The updates from Thursday are from our church's prayer chain.
Beautiful pictures of some loved on children who have captured Emma's heart are at the bottom.
Crazy incredible day! 250+ kids at VBS today. We knew that this
would be a challenging day, since we were
going to give the invitation [Kevin was presenting this!].Satan has held this land for over 200 years. We experienced various attempts to
derail our efforts. Our translator, Gary, was not there (more about that later), so young Jefferson, the 13 yr old, again stepped
up to translate until an adult arrived. The
UN helicopters kept overflying our position creating noise, smoke from a nearby fire blew on us, and at times, some older crowd members
got a little "restless." The team rallied in prayer. Those not actively engaged in something prayed until it was time to do an activity, then others stepped up to pray. Peace came,
praise God. The gospel was shared and
received. Our regular translator, Gary, was
in a motorcycle accident along with his wife, and she is in the hospital, so he was not able to come today. At the last minute, God
provided a translator who did a great job. We visited the orphanage again today, taking a
number of supplies the body provided. I think some folks may be going home with some...names of kids
Tonight, we invited folks from the tent city, an area that is rarely if ever touched by any relief groups, to Cross to Light to be fed.
Well over 200 people showed up! We led them
in worship and Pastor Brian shared the
gospel. Following that,we fed them dinner,
then gave everyone clothing/personal items to take back..."home." These are the poorest of the poor. I don't think one single person
left who was not touched, physically by team
members and spiritually by the incredible love of God! Pastor John wrapped up 1 Timothy and Titus yesterday with the students. Jim Hall began 2 Timothy today and will finish
tomorrow. The time developing relationships
with these students has been incredible!
Tomorrow [Friday], last day of VBS and an
orphanage trip. We may do another tent city
visit before we leave. The entire team has
sights set on returning to Haiti. This is a
work that God is truly anointing. He
has blessed the people here, and He has truly challenged the perspectives we have.
Thanks for praying for us!
This is Crystal. Here is what Emma messaged me about her:
When I first saw her she was on the steps sitting by herself very expressionless. So I picked her up and just held her...She broke my heart to pieces. After a few minutes I pointed to a swing and she nodded. So I took her and as soon as she sat on the swing she smiled the biggest smile you could ever imagine!!!
This is Crystal's older sister, Esta. They also have a little brother.
Emma holding Crystal.
Kevin holding Esta.
Today, after VBS, they will be returning to love on these precious ones, whom God defends...through us.