Vandredi pase a nou te gen yon evanjelisasyon nou te fè nan Bourèt ,nòmalman jan de aktivite sa yo toujou fèt avèk yon machin , ak cha oubyn yon kabwa pou pote spike , dèlko etc. Men akoz de fason wout la toujou gen blokis, nou te anvizaje poun itilize yon Bourèt pou transpò a te ka fèt pi fasil e pi rapid .
Nou te rele bouret sa Jackson. Awwww! Yon ti istwa de Jackson: chak nou di ki Jackson ,gen yon staff nou genyen nan baz la ki rele Jackson, li te toujou panse ke se avèl nap pale ,men se de bourèt la nou tap pale. Hahah! antouka sa te amizan . avan, mwen te panse sa te parèt yon ti kraz komik pou'n te fè evanjelizasyon nan yon bourèt. Mwen tap di kisa moun yo pral panse de nou ? eske yo pap di nou fou?
Mwen panse nou pa tap gen moun ki tap vle tande nou , men lè nou te kòmanse rive bò mache Bon bèf la nan SenMak, mwen te sezi wè moun ki tap travèse lari a pou vinn asiste avèk nou . mwen te ka wè fason moun yo te angaje yo avèk nou ,machan yo te kite sa yo tap vann nan pou yo te ka vinn adore e priye avèk nou ,m te ka wè prezans Bondye te la . nou te ouvri kad la si yon moun te bezwen priyè, yo te ka leve men yo pou nou te ka priye pou yo, epi te gen yon dam ki tap vann sou lot bò lari a, li te rele nou poun te priye pou li, lè nou te fè sa pou li, li te di li te santil pi byen, e nou te di Bondye mesi pou sa
Preche levanjil la pa osi konplike ke jan apil moun panse'l la, menm jan mwen te panse'l te konplike avan an , men BonDye montrem depi nou gen volante e nou fè plas pou li lap fè anpil bagay ke nou pat menm panse. Ann Bay Bondye glwa ak posiblite ke nou genyen e lap pwovizyone rès yo, pa bliye Bondye renmen w .
Oftentimes as humans we want to stay where we are comfortable, but in reality, comfortable doesn’t really produce fruit nor does it teach us a whole lot. We know we serve a God who desires his children to learn, grow and produce such fruit, so it only makes sense that God so often calls us up and out of these comfort bubbles to try and learn something new. In my personal experience I feel like if we are unwilling to take the first step out of this safety net, the Lord will give us that extra push we need, whether we like it or not.
In complete honesty this is something God is continually working through with me, jumping out into the unfamiliar is really scary. Over the past several months God has been calling me out to use my voice to serve and worship him. The first time I had heard God calling me to do that I was like: “Yeah, no God. I don’t think that’s for me.” I do not have any real talent or experience in music of any kind, so you can see my hesitation. It was a situation for quite awhile, because I knew God was asking me to do and learn something in the musical world, but I unfortunately let fear of failure postpone any movement in that direction. However, God really wanted me to step out, so he sent that extra shove I needed.
A few months ago I was worshiping the Lord with some friends in a morning devotional. It was right after the devotion ended that God used the two people leading the worship to push me to step out. One of the leaders came over to me and asked me to join in leading worship next time. I then replied with a defiant “No! I love singing but, I am not a good singer!” Then the other worship leader chimed in in objection saying: “That is a complete lie.” Yeah, in that moment I felt a deep conviction because what God had been telling me about using my voice to serve him popped back into mind. It honestly does not matter if I am good at singing, what matters is that I am obedient in what God is asking me to do.
Long story short I slowly stepped and am still slowly stepping out to use my voice to serve God through worship. Now it is actually one of my very favorite things to do; it’s just crazy how many people and opportunities God has sent to continue walking me along this special path.
What I'm about to say is 100% something I need to hear myself, but be encouraged and be brave! If God is asking you to do something out of your comfort zone, don't let fear stop you, because whatever’s on the other side might be your new favorite thing. Will it be easy? Most likely no, but do it anyway!
This is a story of how God still moves. So a few weeks back Louis, Myriam (a Saint-Marc staff member) and I were sitting together, praying for all kinds of stuff, reveling in the goodness of God and working through some tough questions together. Louis had been experiencing some visions and sensations from God that We were really trying to understand and interpret.
At one point it popped in my head that what Louis had been seeing was similar to Elisha, a prophet of God from the old testament. I told Louis this and he said that he didn’t really know that much about the old prophet. Then Louis told us of another vision he had roughly a week prior. Hopkins, the head of our transportation department had been headed to Port-au-Prince to drop some people off at the airport when he got caught in traffic because of some gang violence in the area; he had been stuck for a while waiting for the problem to resolve. While this was all going on, everyone on campus in Saint-Marc gathered to pray for the safety of Hopkins and company. During said meeting Louis had this vision where he saw an army of angels surrounding Hopkins’s vehicle protecting them. Louis only shared this vision with Hopkins’s wife at the time, but there in that meeting with Myriam and I, Louis brought it up again.
After I heard this, I was freaking out. Louis had just shared of a vision almost Identical to one Elisha had in 2 Kings. Wayyy back then, Samaria, the capitol of Israel was being attacked by the Arameans, there were loads of enemy chariots and men ready to take and capture Israel, but Elisha had no fear. He was able to see into the spiritual realm. What the enemy forces didn’t know is that there was a much larger army of angels with their “Chariots of fire” protecting Israel. Elisha saw this truth, Elisha had a vision, and so did Louis. This does not have a whole lot to do with the ability of either Elisha or Louis, but the way that God does not change. He is still moving the way that we see in the Bible. Are we open to hear these things? Are we open to see?
Grace is an interesting word. It's thrown around a lot, especially in the Church and has a few different meanings. You might hear someone call a judge or a king "Your grace." A parent might say they are giving their child grace by allowing them to do something they haven't earned. You might say someone has grace because they are a great dancer. There is even a weird instance where we use grace by saying that someone's "saving grace" is their humor, wit, or whatever. As an example of a redeeming quality they might have.
There are so many different ways to describe the word that it seems like we have lost what it means to be gracious. God has been faithful to show grace throughout the history of man-kind. Over and over again. In fact, one of the reasons the prophet Jonah didn't want to go to Nineveh was because he knew that if the people there repented that God would be gracious to them. (Jonah 4:2) Jonah was seriously complaining that God was too gracious and merciful!
The part that gets me is that even though we can easily see that Jonah is being dramatic, we as Christians fall into the same mentality so often. Unbelievers and even other Christians are so often subject to our judgement. They support this or they have done that and through our actions we make sure they are aware that they are outside of God's grace. Or maybe we even sit outside their circle waiting for God's judgement to fall on them.
The crazy thing is that this is exactly what grace is for! Grace is unmerited favor on God's account.
Meaning we didn't earn the grace that is given to us anyway! Time and time again God reminds us that our best is really not that great. We would do well to remember that because it makes God's grace all the greater! If we, or they (whoever 'they' is for you) deserved the grace given to them, it wouldn't be that great of a thing. It's only when we recognize that our best, our thoughts, our anger, our righteousness is not worth anything that we are free to see God's grace as everything!
So today, I want us to do a little exercise. Take a break from all the social media, the calls, and the emails and just remember. Remember how you have been shown unmerited favor. Remember how you have done nothing to be called righteous and it has always been God.
John Bradford, a sixteenth century reformer was once watching a group of prisoners being led away for execution when he said, "There, but for the grace of God, go I." John Bradford recognized that without the unmerited favor of God he is exactly the same as the worst humans. That his best isn't enough to make him higher than anyone. The humility it takes to recognize that is something that I pray all of us will one day have.
In the past few years, in our preparations to go to Haiti, I asked God for two big things, and this past January he said yes to both of them.
The first of the two things was to have staff join us that would not only be on fire for Jesus but also love our kids and feel like a family. God answered this request by bringing our current staff. We are a strange bunch and are still learning more about each other. However we all genuinely enjoy hanging out together and they all love our kids.
The second thing I asked God for was a place for us to call home. I honestly was so anxious about this. I wanted not only a place to welcome those who we hope to disciple and love on, but somewhere where I knew that my children would be safe. I wasn’t expecting God to say yes in such a crazy way!
During outreach for the DTS last year, we stayed in Port de Paix for 3 weeks doing vacation bible school, street ministry, and small groups
One day, while inviting neighbors to attend small groups, the group I was in turned down a nearby street that we had never visited before. It was a nice, quiet residential street that had gated homes and no people in sight. As we walked down this road, we saw a young man open one of the house gates. We called out to him, and he ended up inviting us to come in. The house was his aunt’s home, and she soon joined us on her beautiful and breezy porch. She offered us refreshments, and we explained who we are and why we had come. We had such a wonderful conversation learning about her (she gave off this “cool and that you don’t want to mess with” kind of vibe to her. Super funny and matter of fact), and us telling her about our plans for starting YWAM Port of Peace.
After about an hour of talking together, she looked at me and said. “So, what do you need to start this organization?”.
“Well,” I said, “we are actually looking for a house for us to stay and do ministry in”.
“Ah. Follow Me” And she proceeds to lead us out of her gate, around to the next street (which was just as equally nice and quiet as the first street) and into the gate of another house. “ This is my sister’s house. She moved to America and this house has been empty for a long time. Do you want to rent it?”
I looked at the house. I brought Jay to look at the house. We talked. We Prayed. We talked to the Aunt. We talked to each other. And looked at the house again. Aaaaannndd… we said yes!
The house is perfect, with many big bedrooms to house staff, students and teams. As I said before the street is calm and quiet, but yet its still in the middle of town. It’s close enough for the youth we desire to impact to walk to. It is also within walking distance to the markets, and a coffee shop ;).
So, all though the summer we have kept in contact with the Aunt. Building relationship, talking about preparing the house. She is making plans to fix it up a little for us, and we are fundraising for our rent. I love how this relationship began and continues to flourish, and how God said “YES” to my request in such an amazing way!