As we said goodbye to pastors on Friday and Saturday, I was amazed at what they gave up to come to the conference this past week.
First, none of these pastors work in churches that are able to pay them. They all serve because God has called them to serve. This means they all have other jobs to help provide for their families. Most of these pastors are from rural areas where they farm too. To spend four days with us, plus a day of travel at either end of those four days, meant great sacrifice for the pastors and their families. It says a great deal about their hearts and where their priorities truly lie.
Secondly, many of these pastors traveled very far to join us. While Haiti is a small country the road system is lacking which makes travel much more difficult. We had many pastors that traveled from villages that were more than 6 hours away. One group of 5 pastors walked from a village far in the mountins where there are no roads. Their journey took them over five hours one-way, EVERY DAY. Folks, that is commitment.
Finally, these pastors are hungry for God's Word and for biblical encouragement. I've already mentioned in the previous blog how excited they were to receive the discipleship materials we were able to provide. I wish I could accurately describe the joy on each face as they received their materials. It brings new understanding to "the joy of the Lord" and "delight in His Word".
Thank you again for your prayers. Please continue to lift these pastors in prayer as the Lord brings them to your mind. We are already praying and thinking about what the Lord will have us do for the 2016 Pastors Conference.