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Thanks for Being a “Sending” Church

posted Jan 27, 2015, 10:02 AM by First Baptist


I am so grateful to be part of a church that sends out missionaries. In recent months, you gave generously in support of both Cami Ahrenholtz and Luke Lansman, who are going on trips later this year. And then in December, over $20,000 was raised to send 13 of us to Haiti.


The Haiti team will be giving you a full report on Sunday, but I wanted to let you know what I did during the trip since I spent little time at the construction site.




I had the privilege of preaching at the Shama Baptist Church of Lory, Haiti. Lory is a little village about 20 miles from Cap-Haitien. The church is about a year old and the pastor is Enel Jonki, who served as my translator both last year and this year. The church is quite primitive, but is growing. There were 66 in worship this day.




In the morning, I accompanied Dr. Vic Gordon (my predecessor in Wichita) to the Baptist University about 30 miles north of Cap-Haitien. Dr. Gordon is a visiting professor and taught an introductory course on Christianity. He had 200 students and I was able to share with the students briefly.


In the afternoon, I met with the lay preachers (about 30 of them) from First Baptist Cap-Haitien. They meet every Monday for training and encouragement.


Tuesday – Thursday


From 9 AM-2 PM each day, I taught a group of lay leaders from First Baptist Cap-Haitien. I had 56 students. My topics were: Peacemaking (Tuesday), Bible Teaching Skills (Wednesday) and Persevering in Ministry (Thursday).


I would describe these sessions as exhilarating insofar as the group was extremely eager to learn from God’s Word. At the end of Thursday’s session, I felt like a celebrity because most of the students wanted their picture with me. Also, they made me promise to teach 5 days next year.


My sense is that the lay leaders struggle to teach the Bible effectively, so I shared with them a simple system for teaching. We then practiced it several times and by the 4th or 5th time, I think they were starting to get it. You should have seen the joy on their faces!




Friday was back to the University, where Dr. Gordon was teaching a group of about 30 seminary students, most of whom are already serving as full-time pastors. I had the opportunity to interact with them and to encourage them in the Lord.


Again, I want to thank you for making this trip possible and I always go with the attitude that I’ve been sent by you – i.e., that this is OUR ministry.


With appreciation,


Pastor Dan