Are you living it?

December 23, 2010

Isaiah 58:6-11 (NIV)

6Is this not the fast that I have chosen:
      To loose the bonds of wickedness,
      To undo the heavy burdens,
      To let the oppressed go free,
      And that you break every yoke?
       7 Is it not to share your bread with the hungry,
      And that you bring to your house the poor who are cast out;
      When you see the naked, that you cover him,
      And not hide yourself from your own flesh?
       8 Then your light shall break forth like the morning,
      Your healing shall spring forth speedily,
      And your righteousness shall go before you;
      The glory of the LORD shall be your rear guard.
       9 Then you shall call, and the LORD will answer;
      You shall cry, and He will say, ‘Here I am.

      “ If you take away the yoke from your midst,
      The pointing of the finger, and speaking wickedness,
       10 If you extend your soul to the hungry
      And satisfy the afflicted soul,
      Then your light shall dawn in the darkness,
      And your darkness shall be as the noonday.
       11 The LORD will guide you continually,
      And satisfy your soul in drought,
      And strengthen your bones;
      You shall be like a watered garden,
      And like a spring of water, whose waters do not fail.

Remember those who are in chains…

November 13, 2010

Currently, RHFH is treating 23 possible cholera patients with IV fluids. We have sent stool samples into the government and are awaiting confirmation of cholera. Thank you for your prayers. God is supplying our needs. God used another missionary organization to bless us with additional health care professionals. We will continue to keep you posted on developments, however RHFH wants to raise awareness for another cause that is meaningful to us.

RHFH is grateful for your prayers and generosity. 2010 has been an incredibly challenging one for us. The earthquakes, hurricanes, and now cholera outbreak have created suffering among an already heavily burdened Haitian people. Surely it is God’s mercy, kindness, and strength that have sustained us.

RHFH is aware that suffering is not limited to Haiti.

Hebrews 13:3 Remember those who are in prison, as though in prison with them, and those who are mistreated, since you also are in the body. Sunday, November 14,  is the International Day of Prayer for the Persecuted Church.

Voodoo and Folk Catholicism still plague Haiti. It is our prayer and aim that the full force of the Gospel message is felt by the Haitian people. We are grateful that despite seemingly insurmountable obstacles in regards to deforestation, lack of basic resources, and economic turmoil, for the most part, Christian believers enjoy religious freedom in Haiti. Unfortunately, this freedom is not shared by many of our brothers and sister around the world.

Please join the body of Christ tomorrow as we lift up our voices on behalf of those being persecuted. Please don’t limit your prayers to one day only. Continue to pray for them throughout the year. Pray God continues to give them grace and strength to proclaim the Gospel boldly. Pray for their witness as they live lives of faithfulness in places where the light of Christ seems dim and His voice is not easily heard. Pray they continue to treasure the Scriptures and hide its words in their heart.

RHFH is extremely thankful for partners like you. God uses your generosity to sustain His work here in Cazale, Haiti. However, it is exciting what God is doing globally. I encourage you, your church, or home group to find a missionary/ ministry that is laboring alongside those being persecuted and consider supporting them with prayer and/ or resources.

When I hear stories of those enduring persecution for the sake of the Gospel I am undoubtedly challenged. I am thankful for the martyrs in the early church, that defended the faith, even with their lives. Martyrdom continues today.

Let us not forget those described in Hebrews 11, “Some faced jeers and flogging, and even chains and imprisonment. They were put to death by stoning; they were sawed in two; they were killed by the sword. They went about in sheepskins and goatskins, destitute, persecuted and mistreated—  the world was not worthy of them.”

Kids from the RC

August 17, 2010

Every child born into the world is a new thought of God, an ever fresh and radiant possibility”
 Kate Douglas Wiggin quotes

      “Children are the anchors that hold a mother to life”

“While we try to teach our children all about life, our children teach us what life is all about.”
 Anonymous quotes

“God sends children to enlarge our hearts, and to make us unselfish and full of kindly sympathies and affections.” -Mary Howitt

5,4,3,2 or 1?

May 23, 2010

Have you ever had plans for the day and they did not work out?  So was a day for me last week.  We had planned a 5 mile walk (Anna, Lori I and the boys)  we were going to take the boys bikes so they could ride while we walked.  When we were getting ready to walk out of the gate a bad cut came in.   Lori had to sew it up, then someone called and needed us to look something up on the internet for them.(A person needing a number of a guest house in Port).  5 miles became a  long  dream.  Maybe 4?  So we took off up the mountains.  Going quickly so that we could get a good walk in.  We took the camera in case we saw someone planting corn (the corn we gave out a few weeks ago)(because everyone likes to see pictures).  We did and Anna got some great pictures.  While she was doing that there was a man running across a field to get to us.  He was yelling our names or blanc, can’t remember which so we stopped to talk to him.  He explained to us that there was a lady that needed some help.  His exact words were “li pa mange sel pou 5 jou”  translated “she has not eaten salt for 5 days”.  What might that mean you ask?  That means she has not had a meal like rice, or corn or anything with salt it in for 5 days. It also does not mean she has been eating a bunch of sweet stuff.  It really means she has had no meals for 5 days.  I told the man we were walking and he could tell the lady to come see me the next morning and I would try to help her.  I was still hoping for the 4 mile walk.  So he said okay and then I felt like a loser for telling her to come tomorrow.  She needed to eat a meal.    Duh…our walk did not seem so important anymore.  So I asked where she lived and he said he would take us there.  It was close.

This lady, we will call Rosemene, had lived in the mountains above Cazale.  There was a dispute over land and her brother destroyed her house and told her to get out.  She moved down to Cazale where she has children.  She went to her child’s house and there was no place for her to stay and not enough food for her to eat.  Now I know her daughter and her daughter would have let her stay, but  Rosemene did not want to take away from her daughter and grand children.  So she went and began sleeping out on the ground in a field.  The farmer, that ran across the field to talk to us, wanted to help her.  He had built the little shelter in the picture above.  This shelter is in the middle of the land he is farming.  He was going to use it to stay in and get some shade during the day time.  But he saw Rosemene and told her she could sleep inside.  He told us several times “if she dies I cannot bury her, I just am trying to help her and I do not have much”.  Anna and Lori went down to the house to see it and see what she needed. (There was a steep hill so I could not get there)

Her needs are great –this is it.  What you see in the picture is all she has.  A few clothes and a roof over her head, which is a borrowed roof.  The 5 mile walk did not seem so important anymore.  She came down to the clinic that evening with us.  We got her a hot plate of food.  We gave her enough food to cook for a week.  We told her we would not forget her and we would help.  Housing is hard to find since the earthquake.  But I have to believe that this week God will make a place available for her.  There will be a spare room that comes up for rent.  I have to believe that and I will begin checking today. 

I do not tell you stories like those of Yolande or Rosemene to make you feel bad.  I tell you them so you know how so many people in the “real world” live.  Most of us do not live in the real world.  I tell you so that you can know and experience what we do each and ever day.  I tell you so you can be moved.  I tell you so that God can take someone like Yolande and Rosemene and use them to change you(and me).  Not you change them.  Yes they need help.  But many times we need “help” too.  We need  our priorities in line to what God would have them to be.  We need to “feel” what others are struggling with and reach out to them.  We need to hunger after the things that God wants us to do.  We need to “do” and “give” as God would direct us to.  I do not think I will ever know what it means to “pa manje sel pou 5 jou”.  But I can do something to help one person.  If I am willing,  if you are willing, God will use us to make changes, sometimes life changing for others.  A plate of food, or a rented house will help them, it will change things for them.  But adding the Love of Jesus with this plate of food or rent money might just bring about a change in where they will be spending eternity.  And that is what it is all about for me.  I want to encourage all of you to ask God what you can do for others.  Maybe some of you want to help Rosemene.  Maybe God will show you someone in your neighborhood, church or family that needs a special touch today.  Be open to letting him move you.  Step out today and make a difference.

December 2, 2009

Suffering is a wonderful fertilizer for the roots of character.  The great objective of this is character, for it is the only thing we can carry with us into eternity.  And gaining as much of the highest character possible is the purpose of our trials. Austin Phelps


August 18, 2009

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Matthew 17:20 (The Message)

  20“Because you’re not yet taking God seriously,” said Jesus. “The simple truth is that if you had a mere kernel of faith, a poppy seed, say, you would tell this mountain, ‘Move!’ and it would move. There is nothing you wouldn’t be able to tackle.”

Romans 5:3-5 (The Message)

  3-5There’s more to come: We continue to shout our praise even when we’re hemmed in with troubles, because we know how troubles can develop passionate patience in us, and how that patience in turn forges the tempered steel of virtue, keeping us alert for whatever God will do next. In alert expectancy such as this, we’re never left feeling shortchanged. Quite the contrary—we can’t round up enough containers to hold everything God generously pours into our lives through the Holy Spirit!

(The lady in the picture above comes each week to pray for us and the children in the RC) 

Isaiah 52:7

July 2, 2009

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Sometimes the road is not easy to walk, sometimes it long, sometimes it is hard, you may stumble along the way,  you may get bruised up and knocked around, you may fall down a few times,  you will be discouraged at times, you will question God, but in the end I hope we all count it PURE joy that we were had the opportunity to walk on the road that God has called us to walk on. 

Ezayi 52:7 (Haitian Creole Version)

7¶ Ala bèl sa bèl lè ou wè sou mòn yo mesaje a k’ap kouri pote bon nouvèl k’ap bay kè poze a! L’ap fè konnen delivrans Bondye a. L’ap di moun Siyon yo: Se Bondye ou la k’ap gouvènen!