We wrapped up the Pastor’s Conference today. I believe this trip and this team have been a tremendous success and blessing to these Haitian pastors. This will definitely become an annual event and I look forward to more opportunities to spend time with these pastors in the future.
We finished today in a time of prayer for the pastors. It was a wonderful experience to lays hands on and lift these men before the Lord and ask God to use them and bless them for their faithful service. Before we finished our time today, the pastors gathered around our team, laid hands on us, and lifted us in prayer too. It was a special moment that we all cherished. The sound of over 100 voices crying out to God on the behalf of one another is a beautiful sound that reminds me of just how BIG our God really is.
Isaiah 52:7 (ESV) says,
How beautiful upon the mountains are the feet of him who brings good news, who publishes peace, who brings good news of happiness, who publishes salvation, who says to Zion, “Your God reigns.”
All of the Haitian pastors we met this week have “beautiful feet”. They are serving tirelessly for the Kingdom of God, proclaiming the good news of salvation through Jesus Christ. They have struggles and challenges but they trust in God and believe in the power of the Holy Spirit to change lives and redeem souls. They left today in great joy and with renewed confidence in their call to serve the Lord.
This week was a reminder for me of why Hope for the Hungry works so diligently to promote and support the local church, both in the US and around the world. Danny C taught this morning that “the local church is the hope of the world”. As I looked over the nearly 200 pastors and lay leaders in the room, I was in awe of what God can do through each one of their lives and the lives of their churches. They represent the local church in Haiti. They represent the conduit through which God will share His message in this country. It is our privilege, as both individuals and as an organization, to pray for, advocate for, partner with, and support the work these local believers are doing. It was a blessing to see the pastors of local churches in Texas connect with pastors from local churches here in Haiti. This week was all about empowering and equipping the local church through the local church. I am thrilled that Hope for the Hungry got to play a part in connecting these godly men and in so doing bring glory to our Lord Jesus Christ.
Please continue to pray for our team, we are not done yet. Tomorrow is a day off and then the American pastors will all preach in different churches on Sunday. Pray for them (Andy, Mark, Danny C) as they prepare and as the go out on Sunday morning. Pray that God will speak through them and encourage and challenge the churches that hear their messages.
The Lord has bared his holy arm before the eyes of all the nations, and all the ends of the earth shall see the salvation of our God. ~ Isaiah 52:10 (ESV)