Dear Praying Friends,
It’s becoming more and more difficult to write these updates. There were three short calls from Dony yesterday, less than 3 minutes each. The first that it had been raining for two days in Jeremie and that the internet and cell phone services were again sporadic. Next that there were more deaths in our surrounding community. Families were coming to ESMI for assistance to bury their loved ones. These are families that we know. It is truly a difficult time for the people in SW Haiti. Rain means flooding. It means mudslides. It means torrents of water rushing down mountainsides and hills with debris into the city streets. It means the overflowing of rivers into whatever is left of homes and farmlands. It means more land being washed away. And it leaves the people in SW Haiti feeling even more helpless and more desperate.
In all of these challenges I must believe God is present and is sovereign. He sees and He knows and He hears the cry of His people. Come quickly, Lord Jesus, and relieve Your people for they have no other hope but in You.
Pray for the Florence Baptist of Mount Zion medical team of 19 who went down today. Because of their late arrival, they were to drive to Cayes and then Jeremie early in the morning to be in worship. Not sure of road conditions after the rain. Pray for their safe travel and their week of ministry in Jeremie. The plan is to bus the sick to the ESMI HQ campus. Pray for God’s strength and the movement of His Holy Spirit as they minister to the people both body and soul. With all medical teams, there is a group of pastors or church leaders waiting to pray with the patients before they leave the facility.
Praise the Lord that all three teams that were in Cayes and Jeremie returned to the US and the Dominican Republic safely.
Tomorrow in SW Haiti, Christian brothers and sisters will gather again for worship. Some will not attend only because they are still looking for loved ones after Matthew. Others because they are burying family members. And others because they have no clothing. Whatever they had was washed away or is again wet because of the rains. Lord, we trust You to provide a way for Your people in Haiti.
A blessed Sabbath to all!
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