A typical early morning in the village of Z’Orangé with roosters crowing, people singing in the church (starting about 5 a.m. every morning), dogs barking, donkeys and mules making whatever that sound is and children laughing and playing as we begin to rise.
Breakfast is at 6 a.m. and Will and Brittany (his daughter) gave us the morning devotion. Afterward we scheduled out the day as best as you can in Haiti. You have to be very flexible here and be on God’s time, not yours. Things can change by the minute.
The VBS team started their sessions around 9 a.m. and ended about 12 noon and Pastor Harry, Pastor Wisney, Will and I delivered food and bibles to some of the people in the area that had accepted Christ and were unable to come to church at night because of the rain.
After lunch we went to Daniel’s (voodoo priest) house and had VBS in front of the voodoo temple. He has allowed us to do this three or four times now as well as letting medical clinics in his village. These children are growing up knowing about Jesus and as they get older some will be accepting Christ. I’m assured because God’s word will not come back void. I spoke to Daniel about the next time that I come if it would be okay to have a meeting with him and all the voodoo priests and mambos (women voodoo priests) in the area and teach them the Gospel. I told him as I have before that we are not here to convert them; only the Holy Spirit can do that. We just want to make sure they know the Truth about Jesus not what they have been taught which is a lot of time half truths.
The children loved the VBS as usual and especially loved the dramas. Afterward they taught them how to put together a straw airplane and let them draw some pictures with canyons. The young and the old enjoyed VBS. When we returned the team played with the children until supper.
Will was preaching tonight and he was dressed and getting prepared for his sermon when his daughter Brittany came to him and asked him to go to one of her Haitian friends hut and talk to her mom who was not a Christian. She had asked him before but it just seemed like it never worked out. Will told me he really didn’t want to go because it was getting close for him to preach and it was a long walk through the mud which is very slippery and his shoes would be all muddy but Brittany insisted. To make a long story short he went and after he explained salvation to her she got on her knees weeping as she said the sinners prayer; Brittany crying as she watched her dad lead her in the prayer. Both of them came back so excited.
Will’s sermon was on obedience. Wasn’t that amazing! He had to share the story. As the night ended Pastor Dorleon asked us all to come up and said a prayer for us traveling home and thanked us. It is a sad moment for me leaving my Haitian friends knowing that there is so much work to be done here but if it is God’s will I will be back soon to continue the good work that He began.
Tomorrow we will be going into Port-au-Prince to stay at a mission house called Dottie’s Guest House.
If you would like to be involved in this ministry in Haiti whether it is praying, financial or wanting go come on a trip with us, please contact us and we can show you how. God bless.