So much has happened this week during "staff training" and I only wish I could share it all with you!
We have 26 crazy for God staff members age 19-45 living together here in a house called Bel Vil. We live in a nice area of Port-Au-Prince and are learning so much about Haitians!
Sean, our school leader arrived Saturday evening and on Sunday all the staff broke into groups and went out into different parts of Port-Au-Prince in search of "hope." Our assignment was to ask locals what the physical and spiritual needs are in Haiti (using the Creole we are trying to learn). Also to observe the hope that can be seen if you look for it. I will link those testimonies of hope here soon!
Monday and Tues we spent working hard in training and getting the school ready! We have one building here with 5 rooms (2 smaller rooms in a side building) that all 60-70 people will be living in together when the students arrive! It is going to be crazy with roughly 15-20 people per room - but it's also going to be amazing! Wednesday the Lord really led and all morning we spent in His thick presence as we worshiped the Father, anointed the four corners of the property. Sean anointed each of us and we him, praying for a heavier anointing of the spiritual gifts. This team is so gifted and incredible, each one of us is very special and different - yet I can't imagine a better team! Yesterday and today we went through more training, working on preparations, and are really focusing on praying for the students by name. For those of you headed here soon - we are SO EXCITED to spend the next 5 months with you!
On Sunday we will again break into groups, having received the word in Matthew (10:6-15) where Jesus send out the disciples telling them to, "go rather to the lost sheep of the house of Israel. And proclaim as you go, saying, ‘The kingdom of heaven is at hand.’ Heal the sick, raise the dead, cleanse lepers, cast out demons. You received without paying; give without pay. Acquire no gold nor silver nor copper for your belts, no bag for your journey, nor two tunics nor sandals nor a staff, for the laborer deserves his food. And whatever town or village you enter, find out who is worthy in it and stay there until you depart. As you enter the house, greet it. And if the house is worthy, let your peace come upon it, but if it is not worthy, let your peace return to you. And if anyone will not receive you or listen to your words, shake off the dust from your feet when you leave that house or town. Truly, I say to you, it will be more bearable on the day of judgment for the land of Sodom and Gomorrah than for that town."
We felt the Lord lead us to going on a "faith journey"to the corners of the nation. Many groups will not be taking anything but water and sunscreen with them, forfeiting our "safety comfort" of money, contacts, food, and the promise of a bed to sleep on. It sounds crazy but we are so confident that it is what the Lord wishes us to do - it is seen as a complete joy as our faith and belief in His provision is expanded in our hearts.
The way all of us are growing and uniting so quickly astounds me and I am so thrilled that each one of these amazing Godly men and women are here at this time! This summer is truly going to be an incredible, life changing, challenging, glory filled season as we lead 50 students through DTS in Haiti!
- The spirit of miscommunication is extremely strong here - often times on of us will be speaking to another and they will hear something completely different than what we said. It's so bizar, and we are not standing for that spirit to have any hold on this base.
- Faith Journey weekend! Please pray for our protection, that our words and actions mirror those of Christ, and that our faith and belief grows faster than a bean stalk!
- Health! Some sickness has popped up here and there as bodies adjust to Haiti.
- WATER~ In the earthquake last year, our house's water well was destroyed. We are having to pay a ton of money for a truck to fill our cistern twice a week and have been making rain catchers. It's do-able right now, but we only have about 25/70 people living in the house right now. Please pray for favor with contractors, and that the well can be fixed!!!