I find it so encouraging when the people who are a part of MOHI in Haiti share their thoughts and feelings about the mission with us. It puts a name, a face, and feet to the work that we are doing in Haiti.
Recently, one of our friends at the church in Thozin, Clermont, was excited to tell us how much the mission has changed his life. He was living in the capital city of Port-au-Prince. He first came to Grand-Goave in 2010 after the earthquake, looking for work. He had worked in construction and heard there was work in our area. He ended up coming to work on the construction of our school in Thozin.
While working at MOHI, Clermont started to attend church services with us. It wasn't long before he made the most important decision of his life - to whole-heartedly follow Jesus. He followed up that decision by being baptized in water. He met his wife in Grand-Goave and married her at the mission church.
Construction is usually day work and it makes it hard for people to reach any financial goals, because they never know whether they will find jobs to keep them going. God has blessed Clermont abundantly over the past 10 years with steady work, enabling him to provide for his wife and the two beautiful children they've had. He was able, too, to build his own home. Here's what he has to say to you today: "I'm living another life! Thank you to all of you at MOHI for the support you've given me spiritually and socially. Accepting Christ is the most important thing of all!"
At MOHI, our heart's desire is to be a blessing to ALL people. Whether young or old, male or female, super intelligent or simple minded, healthy or sick, a lover or hater of God, capable or incapable - all are in need of the word of LIFE (whether we want to admit it or not). Not one of us are beyond needing God's presence in our lives and not one of us is beyond HIS reach. For this reason we forget what lies behind and we keep reaching forward to make a difference right now and forever.
One area that we see the most diversity in is in the medical clinic. I'm reminded of James 2:14 - 26 which ends with "...For as the body apart from the spirit is dead, so also faith apart from works is dead." What a wonderful opportunity we have to show our faith by our works to those who are failing or weak physically. Where ever we are, as God has enabled us, we can share of our means to show compassion and care to others in their weakest moments. The clinic ministry brings those people to us and we have the opportunity to let the Light of Jesus shine before them.
Baby Glory is developing well in the loving care of Jephte and Madona. We are so grateful to all of you who helped pay her hospital expenses. Please consider making a donation to help with her continued care. Thank you!
Lex and I are praying for you. Many are walking through dark valleys right now, distracted by the wind and waves of the storms raging around us. Remember, even though we are seeing so many circumstances changing in our lives, that God Himself does NOT change. The same ONE you depended on yesterday is just as dependable today. He does not rise and fall with the tide. No, HE walks on the water. Hold onto HIS hand and walk with HIM! God, help us to remember!