Tag: Yvan Pierre

Answer the Call

Answer the Call

For almost as long as I have know him, my friend, Yvan Pierre, has tried to teach ┬áme that when God calls, God provides. Being the hard-headed learner I am, I nod my head but really don’t get it. However, Yvan’s teaching is very biblical and is certainly the directions God gives to his followers. When Jesus sent out the disciples (Matthew 10:5014):

These twelve Jesus sent out with the following instructions: “Do not go among the Gentiles or enter any town of the Samaritans. Go rather to the lost sheep of Israel. As you go, proclaim this message: ‘The kingdom of heaven has come near.’ Heal the sick, raise the dead, cleanse those who have leprosy, drive out demons. Freely you have received; freely give. “Do not get any gold or silver or copper to take with you in your belts–no bag for the journey or extra shirt or sandals or a staff, for the worker is worth his keep. Whatever town or village you enter, search there for some worthy person and stay at their house until you leave. As you enter the home, give it your greeting. If the home is deserving, let your peace rest on it; if it is not, let your peace return to you. If anyone will not welcome you or listen to your words, leave that home or town and shake the dust off your feet. (Mat 10:5-14 NIV)

This lesson does not come easy to me or to many others it seems. As a pastor and leader, I have often been in the position of sharing a Godly vision only to be asked by church leaders, “How will we pay for it?” When I find myself asking the same question in response to God’s call and direction on my own life, I have to share a guilty smile! You see, this is fundamentally the wrong question! We should not be asking, ‘How will I/we pay for it?” but rather, “How can I best answer this call and trust God in my response?”

I a previous post I discussed the provision of a lens set for the Optometrist in Haiti. I was so busy trying to provide for this need, I missed the very real fact that God was providing. My job was to ask, seek, and knock until the door opened. I did not need to raise the money, make the purchase, or even shop for what was needed. Through Marie Claude’s request, God had called me to present the need. Even though I had to ask many times, seek in several places, and knock on as many doors, so to speak, God was providing in his own way and his perfect timing.

This leaves us with the clear direction to simply answer God’s call. Rather than worry about the funding or the supply, we need to just move forward. It is interesting to read the response of the Twelve when the returned from their assignment. They were amazed that people were healed and that even the demons withdrew at their command. They were provided for along the way, as they went, and as they answered the call and command of their Lord. This is a matter of trust! Since I struggle with this, I want to end this post with a prayer:

Lord Jesus, help me to simply respond when you call; to answer when you lead; and to move when you direct. Let my heart trust in you even as my feet, hands and voice work at your command. I ask it all in your precious name, Amen!

Bayonnais Clinic

Bayonnais Clinic

The newest project ICDM has going on in Bayonnais is our new community clinic. We currently have a clinic at the Ecole Henri Christophe that serves the children of the school. Ever since it opened our staff nurse has also tried to meet the needs of as many as possible in the surrounding community. Since the school clinic is the only current medical facility in the area, taking care of all the needs has proven impossible. Tom Puderbaugh is heading up our efforts to construct, equip, and staff a new clinic dedicated to the community.

Having been spoiled by excellent medical care all my life, my visits to Haiti made me keenly aware of its lack in many areas. There are many trained and dedicated doctors and nurses in Haiti, but few clinics or hospitals even in the cities. When you get out in the rural areas the lack of both trained personnel and adequate facilities are even more apparent. Our new clinic will provide primary care, ongoing vaccinations, and maintain medical records of clients throughout the area. Below is a breakdown of our budget for this project. If you are interested in helping build this needed facility and help equip and staff it, please check out the ICDM website (www.icdm.us).

Budget:

  • $0 – Land is already acquired and ready for building.
  • $100,000 – Building Construction.
  • $25,000 – Medical Equipment.
  • $7,000 – Medicine/Supplies.
  • $18,000 – 1st year salaries for 2 nurses and 1 part-time doctor.
  • $150,000 – Total needed.
Hope for Haiti

Hope for Haiti

I have been involved in foreign missions since I first started in vocational Christian ministry. At first I just supported other missionaries and passed on their stories to inspire those I served in the local church. In 2001, I visited China and over the next few years visited Puerto Rico and Jamaica. However, I really found my place in missions when I visited Haiti following the 2010 earthquake. As I flew home from Port Au Prince, Haiti in April of 2010, I felt like I was leaving home, even as I flew home to my family. I had never experienced this emotional attachment to another country and people group. The feeling has only grown stronger on each visit I have made to this island nation. I love the country and its beauty, a rugged and piercing beauty to me. More than that I love the people of Haiti. They are fiercely independent; quick to smile and laugh; and there humor will capture your heart.

In September of 2016, I was given an awesome opportunity: to work with and write for International Christian Development Missions (www.icdm.us). This group, founded by a friend of mine from Asbury Theological Seminary, Yvan Pierre, serves the community of Bayonnais, Haiti with a school, a local church, a pure water project, a farm, and other community development projects. Now they are in the process of building a clinic to serve the entire community. ICDM also trains pastors and Christian leaders through a system of Portable Bible Schools, a School of Evangelism that trains leaders to start new churches, and ongoing training through correspondence courses and virtual education initiatives.

This opportunity and recent work has led me to begin working toward becoming a full time missionary to Haiti where I hope to work in training pastors and leaders, developing new programs to educate, equip, and empower Haitian communities, and get to know more and more of the wonderful people of Haiti. In this blog I will be telling the stories of people like Yvan Pierre, his workers in Haiti, and the children, teens, and adults I meet on every trip! To start the process, please take a look at the picture posted with this entry. This is a picture of me and Gina Faustin, a 12 year old girl I met this past January. She worked very hard to avoid my camera as I sought to take a picture of her, but I finally talked her into letting me do a selfie of her and I. I promised I would make her famous with this picture. So feel free to copy and repost the picture and Gina’s story on any social media you use. Gina lives in Gonaives, Haiti with her three brothers and mom. She speaks French, Kreyol, and English and is both bright and funny! I am proud to call her one of my dear friends.

Look for more information about plans and missions I will be doing in Haiti in my future posts. If you are interested in visiting Haiti, please let me know and I can set up a plan to allow you to see the work going on and meet some of the wonderful people I have encountered in this country!1483720209363