Our Sylvain campus is a great example of this. Five years ago we were forced to leave a community in which we were serving. This was a hard and dark time for MH4H and many of you. Much work and investment (time & resources, relationally, and emotionally) had gone into establishing a campus in that small community. Good things were being done and lives were being transformed, and then just like that, it was gone. All of it. But as we look back today at where God has led us and what God has accomplished since that time, we can clearly see all the good that has come in spite of all the bad. It will be just four years this summer that we obtained the land for our new campus. Our campus is amazing and today we have so many beautiful and wonderful things: two schools, an equipping center, a dorm and house, an administration building, an Ag center, latrines, playgrounds, gardents, a prayer path, and a great well. Wow! To look back and see all that God has done in such a short time is incredible. Bless God for what he has done (and is doing)!!!
Sylvain Campus, May 2019
Maliarette Campus, May 2019
We have recently experienced some difficult community-based issues which have been challenging and somewhat disheartening. These issues are by no means over and we covet your prayers as we continue to walk with our neighbors in these trying times. We know that in these days we are discovering some things that we did not know or understand about Sylvain and about ourselves as an organization. This is good. These revelations are super important and we are confident that going forward we will become an even better organization and have an even greater impact on the little community in which we live and operate. I look forward to looking back someday (soon I hope) and seeing all of the good that will result after waking through this bad.
Romans 8:28 is a great reminder that; “…in ALL things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.” (NIV) I love that verse but I truly believe that we see this good when we look back at all that has happened since whatever the bad thing was. We must also constantly be reminded that Satan does not like it that we are in Haiti bringing the light and truth to this dark and broken land. “..our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against…spiritual forces of evil… (Ephesians 6:12) (NIV) and we need to continue to walk in truth. John 3:21 is a great verse to help keep our focus and perspective on God alone and not our own efforts. “But whoever lives by the truth comes into the light, so that it may be seen clearly that what he has done has been done by God.” (NIV)
So when discouraged or deflated I challenge us all to look for evidence of God’s presence and power in the present but also to be encouraged by looking back and being reminded of all that God has already done for us.
God is so good!