Today was another day chalk full of divine appointments! In talking with other team members tonight, the overwhelming theme from today was that God allowed our team to be an encouragement to many of our Haitian brothers and sisters in Christ! This was, in turn, SO encouraging to our team members, as well. We continue to see men, women, and children who have returned to see us, after coming to previous clinics our team has offered.
For example, one woman, Evelyn, came into clinic today, and I immediately recognized her from last fall. In looking her up in the electronic medical record, it was found out that although at first she was reluctant to accept the Gospel (she had been involved in voodoo, and was wanting to have the option of continuing in that practice), she had become convicted to accept Christ at that time. As we were talking with her today, it became clear that she has grown in her faith over the past 6 months. She is now attending church regularly with her 3 children, and has a growing, personal relationship with Christ. Praise Jesus! This reminded me of the passage of scripture I read in my devotional time this morning, in 1 Corinthians, chapter 3, where Paul is talking to the members of the Corinthian church. Paul tells them that they may plant the seed with someone, and others will water it, but “neither he who plans nor he who waters is anything, but only God who gives the growth. He who plants and he who waters are one.” Members of the Grace team are partnering with the Haitian pastors and leaders to plant seeds of the Gospel with the people in these communities and help people grow in Christ, however through it all, it is GOD who is responsible for the growth in these men and women!
That thought leads me into the second half of the day, which consisted of the Men’s and Women’s Leadership Conferences in Williamson. Our pastors met with a group of about 50 men to teach and encourage them on sound doctrine and self control in Titus 1:9. Dave, Jeff, and Paul were extremely encouraged by the growth of the Haitian pastors, as well as the relationships and friendship that have been formed among them.
Meanwhile, Kim, Molly, and Emma met with a group of about 25 women leaders to teach and encourage them in their personal bible studies. The women were taught some specific questions to ask themselves when reading each passage (observation/interpretation/application), and there was a time of question/answer among the women.
Again, God used this day to encourage and grow both the Haitian people, as well as the Grace team. Thank you all for partnering with us, both financially and in prayer. May God receive the glory for all that he has done and will continue to do throughout this week!