Today, as a team, we got off to a very bright, sunny and early start. Breakfast started at 8 in the morning. The team enjoyed a very diverse and delicious breakfast of locally grown fruits of syrupy mangoes, sweet sugary watermelons, yellow soppy pineapple and papaya. On top of that, we the team had toast and oatmeal. Everyday we eat and experience the Haitian culture, we thank God because we see His infinite wisdom manifested in such diverse culture. His creation just speaks of His glory. When you bite into a sweet locally grown fruit— you are just amazed, and you cannot but imagine and think about God who orchestrated and created all.
Additionally, today was set out as a beach day. After a two hour long drive through the crowded streets of Port au Prince, we arrived at a beautiful beach called Indigo. On the beach resort we got to relax and unpack from such an intense week of laboring for the Kingdom. Members on the team participated in various activities at the resort such as purchasing souvenirs, playing in the ocean and in the pool. Even though it was set out as a day to “unwind,” the Lord still allowed for I (Patterson) to pray for a fellow Haitian believer. The guy was a vendor selling souvenirs and seafood to tourists who visited Indigo beach. He went by the name Arnold. Arnold said he is part of a local ministry and he is the kid’s director. He mentioned that there is a lot of needs among the young kids, and his dream one day is to take them in support them. Arnold said, “My proceeds go to taking care of my family, and what’s left I buy some gifts for the kids I work with— and help keep them out of trouble.” Moreover, Patterson got Ryan to pray for him. Ryan asked, “How can I pray for you?” He replied, “Pray that my dream of taking care of those kids come through and continue to pray for the ministry.” So Ryan prayed for Him and continuity of ministry. It was powerful to see fellow believers laboring in the field.
God is sovereign. He is a work in such a dark place like Haiti. Praise and honor be to Him! Thank God that His good news is going out among the Haitian people. However, just like Paul said in Colossians 4: 2-4, “Devote yourselves to prayer, being watchful and thankful. 3 And pray for us, too, that God may open a door for our message, so that we may proclaim the mystery of Christ, for which I am in chains. 4 Pray that I may proclaim it clearly, as I should. They are hungry for the Word of Jesus Christ. Pray for more laborers. The need it! Oftentimes, they are given to a prosperity Gospel because of much physical poverty in Haiti. Pray that they see that the Gospel remedies a spiritual Gospel, and through the Gospel reconciling love of Jesus Christ, that we have the authority of suffering because we have a greater inheritance to look forward to and experience know which is known as the Kingdom of God. Undoubtedly, God is working among the team and the Haitian people. Continue to pray for the team as we labor for God, and continue to pray for the Haitian people receiving the powerful Word of God and allowing the Holy Spirit to redeem, lead and guide them to the Kingdom of God.
Written by Patterson Hillaire