EVENT DATE: Jun 09, 2013
During our last trip we saw 2042 patients during 6 days of clinic. We had the opportunity to have worship services in one of the tent cities. The people were reserved at first but soon they were dancing and singing and receiving prayer. It was a lot of fun. The people loved the service and the joy it brought them. We were able to leave the left over supplies from the clinic with one of the leaders in the tent city.
On our first trip to Haiti we met a boy named Amos. He was sixteen years old and was suffering from posttraumatic stress disorder. The palms of his hands and the bottom of his feet were sweating from the time he lost his dad in the earth quack three months earlier. He was experiencing severe skin breakdown from it. He was desperate for help, when we walked by him as he stood in line he would call out to us to help him. He kept saying “What are you going to do for me” and “You have to help me!” in his broken English. We managed to keep in touch with him and we hired him to be one of our interpreters for the next trip. His English was not very good at all and we knew that but we wanted to provide a way for him to make money, help him to improve his English and most of all to love him.
Of course we hired him each year after that. Two years ago we were not happy with him. His English was not improving and he was rude and rebellious throughout the trip. At the end of the trip I had a talk with him. I told him his English had not improved and from his behavior I felt he was going down the wrong path and he needed to keep his heart pure and seek the Lord. I explained to him I was going to have to pray about whether I would hire him again.
Last year while I was planning the trip I felt it was a bad idea to hire him. I wanted to help him but it didn’t seem like we were and I am very careful to be a good steward of the money that is sown into these trips. One of my team members Joanne, who was like a mother to Amos came to me and asked that I give Amos another chance, so I did.
When I first saw him last year he seemed softer. He was full of smiles and hugs and his English seemed really good. He told me he was sorry and that he has been praying and keeping his heart pure. Not only did Amos perfect his English he also started learning German. He is very excited about his education and his walk with the Lord. I am so glad I listened to Joanne and had Amos back. Amos is now a strong interpreter which will serve him well in his country this will give him many opportunities to earn money and help his country.
I wanted to tell you about Amos to show you how your donations and prayers are changing lives. There are many more stories like Amos’s. So thank you for all you do to support this mission. No matter how small your donation we couldn’t do it without you!
At the end of this trip we will be bringing 3 young adult Haitian’s home with us (one is Amos). We have a training program at the church and dorms. We will be training and equipping these guys for 6 months and then sending them back home with knowledge and tools to help rebuild their country. We are also hoping to bring 3 from Sudan and 3 from the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation. This will be great for training and for cross cultural experience for them. Please pray we are able to raise the funds and get the visas to bring them back.