It has been over 3 months since I last posted an entry here! I apologize for the delay but our life has been crazy. One week after we returned from Haiti in June, my family and I packed up and moved from Florida to Wyoming. This move and all the adjustments we had to make because of it put a hold on all my other activities and thoughts. However, Haiti is still on my heart every day and in my prayers constantly. Here are some thoughts I wanted to share.
First, God has blessed us to live in a time when international communication is fairly easy and inexpensive. Since the 2016 Annual Pastor’s Conference for ICDM, I have gradually built a network of young pastors and leaders in Haiti with whom I communicate regularly. Unlike the Apostle Paul, who had to write lengthy letters that may take months to arrive, I have the privilege of communicating in real time with most of these men and women. Tools like Facebook and other social media (WhatsApp, Twitter, and simple text messaging) allow me to interact with these folks on a regular basis.
Second, The work I have already done in Haiti keeps opening opportunities for me to learn and grow. Pastor Yvan introduced me to the work of Mohammed Yunus, known as the “Banker to the Poor.” This man’s life work in micro-finance and social business have both inspired and educated me to try some new things in ministry. So my mission work in Haiti is greatly enhancing my ministry work in Wyoming.
Finally, I do not want to either forget my experiences in Haiti nor stop experiencing new things there. The cost of travel may be prohibitive for me to travel as often as I have been lately, but I would still like to be there at least once a year. What is more, few people in my current congregation and community have ever been on a short-term mission trip. What an opportunity to introduce them to Haiti!
In the weeks and months ahead, I hope to be back in the swing of regular postings and replies here. I invite you to follow me, share with me your own experiences, and challenge me to greater work in the Name of Jesus!