First of all, Daniel and I want to say thank you for your prayers. Numerous people have told us that they were praying for us while we travelled - for our health, our teaching, our travels, and our families that stayed state-side. It is very encouraging to know that you were supporting us because it is always difficult to be that far from home.
Secondly, we want to let you know what we were doing. Through the help of a translator, we spent three days teaching theology to 90 pastors and ministry leaders from the area. We covered the church, death, the return of Christ, the final judgment, heaven and hell. We also spent much of our time doing question and answer sessions in an effort to help the pastors be able to put these doctrines into practice in their pastoral ministry.
We also got the privilege of attending a Haitian worship service on our first evening there.
Daniel and I both were given the opportunity to stand up and say a few words to express our thankfulness for their hospitality. Daniel spoke about how beautiful it is to imagine that there will be a day when people of all tribes, tongues, and nations come together and worship the Father face to face. It was truly a humbling experience.
Finally, we want to give you some ideas on how to continue to pray for these people. First of all, you can pray that God will use our most recent teaching to bear fruit in the lives and ministries of those who we were teaching. Thinking of the end times can be scary or seem too daunting to tackle for some of us, so we are praying that these pastors will rejoice in the gospel, having been saved to eternal life with the Father, with no fear of death or judgment.
Secondly, pray for the students and the leaders of the orphanage where we stayed. Haiti is a very poor country, but God has provided for this orphanage in a pretty amazing way. Not only do they take in orphans, but they also provide education, food, and protection for these boys and girls. Please join us in praying that God will continue to bless the ministry there and that they will be able to love and serve more and more orphans.
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