We had a tremendous day — for our first “work day” of our time here in Gros-Morne, Haiti.
Our District Superintendent, Dr. David Nixon, and Pastor Pascal Permis did training today for pastors. They thought maybe there would be 40 pastors from around the region that would show up. They were surprised when 72 pastors were present for today’s session.
Several of the pastors walked 3,4,5 and 6 hours BEFORE they could take “Public” transportation to Gros-Morne. See the two photos where Dr. Nixon and Pastor Permis are giving their presentations. They said the interaction with the pastors was phenomonenal. Tomorrow at noon, the training will end with a special baptismal service for all pastors involved. More details in our next update.
We also have 3 educators from Olivet Nazarene University and 1 student who joined us on this trip. They have been working with Pastor Roy Shuck for nearly a year in preparing a special training program for teachers — that teaches them how to better teach students to read. Teachers from the surrounding parochial schools were invited to participate. About 60 teachers were expected for the training program in the Gros-Morne Sanctuary. There was total disbelief as over 120 teachers showed up ready to be taught this morning! This training goes through Wednesday and then on Thursday and Friday, the educators will be visiting and observing the teachers in the classroom using some of their newly acquired techniques. This is a pilot program being used for the first time in an international setting. All materials are being provided in French. The attached photo is Dr. Dena Reams giving her presentation to the teachers. Pastor Jean Cidel of the North Miami church served as translator.
Also today, the remainder of the team started the process of rewiring the guest house and district center where everyone is staying. This process had to be rethought after we got here. Pastor Shuck had to return to Port-Au-Price (4 hours away) to purchase additional electrical parts and fittings. He was able to travel in the Toyota Pickup truck that our district gave to Gros-Morne Pastor Zamor at our May Mission Convention. He did not return with the materials until after 10:30 tonight.
The attached photo is our “Sparky” electrical crew — the ones pulling, pushing and yanking new electrical wire through the attic and all around the facility. Left to right are: Len Turner (Port Charlotte), Clint Helzer (Bradenton First), Robert Sanger (Avon Park), Jim McLellan (Palm Beach Gardens Northlake Blvd.), Pastor Brett Massey (Port Charlotte), Daniel Cupp (Palm Beach Gardens Northlake Blvd.), Bob Polk (Venice) and David Coller (Avon Park).
We are always asked about how safe is it being in Hait? We are 100 miles north of the main population center. We are staying in a compound that is walled and gated. The picture attached is of our friendly guard (Claude) who has been here for the duration. He knows the neighborhood and assures that no inappropriate person is allowed to enter the compound. We take the necessary precautions but we feel quite safe here. We have our own generator that runs nearly 24-7 to provide electricity.
The truth is we also feel surrounded by the prayers of hundreds, maybe thousands of Nazarenes of Southern Florida.
Tonight we heard that Kaye Nixon is having some physical challenges. The team gathered around Dr. Nixon and each person present prayed fervently for Kaye. We encourage all to do the same. As we prayed for Kaye — we also prayed for several of our team members with sincere needs. We prayed for all of our Southern Florida District family too. It is amazing that we have a loving God that is not impeded by our distance. What a prayer meeting! Thank you for your very coveted prayers.
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