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Settling Back into School and Work

Ready smiles on the return to Haiti!

Ready smiles on the return to Haiti!

Haiti comes into view!

“Welcome to Port-au-Prince. The current temperature is 95 degrees!”

It is a blessing and a privilege to serve in Haiti, but it can also be a bit of an adjustment every time we return. What will we face? Storms or drought? Peace or lots of unrest with the prolonged presidential elections? Thankfully, we always find God is with us and He never changes. Great is Your Faithfulness!

Here is Grace's 5th and 6th grade class this year!

Grace’s 5th/6th grade class at the Cite Lumiere Christian School! She is happy to begin a new year!

School started last week for Grace at the missionary school as well as for all the Haitian kids. The first week of September is typically when school starts, but it doesn’t mean everyone is actually prepared! Because a Haitian child cannot attend school without a uniform or books, this is often a very difficult and stressful time for families. The difficulty isn’t limited to only those paying their own way…inflation has increased so much that even sponsored children struggle obtaining the needed items.

Ricardine and Malaika were pretty excited to see us return!

Ricardine and Malaika were pretty excited to see us return!

Malaika getting measured for her new uniform!

Malaika getting measured for her new uniform!

Since our return we have been busy helping Ricardine and Malaika order their uniforms and getting all their necessary school supplies. A week after we arrived they finally were ready to go! This was so good for us to experience…how one has to barter for every item in the marketplace, how one has to purchase the uniform material and contract with a tailor to sew them.

Getting Ricardine’s books was another event! It was quite an experience to be out in the beastly hot sun and chaotic market stalls all afternoon haggling over everything! One time we experienced such a mob of people in the street that we couldn’t move! And motorcyclists were trying to get through at the same time. “Let’s get out of here!” were our thoughts.

Ricardine is bartering for her school supplies in the streets downtown!

Ricardine is bartering for her school supplies in the streets downtown!

Next, searching for the perfect school shoes!

Next, searching for the perfect school shoes!

We always wonder how they keep track of the pairs in these piles?

We always wonder how they keep track of the pairs in these piles?

Sponsored kids are lined up at the Haiti Child Care office (where we work) getting their checks to go buy the needed items…or seeing how far they can stretch it at least. While they sit there waiting it is really a harvest field to give gospel tracts and speak to them about the gospel! They are served a hot meal of rice and beans while they wait. Next, they line up to receive health kits and school kits that are packed all year across the U.S. and distributed at this time. These are a great blessing to the families! Thanks to everyone who gives in any way…it is greatly appreciated here!

We are looking forward to upcoming school visits to make reports on existing schools and take information for new schools that will soon be available to sponsor. We are looking forward to getting out into the country, sharing the gospel and teaching God’s Word wherever we go, and then the upcoming cooler weather!

 


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David Brown: Sponsorship Success Story

Sharing the gospel with young Haitian believers at a "grain bin" community of homes.

Sharing the gospel with young Haitian believers; David Brown is on the far right!

Does Child Sponsorship really make a difference in a child’s life? This is a valid question to ask and it deserves an answer. We will begin sharing some examples of how Child Sponsorship has personally affected young people in Haiti. We hope to make this an ongoing series as we continue to make friendships with many here!

David Brown has a big smile to match his big heart!

David Brown has a big smile to match his big heart!

David Brown: evangelist and youth leader
David is from our town of Simon and currently lives in a simple room in his aunt’s house right beneath our hill. He lives right beside his church, and we can often hear the services from his church going on from inside our house! David’s education was sponsored by Brent Hodel from Roanoke, IL, and he graduated June 2016 from the 13th year (Philosophy) at the age of 24. Because Brent came on many work teams over the years, he and David have a nice friendship.

David was extensively mentored by Joan Reinhard. The advice she gave him from God’s Word had a huge impact on his life. By his own admission, David made a huge change when he came to the Lord as his Savior and found forgiveness for his past sins. His thankfulness for his salvation has propelled him into full-time Christian service! We are privileged to disciple David in God’s Word and to labor together to advance God’s Kingdom.

David is easy to write about and the list of what he is involved in is huge! Because he loves the Lord and has a heart for the Haitian people this love motivates David like no other here we have seen! He has been instrumental in two visionary projects that are currently under construction: a home for 16 orphans where he intends to live as a houseparent, and a school for very poor area students. The home was purchased and is almost renovated. He is building a security wall around it as funds are available. Classes are being held on the porch of the home until the school is built. He has broken ground this summer for the construction of two classrooms, and is trusting the Lord for additional funds to complete it. (If anyone is interested in helping let us know!)

David is a frequent visitor at our house!

David is a frequent visitor at our house!

David is the president of his church youth group. David also runs a Bible School at his church every Saturday for about 30 area kids; we help provide a simple meal. David loves to evangelize and teach others. Because of his connections he is well aware of who needs Bibles. We can trust him to get the Bibles we have to new converts and the neediest people.

David has a pretty good command of English. Because of this he is now taking a one-year cruise course in an English school in Les Cayes. His plan is to get a job on a Caribbean cruise ship to fund his building projects. We love his vision to advance God’s Kingdom!

David is always thinking of others and how he can help! What a motivated guy! But without a sponsor and the proper education, he would not be the real success he is today by God’s grace.

From David's Facebook page, here is a photo of his baptism in 2010!

From David’s facebook page, here is a photo of his baptism in 2010.

David praying with the group before going on the streets to share the gpspel.

David praying with the group before going on the streets to share the gospel.

David has a real heart for evangelism!

David has a real heart to proclaim that gospel message!


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Time to Travel and Preparing to Part

This is how you get up to the Citadelle near Cap-Haitien in northern Haiti!

This is how you get up to the Citadelle near Cap-Haitien in northern Haiti!

Changes are approaching! Evan will begin his nursing career at Akron General Medical Center the end of August. Grant has decided to stay in the States to finish his on-line schooling and get a job while staying with Evan. Seeing these changes coming up, we decided to take some family trips to savor the remaining moments together and make some memories!

Before we left for the States in July, a trip into the neighboring Dominican Republic included some adventure as we crossed the border! Things being a little unmarked, we actually drove over the border before we realized it and were supposed to have registered and paid in Haiti first. We were promptly driven back over the border on motorcycles! On this trip we also visited the renowned Haitian fortress, the Citadelle, which while it was truly amazing, was also quite the Haitian tourist trap!

In August we carved out time to travel West (a generous gift from a cousin) and enjoyed hikes and family travels through the Canadian Rockies, and the States of Washington and Oregon. We enjoyed breathtaking views, seeing wildlife and meeting old and new friends in the churches we also visited. The photos will provide some highlights.

This was just as fun as touring the fort! (You can see it in the background.)

Riding horses was just as fun as touring the fortress! ( in the background.)

Since the French never returned, all the ammunition is still sitting where it was left.

Since the French never returned, all the ammunition is still sitting unused where it was left.

The army had a view of the northern coast of Haiti from the fort!

Finished in 1820, the Citadelle took 15 years to build!

Cannons are pointed out of over 100 windows in all directions!

365 cannons are pointed out of hundreds of windows in all directions!

The horse waited for the return trip back down!

The horses waited for the return trip back down!

Enjoying a beautiful resort in the Dominican Republic!

Enjoying beautiful places in the Dominican Republic!

We were amazed by the size of the Canadian Rockies!

On our later trip, we were amazed by the size of the Canadian Rockies!

A "little hike" brought great views of Glacier National Park in Canada.

A “little hike” brought great views of Glacier National Park in Canada.

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A "little climb" brought a great view of Glacier National Park in Canada!

Savoring the grandeur of God!

Banff National Park was equally thrilling to hike in!

Banff National Park was equally thrilling to hike in!

We just couldn't look enough...

We just couldn’t look enough…

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Lake Louise had water the color of the Caribbean ocean!

Lake Louise had water the color of the Caribbean ocean!

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Grace was more than a little nervous we would find a real bear...so she was glad to hug this one instead!

Grace was more than a little nervous we would find a real bear…so she was glad to hug this one instead!

Visiting the Olympic Village in Calgary, Alberta.

Visiting the Olympic Village in Calgary, Alberta!

Spending an unforgettable afternoon in Seattle with our friend Joycie who just moved there from Haiti!

Spending an unforgettable afternoon in Seattle with our friend Joycie who recently moved there from Haiti!

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Kayaking trips and campfires on the evening were a break from travel!

We so enjoyed kayaking trips and campfires in the evening.

Enjoying the beauty of the Olympic Mountains in Washington.

Enjoying the beauty of the Olympic Mountains in Washington.

Here we are feeding the "wild" animals!

Here we are feeding the “wild” animals! Couldn’t get enough of the deer!

Grace enjoyed the boat ride as we searched for whales!

Grace enjoyed the boat ride as we searched for whales!

We were blessed to see pods of Orcas and a gray whale too!

We were blessed to see pods of Orcas and a gray whale too!

Hiking up near Mt. Rainier and finally reaching snow!

Hiking up near Mt. Rainier and finally reaching snow!

No safety rails here!

Grace threw that snowball with great aim at Mom’s neck! Ouch!

Hard to take it all in!

Hard to take it all in!

Grace loved feeding the chipmunks at the top!

Grace loved feeding the chipmunks at the top!

These gigantic shale fields simply amazed us!

Gigantic shale fields simply amazed us! We were glad to get through without an avalanche though!

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We spent a special weekend with the Mike & Lisa Leman family in Portland, Oregon!

We spent a special weekend with the Mike & Lisa Leman family in Portland, Oregon!

The Oregon Coast was so different than the Caribbean!

The Oregon Coast was so different than the Caribbean!

We took several beach walks, this was Cannon Beach!

We took several beach walks, this was Cannon Beach!

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We loved the pounding surf and discovering marine life in the rocks!

We loved the pounding surf and discovering marine life among the rocks and tide pools!

P1110016“To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven.” Ecclesiastes 3:1

This summer we are again staying with Stan and Gloria Hartzler in Orrville, Ohio. We appreciate how they gladly open their home to our family and make us welcome! They are always spoiling us with so many yummy things like root beer floats, fresh sweet corn, peaches, blueberries, cherries, and cheeses and meats of all kinds. Stan & Gloria are also doing a wonderful job serving as advocates to our church for our needs throughout the year!

 


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Select Kids and Schools Online!

The HarvestCall Child Sponsorship website now allows you to personally select children or schools!

The HarvestCall Child Sponsorship website now allows you to personally select children or schools!

Choices, choices! We are happy to report that now you can go online, view available children, and select the one you wish to sponsor with HarvestCall! At this time you can choose children from either Haiti, Jamaica or Mexico. These will be updated periodically so please check back often.

Check it out here: http://www.harvestcall.org/sponsor-a-child

Haiti offers the additional choice of sponsoring an entire school! You can now read a brief description and see photos of several schools waiting for a sponsorship that helps pay the teachers’ salaries. (The four kids on our own blog header are from the Leogane school that is available for sponsorship!) School sponsorship is an incredible opportunity to reach deeply into a community and affects so many children at once! This is an opportunity for individuals, entire families, churches, or Sunday schools to make a real difference in Haiti.

Check it out here: http://www.harvestcall.org/school-sponsorship

The epicenter of the 2010 earthquake was in Leogone and the school was beyond repair. It has been rebuilt but now in need of a sponsor.

The epicenter of the 2010 earthquake was in Leogane and the school was beyond repair. It has since been rebuilt. You can select this school online to sponsor.

Thanks to all of you that already are involved in sponsoring a child or school! Send your student or school a card or letter of encouragement today and small cash gifts are always welcome as well. And thanks for all of you who are considering sponsoring a child. If you have any questions after seeing the websites above, please let us know.

This one was a natural in front of the camera!

This little guy at Leogone was a natural in front of the camera! (the same boy on our blog header!)

Another shot of ornery boys and a truck!

Another shot of ornery boys and a truck!

 

 


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Ricardine Update

This girl is an inspiration to us!

This girl is an inspiration to us!

We wanted to give you another update on Ricardine. Every time we see her it strikes us how brave she is for her age to leave home and go it on her own, and we feel it such a privilege that we get to help her! Losing her father when she was young…then persecuted and kicked out by her own mother for wanting to go to church…she keeps trusting the Lord and finds Him faithful! Trinity told us recently she had been praying for a girl to help and she knows this is God’s answer.

Now RIcardine doesn't visit alone...her little sister is living with her!

Now Ricardine doesn’t visit alone…her little sister, Malika, often comes with her!

Guess what? Ricardine isn’t on her own anymore. To our surprise her 4-year old sister showed up with one day! Her uncle rescued her from their mother and they are so happy to be together! Ricardine is really a child with the responsibility a 15-year old shouldn’t really have, to feed and clothe and provide schooling for another child. Her sister also had bite marks on her body.

The girls are living about ten minutes across town in a rented room. That’s all they had…four walls, two windows and a door. Only a few articles of clothing. We have been trying to provide what we can, table and chairs, a bed, pillows, sheets, dishes, towels, stove and propane tank, pots and pans, etc… A suitcase worked for a while to store donated clothes but we had a closet and a buffet built for better storage. The little room is getting full!

This little girl didn't smile for the first few weeks we saw her, she hadn't done much of that in her short life!

This little girl didn’t smile for the first few weeks we saw her; she hadn’t done much of that in her short life! Now…what a difference!

Keeping two houses going has been challenging, but it is a blessing and a privilege to serve them. They are always running out of something…soap, oil, shoes, you name it! Trinity is always willing to help us get groceries or run around in search of things and she is still doing all of the spiritual mentoring.

We found a pastor’s wife to purchase the weekly groceries and also help the girls “keep house” from now on. This was very critical as we are soon leaving for two months. The Lord has provided! Now we are trusting for a few more things…

Our first request is that someone would be willing to sponsor Malika’s education. She is in her second year of preschool and will need to switch to the nearby Simon MEBSH primary school. It is $30 a month for covering her tuition, books and uniform. Our Child Sponsorship program provides a free hot lunch for this school daily. It is the same meal every day, but many kids get nothing!

Our second request is that you would continue to pray for these two special young ladies who are on their own. Yes, they have some relatives. Yes, they go to church and know people there. Yes, they go to school and have friends there. But they are largely on their own and it is definitely not safe for a girl to be alone on the street here. They are ashamed of their mother and what she did to them. They have come a long way in a short time. Pray that God would surround them, comfort them and carry them in His arms.

Thanks to the brother in Peoria who is paying for monthly rent and food! Thanks to the sister in Morton who is sponsoring Ricardine and paying extra monthly as well! Thanks to each of you for your prayers!

“When my father and my mother forsake me, then the LORD will take me up.” Psalm 27:10

 

 

 

 


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School is Out!

Evan Graduates from Malone University with a BS in Nursing!
Thankfully, Evan has finished his nursing classes and only has his boards to take in a few months. He is here with us in Haiti and we are sure enjoying every minute!

A time to rejoice!

Graduation…a time to truly rejoice! L to R, Spencer (3-1/2 year roommate), Courtney (friend from church), Daniel (1/2 year suite-mate), Natalie (friend from church) and Evan.

Grant and Trinity
Grant has finished his college classes this semester and is now mid-way through his Junior year. Trinity has only a few more days of classes left and is really looking forward to her Senior year!

Grant's garden has produced a bumper crop!

Grant’s garden has produced a bumper crop! These boys are thrilled to be a part of this!

Trinity continues to do a lot of mentoring and Bible studies with Ricardine.

Trinity continues to do a lot of mentoring and Bible studies with Ricardine.

Grace is Already a 5th Grader!
Saying goodbye to a great teacher was really hard! After 15 years of teaching many missionary children, Mrs. Ferris will be moving back to Texas soon. The class held a puppet show for the parents and the entire school was invited to a track and field day up in Bonne Fin the last week of school!

Grace holding her track and field day awards with Mrs. Ferris.

Grace holding her track and field day awards with Mrs. Ferris.

The class created an original puppet show with their puppet creations!

The class created an original puppet show with their puppet creations!

The 4th and 5th grade classes shared a room and a teacher this year!

The 4th and 5th grade classes shared a room and a teacher this year!

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The long jump!

The 800-yard run!

The 800-yard run!

Part of the award ceremony!

Part of the award ceremony!

Family Time Begins!

“To everything there is a season, and to time to every purpose under the heaven.” Ecclesiastes 3:1

Off to discover a new island!

Off to discover a new island!

Almost the entire island is an original French fort!

Almost the entire island is an original French fort!

Checking out some sunken ships!

Checking out some sunken ships!

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These guys were just laying around in the water!

These guys were just laying around in the water!

 


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What Is a Christian Missionary?

Trinity enjoys weekly outings to share the gospel around the city!

Trinity enjoys weekly outings to share the gospel around the city!

What is a Christian missionary?

(We are continually learning this ourselves.)

A Christian missionary is commissioned by the Lord to share the gospel and to make disciples to grow and expand His Kingdom. (Matthew 28:19-20; Mark 16:15-16; Luke 24:47-48). A missionary is an ambassador of Christ who proclaims Jesus as Savior and Lord. The root of the words “mission” and “missionary” is the Latin verb mitto or mittere (I send). In the Greek, the verb apostolos means “sent one,” and from it comes the word for “apostle.”

At least thirty-nine times in the Gospel of John, Jesus refers to Himself as “sent” on a mission. What was that mission? “To seek and save the lost” (Luke 19:10). This is was not only Jesus’ mission but He made it our mission as well. He not only refers to Himself as “sent,” He refers to every Christian as “sent.” Jesus commands all Christians to the share the gospel – the message of sin and judgment and the message of His death and resurrection that conquered the penalty and power of sin.

“As you sent Me into the world, so I have sent them into the world.”  John 17:18

“And how shall they believe in Him of whom they have not heard? And how shall they preach, except they be sent?”  Romans 10:14-15

Mike with our cook, Madam Yadley, sharing God's Word that does not return void.

Mike with our cook, Madam Yadley, sharing God’s Word that does not return void.

These boys came to know their Savior after hearing the great gospel message!

These young men came to know their Savior after hearing the gospel!

 "And whoever falls on this stone will be broken; but on whomever it falls, it will grind him to powder."  Matt. 21:44 Those who fall upon the stone of Jesus Christ are broken. He will not despise a broken and contrite heart. However, when Jesus comes in flaming fire, taking vengeance on those who do not know God (2 Thess. 1:8), His judgment will "grind them to powder."

God will not despise a broken and a contrite heart!

“Go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature.”  Mark 16:15

“Go therefore and make disciples of all nations…”  Matthew 28:19

In the original Greek, “go” is poreuomai, and it only means “go”; “all” is hapas, and it actually means “all”; and “every” is pas, and it literally means “every.” So when Jesus commanded us to, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature,” He was actually telling us to be obedient to the original text.

“If you love Me, keep My commandments.”  John 14:15

Here is our cook, Madam Yadley, who loves to share the gospel and was right under our nose.

Our cook, Madam Yadley, also loves to share the gospel with us!

“My mother and My brothers are these who hear the Word of God and do it.”  Luke 8:21

“Sharing the gospel is about experiencing God. If you choose to be obedient, He will take you on a journey so exciting that your life will never be the same.” – Bill Fay, Share Jesus Without Fear

Who is a Christian missionary?

Simply, every Christian is a missionary, and is called to share the gospel and make disciples. Technically, a missionary is one who is specifically called by God to a foreign land  by crossing geographical and/or cultural boundaries (Acts 22:21), sent out through the support of the local church, surrendering everything except the gospel for the sake of the gospel, and sometimes in areas where Jesus Christ is entirely unknown (Romans 15:20).

However, all Christians are sent/called to be missionaries of the gospel regardless of where we live, stateside or overseas. We are called to be ambassadors for Christ (II Corinthians 5:20), witnesses for Christ (Luke 24:47-48; Acts 1:8; Acts 26:16-18), faithful sowers of His Word (I Corinthians 3:7,9), servants that speak with boldness (Acts 4:29), watchman for Christ (Ezekiel 33) and soldiers for Christ (II Timothy 2:3).

The Great Commission is not an option to be considered; it is a command to be obeyed. In other words it is not a suggestion, but a commandment given by our Lord. They were the last words He gave to His disciples before He ascended.

“And why call you Me, ‘Lord, Lord’ and do not the things which I say?”  Luke 6:46

Here are missionaries from three different countries reaching out to this lost man!

Fishermen from three different countries are reaching out to this lost man!

“But you shall receive power, after the Holy Spirit is come upon you: and you shall be witnesses unto Me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth.”  Acts 1:8

The early church multiplied and made disciples at lightning speed. It wasn’t because they had fancy programs or great productions. It was because every believer operated as a missionary. There was no such thing as a “foreign missionary.” Not only the apostles but every Christian did the work of the Great Commission – and they did so tirelessly. Numerous passages indicate that every Christian was expected to evangelize, follow up, nurture, and teach the Word. This happened by one person bringing the gospel to another.

Juslienne, another cooks of ours, sharing the gospel one on one.

Juslenne, another cook of ours, is now sharing the gospel one-on-one too!

“And grant unto they servants, that with all boldness they may speak the Word of God.”  Acts 4:29

“Faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the Word of God.”  Romans 10:17

Throughout Scripture Christ’s followers are called sojourners, pilgrims and strangers in a strange land. We do not belong and have been sent out only to spread God’s glory throughout the earth through missions. We are His representatives on this earth. Everyone who follows Jesus as Lord is commanded to go and preach the gospel to every creature and make disciples of Jesus. Even with our imperfections God delights in using us to obtain glory via missions. Missions does not only occur on foreign soil. You do not need a passport to be considered a missionary. What we need is obedience. Obedience honors God!

Hearts touched with God's mercy extended through Jesus Christ!

Local female prisoners touched with God’s mercy extended through Jesus Christ!

Passing out Bibles and sharing the gospel with prisoners needing new life in Christ.

The gift of a new Bible will encourage growing in Christ!

When taking Bibles into the women's prison, the warden took a Bible for himself!

This warden took a Bible for himself!

As followers of Christ, we are missionaries in our own home, in our town, in our schools, at our jobs, across the street and around the world. Teachers, employees, taxi drivers, waiters, and waitresses, managers, CEO’s, police officers, fireman, doctors, nurses, stay-at-home mom’s, senators, congressman, etc., are all called to be missionaries and labor for the Kingdom. You are placed where you are with the gifts that you have to reach out to the lost around you!

David Sills says in his book, The Missionary Call, “If someone does not have a missions heart at home, nothing magical happens when they buckle the seat belt on the airplane.” Some of us are specifically called to go far away to a foreign land but many are called to stay local. We are all called to participate in the Great Commission!

Kenfleur has a passion for reaching her neighbors and fellow Haitians with God's Word!

Kenfleur has a passion for reaching her neighbors and fellow Haitians with God’s Word!

“I have set you a watchman…, you shalt hear the Word of My mouth, and warn them from Me.”  Ezekiel 33:7

Let’s follow Jesus faithfully and obediently. Let’s follow Him in our homes, across our streets and to the poorest and most overlooked in our cities, to the most unreached and most difficult places in the uttermost parts of the earth. Think about it: if the redemption accomplished by Jesus is so radically great that its effects are to blow down the barriers to every nation of the world, then we should certainly also cross the street to share the gospel with the family in our neighborhood. All believers must see themselves as missionaries sent by Jesus Christ, sent into the world, and sent on a mission.

“If our gospel be hid, it is hid to them that are lost…”  II Corinthians 4:3

Evan and Grant reaching out with the gospel to persuade her in a repentance towards God and a faith in Jesus Christ.

Reaching out on the highway with the gospel!

“Knowing therefore, the terror of the Lord, we persuade men.”  II Corinthians 5:11

“Every Christian is a missionary; every non-Christian a mission field.” –Winkie Pratney, New Zealand evangelist/author

Every Christian is called to be obedient to the Great Commission wherever God has placed us. The call to missions has more to do with the condition of our heart than it does with the location of our feet. To ask whether all Christians are called to be missionaries is a bit like asking whether all dogs should have four legs. Remember God is on a mission and we are called to be followers of Him. And it is our privilege to join Him! He has deemed man to be the human instrument of sharing the good news of redemption.

“The harvest truly is great, but the laborers are few, therefore pray the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into His harvest.”  Luke 10:2

“I can tell you that there is no greater joy than leading someone to faith in Jesus Christ. Even if they reject your message, it still feels great to obey Christ. Yet regardless of how we feel, we need to remember this is what He has commanded.”  –Dr. James Kennedy

We do evangelism training

Every few months we hold evangelism training for groups or entire churches.

Every few months we have the opportunity to hold evangelism training for groups or entire churches!

We are thankful for good translators so the training and message is clear!

We are available to teach God's Word when opportunities come open!

We teach God’s Word when opportunities come up!

“…God our Savior; who will have all men to be saved and to come unto the knowledge of the truth.”  I Timothy 2:3,4

“In flaming fire taking vengeance on those who do not know God, and on those who do not obey the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ. These shall be punished with everlasting destruction from the presence of the Lord and from the glory of His power.”  11 Thessalonians 1:8-9

“It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God.” (Hebrews 10:31). This should stir a passion within us to reach the lost. “For our God is a consuming fire.” (Hebrews 12:29). God is holy, holy, holy. His holiness is the reason for His being a consuming fire, and it burns up anything unholy. Man has a sinful nature. When sinful men come too close to God, because of His holiness and His just nature He must consume them. Therefore, every human being needs a new nature. Each one must be transformed into a new creature in Christ (II Corinthians 5:17).

A typical baptism scene in Haiti. What is the first thing you notice that is similar to the baptisms you have seen? (Was it the towel?)

A typical baptism scene in Haiti.

“For God made Jesus Christ who knew no sin to be sin for us that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.”  II Corinthians 5:21

All the wrath of God was poured out on Jesus, who took our place so we could receive His righteousness. God commands all men everywhere to repent of their sins and put their faith in Jesus Christ. We need not fear the consuming fire of God’s wrath if we are covered by the pure blood of Christ. Who shall escape such a great salvation?

“Let him know that he who turns a sinner from the error of his way will save a soul from death and cover a multitude of sins.”  James 5:20

“Multitudes, multitudes are in the valley of decision.” (Joel 3:14). We need to be like a watchman warning all men of sin and judgment, “pulling them out of the fire” (Jude 23). The act simply requires caring enough to warn of the very real danger of going into eternity without Christ. We need only to tell the truth: there is a hell to shun and a heaven to gain. As Apostle Paul declared in II Corinthians 5:11, “Knowing the terror of the Lord, we persuade men.”

“Preach the word! Be ready in season and out of season. Convince, rebuke, exhort, with all longsuffering and teaching.”  II Timothy 4:2

We should be ready to preach the gospel to everyone we meet, at all times. Let us have surrendered hearts like Isaiah to be doers of His mission – to seek and save the lost…

                                        “Here am I! Send me.”  Isaiah 6:8