Haiti ERT Team 3 (Updates 5-6)
Today most of the team went with Yveto to the Crusade site. There they saw Haitian Christians, from various churches, worshipping Jesus and praying for the Crusade. John 17:20-21 is Jesus' prayer for believers: "My prayer is not for them alone. I pray also for those who will believe in me through their message, that all of them may be one, Father, just as you are in me and I am in you. May they also be in us so that the world may believe that you have sent me. I have given them the glory that you gave me, that they may be one as we are one: I in them and you in me. May they be brought to complete unity to let the world know that you sent me and have loved them even as you have loved me."
On left is Yveto Dorce and his friends, who love and serve the Lord together. Please pray for these mighty men of God!
This Brownie troop took their dues and brought brand new shoes for FFC Crusade Team #2 to take to Haiti on April 17th. They also sent their picture on a poster. Here's a sampling of some notes the girls wrote: "I feel so bad for you. These shoes are from our hearts. From Jackie the girl to the right. P.S. Brown hair." "Dear People of Haiti, I hope you get to go to school and like the shoes. Love, Erica" "Dear Haiti's People, I am very sorry about the earthquake. Please take the shoes as a gift. I hope your home and whole country gets repaired. Love, Peyton"
Before FFC's Emergency Relief Team #2 left for home, these boys were promised new shoes when the next team arrived. Their happy faces share their delight. Now they can go to school and church because they have shoes to wear.
From Dan Rodriguez:
Well, it was a long day, but we arrived safely. Left LAX at 2115, not much sleep on 4 ½ hour flight to Miami (lost 3 hours in time change), arrived in Miami at 0445, switched planes and left for Port au Prince at 0700. Another 1 ½ hour flight, and arrived in PAP. The last time I saw this airport, the building was vacant with considerable earthquake damage, and the field was full of military, US&R, and numerous relief organizations. There are still military tents in the distance, and a mobile hospital tent at one end, but the airport is now operational…sort of.
Granted, baggage claim is never a pleasant experience at any airport, BUT, this is something else. It was like a feeding frenzy at the baggage retrieval belt. We eventually retrieved all of the baggage that American Airlines graciously shipped for us free of charge. That included 15 large duffle bags and 5 boxes of medical, food, and ministry material, along with 5 additional large bags of personal gear. We loaded all the five of us could possibly carry on the baggage carts. While going through customs, three of us got pulled aside for a secondary search of our bags. The second bag opened up or inspection contained a box full of The Gospel of John in French. The inspector asked about it, and it looked like it would either be confiscated or taxed somehow. But instead, he pulled out several copies, gave one to each of the other inspectors, and then waived the other two of us through.
We proceeded to the exit, and amongst the mob of people so eagerly waiting to help you were some familiar faces; Yveto and Ronnie. They fended off the mob who was trying to push our carts and grab our bags. How would we do this without them? We eventually made it to our awaiting van, with another familiar face, Sony, behind the wheel. Very familiar feeling as the van was packed to the hilt and we were again off for a mad dash to Carrefour. We had minor mechanical problems enroute, namely a coolant leak resulting in overheating. After a temporary fix, we dropped off two people destined for Terry’s compound.
Meanwhile, throughout many other churches in the area, walls are coming down. We went to the Crusade site this afternoon and found 3-4 pastors, with about 200 of their congregations praying for revival for Haiti. They were putting aside their doctrinal differences and lifting up the name of Jesus. Each pastor took turns “preaching”, and the entire group acted as one. I couldn’t understand exactly what was said, but it was quite passionate and moving to watch. Their worship is very spirited, something most churches in America miss out on.
The crusade site will be at an old army camp right on the water front. It has a lighthouse on the property and a stage is being built so that the lighthouse will be in the backdrop. The grounds are a bit rustic, but are being cleared of weeds and debris. People will sit on the ground (or makeshift chairs) in the open space. We’re talking about 20-30 acres of open space, so it can expand as much as we need. Yveto has done a great job in setting up this site, but more importantly, in bringing the local churches together for this event. Construction of the stage, along with renting the generator, lighting, and sound system has been a huge financial step of faith for Firefighters For Christ, International. But we believe it will pay huge eternal dividends in lives saved.
- Tire repair of a tractor (front loader) to finish grading the area on one side of the stage.
- Water bladder (or other drinking water distribution system) for those attending the crusade
- Porta potties
- Local transportation for us (looks like that van is no longer available)
- Security at the crusade
- Medical: possibly assist at local clinic, and at the crusade
- Continued unity of churches
- Moving of the Holy Spirit – the spiritual battle is real.
On a personal note, I received some completely unexpected financial support for this trip. I would like to thank an un-named anonymous supporter, the guys at Fire Station 10, and my daughter. On behalf of our team, thanks to all of you who have supported this outreach financially and through your prayers.
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