Walking Through the Valley
God has surrounded us with amazing people who are very much a representation of Jesus to us here in this physical world - just as we endeavor to reflect His love and care to those we come in contact with. I have been praying for you - for health, godly relationships, wisdom, and understanding. And I continue to thank the Lord for meeting your every need.
I spent a couple of weeks "dog sitting." It was just me and the sweet beasts alone in the house here in Jacksonville. It was a strange experience for me since I usually spend most of my time with other people. I do have to admit that it was a majorly productive time. The timing was perfect since with this current time of transition I have loads of data to enter into a database. I also have to admit that I was truly reminded of the value of friends and family in my life. Certain verses took on new meaning to me, like these from Phillipians 1:3-8...
I thank my God every time I remember you. In all my prayers for all of you, I always pray with joy because of your partnership in the gospel from the first day until now, being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.
It is right for me to feel this way about all of you, since I have you in my heart and, whether I am in chains or defending and confirming the gospel, all of you share in God’s grace with me. God can testify how I long for all of you with the affection of Christ Jesus.
Difficulties dominated much of my prayer time this week. I'm so grateful for each of you who have been praying for us. Thank you! I haven't publicly shared any of these difficulties previously, but I know the Lord will use many of you to continue interceding as necessary. Thank you in advance for your heartfelt prayers on our behalf!
Pastor Lex has been sick for a couple of weeks now. I thank God that he is not discouraged. We both trust there are better days ahead.
Deja Vous! We are having to postpone our big anniversary celebration once again. Due to high-security risks right now, in addition to another wave of COVID making the rounds, the decision had to be made. My trip to Haiti next month was postponed, as well.
Travel to Port-au-Prince from the south (where MOHI operates) is very hazardous right now. There are towns that are totally gang-ruled. Over 8,500 residents have left their homes to go stay with family, in temporary shelters, or on the street.
Some of those areas include the ONLY road between the city and the south. My husband (when he's feeling better!) and staff need to get to Port-au-Prince as we take responsibility for the Christian Light School. It is a critical time to support the school's transition.
Again, would you hold us up in prayer - the mission, the schools, the people we serve, the nation as a whole? Thank you!
Despite the problems in the country, critical activities continue happening. People meet to worship together.
The sick and hurting find solutions in the medical and dental clinics.
Students continue coming together to prepare for their national exams which are scheduled for next month.
Haiti is overwhelmed with problems, but God is never overwhelmed by them. HE still sent HIS SON as a sacrifice to redeem us from death. HE still inhabits HIS church (people, not a concrete building) by HIS HOLY SPIRIT whom HE sent to us when HE ascended to sit at the right hand of the FATHER. HE still has a plan for each and every one of us.
I don't know how to fix Haiti's problems. I don't know how to fix your problems or mine either. But I do know the ONE who has a plan for good for each of us and I choose to leave the world behind, pick up my cross, and follow HIM daily. Pontius Pilate asked the angry crowd, "What shall I do then with Jesus who is called the Messiah?" They shouted that he should crucify HIM. What about us? What will we do with Jesus who truly is the Messiah?