Isaiah 55: 8-12
“For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, declares the Lord. As the heavens are higher than the earth so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts. And the snow come down from heaven, and do not return to it without watering the earth and making it bud and flourish, so that it yields seed for the sower and bread for the eater so is my word that goes out from my mouth. It will not return to me empty but will accomplish what I desire and achieve the purpose for which I sent it. You will go out in joy and be led forth in peace; the mountains and hills will burst into song before you, and all the trees of the field will clap their hands."
Today we woke up with a fresh anointing. God answers prayers and whatever disjoint we experienced last night, God is good. We woke up excited for another morning of community visitation, where we split into two teams to go out into the villages and minister. I have to say, if you asked me 8 months ago if I was comfortable bringing others to Jesus, or laying hands, and praying out loud, I would've said "My relationship with Jesus is personal and I'm spiritual and that stuff freaks me out." And I was telling another team member, since coming to The Father's House in March 2014 and in getting ready for this trip, God has stretched me. And I am more than comfortable, as all of us are, to step out and push ourselves. And it's funny. You wouldn't have recognized us 6 months ago when we first met. I remember being super quiet and us meeting initially, and now how close we are and how we all bring something inspiring and blessed. We have blessed one another in so many ways. We are so open and are able to share intimate stories and lessons we've learned. We connect in so many ways. And that's how I felt today. In the last two community visitations, ten Haitians have given their lives to Christ. And what I learned is, keep it simple. At home, do we complicate it more than we have too? And at home, do I take initiate to talk about Jesus as much as I could. The people are definitely receptive here and like one of the team members mentiond, they already have Jesus. As I prayed, we reminded them that Jesus is already here with them. He is watching over them, touching them, and the Holy Spirit dwells in them. They cry with thankfulness. We ministered to a lot of young men, whose common prayer was for "changer" (pronounced "shon-jay"); a life change. They asked for deliverance and healing and wanted to follow Jesus and take one way, and not "straddle the fence." These are young men of God who I believe have a boldness and ability to affect change here. They are leaders and God will give them authority, free of fear to lead their people. A young woman admitted that she was saved but still wanted to party and wanted to only follow Jesus and gain strength to do so. So young, but so wise and witnessing their desire to committ their lives to Jesus. They inspired me!
Charlotte and I talked about how the Lord is speaking to each individual on this trip. We are growing and exercising our gifts. We are living out our potential and it's funny. There is a theme on the things the Lord wants each of us to take away and experience. For me, my team members and members of the other team has blessed me in that they laugh and compliment the joy and freedom I have to be myself. Lord knows the path I experienced in the last year. And feeling completely lost and wanting to give up. For others, they may have needed to come out of their shell. Soft spoken and timid. But now, our beloved team member, Cody, is timid no more. Today, she thrived. She ministered and took the lead during the village walks today. Praise God. The Lord tells us he will make a way and has a plan for our life. And we are all so thankful that He has brought us here. And it makes sense. He hand picked us. Praise God for Randy, who admitted that he wasn't comfortable with the evangelistic aspect of ministry. And yet, today, he brought 4 young men to Christ. He gave his testimony and about to walk away, he heard the Holy Spirit ask him to minister to these young men.
Oh, how the Haitians are so receptive. They love the Lord. They are so inspiring. We continue to work on the projects going on here including the Children's Village, where they began painting the ceilings to the two duplexes that are built and on site, as well as garbage cleanup on the 8-acres of land that will be used. Andrea is heading up establishing the library for the technical school and we have made a lot of progress. We have catalogued all of the books and can start putting them on the shelves. A few team members have been painting the mechanical shop and the clinic was open today. A lot of Haitians came to receive care and Cody was able to put her nursing skills to use today.
Have I mentioned that the food is phenomenal? Everything is phenomenal. And thank you to Lisa, who shared the history of Haiti last night. It is quite interesting where they have come from, where they are, and where I see them going. God is here. So I don't walk around with pity or discouragement. I am assured that He will bless this place beyond measure. Thank God that I can participate in what He is doing here. We are forever changed. We are thankful for being sensitive to His Spirit here. We are in a good place here. His hand is on us. (Shaunte-TFH)
Bondye beni ou, Kelley. We love you! You are here with us.