Greetings everybody in Canada from the Rocky Haiti team, Day #5. Another full day of activities to report about. For myself (Graham), this was the scariest day so far as I was leading the VBS, along with a couple co-leaders from the Montana group. We were believing God to come through for us, and he surely did! Having about 100 children attend, we immediately knew our hands were full. We started by organizing kids in two groups and serving peanut butter sandwiches and water. Apparently many children go hungry for perAiods of time this was an opportunity to provide some nourishment. We then we moved to the playing fields were utter chaos broke out. Eventually instructions were communicated through the interpreter and a very focused and competitive game of sharks and minnows took place. From there we all headed to the chapel. Our theme was, “God has a plan for you”. We sang a song translated into Creole, narrated and acted out the Jonah and the whale, gave and invitation for kids to receive Jesus, did a craft, and ended with sharing Jer. 29:11, and handed out suckers on the way out. It was a see-saw between total chaos and focused attention. The later which continually amazed us. Thank you Lord.
Doug Ritchie began his first stint at his first aid training presentation, also with apprehension and uncertainty. With a wonderful response of about 70 students, the course went very well, complete with fresh wounds from participants as practice demonstrations. Ben Arychuk was also a willing test subject, minus the fresh wound.
Our first community outreach walk was tonight. We split into 2 groups with our hosts Wade and Marilyn. After approaching a house and introducing ourselves, we politely shared about how we came to believe in Jesus and that He cares about them and their family. Many were already followers of Jesus but were happy for the encouragement and prayer. Our prayers for them included healing for asthma, the provision of employment, and for safe delivery of babies to first time mothers.
A quiet evening tonight after our debrief. A rewarding day, especially since I had this children’s ministry on my mind for the last couple of months. It fits with what Tanis shared at devos this morning, in John 17 where Jesus talks about finishing the work that the Father gave him to do.