I just returned from a week long mission trip in Haiti and just wanted to give an update to our wonderful team. The trip was a great success in all senses of the word. We ministered to many people through VBS, revival services each night, giving food and supplies, evangelization throughout the village, praying for the sick and the lame, and simply being the hands and feet of Christ to a world in need.
Though it was extremely hot and extremely difficult at times, it was a trip that had great impact for the kingdom of God. Thank you to all who were praying for me. Praise the Lord that I did not get sick this time at all…that’s always a great praise when you’re in Haiti.
Our days were extremely busy. We were up at 5AM every day to walk throughout the village and pray for the Lord to save souls and make His glory known to the people. But don’t think of prayer walking as you normally would—a small group of people walking around an area and praying quietly. That’s what I’m used to. No, this is more like a group of about 40 of us, mostly Haitian believers, walking all throughout the village crying out to God through prayer and worship and encountering many people and sharing the gospel with them immediately (that’s just the way the Haitians do it).
Many people prayed to receive Christ during this time and then we would see many of them show up for church each night for the first time. Their names were written down so that the local pastors and leaders can follow up with them and share more through personal discipleship.
After prayer walking we would have a devotional time and then breakfast. Then we would get prepared to go to the church for either VBS, Youth, or Sunday School outreaches. There were a total of about 400 children that showed up for VBS. It was great to see these young children being fed the word of God each and every day.
The church must have been over 100 degrees inside. It was ridiculous!!! Suffering for the gospel indeed!! After this, we would have lunch and then a free time that often involved other ministry such as playing with the orphaned children or giving out clothes and food to families living in utter poverty.
Then at 3PM we would go out and do evangelism throughout different parts of the village. Because the Haitian leaders were the ones leading the evangelism, and since I cannot yet speak the language to the degree of sharing the gospel, I used this as a time to meet many people and speak to them with the little Creole that I have learned just to get to know them and start building relationships with them. I felt like the pied piper as I had a huge entourage of children following me everywhere I went. It was great to be able to love these children and share the love of Jesus with them.
After evangelism and ministry in the community, we would have dinner and then off to church each night for about 3 hours in the oven, I mean the sanctuary. Then just before ending the night, we would have a short time of prayer and worship…Wow!! These Haitians know how to pray and worship…I was worn out.
Every night, it was so hot inside the mission house (no fans) that many of us dragged our mattresses outside and slept on the porch. I prayed every night that the mosquitoes would find me distasteful and move on…it worked.
Overall, the trip was great. Many people received Christ and many people were touched by Christ through our hands and feet that ministered to their many needs.
During this trip I saw levels of poverty and suffering that I have never seen before. I saw a crippled man lying on a wooden plank in a home about the size of my bathroom, a mother and her five children living without food in a home that I wouldn’t even want my dog to stay in, swollen bellies, desperate faces. But I also saw hope through the caring hearts and hands of the body of Christ.
Smiles were brought to those desperate faces when bags of rice, beans, and clothing were placed in their hands. Downtrodden faces became joyful and filled with glimmers of hope as the people saw us reaching out to them, showing them genuine love and friendship, and encouraging them to hope in Jesus above all else.
Thank you so much to all who have been lifting us up in prayer. The trip was all that it was supposed to be. I just wish that Maria and the kids could have been there. But in due time we will all be there…without a return ticket. We are very excited about how the Lord is putting things together by leading us to both people and churches to partner together with for the ministry in Haiti.
Currently, we are at approximately 40% of our monthly budget based on the support that has actually come in and at about 55% of our budget based on those that have pledged but have not yet given. This does not include funds needed for initial moving to the field costs; therefore we still have a ways to go. But we know that the Lord is in control and is directing all of our affairs. We have been working like crazy meeting with many different people and churches in different states (we are currently in Florida). God continues to give us favor thus reminding us that He is behind this whole operation…therefore…we trust in Him.
Thanks so much to all of you who have become part of our team. We couldn’t do this without you. As scripture confirms, "we are all part of one body". Thank you for being faithful to do your part as we seek to be faithful to do ours. Together, God can do great things!!! God bless you all.—Cody.