What a rich time we have had so far with our Guatemalan friends! Their expressed desire was to 1) come and learn, and 2) come and serve. They have surely demonstrated a servant’s heart since they’ve been here. Last week they went to Belle-Hôtesse to visit the school and feeding program there. They also carried bags of nutritious meals they brought with them to distribute to around 40 needy families. Boy, were they happy!
This weekend the team volunteered to paint Pastor Lefort’s church inside. Now Pastor Lefort has a new roof AND a painted building. Slowly, but surely, the Lord is restoring the buildings on this compound which he gave us to steward.
Saturday morning in our Leaders’ Meeting, Pastor Otto and Sister Alejandra gave two incredible messages to our leadership team which meets once a month. Alejandra spoke on the subject of The Sacrificial Life of a Leader which involves humility and the need to endure through seasons of fruitlessness. I wrote this in my notes: Jesus has been waiting for 2,000 years for his sacrifice to come to fruition. How much more should we be willing to wait for him to do his perfect work in our lives. Pastor Otto also spoke on the Awakening of a Leader and gave lessons from Nehemiah. Nehemiah came to a city with no vision and helped restore hope by retransmitting the vision to the remnant which had returned to Jerusalem. There were so many more valuable nuggets that I don’t have time to share them here. These messages spoke directly to the hearts of our leaders who are well acquainted with suffering and have the awesome responsibility of transmitting a vision of hope to the Haitian people. They have incredible odds facing them, but they are up to the challenge. Afterwards, the team gathered around our leaders and prayed for them.
We are so grateful for these brothers and sisters who have come to encourage and serve us who are laboring here in Haiti. They are a mission-minded team and have fit right in here. This team comes from Iglesia De Cristo Elim Central, a dynamic church which is affiliated with the MFI Fellowship as we are. More to come!
* MFI: Ministers’ Fellowship International
NOTE: I have tried for hours to add pictures to this post, but the internet signal is just too weak. Such is life in Haiti! I’m going to go ahead and post it anyway. I’ll add the pictures next time (hopefully).