The mission trip to Haiti this year was wonderful. Sally & I got back to Harlan Sunday afternoon after spending the night in Kansas City.
In years’ past, we were plagued by travel problems, but this year, the travel went perfectly. Larry Trickel did a great job making all the arrangements.
The team will give a report this Sunday in both services, but since I’ll be deferring to the other team members, I wanted to share with you what I did in Haiti.
I had the privilege of preaching during the church service. There were several thousand in attendance. The service lasted 2 hours, which is typical for First Baptist Cap-Haitien. I preached from I John 5.
I worked with the team in the morning and then went to the lay preachers meeting in the afternoon. This group of about 30 meets every Monday. These are the preachers who go out to the various preaching stations around the city. The preaching stations are for those members who cannot make it to the main church location.
On these days, I taught at church from 9 AM to 2 PM. We had a group of 62 lay leaders, which was about 20 more than last year. My topics were:
Thursday’s topic really seemed to strike a chord. After my teaching, we had a testimony time and several Haitians talked about their suffering. One woman lost her 9-year-old daughter this past year, but as a result of that tragedy, her husband became a Christian.
After Wednesday’s teaching, I accompanied my translator, Pastor Enel Jonki, to his church for evening Bible study. Pastor Enel started the church 2 years ago and it’s located in a village about 15 miles outside Cap-Haitien. Before the Bible study, I went to Pastor Enel’s home to meet his wife & 3 beautiful children. The home was quite primitive – no electricity or running water!
On this day, I accompanied Dr. Vic Gordon (my predecessor in Wichita) to the Baptist seminary, which is about 45 minutes from Cap-Haitien. He was teaching a class on the Gospel of John and I was able to share a bit with the students who are all training to be pastors.
Let me say again how grateful I am to First Baptist Harlan for your generous support of this trip.