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!