Sa fou. My new favorite expression in Creole. “This is crazy”. I am in amazement as I see what the Lord is doing in our midst. I could not script a better story. I don’t know how we are getting put in touch with so many people and resources. Sa fou…
So, today our mission team arrived. It is a group of 15 guys, mostly pastors and leaders in various churches. I think there are about 4 or 5 churches that are represented. Sa fou because several of these pastors and leaders are talking to us about ways that they can partner with us and bring further teams down in the near future. Sa fou because as a result of many donations that came in since the quake and the many people that we have here, we are planning on building 4 homes this week. I’m talking about building homes from start to finish…4 of them in one week. 3 will be built with the mission team that we are hosting in our home (15 guys…sa fou) and the other home will be built by a group of about 25 Calvary Chapel people who are here for 2 weeks and want to partner with us in various ministry outreaches that we are doing. This is the group that is made up of Calvary Chapel Ft Lauderdale and Calvary Chapel Costa Mesa, two of the most prominent Calvary Chapel Churches in America…I know…SA FOU!!!
In addition to building 4 homes, we will also be working with a kids program that focuses on teaching the kids about Jesus. We will be putting some of the Calvary Chapel group there in addition to maybe a few guys from our mission group. We also have some other outreaches planned in some of the rural areas that God has given us a love and passion for. We will be serving them food, worshiping with them, and showing the Jesus movie in Creole. It is going to be an awesome week!
Fenel and I picked up the team in Port au Prince at about 9AM. We had to leave our house here in Jacmel at 5AM…(sa fou) and it took us over 4 hours to get there because of some major traffic that is going on these days in Port au Prince.
Anyway, later in the afternoon, we went out to the neighborhood where we will be building the homes. We brought some great tents with us as well to give to this family that we have been reaching out to. The team put up 2 huge tents and the people were so happy. Then we shared with them the surprise that we are all coming back tomorrow to build them homes. They were so excited. And once again, we used that as an opportunity to share the love of Jesus with them and tell them that it is not us who is doing this for them, but rather it is the God who loves them who is doing this. We prayed together with them and gave thanks to God. It was so cool to see the team engage with these people who I have come to know and love.
Tonight during our worship and devotion time, the team shared about their first experience out in this neighborhood among the poor and they were just so amazed at what they saw the Lord do in just that one time. They are very excited for the week, as I am too, but also very tired, as I am too.
Tomorrow, I am also meeting with Mark Stuart (the lead singer of the band, “Audio Adrenaline” who started an orphanage called “Hands and Feet” just down the road) and the president of GO Ministries. GO Ministries wants to talk about ways in which they can partner with us and Hands and Feet on a long term basis.
I’m telling you, we couldn’t have ever scripted what God is orchestrating among us. What’s that you say? I know…sa fou.