Return. We have returned to the States for our summer furlough. We are so glad to have extended time with family and friends, but this also gives us time to reevaluate our priorities and reassess the opportunities before us.
Rest. Thanks for the love and support we continually feel. Special thanks to the Hartzler’s, Stan and Gloria, who are letting us all stay in their lower level in Orrville, Ohio! We are getting spoiled in a hurry with their big hearts constantly showering us with generosity and love! Stan said recently that the Bible instructs them “to do everything heartily, as to the Lord,” so they are! We want to thank everyone in our church family who has had a part in making us feel comfortable and welcome.
Review. Besides our child sponsorship work, this past year we have had several opportunities to teach evangelism classes, show the Jesus Film, as well as lead a weekly Bible study in the community. Right before we came back to the States we were invited to participate in evangelism training at the church level. We had the opportunity to teach people from 21 churches who came together to learn how to share their faith and then teach others. The plan is to cover much of south Haiti in this way. Our hope is to use our time in Haiti wisely in light of eternity.
Restock. This is the time of year we need to purchase food and household supplies for our next term and pack them for shipment to Haiti. It is not really our favorite part of furlough! There is a lot to think about and it can be overwhelming to say the least…
Request. We anticipate printing hundreds of thousands of the tracts you see here. If God gives you the desire, we could use donations for purchasing the paper and ink in Haiti to print these or others we will develop. We give these tracts to churches that have received our training to share in their outreaches, as well as handing them out ourselves or supplying local evangelists. We also print lots of training hand-outs and the expense adds up!
Haiti is a country without many reading materials. When you hand someone a tract, many times they will stop and immediately read the whole thing, even out loud! Many people cannot read, so sharing the plan of salvation with them in person is then imperative.
Here is a repeat photo about tracts from our last post that is one of our favorites: