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Dear Praying Friends,
When we were young and on deputation, we would listen to other missionaries and wish for the day that we could have interesting stories like theirs. Living in a third world country can be quite comical and illuminating sometimes. In this letter, I thought I would share with you some of the interesting things that we have been allowed to experience while serving in Haiti.
A few Sundays ago, at our church in Ba Guasimal, we noticed a cow head walking by. Looking over the cactus, I could see the head of a cow going by, but it had the body of a woman. No it was not a Minotaur; it was a lady with the head of a cow in a big bowl on top of her head. We all, even the Haitians, just took some time to laugh at that one. Both church plants are growing. New Life Baptist Church is seeing tremendous growth in both numbers and faith. Each Sunday the church is full; in May, several people will take steps of growth to either be baptized or married. Good News Baptist Church will hold its second annual Missions Conference in April. They have been faithfully supporting missions since last May. We are in the process of finding land with a good title with plans to build sometime next year.
During construction of the guest house, I noticed another strange occurrence. All of the men who were covered from head to toe with concrete were getting sour oranges off of the tree. I thought they were thirsty until I saw them rubbing their skin with the oranges. Apparently the acid in the oranges gets the concrete off so that it does not burn their skin. The first floor of the guest house should be complete by the end of April in plenty of time for our summer teams and any interns. If you would like to give to help complete this project, or if you know of anyone who might be interested in a practical summer internship program, please contact us via email.
Also, did you know that drinking a whole hot Coke is good for stomach problems? Have you ever almost been hit by a motorcycle carrying a coffin? Have you ever had baby born in the bed of your truck? Did the business manager at the hospital ask for a list of all of your assets before determining the price of your surgical procedure? Have you ever offered the children in Sunday School a mouse instead of a candy for being good (language mix-up)? Did you know that if you rub your hands with oil before cutting plantains, it won’t stain your hands? Did you even know that all kinds of bananas when cut from the tree can leave a red stain? Oh, and by the way, never stand under a coconut tree. It is life threatening!
I hope you have enjoyed learning some of the things that we experience on a daily basis here in Haiti. One thing is certain; life is never dull or boring. As always, we covet your prayers and support for the daily spiritual battle that we face here. Satan is always looking for a way to destroy. Please pray that we would stay close to the Lord each and every day.
Harry, Melissa, Benjamin, Madelyn, Micah, and Bethany Peart
- Good Health
- Souls that were Saved
- Extra Financial Gifts for the Guest House
- Safety and Health
- Souls to be Saved
- Church Building Funds
- A New Vehicle for our Family
From the Kids
Benjamin (13) – I am finally taller than Mom and in a size 11 shoe.
Madelyn (12) – I love teaching Sunday school and playing the flute.
Micah (9) – I want to learn to play the piano, trumpet, guitar, and harmonica.
Bethany (7) – I’m learning lots of Creole from Se Lovely in Creole class.