May 7, 2012 Haiti
Attached is our May update. It’s been a crazy Spring so far, but we continue to run the good race…
Greetings from the Frontlines! We are still fighting the good fight of faith and daily expecting a huge breakthrough to be able to finish the work we have begun!
Our time in Haiti is filled with preparation for a new nation. Many hearts and lives are being transformed as we give ourselves totally to Him. Everything that has been hidden is now being exposed too!
Last month we had a ‘talent search’ in the church. We found dancers, singers, models, actors and actresses who were sitting with talents, virtually unknown. It was wonderful! We had a panel of judges and the congregation cast their votes each week for their favorite act. Finally, it was narrowed down to three finalists: Two singers, 1 male, 1 female, and a group of 3 models, presenting unique drama while modeling.
People were so blessed with this talent event and it brought great unity to the church. Those who began in competition found each other and have become friends! At the Finale, we presented the three finalists with a 1st, 2nd and 3rd Place trophies, which were a complete surprise to everyone. The models, “God’s Gift”, won by a landslide. They were as good as New York or Paris models! People are still talking about the contest and many new people have come to the church as they see the quality of the gifts God has here.
In the past three months, over 100 people have been saved and added to the church. Easter was another celebration of salvation and great joy! It’s so exciting to see our church rejoice as they realize He IS alive today!
The time of financial struggle has increased as many of our supporters have lost jobs and churches are struggling while their sources have seemingly dried up, but we know that God sees everything and only He can open new sources to do greater things He is requiring in these last days.
Light Ministries’ support in 2011 decreased by 70%. It’s hard to make progress with these numbers. It is remarkable to see the Haitians God has given us pull together to keep the church functioning, sacrificing everything to buy fuel to power the generators for electricity.
We prefer not to focus on lack, but believe His promises to supernaturally provide for us. We watch the words of our mouths to bless and thank Him for what He continually does for us. Everyone thinks and says that we, as foreigners, are rich. They just keep ‘prophecying’ that and we agree in the Spirit. We are fully expecting the fulfillment of their words!
We were recently encouraged again by Ephesians 3:20-21:
The Message Bible’s version says: God can do anything, you know—far more than you could ever imagine or guess or request in your wildest dreams! He does it not by pushing us around but by working within us, His Spirit deeply and gently within us. God can do anything. And what’s more, our mighty King has outstanding plans for each and every one of us, plans that are more wonderful and sure than we could “ever imagine or guess or request”!
1 Corinthians 2:9 says “No man has ever seen, heard or even imagined the wonderful things God has in store for those who love the Lord.”
Even when you are facing great hardship, you can be encouraged by His Word! No matter what trial you are experiencing in your health, finances, marriage, children or with your loved ones, God has unimaginably great blessings in store for you as you simply turn to Him and His living Word.
God desires to take you to new levels of victory in every area of your life. He wants to give you more of His wisdom so you can make better decisions (James 1:5). He longs to give you a stronger anointing so you can have greater influence for the Kingdom (Psalm 92:10). God also wants to bless you financially so you can be a blessing to others (2 Corinthians 9:6-8).
In these difficult times, we cannot afford to let fear and unbelief into our lives. We must submit to the God of Peace, resist the devil and he will flee (James 4:7). We must stand on His promises and begin to act accordingly, rejoicing and giving thanks that our Father is certainly doing “exceedingly more” than we can even imagine. We must focus our eyes on Jesus, the Author and Finisher of our faith, far above our circumstances and situations. That is how we will see the glory of God fill the entire earth!
We must spend time in His presence. There is so much more to life in Christ than we can ever imagine! In His Presence we find encouragement and lasting joy (Psalm 16:11).
We love and thank God for each of you who pray and stand with us financially during these difficult days. We don’t take that lightly. God’s Word declares that those who bless the poor will never lack. Let’s take His promise to heart and see the fulfillment of it!
From the frontlines,
Terry and Cary