Unless otherwise specified, all reports are from Brother Chuck
By Bro. Chuck
I want to thank the people who made donations for the medical clinic/hospital we plan to build here in Z’Orange, and show you the photos of the foundations that were built for the walls – we are almost finished with them. Next come the columns and block for the wall; as we receive funds, we put them to work. This whole project is a God-sized vision that the Lord shared with me – it is His vision, not mine. This facility will serve not only as a clinic – on completion we will have American surgeons come and do simple surgeries that will save lives in this valley in the name of Jesus. We will also have a dental area, optometrist’s room, a pharmacy and an emergency room. Please go to the the box on the right side of this website’s home page that says ‘Support Z’Orange Medical Clinic’ to watch a video that is being aired on the Pensacola Christian TV station about the clinic/hospital. Thanks to WHBR TV and Tom and Linda Blizzard for this beautifully done production. Please, please put the completion of this much-needed clinic in your prayers.
Report by Jennifer
Humility – that has been the theme for the last two days for me. Today we started the day off going to the Sunday morning service at Jerusalem I. The women wore head coverings, the men wore shirts and ties – men on one side of the church and women on the other. The service was very similar to what we are used to at Wright, in that there was worship, prayers, preaching, then an invitation. There were even people who prayed over those who went to the altar at the end of the service. All of the music was in Haitian Creole and I could not understand any of the words, but the Holy Spirit was present, and that came through the music. That is probably the biggest thing that has struck me during this entire trip. We speak such different languages, but God hears it all the same and He loves it! The sermon was on Romans 12:1-2 and, even though I did not understand what the pastor was saying, the message is the same in all languages. When we become Christians, we should set our minds to the things of God, not the things of this earth. We sang Desert Song for the congregation and they were so attentive. Physically, the church is so much different than ours – the pews aren’t padded, the floor isn’t carpeted, there is no air conditioning, but no one seemed to mind. I started thinking about how luxurious our churches are in comparison, and wondered how much we miss out on in our relationships with God because of the luxury in our lives.
After church, we went to visit a man who is a converted voodoo priest – the Spirit was strong in his home. Bro. Chuck pointed out that God wants us to come to him as we are, not as we should be – such a great reminder that we don’t have to be “good enough” for God. Later today we will attend church at Jerusalem IV. We are all looking forward to that experience.
Last night, several of our children needed to wash clothes in order to make it for the remainder of the trip. They took their clothes out to the pump, along with detergent and buckets. The Haitian children who were at the mission house gathered around to watch our kids. Whether our kids were “not doing it right” or the Haitian kids had a heart to serve – who knows – the Haitian kids Ferguson and Kevin (and others) washed our kids’ clothes for them. It was such a moving experience for me to watch because, while we came to serve these people, they were serving us. Wow! Please continue to lift us all up in your prayers as we finish out the last two days here in Haiti. We are all hot and tired, but God is giving us the strength to continue. Please join us in prayer that His work continues in Haiti long after we are gone.