And my God will supply every need of yours according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:19
This morning as I was reading in Philippians this verse brought to my mind something that occurred in Haiti many years ago. I was reminded once again that God does not always supply our needs in monetary ways.
It was 1980 when LeRoy and I went to Haiti with Christian World Outreach for a two week camp for 100 Haitian youth. There were also 26 from the U.S. LeRoy was teaching and I was asked to be in charge of cooking with two Haitian helpers. Before I agreed to do this I asked what was available to cook on. I was told there is a gas stove. (At this point we had not yet moved to Haiti so I knew no Creole and the Haitian helpers knew very little English!)
YES! There was a gas stove, however, the first night we arrived at the camp and tried to light the stove it blew up. One helper was burned but not seriously. Now the alternative was to cook over a charcoal fire. So for two weeks we did our best to cook over charcoal for 126 people. At home I cooked for 6 people and sometimes for added guests but never in my life had I cooked for 126 even on a regular stove. I got up at 4:00 A.M. to get the fire going in order to get the water boiling in the big iron pot to have instant oatmeal ready by 7:00 A.M. I confess that meals were not always ready on schedule.
An even bigger challenge came when four days before the end of camp we would run out of charcoal after cooking dinner that evening. I took one of my helpers with me to the nearest town to the market to buy more charcoal, however, there was none in the market. We drove around the town looking for some since sometimes individuals would set a bag by the road to sell. THERE WAS NONE AVAILABLE! Now what do I do?
We returned to camp and that night and at dinner I told everyone our situation and that we needed to pray for charcoal! So we all prayed believing that somehow the Lord would provide. The next morning when I woke up I saw a huge truck by the gate of the camp. As I walked toward it to see what it was……….You guessed it! It was a truck which had broken down by the gate with a whole load of charcoal. Well, there was rejoicing in the camp that day!! I bought enough charcoal to last for four more days!!
(P.S. The campers returned home at noon on a Saturday. When the camp leader announced that all of us were going to a restaurant for dinner that night I know for certain that I was the happiest camper in the group.)
There have been numerous times over the 26 years we were in pastoral ministry and the 34+ years in Haiti we have seen God supplying our needs. Many times He has supplied through you, our supporters, not only monetarily, which is obviously a great need, but also by sending volunteers to take charge of the stateside office, sending work teams to build the new building, friends to paint a mural for the baptistery, giving of sound equipment, generators, food, vitamins, coming to Haiti to encourage us, praying for us and missionary and business people who helped us in many ways.
I am so thankful to each one of you who are a part of “our team”!!
I was talking with Pastor Joel today. He returned from Haiti after being there recently for two weeks. On New Year’s Eve there is all night church at which he preached and he also preached the following Sunday morning. During these 2 services 10 people accepted the Lord. On Sunday morning they had to bring chairs from the downstairs to seat all the people. The church seats 1000 so there were over 1000 in attendance that day. Vine Church continues to grow!! It is so exciting! There is no space to add any building. The next step will be to add a second service beginning at 6:00 A.M.
Again….Thank you and God Bless You for being a part of our team!
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