My heart and my ministry are still in the fishing village of Kalalan. I simply love going to the village, walking around and visiting the people I know and meeting new ones along the way. Since returning to Haiti, I have sensed a deeper acceptance among the people in the village and a greater willingness to get to know me.
In the past weeks I have seen how God used my first year in Haiti as a foundation for the ministry I am doing today. Last year I spent most of my time at the feeding program cooking and building relationship with women. I enjoy talking with the women, hearing their stories and simply laughing with them. God gave me these relationships for a purpose and I knew that I needed to do more than just spend time cooking with them.
While I was home this summer I felt that when I returned to Haiti I should start a Bible study with the women. My dad gave me a Bible study curriculum that he thought would be good for me to use, but it was written in English. Although I am blessed to have learned Kreyol rather quickly, I am not yet at “translate a Bible study” status. Thankfully, my friend Wesner agreed to help me. When we started translating, Wesner got more and more excited. He loved the material and wanted to be a part of sharing it with the women. I could see a great passion growing inside of him as he continued to translate the lessons. This was no accident. God was at work.
It is difficult to find any sort of written material or books in Kreyol; it is hard enough to find Christian books or commentaries in French, let alone in Kreyol. My hope is that one day maybe this Kreyol Bible study can be used to reach more people that just those in Kalalan. Right now we are doing Bible study every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. Anyone is welcomed to come and it has been encouraging to see not only the women at the study but also some of the men in our fishermen’s program. We have only done the study for about two weeks, but I know that God will continue to use it to touch the hearts of the people of Kalalan.
Please be praying for the hearts of the people to be open and that they truly begin to know Christ and walk in His power. Pray that the truth of the Gospel would begin to spread throughout all of Kalalan. Pray that Wesner and I continue to have wisdom and clarity in how we translate and present the Bible study. And also be praying that God supplies a way for us to get Kreyol Bibles for those who don’t have one.
I am beyond blessed to be a part of God’s work in Haiti and I am so thankful for all your prayers and support!