Your Southern Florida 100th Anniversary NMI Work & Witness Team continues to experience God’s blessing and amazing revelations in Gros-Morne, Haiti.
Saturday night we literally crossed through a mostly dry river bed (blowing one of our bus’ dually tires getting there). Once we got to the base of the river bank we had to walk about three-quarters of a mile to the community of Figaro — a “suburb” of Gros-Morne. There is a strong desire to begin a new church there.
We found a very nice soccer field and we played with the local for a while. Pastor Pascal Permis explained that the flags flying in the dwelling next to the soccer field meant that it was a voodoo temple. When the team in January came to this location the voodoo priests started a large bonfire to warn the people about coming to view the Jesus Film. Interestingly as the Jesus Film started the bonfire went out.
This time the only thing obvious were the voodoo flags. We estimate that about 250 came to view the Jesus Film. At the end of the film 15 came forward to accept Jesus. Their names and information were meticulously collected by the pastor’s wife.
Saturday, August 8, 2015
On Saturday we took our group to the Gros-Morne Market Place. This is not an area to buy souvenirs. I don’t think any of our group bought the vegetables, canned good, shoes or clothing at the market. In some cases the paths through the market were narrow and quite dusty. This market place is for the survival of the local people.
That evening we headed to another “suburb” of Gros-Morne – Casineti. As usual we played some soccer before showing the Jesus Film. For the first time we introduced “Evange-Bubbles”. We brought with us some new “technology” that allows us to make huge bubbles the children can follow and pop. It was a huge hit. Three of our teens took the bubble-making contraptions and started “launching” them from the roof of the bus. We could make more bubbles and dozens of children had a blast following and bursting the bubbles.
The screen was set-up on some footers for a house under construction. Many of the viewers were able to sit on the footers to watch the film. As was the process for each Jesus showing the clouds of rain and thunder would threaten our showing, but it was as if the hand of God kept pushing the lightning and rain clouds away. In the darkness we estimated about 200 people present.
At the conclusion of the film, eleven people came forward to accept Jesus. Nearly all of the seekers were children in the 10 and 12 years of range. Half of the population of Haiti is twenty years of age or less.
Sunday, August 9, 2015
Sunday was congressional election day in Haiti. There was some concern of unrest – but we never saw any. The government restricted all vehicles and motorcycles from use. By 8:30 a.m. our group walked the equivalent of 5 blocks to church from the guest compound.
Pastor James Boardman preached and Pastor Pascal Permis interpreted. During the invitation three children came forward immediately. As the invitation was being closed a young adult lady came forward. We were sitting in the front pew. We could tell she seemed quite fearful and nervous in her movements. Pastor Pascal prayed with her. He learned her name is Sainte-Rose (first name). Pastor Pascal learned she is the daughter of a voodoo priest. Her life and circumstances will be in great peril once he finds out. We ask our district family to please pray for Sainte-Rose.
The Sunday night service featured musicians and testimonies from our group. Five of our students sang a Creole song. Others sang songs that would be familiar to the Haitian audience. The congregation really loved the interaction.
Pastor Pascal Permis was the preacher for the evening. He used a PowerPoint presentation using the church video projector (donated by SFD) to show his points in Creole and English.
Monday, August 10, 2015
The group began at 6:30 this morning in order to be at the soccer field by 7 a.m. As usual there were several hundred youth waiting on us to play.
Pastor Eric, Joni Brown and I were able to tour the local Catholic Hospital (the only hospital in Gros-Morne). There were dozens of people waiting to be seen at the “emergency room”. Joni is an infant, labor and delivery nurse. She could not get over how rudimentary everything was in that area as well as the new-born nursery.
This is our final full day in Gros-Morne. It is raining now, but tonight the team is planning to show the Jesus Film at the municipal soccer field we have been using all week. We are praying for clear weather, a large turn-out and hearts open to the call of Jesus.
Our exit plans begin at 5:30 a.m. on Tuesday with a 7 a.m. departure. We must be at the Port-au-Prince Airport by 3 p.m. in order to make our 5 p.m. flight. The Lord willing we will be back in Miami around 7:30 p.m.
We have had a few team members get sick with the usual “travel maladies”. Everyone should be fit for travel.
Your prayers are felt, appreciated and requested.