Monday, March 20, 2012
It was homemade banana pancakes from Chef Ernie this morning and then I led the devotional and we had a time of worship. After that, we all went our separate ways.
Ryan took the building team to the site and got them started and then headed to Port to get supplies from a bunch of different places, again. I went to Port, in a different vehicle, for meetings. We ended up at the airport because Lifeline had an unexpected delivery of rice flown in by the Airforce and we had to be there until Osmy got there to receive it. I got to help a team of Haitian men load 50 lb. bags of rice into the box truck so that was fun. It was good to experience where and how that all happens, even though it through off my plans for going to the paint store to get paint samples for the orphanage walls – priorities, ya know? J
Candice and Osmy led a team including Pastor Tommie, Joe, Victoria, Brittany, Nichole, Delores and Kathy up to a poor little school in the mountains. It was an adventure just getting there. They rode in the L200, a truck with a cage around the back, that they stood in, holding onto the bars, giving Pastor Tommie flashbacks from his life before Christ days, lol. They were on a treacherous, narrow, rocky, road, with cliff on one side that, according to P-Tom, went up so high they were in the mountains, passing people with donkeys the whole way. He clarified that although he wasn’t scared, the trip was scary. They all said they had the most amazing time at the school. Kathy, the teacher in the bunch, who brought all kinds of wonderful school supplies, including 60 individual chalk boards with dry erase on the other side, chalk and 200 crafts, led the group in the projects and had great assistants. She was blown away by how many kids were stuffed into the classrooms, many children having walked up to 5 hours just to get there, and they were all so well behaved. The team was greeted with enthusiastic songs about Jesus and they did crafts with the children. The teachers left their classrooms to come see what Kathy had brought for them to help teach and they were extremely grateful.
After that, they went back down the mountain and Candice gave them a tour of the Barbancourt village, surrounding our orphanage.
Tommie went on a little walk up the mountain with Bob and Linda and a guy shimmied up a coconut tree and cut it open for them with his machete to eat and drink the milk. So he was late on the village tour and our Haitian friend Kenol took him on a private one. They went to the Voo-doo church and the priest was there. Tommie talked to him, asked him numerous questions, and got a tour of all the various rooms where he saw the skulls, spirit murals, etc. The priest told him all about how people pay him to “appease the spirits” through various rituals in order to help them with their problems, and also how he puts curses on people.
Everyone is amazed at how much has been accomplished on the building site in just a couple of days and how God divinely brought together this team of people with various skills, many who didn’t know each other before. Tonight Doug Westmoreland led a wonderful devotional about the extreme measures Christ took to go out of His way to save a homeless, scary, lunatic (Mark 5), all out of love. After that, we all told a little about ourselves and how we got here and pretty much everyone said that Haiti has stolen their hearts and they can’t wait to come back.
2 Haitian girls came up and gave Nichole and Victoria manicures and pedicures and put braids in Nichole’s hair. They charge $10 and this is their livelihood so it’s fun for us and a blessing to them.
This coming weekend, half of the team will go home and half will stay and go to La Gonave Island for the revival. Please begin bathing the revival in prayer. We want to pray that the Holy Spirit would draw hundreds, if not thousands, to a place of repentance and revival and that the entire island would come alive and be on fire for Christ. We know the enemy will not want this to happen, so please pray against anything he might be scheming and for the Spirit to pave the way for a mighty move of God.
Everyone down here wants me to pass along their apologies to their families at home for not being in contact more often. The internet has been very spotty on this trip. Also, I know these emails are long, but know that there is SOOO much more going on down here; I’m just trying to hit some basic highlights.
Blessings in Christ,