Two weeks ago we had the honor and privilege of leading a women's conference with Pastor Rene, our friend and partner in the ministry in Haiti. It was truly a time of deep spiritual growth for the ladies that we ministered to there. Taking clothes and shoes is a great tangible way to show people we care, and to give us the opportunity to pray with people, but I am convinced that the greatest need for the church in Haiti is Biblical training.
In America, we can go to the bookstore and purchase books and resources on just about any topic we desire. We have access to resources that we often take for granted. Christians in Haiti do not have this luxury. When we take a team of teachers to Haiti, we are offering a resource that is more valuable than gold to them. They will sit for hours at a time and listen to us speak, one after another, without breaks. They listen attentively, take notes, and soak in as much as they can. They then take what they have learned back to their villages and teach it to their own friends and families. There is a hunger and a desire to learn and study God's Word. Unless we go, they will continue to starve spiritually.
Next week I am taking another team of men to lead a pastor's conference. Pastors will travel many hours from churches all over Haiti to come and learn as much as they can. We have 13 men who will be sharing their personal testimonies, and teaching from God's Word. We are planning to spend 3 days teaching these pastors. Then on Sunday Evening we are going to put on a neighborhood evangelistic crusade. It is going to be an amazing week, and I am blessed to be used by God in this way.
As I mentioned, we have a team of 13 men. The cost of the trip is $1700 per person, which includes airfare, lodging, meals, and a few other basic ministry expenses. However, there are ministry needs above and beyond what this price includes. In order for Pastor Rene to host this conference, he has to pay for these men to travel to Port-Au-Prince, and for their meals and lodging while they are in town. Otherwise these pastors would not be able to come to the conference. The estimated cost to bring in 300-400 pastors from all over Haiti is $10,000. We are praying that God will provide for this need. We have less than a week to come up with the funds needed to make this happen.
Would you pray with me about this opportunity? Maybe you'd even like to contribute to this amazing opportunity. If so, your support would be greatly appreciated, and will go a long way in helping to advance the kingdom of God in Haiti.
If you'd like to help us out, you can click on this link and give. Scroll down and lick on "Donate" next to "Pastor's Conference Ministry Donation." Thank you for your prayers and financial support.