Today Jessica and Kyle Austin talked about their trip to Nepal last December. Kyle has been to Nepal several times with Climbing for Christ, but this was Jessica’s first trip there. It was good to hear about their adventures and insights into the people, culture, and hearts of the Nepalese people. And it was good to hear how God is using them to introduce the people of Nepal to Jesus’ love. You can read Kyle’s bio with C4C here, and you can contact Jessica and Kyle at kyle.austin12 at houghton.edu.
We had a good day on the North Coast – five and a half cases distributed split among several churches where people didn’t have Bibles and two towns that don’t have Bibles or even Churches.
Merline and I feel very privileged to be part of this work. We got to bring Bibles to people who really want them and can’t afford them and we are getting to participate in God’s work in both of these almost unreached towns.
The first is called Le Guyen (spell check isn’t helping me here) and it’s almost completely unreached even though it’s an old community. We set aside 30 Bibles for Pastor Moise’s evangelism and potential church plant there. The second, which we visited today, is called Double Saline. (Twice Salty?) It’s a community of ~300 permanent residents and some hundreds more transient fishermen. There is no church and only 80 say they are Christian. Pastor Moise and the Wesleyan Church of Trou Louis Jeane, his church, are in the process of building something like an outpost church there. It will be a small building with a rock wall and a peeled pole roof. Merline and I are personally compelled to buy the cement for their foundation because they can’t proceed without it. Again, a real privilege to be part of this.
God has connected us with a good man in Merline’s friend, Pastor Moise. He’s a real Christian in every sense and he’s brave enough to stand against church politics and cultural Christianity. The latter is Christianity that has only do with social acceptance and one’s own gain. I’m sorry to say that’s a big problem here. I’m even more sorry to say that many pastors, especially in the countryside, choose self service over God’s service. Pastor Moise is swimming upstream but I see that God is blessing his ministry. For my part, I’m really thankful to have an ally like that in Bible distribution. God always sends the right people.
We still have four cases left, that’s for this week, but today was a good day. Even if only some of those Bibles ever get read, God’s kingdom is growing.
Sent: Saturday, February 25, 2012 12:17 PM
Subject: From Caleb: Bible distribution underway, prayer request
Prayer request and good news. We’re headed out today, at last, to distribute the Bibles. Please pray we can actually go and that God makes all possible and puts His word in the right hands.
We’re going along the North coast again with the majority of the Bibles, to several Churches chosen by Pastor Moise. If you remember, he is the Pastor of “Trous Louis Jean”, the first town we went to in November with Greg Bozak.
We’re leaving now so I’m out of time to write – we just finally found transport – but again I want to just ask for prayer for logistics and guidance for the distribution.
Thanks. I’ll write again tonight when it’s done if I can.
There’s a new video about Mme Soliette and “her” orphans in LaGonave, Haiti. This video tells how Mme Soliette started the orphanage, but it goes on to tell us about the hope and future for these children. (“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD , “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future” Jer 29:11).
Bill Cody went to Haiti, met Mme Soliette, and God gave him a burden for giving these kids a new home. Bill is now the Chairman of a co-op called Okipe (Oh-kEE-pAy), which is a Haitian Creole word meaning, “to look after”. They are working on The Children’s Village, and have purchased 4 acres for this village. See the video at: http://okipe.org/.
From: “Barry & Beth Gould”
Date: February 21, 2012 6:45:49 PM EST
Subject: Prayers Answered
Dear Haiti Team…Just a little follow up information on the Accident Victims from Sunday. The two most critical patients are now in the U.S.A.. Both had pelvic fractures and internal injuries. There were many others treated for concussions, one fractured femur, one fractured wrist. As far as I know all are doing well at this point. One noteable mention is that on the day the accident happened a Canadian medical team specializing in orthopedics was on the mainland in Port-au-Prince, having only arrived the day before. They saw and treated all of these patients. Thank you so much for all the prayers on their behalf.
Barry and Beth Gould G.P./WISH Missionaries to Haiti
Urgent Prayer Request – Please pray for the 12 people who were injured in a MVA in Haiti yesterday. See Gould’s Urgent Prayer Request for more info.
Soup, Sandwich, and homemade ice cream! Join us in the Fellowship Hall this Friday, February 24th at 5:00 p.m. Bring whatever you can to share: soup, sandwiches, or ingredients for homemade ice cream. Call Joyce Bozak (518-624-2311) if you have questions.
Learn more about Napal! Next Sunday, February 26th at 11:00 a.m., Jessica and Kyle Austin will show pictures and tell about their recent trip to Nepal. Kyle has been to Nepal several times with Climbing for Christ, but this was Jessica’s first trip. Come and hear about their adventures!
Mothers of PreSchoolers (MOPS): the next meeting will be Wednesday, February 29th from 9:00 -11:00 a.m. Brunch will be served. Contact Joyce Bozak, Karen Seaman, or Gail Seaman for more info.
“For just as each of us has one body with many members, and these members do not all have the same function, so in Christ we, though many, form one body, and each member belongs to all the others. We have different gifts, according to the grace given to each of us. If your gift is prophesying, then prophesy in accordance with your faith; if it is serving, then serve; if it is teaching, then teach; if it is to encourage, then give encouragement; if it is giving, then give generously; if it is to lead, do it diligently; if it is to show mercy, do it cheerfully” (Romans 12:4-8).
I love what Carl Chapman shared in church this morning about loving one another, serving one another in love, and honoring one another above yourselves. As we pray for a new pastor for LLWC, let’s remember that The Right Pastor is also praying for the right church for him! God has the right pastor in mind for us. He is preparing himself to come to LLWC, and we must prepare our hearts and church for him. So while we wait for God’s perfect timing, let’s serve one another in love and use the different gifts that God has given us. And of course, “pray without ceasing” (1 Thessalonians 5:17).
Mothers of PreSchoolers (MOPS) will be meeting Wed. 2/8/12 at 9:00 a.m. Brunch will be served. Contact Joyce Bozak, Karen Seaman, or Gail Seaman for more info.
Valentine’s Day baskets – please bring goodies next Sunday (Feb 12) for baskets to encourage our LLCS Teachers.
LLWC is considering for it’s next study: Outlive your life : you were made to make a difference, by Max Lucado. This book encourages those with little financial power or stability to live the life God wanted and begin a revolution in which all members of humanity, including the poor and destitute, are accepted, loved, and helped by Christians.
“These are difficult days in our world’s history. 1.75 billion people are desperately poor, natural disasters are gouging entire nations, and economic uncertainty still reigns across the globe. But you and I have been given an opportunity to make a big difference. What if we did? What if we rocked the world with hope? Infiltrated all corners with God’s love and life? We are created by a great God to do great works. He invites us to outlive our lives, not just in heaven, but here on earth. Let’s live our lives in such a way that the world will be glad we did. One hundred percent of the author’s royalties from Outlive Your Life products will benefit children and families through World Vision and other ministries of faith-based compassion” (from the publisher).
Please contact Bunny Austin if you’re interested in studying this book. A date will be set when we have enough interest. Study materials will be provided.
Gail Seaman plans to update our church directory soon. Please send any updates to Gail (gail at adirondackacres.com) or let her know if you’d rather not be included in the church directory. You can also leave a message with your changes at 518-624-2411. All birth years will be eliminated from the directory.