July 24, 2010 Haiti

Update July 24, 2010

The funeral today for Sherly’s mother was powerful!  Sherly was strong and even helped lead Praise and Worship.  No one could believe she did that, but she said she knew God wanted her to sing!  Thank you for praying for her! 

Sherly’s Mom wanted to have a celebration, not a grief-filled, sorrowful get together!  Many people didn’t know how to handle this since they are used to the religious churches where you can’t lift your hands or praise God freely. At a funeral, the spirit of grief takes over and there is wailing and carrying-on for hours.  At our church, there is freedom no matter what the occasion, because WE are free! 

Some of the family shared about their mother’s influence on them.  When one of the young men was sharing, those in the audience began to wail uncontrollably. Terry asked them to stop.  She is in heaven!  This is not what she would have wanted.  We are not to sorrow as those who have no hope!  

Terry took the microphone and talked with the family, now all young adults.  The Bible says to ‘train up a child in the way he should go and when he is old, he will not depart from it.’  She taught you in the best way she knew.  Don’t shame your mother, but rather carry out her legacy; go with the Gospel

He preached an anointed message of the days we are living in and talked about salvation and life in the Spirit, challenging the packed-out crowd to not only reflect on the one whose life we remember today, but to examine their own hearts and be ready to meet the King!  There really is a heaven and there really is a hell!  There was silence.  He then gave an altar call for those who wanted to give their lives to Jesus Christ.  They had never been in a funeral like this before!  Many were thinking; no one responded, but we know the seed was sown and we expect a harvest in the morning.  Haitians often come to church for the express purpose of being converted.  A funeral, to them, is not the time… Continue to pray! 

Thank you for standing with us in these daily challenges.  Thank you for allowing us to represent you in this precious land!

Cary

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