“Watch out that no one deceives you. For many will come in my name, claiming ,’I am the Christ,’ and will deceive many. You will hear of wars and rumors of wars, but see to it that you are not alarmed. Such things must happen, but the end is still to come. Nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. There will be famines and earthquakes in various places. All these are the beginning of birth pains.” Matthew 24:4-8
Greetings. PP is back with an update for you. Update that you are waiting for. How is PP doing this week? Thank you for asking. PP is doing well by the grace of God. I will never cease to praise the Lord for what He is doing for me. I had no doctor’s appointment this week not till Tuesday October 16 Lord willing.
No doubt you heard of the earthquake of magnitude 5.9 that hit Northern Haiti on Saturday October 6 at 8:00 PM. Communication was off for a while and it was difficult to get through. PP wants you to know there was no damage done in Lacroix though it was strong. It was also strong in Gonaives. When I talked to Pastor Evens and asked him how did his house hold up in the earthquake? He said that Purcellville Baptist Church send Ken Ivey and a team to build him an anti seismic house. Ken is a very experienced builder. Thank you Ken and thank you Purcellville Baptist for your generosity. Pastor Evens said,” it was fun to see how the house swung during the earthquake.”
If no damage is done in Lacroix in the Northwest there is some damage. There are some casualties. They talked about 13 and several houses collapsed. I think we need to build houses more solid in Haiti. I asked Pastor Evens how did Ken built his house that makes it different. He told me.
Because of the earthquake children were afraid to come to school. Therefore there was no school on Monday and Tuesday. Wednesday they come in small number. They are still panicked.
Yesterday Thursday Oct 11 there was a clinic activity in Paul by Dr. George and some nurses and others at the clinic in Lacroix. Pastor Evens has made himself available to take them. They saw 51 patients. I think the number is smaller because we have raised the price from 100 to 200 gourds. One patient had a stroke on his way to the clinic. They took care of him hoping that he will fully recover from the stroke. Therefore they said it was a good thing we went there that day to see this man. I sure hope more people will be seen at the clinic next time we go. PP how come you say We when you were not there? PP was there in spirit. Haha LOL! I got you.
I told the leaders that our goal is for the clinic to be self sustained. I know it is not going to happen overnight but it will happen one day.
Dan Beck is very busy. Here is a quotation from him: Madel and I have been chained to our computers all week. A much bigger undertaking in terms of time to finalize the Classroom and Vocational school equipment needs and get them in a format so people can be blessed in support of it. I would imagine folks want to know why I am hiding inside. Equipping this school and getting the teachers is a really “God sized’ task. We all need to pray and have faith in His power!!!
Madel has two classes today (English) . It is the day of the first test. I (Dan) am so proud of her. She was scared but now that she is teaching again she is being blessed.
Let me tell you that they are both great blessings to the ministry. They are the right people for the vocational school. God knows what He is doing. I thank Crosspoint too for backing them.
Repetition is the law of memory: There has been a great exodus of the youth to Chile and Brazil. It really affects the country to the point that laborers are scarce nowadays. When I talked to my coworkers about this matter ,they all agreed that a trade school and creation of jobs is the sole solution to this situation. Pastor Evens told me that he has the plumbing technology but he lacks practice. I shared this idea with the President of Friends of Haiti, Denise Douglas, who sent a letter to some people concerned. Dan has received that letter as well and acts on it with the leading of the Spirit.
I want to thank all of you who have put your hands in the dough with us and who continue to do so. Thank you. Your effort is not vain in the Lord. 1Co 15: 58 “Therefore, my dear brothers, stand firm. Let nothing move you. Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord, because you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain.”
As I told you things go slow in the vocational classrooms construction because of the filling dirt that was not too easy to get. Today the concrete is poured. I thank God for that. Dan sent me some pictures that I will share with you. As I finish writing this update I received this note from Dan with a picture of the slab finished: “We are ready to frame … Let every everyone know that might have some gift of time and good hands to come and be a part of God’s plan for Lacroix.”
It’s been raining a lot. People are waiting for peanuts plantation season that is coming next month. Hope it’s a good peanut year.
Thank you so much for being a partner with us in the ministry in Lacroix. Thank you for your cooperation. Thank you for your prayers. Please continue to pray. God is faithful.
‘Y’varekh’kha ADONAI v’yishmerekha.
[May ADONAI bless you and keep you.]
Ya’er ADONAI panav eleikha vichunekka.
[May ADONAI make his face shine on you and show you his favor.]
Yissa ADONAI panav eleikha v’yasem l’kha shalom.
[May ADONAI lift up his face toward you and give you peace.]’