Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Mom's Operation and Activities

Today was the big day for my mother to have the cancerous lump surgically removed from her breast. We are praising the Lord that the operation went well.  Thanks to those of you that were/are praying.

Tomorrow I head to Mibalè (Mirebalais) to choose the exact spot I want to buy to build on. The surveyor will help to measure, place boundary markers, and draw up the necessary paperwork. I plan to take Lovely along to the hospital there, which will hopefully be the last visit related to the accident.

This weekend I plan to head up to Maissade to show movies. This is a special occasion for the Oasis church there because it will the first Sunday in their new building.

Thanks so much for all of your prayers!

Friday, September 11, 2015

Land for Little "Mission Base"

For months, I've been sharing snippets of where God was taking me; how I was seeing wonderful (and miraculous) results in ministry, how I was receiving unusual (and miraculous) financial gifts, and how I have been vigorously praying for God to use me most effectively for His kingdom! Intertwined with all of this, was the God given desire to build a little "mission base" to allow me to do more media ministry; a resting place upon return from exhausting ministry trips and a place to produce future movies.

When I first started sharing about the idea of doing more "full-time" ministry and building a little "mission base" to work out of, God performed a miracle!  I was soliciting prayer; prayer for direction and wisdom to discern the leading of the LORD.  God had spoken earlier in the day to one of the folks I was sharing with. He asked, "Is there some way that he could contribute financially now"?  A few days later I was brought to tears of joy and laughter when in disbelief I received an unreasonably large check in the mail to purchase land.  A few days later another friend asked how he could help, and it continues. This is what God did to confirm the next step; to buy land!

The same night God revealed the idea of building a little place, I was also directed that a national ministry was in order, and a central location was key.  Thus, I had a starting place for the search for land. Using my network of Haitian missionaries, pastors and friends I put out the word that I was looking for land.  I got results and started to investigate them one at a time.  All of the other properties failed for one reason or another; not enough land, too close to the road, too close to other houses, too far from Port-au-Prince, not a clear title, a non-reputable seller, etc.

After lots of prayer and several trips to Mibalè (Mirebalais), I have found the perfect land to base my ministry out of. All of my advisers have given their approval.  The owner will allow me to choose the exact piece of land that I want from his acreage and whatever amount I can afford. I will get 1/2 "kawo de tè" or 1/2 "carreau" which is roughly 1.6 acres.   Wonder what a "carreau" is, check out this interesting Haiti Land Measurement page; it also explains the "metric foot". We have set the date to do the survey of the land; Thursday, September 17th. I have negotiated a price with the seller. Thanks to the generous contributions I mentioned previously, I already have the money to purchase the land!

Beautiful Land On a Plateau With a Million Dollar View

From my limited understanding of Haitian law, as soon as we negotiated the price the land was sold! Of course there are tedious steps required to make it official.  Please pray that God will continue to prepare the way for where He wants me!

Future Driveway in Blue (1700 feet long)

This weekend I am scheduled to show movies Saturday and Sunday nights in the Port-au-Prince area.

Please remember to keep my mother in your prayers as she is to have a lumpectomy to treat her breast cancer on Wednesday, September 16th.

Thanks for all of your prayers, they make all of the difference!

Sunday, September 6, 2015

Sharing at Mountain View Mennonite Church

While in the United States, we got many opportunities to share about out work and ministry.  On Wednesday, September 2nd, Pastor Nestor Pierre and I were given the opportunity to share at Mountain View Mennonite Church about our ministries in Haiti.  I translated for Pastor Nestor, which brought a few laughs; "un-huh".  He talked about his work and vision with “Hephrata Mission”.  He has a true heart for the people who live in the area where he ministers.  His heart especially goes out the children in his school.  He is waiting for a miracle to support nine government approved teachers, and curriculum director.  Please hold him up in your prayers.

James Translating For Pastor Nestor

I shared the parable of “The Society for the Picking of Apples”, which I gleaned from a book I read recently; Let's Quit Kidding Ourselves About Missions. Please take a minute to read this fascinating parable.  It will challenge you in a unique and non-threatening way.

I also shared about the direction the LORD is slowly revealing for me. Yes, it includes doing more media ministry, being in Haiti for the long haul, and establishing myself on a little “mission base”.  More details on this soon.  Your prayers are greatly appreciated!