In just five days Phil and I will board a plane for Haiti.
We’re going together for the first time, an adventure for just the two of us. Once there we’ll have the joy of dedicating a building at Grace Village which Solid Rock paid for, then we’ll head back across town for the real reason we’re there.
One thousand Haitian pastors and leaders and their wives will gather to be encouraged and taught– and we get to do the teaching! I am more than a little humbled– why us? Why me?
Aren’t I still just the shy fear-prone one? The one who stumbles over words and gets so scared she can’t choke it out?
Or maybe that the me I used to be and now I’m the woman who loves women and loves the Redeemer and is different than I’d ever thought I’d be. Maybe He’s changed me and I’ve hardly noticed those changes.
Or maybe that is how I really am and He takes over in magnificent ways when I tell Him I can’t and I believe He can.
Either way, I’m going. Fear prone but not fear defeated. All my weakness and all His strength.
Will you pray for me? For us?
On Wednesday, January 23 and Thursday, January 24, we are each teaching a total of 6 times. Phil will speak to the men twice and I’ll get to share with the women both times too. Then we’ll do a session together about Ten Things To Teach Your Children.We’re going as a part of the Luis Palau Team. Andrew Palau is bringing a Festival to Haiti in March and this is their way of gathering the pastors in order to enrich the Church.
My interpreter is a trusted friend, Madame Doris Juene. She’s one of those rare “kindred spirits” and I fully trust her to make up for any cultural mistakes I might make! Sister Doris and I share the same heart for the women and her grand humor and godliness always strengthens me as only one of God’s chosen servant’s can. I pray that I can give back to her in per portion as she gives to me.
I love knowing that you will pray! I love knowing that God delights in answering your prayers!
And I’ll try to post from Haiti too. And Instagram and tweet and Facebook and all that. But power and internet are spotty there so if I’m silent, just pray. Please.
Serving Him in His strength and with your prayers,
- January 17, 2013