2016 has started off with a bang. So far, we have had a very busy January!
Last week was a super busy week and we had much to celebrate. Two MFI Pastors, Stephen Stells (Richmond, Virginia) and John Finochio (Harriston, Ontario) were our guest speakers on Thursday and Friday for a Leaders’ Conference. Our conference room was packed out and leaders from the north of Haiti soaked in the rich ministry of God’s Word as Steve and John ministered on the subject, CONNECT.
Minister’s Fellowship International is all about relationships. Their motto is, “Why walk alone when we can walk together?’’ So the subject matter for the conference was an extension of who we are as a fellowship. Learning to connect with each other, form relationships and build on those relationships is why we are happy to be part of MFI. Having our guest speakers here to minister these truths to our own leaders, plus leaders from other parts of the north of Haiti, was a natural overflow of the principles we embrace as a fellowship. Our leaders were incredibly blessed by all the rich teaching and we thank Pastor Steve and Pastor John for coming and imparting the very best of what they had to give. Of course, our times of fellowship and laughter were no small thing for us as missionaries.
John also stayed over to help us celebrate 33 years in Haiti. He preached a wonderful message on Leadership and moved with a powerful prophetic anointing. We also asked him to preside over the ordination of a special couple (Johnny Paulcin and his wife.) Johnny and his wife have already been laboring at our church plant in Bourne, Haiti which is almost a 3-hour drive from Cap-Haitian. They have proved themselves more than faithful for the task! (See pic below).
We say a special “thank you” to the MFI Leadership for coordinating this conference and to our two guest speakers for providing such a rich time of ministry for us.
Thirty-Three Year Anniversary in Haiti!
On 10 January, 1983, Prit and I made the most radical decision of our lives. We moved to Haiti! I’ll never forget descending the steps of the airplane at the Mai Gaté airport in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, and seeing the feared Tonton Macoutes standing below. The private army of Jean-Claude Duvalier (inherited from his father, Francois Duvalier) was a formidable sight. Each one held an Uzi submachine gun and wore dark sunglasses. Tales we had heard about the atrocities committed by these henchmen sent shivers UP and DOWN my spine! This introduction to Haiti was only the first of many that this naive country girl from North Carolina would encounter. Living through the downfall of Duvalier’s regime and his private militia was only one of many things we would witness over the span of thirty-three years in this place we’ve called home. We give the Lord thanks and all the glory for bringing us all the way to 2016 in one piece!
Earthquake of 2010
January 12, 2010, will forever be etched into the memories of the Haitian people. This week we remembered the terrible suffering, devastation and loss of an estimated (220,000-316,000) lives that occurred within a 60-second period. Although the cause for so much devastation was not that of a terrorist attack, the magnitude of the suffering experienced by Haiti’s citizens is on the par of our 9/11. Would you please pray for the families that survived, yet who still ache from the memories of their loved ones. Ayiti Chéri, we will never forget. The following link is very informative. http://www.britannica.com/event/Haiti-earthquake-of-2010
Congratulations Pastor and Madame Pastor Paulcin!
Change of Address
If you did not see our last post, please note that our mailing address has moved. The Lord’s Table (a longtime supporting church) is now overseeing our finances. Please be sure you send any and all donations to the following address:
The Lord’s Table
PO Box 11049
Goldsboro, NC 27532
*Please earmark all donations Haiti and include a note as to whether your gift is to one of the following funds:
-Bible School Scholarships
You can also give on their website: thelordstable.org. Again, just be sure you note that it’s for Haiti!