Some rain was still expected, the last from the rainy season but the priority was getting ready for resuming Bible College classes… There was work to be done and all hands were available to assist. It had been three months since the group visiting with Pastor Scibelli came in May. The mud and debris buildup from the torrential rains had been cleared, now we needed to freshen things up. The gate and foyer areas were painted, the purchase of supplies and items for the classes and student/pastors were delegated to others. The steady flow of students began on Friday, September 11. Classes began with thirty students; six are new. Our newest long-distant student came from Mirabailis. He traveled south, around and through the mountains 3 ½ hours to north to St. Marc. All were excited to have a full classroom, eager to hear the Word taught and engage each other on relevant doctrines. Here they are:
The extra air-mattresses donated by Pastor Dressel of Adventure in Missions made the two-night stay comfortable for those coming from six hours away. All would participate in Sunday services prior to returning to towns such as Cape Haitien and St. Michel. A great turn out for church services; we all shared a meal and continued through the afternoon with Bible College classes:
And of course the children were there, eager to learn, eager to participate:
Much time was spent teaching the elements of Body/Church life, of unity, of church growth and the necessity of identifying the gifts in the church, bringing them together and then allowing the commandment of God to bless the corporate Body’s/church’s experience. Tony, a member from our church in Puerto Rico, assisted with this vision. No place was too odd to teach these principles.
With the assistance of the soccer teams’ head coach, Denise and Gary Jiampetti (assistant coach, NJ) two teams were outfitted with uniforms, cleats and other soccer equipment. After church on Sunday, the world cup was played in St. Marc. Surely our outreach to the youth expanded that day. They are now connected to the outer world of soccer:
Jeffte, was there, ready to assist in the distribution of soccer equipment to team members…
Let’s pray that many lives are changed using this treasured sport/outreach:
The work in St. Marc, Haiti is being done by the shared faith-support of many. With notes scribbled in their best known English, the students, athletes and church members express their deep gratitude. There is always an environment of hope and expectation. Grace has been poured out in so many areas of the lives being impacted in this region of the world. Bible College classes are scheduled for October 11th, 12th.
Some prayer requests, for:
· Continued fervency to learn and apply Finish Work/Grace-oriented teaching by affiliating pastors/students (Haiti)
· Team members: short & long-term (Haiti, Puerto Rico)
· Finances to cover Bible College operations, building rental, travel (Haiti)
· Bible College expansion (Dominican Republic)
· General health for team members, wives, children (Puerto Rico)
· Definition/vision for drawing and working with new missionary and home-school families (PR)
· Ministry expansion to town of Aguadilla (Puerto Rico)
· Elder members of church (Puerto Rico/general)…
P Julian Matthew
Mayaguez, Puerto Rico
Newest baby in St. Marc Church:
A little water for the walk home from church -- I was glad when mom said to me "let us go to the house of the Lord."
Robison: though handicap, faithful and always carrying a word of encouragement:
Our local barbershop -- a common scene among the young men.
Beatrice assists with many things; holding down the ladder was one of the easier things she did the week of Bible College...
I think it's time to move over Harold!
Justin is not the supervisor...
Pastor Precel's family. What's in the bag, Pastor Precel?
A parade with tears, Lourdin's mom's funeral procession...
"I can fix anything..."
So when are we going to eat?
Did Justin make any juice? Wedley is ready for the next best thing!
Looking up, looking out, seated above... Another sun-filled day in St. Marc...
Have questions about God's call on your life? Meet me in Haiti, I have something to tell you!...