Today we got up early to attend service at our friend Frantz's church. We always enjoy going to the Haitian church while we are here. Their faithfulness and joy for the Lord is evident in the way they worship wholeheartedly. To see their faith in the midst of their circumstances really makes you evaluate your own level of faith at times. The pastor welcomed us not as guest this time but instead as their friends who have come from the states again to visit them. He remembered our names and welcomed us with open arms. Tom had the opportunity to get up in front of the congregation and give a quick little thank for having us speech too!!
We left Haitian church and attended the Montrouis International Fellowship service. This is the service that is the only American/English service in the area. So missionaries and guests from all over come together to worship. The children from the orphanage also go to this service. The message was about trusting God in the midst of our circumstances. Pretty fitting for a country where nothing really is ever easy for anyone. It was nice to see some of the other missionaries we have met in the past and we had the opportunity to meet even a few more. There were two men from Honduras we sang worship who were just phenomenal. Even singing in another language you could feel the presence of our Lord there today!!
After church, we invited the two missionary families we work with to come have lunch with us. We spent several hours talking and making a strategy for our future trips and projects. It was such a productive afternoon that even included a vision walk through property that could be a wonderful addition for the new orphanage and fishing program combined. It was nice to be able to have all the different entities together to plan and connect our ideas for a future working relationship and mission trips for the coming year. There are so many wonderful people working together that we are excited to see how God will move over the next few months!
In the morning, we are heading down to the Calalun school to do some more demolition work!! We are actually excited about tearing down the old school. Just taking the roof off yesterday opened up the court yard and made the school look so much brighter. The old building that is falling apart in the front of the school hides the beautiful school that is gradually being rebuilt. The kids in the village love the excitement and will be there as soon as the sun comes up waiting for us!! It is nice to hear them call the team by name now rather than "Blanc" all the time! We will have to think of a new American phrase to teach them tomorrow!
Keep us all in your prayers. We are all doing great. We have been blessed extremely this entire trip and want to give Him all the glory.
Nou Remen ou