed.

Mates in the local prison.

Sunday, November 15, 2009

Pictures: James in the desert

James in the desert

James with kids on a hike

La Croix Media Ministry

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!

Six of the Seven boys who made decisions for Jesus

Monday, November 2, 2009

Windshield Excursion

We had a great night of showing films last night.  We didn’t have any decisions for Christ, but it was well received and the pastor was excited about the outcome.  He wants to know when I can come back.  The place we showed films was about an hour South of Cap Haitian.  I was able to send the guys back to Cap Haitian last night with the sister from the church in her minivan.  That saved me an hour on my trip home this morning. The guys flew back to Port-au-Prince early this morning.

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.

James and Tom in the truck without a windshield!

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!