Thank you all for your prayers today was we began the Pastor's Conference. We had a wonderful day and a great start to the conference. Our American pastors (Andy, Mark, & Danny C) all did a fantastic job teaching the Word of God with truth and power.
It was a joy to see how much our American and Haitian pastors have in common. They shared more than a few laughs and heart-felt agreements over some of the issues, challenges, and joys that come with pastoring a church. The brotherhood that these men share is a testimony to our Lord and the way in which He orchestrated the plans and details of this conference. Though they are separated by many miles, though they serve in different cultures, though their people face some different life issues, it was evident today that both the American and Haitian pastors have a deep desire to share the message of Jesus Christ and glorify God with their lives.
And lest I not do the conference justice, I must mention our time of worship. As is common in most Christian conferences, each session began with a time of worship. But I must admit that I am deeply impacted by the way that Haitians worship, especially Haitian men. "Abandonment" is the word that immediately comes to mind. There is no pretention or reservation in these men as they unashamedly sing about their Savior. Their voices are lifted loud in praise of the King of Kings, whether they have musical ability or not. They sing to glorify their Lord Jesus Christ, regardless of style. It is a challenge to my heart and a joy to my soul to be in the presence of such authentic worship.
"But may all who seek you rejoice and be glad in you; may those who love your salvation say continually, 'Great is the Lord!' As for me, I am poor and needy, but the Lord takes thought for me. You are my help and my deliverer; do not delay, O my God!"
~ Psalm 40: 16-17