A team of six met in Miami and headed for Port-Au-Prince on October 21st. Our primary destination was Carreau Daty (CD) about two hours north of Gros-Morne in the mountains. My traveling companions were Pascal Permis, my brother Wendel, my nephew, Matt Firtko, and two fine men from Columbia, SC, First church: Steve Steele and Joe Bowman. Our purpose was to check on the status of the well project at CD; show the Jesus Film (JF) as many nights as possible; and lay the foundation for a new church building for the CD congregation. We crossed three rivers with no bridges to get there.
I am happy to report in this blog that the well is now 60 ft. deep and is being dug by hand. Water has already been struck and the well-digger is lowered by ropes on his feet to the water. He then dives below the water to continue scooping sand into a bucket that is attached to a nearby tree and removed. After the team laid out the foundation and squared it, the men of the church were taught how to dig the foundation. At nightfall, the JF equipment was set up but rain prevented community people from coming. Most of the crowd were already followers. So at CD, one little boy gave his heart to Jesus and confessed Him as Lord. The rain gorged rivers prevented our return to Gros-Morne so we spent the night in the village.
On successive nights we traveled to Sirese, Pelitier, Mederic, Tajiden, and Second Church of the Nazarene in Gonaives. The team endured dive-bombing bats, tarantulas, a rat, rain, muddy rained-washed roads, and overflowing rivers, so that over 900 people could hear the Gospel through the JF. 88 names were written down after they confessed Jesus as Savior and Lord. On Wednesday morning, the Hope 112 truck was loaded with rebar, 2X4s, and 10 bags of cement for CD. The truck became mired in the mud on that journey, but the villagers pushed it out. The team showed the CD men how to pour the footings and left materials to get them started. Money sufficient to get the new church building under roof was left with Pastor Paul Zamor to disperse for the new CD church.
The SFD Toyota Tundra truck performed flawlessly. It is getting a workout on the rocks, rivers, and roads of Haiti. At times, all six of us crammed into the 5-person cab. To some of the showings, three of us road on top of the trunk.
Mornings were spent making improvements to the District Center where we stayed and future teams will stay, including the first bunk bed prototype of several more that will be completed by the SFD team that goes January 4-11, 2014. The highlight for me was showing up to preach on Sunday morning to a crowd of 1,500 people, to be greeted by Joseph Wally, the young man delivered from the clutches of a Satanic voodoo spell during our first SFD trip the GM in January 2012. He passed the national exam and is now set to enter college. Thanks to everyone who knew about the Living Waters trip and prayed for us. Great kingdom results were achieved. All glory to God!
David F. Nixon, D.Min
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