Dear brothers and sisters,
Greetings to all of you in HIS name!
First, I want to apologize for several weeks of silence. We have been extremely busy here. Though I have been thinking about this e-mail for two weeks, it is only today I am able to drop you a few lines. While we were not able to write many things have happened.
Jeana Clocksin has started teaching here at Living Water. She spends over 12 hours in a classroom environment teaching three different groups of students. Her students love her and her methods. They are pretty sure before it is over they will be able to speak the language.Isaac Engel came and went back. Brother Engel lives in Kirksville and is a member of Countryside Christian Church. He came for two weeks to teach a few men how to make the best use of a camera. Rosemond did not have enough words to praise the teacher and the teacher was very generous in talking about how smart and quick to learn Rosemond is. The other students feel privilege to have received the training.
We were also blessed to have with us 16 members from Cornerstone Church. Cornerstone is located in the West (??) side of Kirksville. It is a new church plant. They are only two years old, but boy they are doing a marvelous work for God. The Church is growing in numbers and in applying the Great Commission. Brother Jeremy Broach, one of the pastors of that church, brought the messages on Sunday August 3rd and preached also for the second anniversary of White Mountaiin Church. All the messages were Spirit-filled and Spirit-led.The group had VBS with our kids and had a lot of fun. They had a dental sub-team providing dental care. They saw about one hundred people during the week. Of course they met some pretty challenging cases. In one of them they needed a quick response to a prayer and the Lord showed up in time. I am certain Dr. Kamra, Diane and Sarah will never forget the experience. They had another sub-team providing care to animals. They took care of goats, cows, cats and pigs in several areas namely: Assipha, White Moutain and Dolan. We thank God for Frank and Carla, assisted by Isaac, for their hard work and their love for animals.
Other guys did some construction work but the unfriendly sun tested them and they discovered that working under the Haitian sun is challenging. Yet they went beyond the call of duty to help out.
One of the things that set the team apart is that they had three girls from ages 11-13. They had a blast. The girls and other members of the team had a lot of fun with the kids in the neighborhood. One thing that was certainly hard for them all was the heat, but they survived. They returned home 8 days ago.The results for the government tests have come back. We did very, very well for 6th and 9th grade respectively 100% and 96%. The other results were not as impressive. Yet taking into account how it is nation-wide we did well. We had 60% for the 13th grade and 45% for the 12th. The good news is that the rest of the students are eligible to retake the test in a few days. We hope they all make it then.
We rejoice in the fact that we also helped (so far) 18 people in our adult literacy program. They finished their high school education. This was a big accomplishment when we know some of the people left school 20 years ago. You should have been here to see how they expressed their joy.
The youth had their camp in South-East in the city of Jacmel. The children headed north yesterday and are having their week of camp in Limonade.
I want all of you to know that I will be in the States from the last week of October to the first week of December. I will be attending the International Conference on Missions in Columbus, OH. If you want me to come to see you; speak at your congregation or Sunday school class; your family and other gatherings, please contact Ken Croll (OH) or Brian Sevits (MO). Of course me too. I plan to be in Indiana and Ohio first (about 3 weeks for the area) and then Illinois, MO, IA, and maybe NE.
I look forward to seeing you on the occasion of those visits. See you, Lord willing, at the International Conference On Missions (ICOM).
May God bless you all.