Ministry Update – April 2012

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Two months in and my mission to Haiti is completely different than what I expected. Yet, God has sovereignly used this assignment to lead me into a deeper awareness of the needs in this country while preparing me for what lies ahead.

One thing I’ve learned these past weeks has been the meaning of the word “flexibility.”  I had a plan to come here to achieve certain goals, yet God had another plan, and I’m learning to be okay with that.  While there is much work to be done, the direction God led me has been different yet a powerful experience on the mission field.

Next month, HG-Haiti Director, Dave Young and HGIM President, Jan Ross, will be making a short trip down here to handle some administrative matters and together we will be looking at more ways Heart of God Haiti can continue to spread the good news of God’s Kingdom across this land.

In preparation, I have spent the last few weeks doing a survey of Port-au-Prince ministries, meeting with missionaries, nationals and other NGO’s who are working here. I will be introducing some of them to Jan and Dave and it will be at that time that we decide what my responsibilities will look like in the near future

It’s never easy to put yourself in the hands of God and trust Him totally for direction. Yet, I can tell you that resting in the sovereignty of Christ during this mission will prove to be a blessing for those here as well as those of you who have been praying for me and my work here.

Last month I asked for prayer in learning the Creole language. As an update, I can now say that I am having small conversations beyond, “Hello. How are you?” I still have a long way to go, though. It takes daily effort to review what I already learned and continue in study.

Despite difficulty, my efforts in study have not gone unnoticed by the Haitians I have met. They are very encouraging to me in practicing, and make it a point to offer new vocabulary words in every conversation.

I have been told that “to learn Creole is to become a Haitian.” Now, although becoming a Haitian is not my goal, learning the language is definitely endearing me to the locals. And it is giving me the opportunity to meet and talk to more of them every day.

“Prayer is where the action is.” – John Wesley

  • Pray for God to send revival; that salvation and healing will come to this Haiti.
  • Please continue to pray for the staff and children at Victory Center Orphanage as God continues to give direction concerning their well-being.
  • Pray for God’s direction for Heart of God-Haiti as our mission here continues.