18 April 2010

The Intro

We got to take part in an awesome presentation of the Haiti project at OLCC today. God was in the house and worked miracles in the sight of His people. Their hearts have been touched by the needs of the Haitian people. We are confident that God continues to open the doors for this work. His yoke truly has been easy in all of this and His burden light. We are so happy to see the family at OLCC come on board with the vision for the work in Haiti. We continue to pray for the needs of the people. We continue to pray for the property in Jérémie. God is on the move. We are that move of God!

10 April 2010

In Love

Having just returned from Haiti, I can say I am in love.

I am loving the people of Haiti. While most are just surviving and not truly living, they have an incredible spirit of resilience.

I sat on the plane next to a man who had lost his 24 year old daughter in the quake. This trip was the first time he had been able to return to his country since then.

You could not go far without seeing the destruction. While one building was standing, the one next to it had collapsed on itself. The 8x8 corner store stood firm; the presidential palace, in ruins. But the survivors keep going.

The yellow-shirted men removing rubble. Wheelbarrows, buckets, on their heads, in their hands - any way possible. Where are they putting it all? As the truck goes by so quickly, it seems that they move it from one place to another. The absent storekeeper clearly has no say in the amount of concrete laid at the door of his now shattered building. And the survivors keep going.

Now in tents instead of homes - some out of necessity; some out of fear. The portajohns placed by varied relief organizations. What happens when the rains come? The survivors keep going.

10:30 Thursday night - deluge. Tropical winds and sideways rain results in several yelling of commands, all in creole, all in the darkness of a capital city. "Tie that down." "Put that here." "Grab the chicken." "Come inside." "Help me hold my tent down." - I imagine. As suddenly as it started, it stops. Yup. The Haitians keep going.

Whatever they can do - they do. I don't see many Americans being able to survive in the same position as this island nation. That's not a cut to Americans, but a truth. We would never make it. We are too comfortable in our 'lexus cages' and our climate controlled homes. If you've never been there, it would be impossible for it even to enter your imagination. There is no comparable place or situation in American life - anywhere. But the Haitians keep moving forward.

Ayisyen yo te kenbe deplase devan.

Chè Ayiti, mwen vle ou konnen ki jan mwen fyè nan ou. Ou se yon enspirasyon vre nan konfyans pasyans ak andirans. Mwen priye ke tou sa vini fason mwen an, mwen kapab kenbe li kòm ou genyen. Kenbe deplase devan. Jezi pa te bliye ou.

05 April 2010

Faith Manifests

Leaving for Haiti today. It finally sunk in last night. There is a well of emotions.

For years we have known what our eventual goals were. We knew, they knew, you knew. Everybody knew. We had faith for it. We did it all. We "sowed where we wanted to go." We "prayed out" the words of knowledge and prophecy. We kept our focus. We believed. We got training. We educated ourselves.

And suddenly, (one of God's favorite words), here it is - TODAY. I am stepping into our destiny.

On the other side, there will be an anointing I've never encountered. There will be a faith that is stronger. There will be a hunger that is bigger. There will be a love that is greater.

It's here.

It's now.

My faith is manifesting - NOW.

Be encouraged - it does manifest.

John