And hopefully I won’t forget my pocket handkerchiefs . . .
All right, I admit it, I never can resist an opportunity for a Middle Earth reference! :)
This week, I have the privilege of traveling to Haiti for my third time to work at Jacob’s Well, a Christian camp in the north of Haiti. I will be traveling with a team of over twenty and we will be doing work projects at the campsite, hosting play days and day camps for the village children, and sharing the love of Christ.
Each year we act out a Bible Drama for the campers while one of the Haitian staffers explains the story in Kreyol. This year, we are doing a drama on the life of Elijah, including the Showdown at Mount Carmel. I am especially excited about Mount Carmel because of how it demonstrates the Lord’s power – He alone is God and He does not share His glory. In a country where voodoo is practiced, often in syncretism with aspects of Christianity, I believe that Mount Carmel can speak as powerfully as it did in the days of Elijah.
“Answer me, O Lord, answer me, so that these people will know that you, O Lord, are God, and that you are turning their hearts back again.” Then the fire of the Lord fell and burned up the sacrifice, the wood, the stones and the soil, and also licked up the water in the trench. When all the people saw this, they fell prostrate and cried, ‘The Lord – He is God! The Lord – He is God!”~ I Kings 18:37-39
Please pray while we are gone. Some specific prayer requests include:
~ Haiti and especially the village of Ti Guinea – that the light of Christ will shine in the midst of darkness and turn the hearts of the people of Haiti to Him.
~ For the children who will attend camp and their families – that they will come with open hearts and ears, that the words they hear will take root and bear fruit in their lives.
~ For the church in Ti Guinea – that the church will continue to grow in the grace and knowledge of Jesus Christ.
~ The team – That the love of Christ would shine in us and through us. That we would not be so focused on the “plan” for this trip that we miss out on the opportunities God places before us. That we would be unified as a team, as brothers and sisters in Christ.
~ Health and safety while traveling – trying to get 20+ people and over 1,000 lbs of luggage through the airports can be a wee bit difficult! ;)
Expect lots of stories when I get back! Orevwa!