Day 9 began with our group doing another community visitation through another village. Our first encounter was with a group of women, two of which were young. They said that they had accepted Christ as their savior but had strayed and was no longer following. We prayer for them and had them rededicate their life to Christ. Lord knows that I've falling short many times and have challenges in my walk along the way, but we know that the Lord has a call on our life. And he never gives up on us. So it was beautiful. And as always, we were welcomed by many to come to their homes and pray. We encountered a young man who we walked up on as he was reading his bible and doing a study. He was powerful. And as we asked him for prayer he said "As a follower of Christ, I don't expect my life to be easy." And it was so profound and mature that he knew and saw that as Christians, it is an honor that we go through devastations and challenges, because God uses us to testify of His goodness and the power He has to bring us through.
We continued working on the various projects at Haiti Arise in the afternoon and in the evening we had bible study at church. It was quite the animated conversation as we continued in 1 Corinthians 12: Spiritual Gifts. While a few of us were distracted by a geico in the front of the church catching his dinner right in front of us, something prompted my ears as I heard the teacher say "The spiritual gifts were for the 1st century church only. They were temporary and we can't perform miracles now." WHAT!!!! Hands shot up. Not only from our team but a lot of the Haitians in the church. We engaged and participated in intense dialogue. But I think it was one of the most awesome moments here. Although intense, I refused to allow these people of faith to limit their potential and possibilities. We have witnessed several healings here and coming from the Father's House intense study on spiritual gifts, the Holy Spirit said, you stand up and tell these people. Do not leave here without sharing and letting them know that they have access to the spiritual gifts. So, I stood up, as Pastor Mark laughed and translated, because He knew the spirtual gifts are for today. So I read Romans 12:3-8.
"3 For I say, through the grace given to me, to everyone who is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think, but to think soberly, as God has dealt to each one a measure of faith. 4 For as we have many members in one body, but all the members do not have the same function, 5 so we, being many, are one body in Christ, and individually members of one another. 6 Having then gifts differing according to the grace that is given to us, let us use them: if prophecy, let us prophesy in proportion to our faith; 7 or ministry, let us use it in our ministering; he who teaches, in teaching; 8 he who exhorts, in exhortation; he who gives, with liberality; he who leads, with diligence; he who shows mercy, with cheerfulness."
I hugged the teacher when class was over and said "I do it in love. I love you. You did an excellent job." I told him that I did not want to let him limit his potential and to not let his people not have access to what we are given to us. We are to use our spiritual gifts to edify and give glory to God. So I am thankful and blessed.
In Jesus Name. (Shaunte-TFH)