Dear Prayer Partner,
Praise God! I am excited to be traveling to Haiti from June 28 - July 5, 2013. (Lord willing) Prayer will be an essential part of my trip. The team of 12 or so of us ( including Minister Emmanuel Paul, who invited me, Sis. Denita Davis and Sis. Gladys Taylor all of Christ Baptist Church) are going into a land where I am told the spiritual battle between God and Satan is clearly evident. It is assumed by the Missionaries that Satan will attempt to do much to disrupt our trip ( lost luggage, plane delays, vehicle breakdowns, flat tires, weather, illness, opposition and even difficulties with each other).
We are asking that you pray with us to bind his working while we are there. I firmly believe that your prayers to God will help make a difference. This is a prayer itinerary of where we will be and what we will be doing that day. Feel free to use this guide as you pray. The ministry team suggested this type of letter and gave us ideas about specific prayer concerns. I am sending it to you so that you can pray with specific information and of course feel free to pray as you are led for anything that is not listed.
Friday, June 28, 2013
Today we travel from the JFK Airport in New York to Port-au-Prince Haiti, and then on to Cayes in southern Haiti. This may be a 5 hour trip by van. They tell me that there is extreme poverty. They say that the guesthouse in Cayes is “ok” , not too bad, accommodations for our first night in the country. Pray for our ability to adapt to what we experience so that we can fully engage tomorrow. Of course, please pray for safe travel, smooth transitions in the airport, no lost luggage and smooth passage through customs especially with all our gifts for the women and children.
Saturday June 29, 2013
This is our first whole day in Haiti. We will re-organize as a team and get ready for the trip to the village of Dame Marie, the Sister Church of Calvary Baptist Church in Pemberton, N.J. whose Pastor, Reverend Guy Glass is on the trip with us and leading our group. Please pray for us as we begin to encounter the heat. Pray for safety and safe travel ( no flat tires or engine trouble) Pray for the local church as they make final preparations for our arrival. We will be greeted outside the village by the Sister Church and escorted into town on foot. Please pray that we remember our newly learned Creole and our Christian witness in the extreme heat and unfamiliar sights and sounds. They say that our team will see things that we may have never seen before...mud huts...donkeys as main transportation, people living as they did 300 years ago...and the spiritual battle of Voodoo in contrast with Christianity. Please pray for spiritual and physical safety, and much wisdom from God as we seek to share the love and Gospel of Jesus Christ. And finally, pray that after supper we can sleep well despite the excitement and newness of our surroundings.
Sunday June 30, 2013
Today we get to worship with the Sister Church. It will be a long day. The morning service lasts about three hours, each of us will be greeting the church ( I hope to say my
greeting in Creole) After the service, many of our Haitian brothers and sisters will greet us with handshakes and kisses. Lunch will be soon afterwards. The evening service is an evangelistic service in the town square. We will be showing an evangelistic film in Creole and giving our testimonies in the intermission. Please pray that many will come to know the love, forgiveness and grace of God that Jesus offers in His free gift of salvation through this open air service.
Monday July 1, 2013
Today we will be installing 50 water treatment filters and visiting area schools giving ringworm prevention education. On one of the days we will be purchasing and delivering goats for several families. After lunch, the ladies will be holding the Ladies Reception. This is when we will share words of encouragement, crafts and the gifts we have brought for the 50 or so ladies. In the evening we will all be meeting with the Pastor and the Deacon’s Committee. This will be a time of sharing from both sides. Pray for us as we deal with the heat, new food and mosquitos. Please pray that no one gets sick. Please pray that our interactions with the Sister Church and with each other will be loving, patient and God honoring. This is also my mother’s birthday and I would normally be with her. Please pray that all is well with our families back home.
Tuesday July 2, 2013
We will be working on the rest of the project today. In the afternoon we will have YouthFest with the young people of the Church. They never have get togethers and play games like we have planned. We plan on sharing the gifts we have sent from the church at this time. There is a 3 hour Farewell service in the evening with special songs, goodbyes from both sides and one of our team members will preach. This area is rural, dry and very hot. We brought battery powered fans with us so that we can sleep at night. Please pray for those who have given up their beds and other items for us and slept on the floor so that we could be more comfortable. Please pray blessings for those who live here.
Wednesday July 3, 2013
Where did the time go? After breakfast we will be loading up our vehicles. Our new brothers and sisters will say their final goodbyes and have a final circle of prayer before we head home. Lunch at the RMI Missionary’s home will be American food. We will have a chance to relax, use their computer to send an email or maybe make a call on their VOIP phone. We then go to the retreat center about 40 minutes away for supper. It
is on the Caribbean and I hear that it is beautiful. The RMI and National Missionary staff travel with us and also serve as interpreters. They are said to be wonderful servants of God who lead and care for us the entire time.
Thursday July 4, 2013
We are to awake to the sounds of waves crashing on the beach below the Retreat Center. Today is our day to relax, debrief and reflect on what we have just been through.
Pray for us as we try to rest, gather our thoughts and hear what God may be trying to say to us. A RMI Missionary will lead us in a debriefing time. In the afternoon we will be
going to the Mission Center for some tourist shopping and a final meal. Pray for those that may be feeling ill to recuperate and be ready for a day of traveling tomorrow.
Friday July 5, 3013
We travel from Cayes to Port-au-Prince, then to New York. Please pray for good connections and our safe arrival back to our families at home. My husband Gene is one of the drivers scheduled to pick us up at the airport in New York.
Saturday July 6, 2013
Even though we all will be waking up in our own beds ( Lord willing), please continue to pray for each of us as we readjust to life in the U.S. We will have a lot that we will want to tell everyone. We pray that this trip will bear much fruit and that we will see and understand what God wanted us to see and that our experience will make us more effective in our outreach to the world. Please continue to pray for the people of Haiti.
Thank you in advance for your prayers. Know that I will also be praying for you. I appreciate you standing with me daily and I look forward to sharing pictures and stories of how God answered your prayers.
Your Sister in Christ,
Acts 1:8 “ But ye shall receive power, after the Holy Spirit is come upon you; and ye shall be witnesses unto me, both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth.”