On Thursday evening we headed to the Monteric community, a “suburb” of Gros-Morne. It is actually not far from our compound, but it is in the mountains with an extremely poor road. You can walk there nearly as fast as you can ride there in the Toyota truck our district gave to Pastor Zamor. The area provides breathtaking views of luscious green mountains that surround the community.
The Louisiana District along with help from our Southern Florida people and others from Oklahoma have started construction of a nice new concrete Nazarene church there. Right now the church worships under a structure of tarps and corrugated roofing.
We used some of the Evange-Soccer Balls to begin a soccer game on a small, semi-flat space on the side of one of the mountains. Some of the teens became familiar with a bull cow and a small burro tied near where the soccer game was taking place.
As day turned to night — our team set-up the Jesus Film equipment and tied the screen between two trees. The screen was situated so that people could view the film seated on the side of the mountain or from the road to the village. The film is viewable from both sides of the screen.
While all this was going on, James and Lynda Boardman (Avon Park First) gave new slacks to at least 12 children. Velma Foster (well into her 80’s) handmade the slacks for distribution to Haitian children. She has previously sent slacks to Ecuador, Cuba and Haiti. The recipients of the new clothes could hardly believe their new fortune.
Pastor Eric Skelton started the film at dusk about 7:45 p.m. More people and children arrived after the film began. Some, who were afraid to come to the hillside, watched and heard the film from their house porches and road just below the screen. As best I could, I counted about 200 watching the film.
We could see rain clouds and an occasional lightning burst over the mountains to our east. We asked the team members to begin praying. Despite the fact that the clouds looked pretty ominous at one point, during the showing — they just dissipated.
I attempted to move around the rocky hillside to get some better photos. Unlike other Jesus Film showings I have attended, it struck me how we were in such total darkness – except for the light coming from the Jesus film. It was so dark that above us was an amazing canopy of stars glimmering on us all.
At the conclusion of the film (we used the children’s version), Pastor Pascal Permis and Pastor Paul Zamor gave an invitation. We collectively used all our flashlights to shine on the pastors as they spoke. In a short time eight children and one adult came forward. Pastor Pascal brought them through the sinner’s prayer. Annecesse Zamor (the pastor’s wife) dutifully secured the name and information from all 9 of the seekers. It was a beautiful night near Gros-Morne, Haiti.
Friday, August 8, 2015
At 7 a.m. this morning the team repeated their routine and headed for the municipal soccer field. By the time we got there — a large crowd of elementary and secondary school students were waiting on us to play “football”. At the conclusion of the morning games, those present were asked to quote by memory any Bible scriptures they knew. Those who quoted the longest number of verses were given a coveted soccer ball. Now there is more incentive to memorize those scriptures!
Tonight, we will be going to an even more remote area for a Jesus Film showing. We get there by traversing on a dry riverbed and then going up a mountain as far as our bus can go. We will need to walk the last three-quarters of a mile to get to our destination.
By the way, on Monday night (our last night), we will be showing the Jesus Film in the Municipal Soccer Field we have been using each day with hundreds of students.
Thanks so much for your continuing prayers on our behalf.