Recent Women's Conference
Blessed Despite Opposition
Linda Maphet, RHI coordinator for women's ministries, wants to thank everyone who faithfully prayed for her and for the wonderful team from Pacific Crossroads Church as they labored in La Plaine in October teaching Haitian women about biblical family relationships. As this team went with the purpose of educating these women and helping them to cope with widespread abuse from their husbands, some fierce spiritual warfare took place. Here is an example from Linda's report:
We all arrived at noon on Saturday, and the conference began around 2:30, but it had a rough start due to the sound equipment having been stolen by some men bent on sabotaging the conference; we were to have had five women translators, but had lost three of them to husbands who restrained them from coming. Many local pastors refused to allow the women of their church to come as well. Many of the men of Haiti seem very threatened by all the attention to and teaching of their women as if we will inspire a general mutiny. Once the sound equipment was retrieved and Pastor Jean Paul stepped in to translate that day, things began moving a little better. The PCC folks did the music and had interactive discussions, testimonies, which seemed to help a couple of the ladies open up later about private struggles (and at least one very sad story).
Pastor Paul reports that conferences such as this, alongside consistent biblical preaching and teaching on biblical family relationships, are challenging the darkest elements of Haitian family culture which permit the abuse of women by their husbands. Obviously we have much work to do for many years to come to transform this pattern of thinking and living using the Gospel of Jesus Christ. May the Lord continue to encourage Linda, the presenters of Pacific Crossroads, and others who have been burdened for this important ministry. And may all of us labor alongside them in prayer.
Your Kingdom Investment Fuels Transformation in Haiti
Again we thank all of you who have been so faithful this year and in years past to support the kingdom work of Reformation Hope. We have many new projects underway as 2012 comes to a close and we look ahead to all that God may do in 2013. With the launching of our agriculture irrigation project, our medical clinic ministry, and a new vo-tech school, we rely even more on the generous and regular support of individuals, churches, and private foundations to bring hope and Gospel transformation to Haiti. We ask you to consider us as you make your year-end giving decisions and encourage you to contact us should you have any questions about our ministry, new programs, or how your resources are invested for the kingom in Haiti and the Dominican Republic. As a final note, with ten months out of the way on the 2012 calendar, we can report that roughly 95 cents of every dollar have gone directly to the work in our two target countries.
Jean Reports Good News Concerning Sherley
Recently a group of Voodoo practitioners attempted to stop the success of our American Fried Chicken Restaurant project by performing cursing rituals outside the building in Croix-des-Bouquets. Soon after, Pastor Paul returned to Haiti and discovered that one of the restaurant employees, a young lady named Sherley, had been feeling ill. Sherley was one of the more recent young people taken in by Jean and is like a daughter to him. Until today, our last report from Jean was that Sherley had lapsed into a coma and that the doctors could do nothing for her. Obviously, Jean was concerned not only for Sherley but also for the glory of Christ. He remained at the hospital much of the time and many Haitians labored in prayer for her to be healed. Many of our U.S. partners and churches have been praying as well. And many of you have been asking for an update. We are pleased to share with you the good news of answered prayer that Jean reports Sherley is still hospitalized but has also begun to open her eyes! Pastor Paul writes that although she is not yet able to speak, "we know that Jesus is more than able to bring complete healing to her." We praise God for this answer to prayer and for the glory of His name, exalted so marvelously in Haiti!
Annual Reformation Celebration Postponed Due to Hurricane Sandy
Jean also reports that there is widespread flooding in Haiti due to the heavy and continuous rains associated with hurricane Sandy. The high waters have caused enough disruption that Pastor Paul postponed the annual Reformation Day celebration service and feast from Sunday, October 28th until Sunday, November 4th. This annual event is the largest of the ministry's year, with the exception of the end of June earthquake rebuilding anniversary. Jean asks us all to pray that the Reformation Day celebration will proceed as planned on the new date of November 4th and that many will come to faith in Christ through the service, while those who already profess Christ will be encouraged and strengthened.
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