Dear Praying Friends,
When I wrote our last prayer letter about our roller coaster of faith, I never would have imagined the thrill (and scare) of the adventures the Lord had planned for us when we returned to Haiti.
Adventure #1: “The Goliath” Returning in August gave us just a little over a month to fit in all that we had planned to do in the summer. All of the building maintenance, grounds keeping, and truck repairs seemed like an impossible task to complete before school began. Through the Lord’s strength and the help of many Haitians and co-workers the Maranatha campus will be ready for school to open September 30.
Adventure #2: “The Ferris Wheel” On a Ferris wheel you can see everywhere you have been and everywhere you are going. We came back knowing that all 39 of our sixth graders had passed their national exam. This was a true encouragement and motivation for us because this was the first class that had attended our school for all 1st through 6th grades. This year we are adding a preschool as well as implementing an English class for all of our grades. We also had an experienced teacher come from the States to teach in our teacher training week. Fifty-four teachers from fifteen different schools in our area attended classes on Christian philosophy of education, discipline in the classroom, how to evangelize parents, and using manipulatives in teaching. They also left with a bag full of supplies to help enhance their teaching.
Adventure #3: “The Scrambler” Upon seeing all that needed to be done, we decided to go to the market on the border of the Dominican Republic to try to save money on supplies. While shopping, we were mugged. No one was hurt, but we did lose the money that we had brought with us for supplies. Adventure #4: “The Carousel” Praise the Lord things at both church plants are continuing without scares or distresses. Both church plants are growing as the result of evangelism, youth meetings, ladies Bible studies, and Bible memorization programs. By faith, we are going to begin building at the new church plant in January “mach pa mach” or little by little. The Lord continues to remind us that a growing church has growing people, not just growing buildings.
The Adventure #5: “The Swings” In the midst of a hot day at the park, the ride on the swings gives you a cool breeze. We were able to experience the Lord’s cool breeze of encouragement as we passed out 250 Spanish Bible story CD’s provided by Comforting Mercies Ministries to the UN battalion from Chile stationed in Cap Haitian. While there, we met Alex whose face lit up when he understood that we were Baptists. He proudly proclaimed that he was a soldier of Christ. Please pray that these CD’s will be a witness to these men while they are stationed here as well as to their families in Chile when they return home.
What adventure does the Lord have for us next? We do not know. But we do know that whatever it is, He will be there to give strength, protection, help, and provisions. Why can we have such confidence? Because we know that we have faithful people like you who are praying and standing in the gap on our behalf. Thank you so much!!!
Harry, Melissa, Benjamin, Madelyn, Micah, and Bethany Peart
Good Report from Micah’s and Bethany’s Doctors
Souls that were Saved
The Lord’s Protection
100% Passing Rate for our 6th Graders
Safety and Health
Souls to be Saved
Five New Men to be Added to the Church in 2013
Spiritual Strength to Battle the Demonic Activity
Funds to Build the Church in Jan. 2014
*Provision of Another Vehicle in Haiti Big Enough for our Family