Mesi Anpil (thank you) and Bondye Beni Ou (God bless you)!
Thanks to all of you for participating with us through your prayers and support. You are the “stay” team that allowed us as the “away” team to go to Haiti.
This was the “away” team on Mount Sinai (really-that was its name!) which overlooks the city of Gonaives, Haiti, where we ran the medical outreach at Pastor Ezekiel’s Fayeton orphanage and church.
ESMI in Gonaives and other cities in Haiti
Where is Gonaives?
We went hoping to be a blessing to the children and staff there, but we were also blessed by them as well. These are some of the children at the orphanage on our last day praying a blessing over us.
While we were there in Gonaives, we got to connect with other believers working in Haiti that are working to bring the good news of Jesus and God’s kingdom to earth.
The picture below shows my brother Craig and Pastor Mark with Beaver Brooks, who runs a community economic development program called Much Ministries, and Richard Senat, one of our ESMI translators. Richard had to be away from his two girls the whole week so he could help our team. We met up with Tom Wright, (in the picture on the right) a former surgeon who now teaches pastors to become more effective. He ran a pastor’s conference for the week that we were doing our medical outreach. You can see Dr. Wright in action on the ESMI site videos!
It was very encouraging to me to see how God used the backgrounds, unique skills and experiences of each person on the team-whether it was sports, Spanish, art, youth ministry and even Tetris playing-in our work at the orphanage and the community. While Craig and I were seeing patients, the others on the team connected with the children there through games and fun–and they were uniquely gifted with their skills in fancy handshakes and baseball/soccer skills! To find out how God can use Tetris skills, you’ll have to talk to Christian Kim.
In Gonaives many of the houses are made of concrete blocks and stones. The bricks and stones are carried by hand up the mountain and brought to the worksite. While the stones individually are small, these piles of stones, combined with mortar and hard work, are used to create a home that will shelter a family.
On this Orthodox Easter Sunday I’m reminded of Peter, who might have felt kind of useless, like a small stone that seemed insignificant – so afraid of admitting he knew Jesus that he denied Jesus and cursed in front of a teenaged servant girl. But it was to Peter that Jesus said upon this rock I will build my church. And I think of a little boy in a crowd, when the Big Cheese disciples didn’t know how they were supposed all these hungry people, who offered up his lunch of a couple of rolls and a few sardines and saw Jesus feed 5000.
If you are wondering if there is any way you could participate in what God is doing around the world, I’d encourage you to consider, what do you have? Are there gifts or skills that you might see as insignificant? God is able do mighty things when we allow God to use what we have. Remember what God can do with a rock, or a few loaves and fish! – Carol
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Want to know more about Much Ministries or MTW? Check out Kathy and Beaver Brooks’ company, 2nd Story Goods (2ndstorygoods.com) and their foundation, Much Ministries
Missions to the World: https://www.mtw.org/about