July 14, 2010 Haiti

Update July 14, 2010

You missed me!  I am blessed!  We have had major problems with the internet in Haiti, so I was unable to send anything out… Sorry!

We are all fine, though we are still experiencing tremors.  Last week, about 1.5 miles from us, the wall around the stadium fell down.  We barely felt it at our house!

I’m attaching the latest newsletter, so we are all on the same page.  Please continue to pray for us.  Finances have nearly dried up.  It’s been six months now, and many have forgotten their promises to help us to the end. 

It seems everyone here is experiencing the same thing.  Please don’t forget us and our people!

Cary

July-August 2010

Dear Family,

“Be not weary in well doing, for in due season you will reap if you faint not.”

There are so many things happening simultaneously!  We are forging new paths of progress in this country of slow progress.  At the same time, we must maintain what was already established before the earthquake…   

We never sit still!  We continue to teach, train and disciple as we wait for funds and expertise to continue to rebuild. You, our partners have helped us do the impossible!  God has multiplied our efforts, and countless lives have been saved because of your compassion.  The church is growing to maturity and we can see that new believers are finding their place in the Body of Christ.

We will sign the final Deed for the first carreau (3.19 acres) of mountain land next week!  The other parcels, though technically ours, have multiple owners through inheritance of the land.  Each piece must be signed-off on and re-surveyed as one large parcel before we can proceed.  We are working on this as fast as things can happen here!

There are 10 major areas in Haiti that will be rebuilt, Carrefour being one of them.  A group of City Planners and Architects will come to Haiti in August to meet with our Mayor and us to re-plan our city.  In addition, they have agreed to help Light Ministries by donating architectural designs for City of Light and other developments as needed, such as our church, schools, and housing.  Pray!

The church is moving forward. We see constant hunger, leading to salvation and deliverance.  Many couples,  converted since the earthquake, were living in sin and now want to please God by getting married.  We have been counseling some of them and are planning a ‘mass wedding’ in the near future.  There is always something new going on…

We thank God for the new folding chairs at Church of Light, set up to seat extra people in the services.  Everyone is so thrilled to see these red chairs, so bright and new, along with the freshly-painted walls in the sanctuary, covering the repairs!  It says ‘Progress’ to them!

As far as major progress, we, today, are at a standstill.  Probably the hardest thing is to have the vision and people, but not adequate funds to move forward.  In the beginning, funds were here to work fast, but now, it seems people have forgotten we are still here and need them to fulfill their promises to fund what we have started.  The reality is that we cannot go into debt with these projects.  We see God’s hand on what has begun and we must trust Him daily for His miraculous power and provision. 

We have never been dependent upon the government of Haiti to do anything.  We have been promised many things and much money to finance projects, but we are currently waiting for private funds to reach us.  We have been offered grants, housing, water treatment and roads.  We cannot even rebuild the walls around our house, or work on the land or the church without finances to do so.  Work teams are standing ready to assist, but we need money for necessary supplies to keep them busy.

Please continue to pray for us and to give so we can move forward.  We need approximately $150,000 to repair or replace the church roof, electrical, ceiling and floor tile and to finish the gate, plumbing for toilets, clean and pave the adjoining land.  Then we can set up the big tent next door to the church for overflow and children’s ministry. 

We continue to host visitors with expertise.  Last week, we had an eye doctor with a state-of-the-art machine that reads prescriptions within seconds.  He saw over 1400 people in three days!  Many were given prescription glasses that he brought with him!  You cannot believe how many Haitians need corrective lenses!

We will not grow weary in well-doing, for we know that if we don’t faint, we will reap from the goodness of the Lord!  We are all tired, but really know that our God is our strength through this very-stressful time.  We have had no break since the January 12 earthquake.  With such a magnitude of responsibility and few to carry the load, it is impossible to rest yet.  We know our day is coming… 

We are so grateful you are on our team and know how to pray!  We couldn’t be here without you! 

From the frontlines,

Terry and Cary 

 

      

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