Last week, Drew and I had the opportunity to go with Harper EFC, of Port Orchard, WA to visit their partnering church in Les Irois, Haiti. It was a great week! It is truly at far western tip of Haiti. On a clear day, you would almost think you could see Cuba from there.
Right away, I could see that the team from Harper LOVED the people of Les Irois, but especially the children of Les Irois. They have for many years been largely invested in RMI’s Hope for Kidz program. It was evident. They came prepared to love on those kids like I have not seen before.
While there, I watched as a long term partnership between these 2 churches further blossom and deepen. It was a joy to listen to their prayers, to watch the way they did life together, to see the constant fellowship filled with laughter and sharing, to see the reunions upon their arrival, and even the moment of separation upon their departure.
While out there, we visited 3 satellite churches in the Les Irois district. We visited Mandou, Carcasse, and Merise. At each place, the team took careful time to encourage and be encouraged by the ministry of presence. At Mandou, it was a joy for the team to see progress on the parsonage that Harper church has invested heavily in. Soon there will be a roof so the pastor and his wife can move in.
There was a gathering for the ladies, a gathering for the youth, a gathering for the Hope for Kidz children. There were worship services. There was an evangelistic service. Each of these gatherings went so well. All were encouraged in the faith.
This is only the second time I had the opportunity to take Drew with me on a partnership team visit. Each time he goes, he gets better at figuring out how to do life in a village in the presence of a team. To be honest, he struggles with so many eyes and so much attention on him. He battles his desire to help translate and be involved, along with his fears and spirit of timidity. With age and maturity, I totally expect him to grow into a strong leader. He and I talk all the time about leadership. My job is to be gentle, to remember he is only 8, and to not put too much pressure on him! It’s fun to watch. His latest 3 leadership lessons are that a leader must (1.) know where they are going, (2.) know how to get there, and (3.) look back and make sure others are following.
Many more pictures can be seen here.