From Lillpop’s Jacksonville Group –
It’s been a rainy day here in the Mole but that hasn’t stopped us from being His hands and feet today. We started our morning with a devotional from the book of Matthew reminding us that Jesus calls us out of our comfort zone, which was very fitting for today as the rains came down making everything just a little more difficult.
After breakfast and our devotional we ventured over to the medical clinic where we started off with prayer, organized supplies, stocked the pharmacy and started seeing patients. We saw around 60 patients total, including some pregnant mama’s who were able to have an ultrasound and see their babies for the first time! What a joy and a privilege to spend time and pray with people who have so little and appreciate so much.
Our youth has spent the entire afternoon in the orphanage and are some of them are referred to as MaMa Jaelen, MaMa Grayce and MaMa Maggie. The children in the orphanage cling to them and look at them with such love in their eyes. Tonight as we listen to the rain we are celebrating our sweet friend, Lisa Lillpop’s birthday in Haiti! The cooks at the mission surprised her with a chocolate cake, candles and singing! As our day comes to an end we are reminded of His goodness everywhere.
Emanuel – God with us!
Brian started our day with devotions encouraging us to give up our comfort and be willing to sacrifice whatever we’re valuing for the greater thing, the only thing, Jesus. Apparently Brian had a pretty good connection with God this morning because we were only a few minutes outside the Mole when it began to rain. Not sprinkle. Not lightly rain, but literally pour down raining.
Our first stop to perform the drama was a muddy courtyard of a small local church. The pastor welcomed us and about 60 people gathered to watch our students pour themselves out for their Savior’s story to be told. As much as I hated to watch them throw KJ in the mud, it added a harshness to the drama that better represents the way Jesus was really treated. I watched the people’s faces as they watched the drama and could see that they were truly understanding the story.
There were lots of great follow up conversations after each of the three performances with students using the interpreters help. I cannot express with words how proud I am of our students. They joyfully hopped out of the truck at each stop muddy, soaking wet, tired, and hungry to do what they were called to this beautiful place to do! They sang in between stops, laughed with one another, encouraged one another and blessed my heart beyond measure.
Parents: Well done! I know it’s Jesus and the power of the Holy Spirit working in them, but I also know that your love, support, and example has prepared them for this trip as well. They were selfless servants of the risen king today. Thank you for your prayers, they are powerful and working!
Love you all! Marla
PS Darin, if you hear stories about me being electrocuted, it was just a minor shock-Jose, Pierre and I took turns running sound equipment that was soaking wet!
Rain, rain go away, come again another day. Yeah, that is what was going through Ryan and my own heads last night before we fell asleep. We barely got to our beds when it finally started to rain on our tent that lacked a rain tarp. As we were getting ready to move our beds inside we found the tarp under my bed, so we quickly threw it on top and prayed it would keep the rain out. At about midnight the tarp came off as Ryan was telling me the next morning and that I was completely huddled under my small sheet trying to keep out the rain, though very unsuccessful, I woke up with half my body wet. That morning we were told it probably wasn’t going to rain when we went on our way to do our Freedom Drama 2 hours away everyone packed their rain ponchos and prayed it wouldn’t.
Let’s just say the rain came. It came and came and came, then stopped! We were all so excited! It had stopped just in time for the Drama! We grouped up and as soon as the music started some drops from the sky fell. It wasn’t bad, but after about a minute it came harder and harder. We were doing it on a small mud patch in front of the village’s church, which made me happy, because then I wouldn’t be thrown onto rocks, which is what I was used to. Once the rain started I knew I was going to be covered in mud. I was, to say the least. Let’s just say my brand new white shirt is now red and brown. The next time we did the Drama everyone was wet, muddy, and cold. It was in the middle of a street by a market, which happened to be very convenient, because then people were forced to watch it while they were hiding in the rain. The third and final time we did the Drama God granted our prayers with calming the storm while we performed and while we talked to everyone afterwards.
Brian challenged us this morning during devotionals with becoming uncomfortable with what we are doing to show the love of God. By the end of the day all that his devo made me think of was the quote, “Don’t pray for patience, because God will give you a reason to test it out.” That’s exactly what Brian prayed for, and the one thing I believe all of us needed to hear. Today was a day to remind us that we need to be completely uncomfortable. That we need to give up something for the ultimate gift God gave us, and here and now, that is our comfort. I pray God gives us more opportunities like today to show His word to all of His people in Haiti.
Thank you all for the constant support and prayers throughout the trip. I love you Mom, Dad, Kendra, Matthew, and Kristel.
Love you all,
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Sending our Love and Prayers from J-ville! Happy Birthday Lisa! J-Lo keep loving on those babies sweet girl! Miss You All! ((Hugs!)) the Swifts
So proud of all of you to push through and be faithful. I’m sure there were some challenging moments. God is delighted in all of you (Psalm 18:19)! We have been praying for you daily and often. Finish empty. And dry! 🙂
Greetings from Springfield, Il. I’m sure you all are enjoying helping those less fortunate. It must be a truly rewarding experience! May God be with you! I miss you Jenn:) Love and prayers, Shannon White
I’m so proud of you guys! I’ve been praying and hope that you are all growing. I can’t wait to see the team when you get back and am excited to hear many stories! (electrocution Marla?) Troy get in more pictures! Open hearts and minds!
Great to hear about your activities. I’m sure God will use them in ways you never thought. Cassidy – we are praying for your back – I’d guess rain and the Drama are not a good combination for it. Parker – you must be in your element – Caribbean time never has a deadline. Troy – have you seen the Voodoo woman this week? Keep it up.
Steve, Mitchell and the ladies. I am praying for you throughout the day. I am praying that you are a mirror that reflects All of who God is to EVERYONE you are around.
Let the whole earth sing to the LORD! Each day proclaim the good news that he saves. Publish his glorious deeds among the nations. Tell everyone about the amazing things he does. Great is the LORD! He is most worthy of praise! He is to be feared above all gods. The gods of other nations are mere idols, but the LORD made the heavens! Honor and majesty surround him; strength and joy fill his dwelling. (1 Chronicles 16:23-27 NLT)
I read this tonight and thought of you guys.
“I used to be afraid that I wouldn’t make enough money; now I’m afraid I won’t make enough difference.” From Bob Goff @LoveDoes
Hey Parker from Debbie and Dave! Praying for a great nights sleep and strength for tomorrow. We know God is paving the way for you already to take His message to those who need it most. Please give Miss Beth a huge hug from me!!
Just wanted to let you and your team know that our church is praying for you. Does your black hat repellent water? :))
Just remember we love you and Jesus loves you. 😊
Sounds like things are going well. Love seeing all the pictures. I hope you are taking pictures also Jennifer!!
What great stories you’ll tell about the RAIN ministry when you return! We’re praying that God continues to bless your efforts and brings a little sunshine tomorrow. Love you.
Glad to hear how everyone cheerfully served today even with the adverse weather conditions. We are continuing to pray for you this week and that you will allow God to work through you even when uncomfortable. Troy- glad you took extra white shirts for the Freedom Drama. Looks like you and KJ need new ones after today! And I agree with Erica- you need to get more pictures!
Elijah, been thinking of your day all day long, wondering how the people have been responding to the Freedom Drama and realizing how you are in your element with the drama team. God always has a plan and his timing is perfect. In the trials and challenges He will always give us a way to rise to the occasion for just as in Esther only He knows that you have been prepared for such a time as this. This time that you are serving God and the people of Haiti will build you and strengthen you. Keep strong in your faith and be still and know that He is God. He is there and He is working. In the silence you will hear Him and in the quiet you will find His peace. Jeremiah 29:13 “You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.”
Proud of you Elijah for being there and loving on these people who need to hear of God’s love for them. You are laying up treasures in heaven. Keep on shining the light and being the salt of the Earth. Continue to pour into those in need and be the hands and feet of God.
Love you buddy!
Troy, I see you were in a few pictures. I hope you are having fun in the rain and also being more outgoing on the trip! Team, nice job with the drama! You are all experiencing how to be true servants of Christ! I am so glad to hear that you’re changing hearts and making a difference. You are quite literally getting dirty for Jesus. Keep going strong through the rest of your week, I will be praying that the rain stays away and that more people see the light in your drama! Bòn chans!
Jack, It was good to see the pictures of you in the freedom drama. It looks like quite the adventure to this point. I hope you get a chance to dry out a little! Please keep your eye on Mom and make sure she doesn’t get electrocuted anymore. Praying for health and safety for all of you!
Hey PV team!!!! Its been so amazing to read about what you all have been doing the past few days!!!! I’m thinking about you and praying for you all the time. God is doing some INCREDIBLE things I’m so glad you all get to be a part of it! Wish I could be there with you!! Have fun and finish empty!!
Elijah – You had better be taking lots and lots and lots of pictures!!!!! I am so crazy proud of you and your heart to serve God!!!! Love you buddy!!!
Hey team! What a blessing to watch you all! I am in tears daily as I watch you take the gospel to the beautiful people of Haiti. You are GOSPEL ROCK STARS!! Elijah, saying I am proud of you is not enough to express how I feel! I love seeing the compassion and love in your face as you hold and play with the children. God gave you the deepest compassion for others and I have been watching it grow in you since you were little. Love on them for me too!! Now, from Isaac………..Hi Elijah!!! I just wont you to know I am so proud of you! And I can’t wait for you to get home. I love you!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Much love and hugs,
Mama and Isaac
we love you mommy and daddy and are saying our prayers for you every night!
WOW! The cost of spreading the gospel there now is great! I pray blessing are poured out on you as we continue to lift you up in prayer. We love you all and hope the rest of your mission in Haiti is life changing!
Matt an Kendra
So proud of you, MaMaJaelen. Wow, talk about out of your comfort zone😀 Got tears seeing you holding the little ones. Be a blessing. Can’t wait to hear every detail of your journey. Love you.