Alabama Team Representin’

Ok, I am totally totally beat right now, so I am not going to be creative in my writing.  This is just an update so you all know what has been going on with us.

We have a team here from Dothan, Alabama.  There are 14 of them and they are doing some great work.  The team was supposed to come on Sunday morning, so after me leaving at the crack of dawn from Jacmel to go pick them up in Port au Prince, I received the call that the flight was cancelled and that the team would not be coming until the next day.  Well, that meant that I had to stay the night in Port au Prince because I wasn’t about to drive 3 or more hours back to Jacmel and then have to drive 3 or 4 hours back the next day.  So, I’m glad that Isabela was with me, but my wife stayed home.  So, we spent the night at the Global Outreach base in Titanyen (near Port au Prince).  The great blessing that it turned out to be was that it enabled me to visit the orphanage that we oversee in Titanyen and spend the whole day there with the kids.  It was awesome!!!  Isabela and I had such a wonderful time hanging out with the kids.  I really really love those kids.  It was great to see Oscar, the Director, and spend some time with him.

One of the highlights of my time there was when we were there in the evening to watch a movie with the kids.  It started raining like c-r-a-z-y and we just sat inside with all the kids listening to the rain pound like nails on the metal roof.  While the kids were watching the movie, Oscar and I, along with one of Oscar’s friends, started a conversation that theologians have been debating over since the beginning of the church – Arminianism vs. Calvinism.  It was awesome to spend time digging into God’s word with my good friend and search the scriptures seeking to know the wonderful mysteries of God.  We read Romans chapter 9-11 verse by verse.  We concluded the matter just like Paul does at the end of chapter 11 – how unsearchable are the ways of God.  It is a glorious mystery.

Isabela and I met the team at the airport the following day.  Praise God that their flight was on time and everything went okay.  We made it back to Jacmel in about 3 hours.  The team was pretty tired by the time we arrived in late afternoon.  They enjoyed a great meal of Haitian spaghetti and then spent the rest of the night visiting with some families whom we minister to on a regular basis.

On Tuesday, we all hit the ground running.  The team is broken up into 3 groups – Carpentry, Construction, and Orphan Care.  The carpentry group has been building benches, book shelves, and cubbies in the driveway of the mission house.  They have built benches for the mission/discipleship house so that the orphan kids that come for a discipleship program now have a place to sit.  They are building large cubbies for the orphanage so that the kids will have places to store their clothes and linens.  And they will be building some book cases for the school that we work with in Marigot.  They have been doing awesome!  The construction crew spent the first day helping a missionary friend of ours move from one home to another.  They worked hard cleaning, taking apart bunk beds for 23 orphaned kids and reassembling them in a different house, and just being the hands and feet of Jesus.  The Orphan Care team went with me as we visited Marie Rene’s home, one of our families in our sponsorship program.  We took some of the sponsorship money and bought a bunch of food to deliver to the “mom’s” home.  She was so excited to receive the food and she told us that just that morning, she was anxious because she did not have any more food left to give to her children.  I used that as a teaching opportunity to show her that the Lord knows her needs, and that He will provide for her as she simply looks to Him.  I then told her that we will be building some benches for her table so that the family will have a place to sit.  Then, I took the group, along with the children, down to their school and paid off the remainder of the children’s tuition for the year.  It was wonderful to spend some time with the Rene kids.

In the afternoon, the Rene kids, along with several other orphaned kids that are part of our program, came to the mission house for our discipleship program.  The team taught them God’s word, sang some songs, and then made tye-dyed shirts with the kids.  It was great!

Then, after another great haitian meal, we headed out into our neighborhood to have a block party with some families near the mission house.  We had bought them food earlier in the day and told them to cook up a feast for all of them.  We basically just hung out with them while they ate and we set up our projector and showed Tom and Jerry cartoons.  We had such a blast!

We ended the night by giving praise and glory to God through having a devotional and a time of worship.  It was wonderful to reflect on what the Lord was doing.

Even though it felt like 110 degrees in the house that night, everybody slept really good…that is…until 3AM when I woke to the sound of a huge crash on my floor.  Isabela had fallen off the top bunk and landed on the tile floor.  Maria and I were freaked out.  Thank God, after several trips to different doctors the following day, we learned that nothing is broken, but she does have to wear it in a sling for several days.

The team has been having a great time and we have really really enjoyed having them.  I’ll update again soon about what we did today.  Tomorrow, we will go to the beach a half day and relax and reflect on the goodness of God in our midst.

2 thoughts on “Alabama Team Representin’

  1. Praise God for His sustaining Grace on you all! Praying for precious Isabela to be feeling 100% after her fall! Praying for you all, and Trusting the Lord to give you all the peace, strength, daily restoration, wisdom and discernment needed every day, and provide for your every need. Praying for the ability to endure under daily intense heat and be able to rest in God’s Great and Mighty arms during times of struggle. How wonderful and awesome to have the help of God’s people to help you!
    I am so humbled and in awe at the Mighty work of our Loving God. Hugs to you all!!

    Psalm 138:8a “The Lord will perfect that which concerneth me.” KJV

    Psalm 138 ESV
    “I give you thanks, O Lord, with my whole heart; before the gods I sing your praise;
    I bow down toward your holy temple and give thanks to your name for your steadfast love and your faithfulness, for you have exalted above all things your name and your word. On the day I called, you answered me; my strength of soul you increased. All the kings of the earth shall give you thanks, O Lord, for they have heard the words of your mouth, and they shall sing of the ways of the Lord,
    for great is the glory of the Lord. For though the Lord is high, he regards the lowly,
    but the haughty he knows from afar. Though I walk in the midst of trouble,
    you preserve my life; you stretch out your hand against the wrath of my enemies,
    and your right hand delivers me. The Lord will fulfill his purpose for me; your steadfast love, O Lord, endures forever. Do not forsake the work of your hands.”

    Isaiah 40:28-31 “Have you not known? Have you not heard? The Lord is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth. He does not faint or grow weary; his understanding is unsearchable. He gives power to the faint, and to him who has no might he increases strength. Even youths shall faint and be weary,
    and young men shall fall exhausted; but they who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary;
    they shall walk and not faint.”

    Galations 6:9 “And let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up.”

    Psalm 84:11-12 “For the Lord God is a sun and shield; the Lord bestows favor and honor. No good thing does he withhold from those who walk uprightly. O Lord of hosts, blessed is the one who trusts in you!”

    Lamentations 3:19 “Remember my affliction and my wanderings, the wormwood and the gall! My soul continually remembers it and is bowed down within me. But this I call to mind, and therefore I have hope: The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases; his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness. “The Lord is my portion,” says my soul, “therefore I will hope in him.” The Lord is good to those who wait for him, to the soul who seeks him. It is good that one should wait quietly for the salvation of the Lord. It is good for a man that he bear the yoke in his youth. Let him sit alone in silence when it is laid on him;
    let him put his mouth in the dust— there may yet be hope; let him give his cheek to the one who strikes, and let him be filled with insults. For the Lord will not cast off forever, but, though he cause grief, he will have compassion according to the abundance of his steadfast love; for he does not willingly afflict or grieve the children of men.”

    Philippians 4:7 “Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, Rejoice. Let your reasonableness be known to everyone. The Lord is at hand; do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things. What you have learned and received and heard and seen in me—practice these things, and the God of peace will be with you.”

  2. So glad to hear how God is moving over there. All my friends are there now from Dothan and I wish them all well. I have been praying for each of them daily. Hope they continue to touch lives.

    I will be glad when they return home!!! 🙂

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