Thursday, February 27, 2014

Home away from home

These are some of my sweet children in Haiti. Please keep them in your prayers.
I will be heading back to my home away from home in just over a week.
I am looking forward to being tackled with hugs from my little friends. Hearing my name yelled all the way down the village road. Feeding a hungry baby or giving one a bath and seeing a small smile come over that hopeless face. But with all the blessings of going back, it also comes with hardships. Little Noldine is 2 years old and can not walk or talk. We will be taking her two hours away to a good hospital all the way praying that this sweet child can get some medical help. She is neglected and always sitting in the dirt. Alone. And it is not her fault. But the older she gets, the more she will think it is. She will go off knowing she is not wanted that she is just another statistic.  Pray that we can shine a light into her families eyes. Pray that I know what to do in the situations when I am faced with this. Pray that the money comes in so I can build a home for this sweet girl.

 I am faced with death in the eyes of children.  80/1000 sweet babies will not make it to see their 5th birthday in Haiti. Too often do I look at one of these faces and say "ya that's probably one of them." Too often I am in contact with diseases and bacteria and illness' that steal the childhood out of these kids. Too often do I watch the people dance for the devil all because of uneducated fear. It is not fair. And so many times in my dark house at night as I am sitting there under that misquito net alone, do I just want to scream out it's not fair.

I know I am going back to crying my self to sleep, burdened by the poverty around me. These children are not statistics to me. I know them. I love them. And if I cry myself to sleep because they are hungry and sick and at deaths doorstep, then I know our King Jesus cries too. These are God's children. And guess who He put in charge of helping them. You and me. I think we are letting God down. I think that God spends a great deal of time crying for these kids and that pierces my heart. He chose us to help these children. As Christ followers they are our responsibility. Do not let a location determine whether a child gets to live or die.
I think the devil is ahead. He won't win, but let us not let him think that he is.

This is Noldine. She lives next door to the land where we are building.

"Sometimes I would like to ask God hy He allows poverty, suffering, and injustice when He could do something about it."
"Well why don't you ask Him?"
"Because I am afraid He would ask me the same question."

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

It's starting to blossom!

The 11 foot security wall around the land is ALMOST finished!!! Praise God for the work that has been accomplished for this vision to blossom. This wall was needed for security reasons. Next is the house! This wall cost about 10,000 american dollars to finish. One bag of cement is $8.00us. Labor is about $10.00 per day per person. Loads of rocks/sand/rebar/water and eventually a little touch a paint and the first step towards La Limye Ministry will be completed. Thankyou to everyone who has prayed for this ministry.

Next step is the house! A 6 room house with generators, solarpanels, ceptic water tank, electrical, plumbing, labor,  and a lot of beds should take around $80,000.00 american. I know God will provide this through His hands and feet followers! Praise God! Once the house is built we will start the construction for the ministry rooms.

(We may begin classes starting next month by having sessions under a tent until the construction is completed.)

These will be built for ministry classes along the left side of the land.

Monday, February 24, 2014

A troop carrier

"In the 1940s the United States  commissioned the SSUS ship. It was an 80 million dollar troop carrier built for the Navy. Designed to carry 15,000 troops into war. The fastest most reliable ship. It could go anywhere in the world in less than 10 days, it was a beauty.
 The only catch was...
 it never carried any troops. Instead it became known as a luxury liner. But as a luxury liner it could only carry 2,000 troops who could enjoy 3 bars, 2 theaters, heated pools, 19 elevators, and the comfort of the first fully air conditioned passanger ship.
 Instead of a vessel for battle the SS became a means of indulgence for wealthy patrons who wanted to sail peacefully across the Atlantic ocean. 
Lets ask ourselves a question. Are we as the church a troop carrier or are we a luxury liner? Because the two look radically different. 
The faces of soldiers preparing for battle look a lot difference than the faces of patrons enjoying their bon bons.  Our use of resources are different.  Our pace will be different.  A troop carrier has an urgent mission to accomplish, the luxury liner is free to enjoy the ride along the way.. 
 May we not loose sight of an eternal battle that is waging around us. Are we going to endulge ourselves in the peaceful comforts of this world, or are we going to engage outselves in battle for peoples around the world."  - David Platt
 I want to call you to get on board a troop carrier and to give your lives and take the gospel to the ends of the earth no matter what it costs you. Life isn’t about catering to our comforts.  Its about risking it all for the glory of God and so that every man and women can hear the word of God. 
There are 30,000 children dying everyday from preventable diseases. 2 million deaths a year from AIDS. 80/1000 children in Haiti alone will not make it to see their 5th birthday.
And if we are to honor God with our lives I think we will do something about this and stop sitting on the side of the pool requesting for more hors d'oeuvres  to be delivered to us. . May we not make God cry any more than he already does for these people. We are in war time not peace time.  Peace time is coming but it's not right now.
Let us not dissappoint our King.
2.6 million starving people
1.75 billion poor
490,000 orphans in Haiti
a murder every 6 minutes
a suicide every 90 minutes
2 million death a year from AIDS
We are in a war. And we as Christ followers must urgently respond to this crisis
We spend 705 billion dollars on entertainment and recreation per year
65 billion dollars  on jewelry
31 billion dollars on pets
And for international missions ....
5 billion.
We are called to love our neighbor. We are responsible for these hungry souls. And we are letting God down. Oh yes the devil is winning the battle. Oh but he won't win the war. Let us not allow him to think he is winning. Let us not loose any more souls to his schemes. I think our God has tears in his eyes every day. He is loosing children left and right and hes pointing at us and saying "please do something. This is why I created you. As soon as they all hear, I will come back."
Matthew 28:18-20
"All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to Me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age."
This was the last command Jesus gave.
May we not turn a blind eye to this.