Good Morning my dear friends,
I hope that you are enjoying the coming of fall. It has rained and rained and rained since I returned from the States in May. The only exception (and miracle) was the week of VBS when it didn't rain at all until late in the evening after we had finished our evangelistic week. God is so good!
Today we start classes. We've got over a hundred kids registered in classes with waiting lists for some of the classes. It's going to be a great year. Please pray for us--we have some kids in the list that are going to challenge us with their difficult behavior and others who will challenge us with their learning disabilites and others who just need a ton of loving. This is our ministry, this is our joy.
REJOICE WITH ME: For several years now I have wanted to move out of the ministry house and seperate myself from always being available to people. It has become overwhelming and exhausting in the last couple of years. But it seemed like over and over again the Lord closed the door. So last week I stepped out in faith and rented a house. I was concerned that if we couldn't find a watchman that I would be spending money on a house that I'm not even using. But I really felt like the Lord was leading me to rent the house. So last Tuesday I rented a house not too far from the ministry house. And I didn't tell anyone here that I had rented it!
Yesterday (Sunday) some friends came by and interviewed to be the caretakers of the property. Many of you will know them, they are Rocio (my friend who helps me with the cleaning at the house. Her husband's name is Solteo. And the kids some of you know as well: Anayeli, Estefani, Santiago and Isreal). The house I rented needs some repairs before I can move in and the room out back where the family will live also needs some work to make it livable. So we are looking at the beginning of October as the time when the family will move here and I will move to my own house. What great timing and answer to prayer. I love to see how God moves in His perfect ways and perfect timing.
Thank you so much for your prayers and all the ways that you have lifted me and the Victory Center up.
I appreciate you my dear friends.
Republic of Haiti
Area: 27,400 sq km
Western third of the island of Hispaniola; shared with the Dominican Republic
Annual Growth: 1.6%
9 people groups (11% unreached)
More information about peoples
French (10% speak it)
Common languages include Haitian Creole, English, and Spanish (increasingly used as a second language)
The poorest state in the Western Hemisphere, aggravated by overpopulation, deforestation (only 2% of original forests remain), soil erosion, pollution and hurricanes.
75% of the population live on less than $2 per day.
51.9% but functional literacy may be as low as 20%
The Roman Catholic Church's role as the state church ended in 1987. An estimated 75% of Christians are also actively involved in voodoo, a development of West African Spirit-ism and witchcraft. Over 5,000,000 are members of an organized Protestant denomination.
Largest Religion: Christianity
Christians: 9,690,992 (95.2% of the population)
Evangelicals: 1,633,193 (16% of the population)
Answers to Prayer
The spiritual response to the tragedy of the 2010 earthquake was an almost universal outpouring of prayer, repentance and calling upon God for mercy and deliverance.
Evangelical Christians have steadily grown in number.
Church-mission relations have improved greatly.
Challenge for Prayer
Haiti needs godly leaders who will prioritize the good of the nation and address its problems. Two centuries of misrule, tyranny and recent flawed democratic attempts have brought hopelessness and despair. Corruption is rampant, and robberies and kidnappings commonplace. The economic plight of most Haitians deepens each year, exacerbated by the events of 2010. Many seek to escape, some physically by fleeing the country in unsafe and leaky boats, others emotionally through taking drugs. Pray that men and women may be raised up who will reverse these trends and establish justice, righteousness, and long-term stability.
The earthquake was a disaster. 230,000 lost their lives, 300,000 were injured, and over one million were rendered homeless. Hundreds of thousands of homes and buildings were also destroyed, including some major government buildings. Coordination of aid is difficult and assistance will be needed for a long time.
The tyrannies, cruelties and use of voodoo as a means of control have fostered a spirit of fear that permeates every level of society.
Pray the powerful spirits underlying voodooism might be bound in the name of Jesus.
Pray that Haitians who call themselves Christians might experience the transforming nature of a personal relationship with Christ.
Pray this nation might enjoy stability, safety and sustained development by removing the evils holding it back and by instilling Biblical values and practices on every level.
Pray for renewal, reformation, and the cleansing work of the Holy Spirit throughout society.
Leadership training is too limited because of the poverty of churches. A rigid traditionalism of imported theologies and systems is widespread. Many pastors have little training and some are barely literate.
Pray for Bible schools and seminaries.
Pray for resources in Haitian Creole that will foster lay training and leadership development.
Missions plays a valuable supportive role to the national Church. Upheavals and violence have forced many missionaries out of the country at one time or another.
Pray for servants of the Lord, for their testimony and service that they may contribute to the maturing of the Haitian Church.
-Most of this information is taken from Operation World: The Definitive Prayer Guide to Every Nation - 7th Edition, by Jason Mandryk
How are free Methodists helping Haiti?
Haiti Providence University - a Free Methodist liberal arts college
Kingdom of Nepal
Area: 147,181 sq km
A mountainous Himalayan state between China (Tibet) and India. It contains 8 of the 10 highest mountain peaks in the world
Annual Growth: 1.86%
380 (93% unreached)
Largest Religion: Hinduism
Challenge for Prayer
Answer to Prayer