Praise the Lord for the wonderful time in Bible Conference at Labastille-Mirebalais. During the conference we had a week of services three times a day. The evening service sometimes lasted five hours or more after two three-hour services during the day.
Each of our team members had opportunity to minister the word - Pastor Cricket Watson, Minister George Barkes, Missionary-evangelist Chris JC Hall, and IEM Missionary Leader Raymond Beadle. We had over eight churches represented and saw numerous souls saved. Brother Cricket and brother George had the privilege of baptizing the precious new saints in the river on Saturday. On Sunday we kicked off the morning early with a gospel march through the streets and villages. Then we gathered for services where we praised the Lord for about four hours with much singing and much preaching.
At the end of the conference we made the long trek south to Ile a Vache in order to survey the church work in Sou Let. We spent several very warm, sweaty l.p.nights on the island and enjoyed a blistering summer walk across the mountains between the church and the village of Cai-coq. Thanks to the support we have received from God's people the church looks great with walls, roof, windows, and doors and several fine hand-crafted pews. Since being transformed from a brush arbor with a tattered army tarp as a roof, to a real building approx 45' by 85, the church has begun to really thrive. It is already drawing many from the surrounding villages.
As we move into the next phase of finishing the building, we believe God will draw large numbers of people from all over the island and bring in a great harvest of souls. He has already begun to do this very thing, as Pastor Sanvil shared with us that during the last revival meeting, the church was packed inside and out. With people fleeing to God for help with whole families weeping at the altar and lives being forever changed
The church is super excited about seeing the next stage completed and so are we. The whole church is buzzing about what they believe God is going to do in this place. The next stage will include 1) pouring the concrete floor and raised pulpit area, 2) stucco interior walls and exterior facade, 3) building a front porch to protect the front doors from rain and sun. 4) building 10-12 more pews to hold the tremendous influx of people. The cost of this phase will be approx $4,000.
We have a seed pledge of $1,000 to kick off this phase and we are looking for several churches to match this contribution. Individual contributions are also greatly appreciated and encouraged. It is amazing to think of all the people who have never stepped foot in Haiti, but whom God has used to build this work. There are numerous souls already added to the account of the faithful saints who have sown into this harvest field, and we don't have the words to express our eternal thanks.
We also want to mention that we have a promise of a generator to power the church, along with the supplies needed to wire the outlets and lights. We also have a promise of a sound system for the church as well. The hand of God is truly on this endeavor.
We labor with great anticipation to phase three where we begin to build some missionary quarters to house missionary and medical teams in the future.
We plan to set sail in November with a convoy of aide and supplies. Please contact us if you would like to help with the costs of this trip.
To God be the glory. Great things He has done and continues to do. Beniswa Le'Eternel!