Fran De Haan & Chris Walz with the Blom Memorial Team share what their Lord’s day looks like in Haiti.
This morning we awoke to a beautiful sunny warm Lord’s Day. After a delicious breakfast cooked by our host Craig, we jumped aboard our ‘Church Bus’. Off to John Robert’s church in the country. It was a wonderful 2 1/2 hour service, singing (or trying to anyway) songs in Creole, listening to songs by soloists and groups, including our group which sang Amazing Grace.Church Bus
John Robert’s church in the country
Pastor Brad preached the sermon, one sentence at a time, while it was translated. Talk about hard to keep your train of thought! A real highlight was the Haitian pastor giving an altar call after Pastor Brad’s message, and three people came forward. Another bumpy ride back to the campus (At least for most of us, except for one young gal who rode on the back of a moto 🙂
Pastor Brad preaches one sentence at a time. After Church Fellowship
Philippians 4:4-7 says “Rejoice in the Lord always, I will say it again:Rejoice! Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your request to God. and the peace of Go which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”
This is a passage I read as a small group of us were preparing for a pastoral visit. There is a young woman in the community I will call Angel who had a very intense experience with the Voodoo religion and has serious physical, psychological, and spiritual problems. Some members of the PCHS team that were here last week met with her, as well as Liz and Pastor Lumanes. Today, Pastor Brad, Pastor Lumanes, Christi, two of our Haitian team and I went to visit. It was evident that we were battling with the forces of evil. After much discussion and prayer, there was hope for progress. Please keep in your prayers the needs of Angel and her family. They will need much prayer in the coming months.
On a bright note, Pastor Brad and I rode motorcycles out to our appointment, which was a real treat on dirt bikes on the the Haitian “roads”, and I use that term loosely!
Na Wa pita. – (see you later)
Fran De Haan~
The women’s conference was this afternoon on the the MH4H campus. It was exciting to see all the women come in their Sunday best. There were about 67 women in attendance. We shared the love of Jesus with them through the story of the woman at the well.Ladies at the conference
Many of the women in the Haitian culture are mistreated, used, and abused. It is our desire that they know that they are loved unconditionally by the ONE TRUE GOD, they can trust Him with their hurts, and He is the only one who can fill their hearts. We are all anxious to hear how God uses the conferences from the last two days to begin to change hearts of the women and girls of Haiti.
Chris Walz ~
Continuing the work from yesterday Varnishing the benches