Visits. Worship. Authority.
I had the priviledge of visiting the good people at Stoneybrook Mennonite Church in York, PA. Then, I also spoke with the good folks at Adamsville United Methodist Church and Yoe United Methodist Church. It's so encouraging to speak with people who are 'into God'. God's family is a beautiful thing. There are brothers and sisters we have never met, but who are so connected through the Grace of Jesus Christ. It's always impressive to me how much people are interested in the plight of people who are so different in soooo many ways. God's love.
Helping poor people isn't all about assuring financial progress. I believe God calls poor people to worship Him. I want to lead people toward living thankful, obedient lives. That is worship. (See Psalm 50:1-14) God's not interested in the goat, it's the heart behind the goat. It has always been about the heart of the worshiper and not the object being sacrificed. May we all grow into living thankful, obedient lives...to the glory of God!
I've watched alot of NFL games lately. They remind me more and more of the Haitian soccer games I've attended. Lack of trust in the 'authorities' leads to all kinds of violations and attempts to establish limits. People need authority. Why are we so rebellious? All the way back to Eden it's clear where rebellion will cast us. Thank God for your authorities. And help them to be the best they can be.
Fall in PA. Spectacular. Here's hoping all non-tropical residents appreciate the annual changes in temperature.
Back in the USA
I apparently brought with me a few bacteria in my belly from Haiti. I'm feeling a bit criminal in that I did not declare them on my customs forms...and they were living creatures. :) The little critters bought me a ticket to the York Hospital for two days worth of trips to the bathroom with an I-V in my arm.
We're now busy making arrangements to visit as many congregations as we can while i'm in PA. Dallastown churches have been gracious in arranging for me make presentations. And, it turns out the LCMC (Lutheran Congregations in Mission for Christ) are having an annual national gathering in Colorado in October, and Haiti is on the list of topics they will feature. SO, they want me to be there, and I'm making plans to do so. Colorado...a place I've always wanted to visit. Give thanks to the Lord, He's good. His love endures forever.
The steel buildings are in Haiti! Water For Life will be working on moving the container through customs and then out to the Passe-bois-d'orme area. That could easily take a month. BUT, we're getting closer every day to having the whole ASAPH building project for 2012 completed. It's an exciting time.
Coming home is always so inspiring for me. I begin to think more clearly the moment I leave the work site. I've been developing (in my mind) several projects that I believe can be a blessing to folks in Haiti as we move forward.
Election 2012. Elections say more about the voters than they do about the candidates. Where is America headed? Glad to know that God is our Rock...never changing, solid, sure. There I stand.
Missionary in Haiti.