by Rev. Vernon GiesbrechtA Caribbean cruise or a mission trip? Perhaps it’s a difficult choice, especially when the snow is flying. For some, the cruise may be just the break they need after a hectic year. For others, serving God by helping disadvantaged people may be the refreshment and reward they need. During my years as a Missions Pastor, I would half joke with our congregation that God’s call is never so clear as in the middle of winter to join the Jamaica Mission Team. One might consider that suspect manipulation for a spiritual cause!
During the past month in Haiti there have been those who have answered God’s call to go on a mission trip. Operation Double Harvest received two surgical /medical teams (Kansas & Miami), each of which performed 60-70 procedures. Many patients were cured of medical conditions they had endured for years, some for almost a lifetime. What a thrill to see the look of gratitude on their faces. Life-changing surgeries – what a way to show Christ’s practical compassion!
Another group went down to assist in the Benevolent Housing Project that Double Harvest sponsors but God had other plans. It was decided to complete a project to bring clean water to another nearby village. In the process a pipe was discovered which, after puzzling attempts, was seen to lead to a village near the base of a hill. Just above the village were three artesian wells, which were to be feeding over 10 villages with water through a 30 year old pipe system. Many of our students come from these villages. Repairs and installation of valves in a few villages were initially misunderstood. However, when the water started flowing again, the motivation to help was understood. This has opened up wonderful opportunities to use the resources of Double Harvest to impact more of the surrounding community. The latest news is that the villages are beginning to cooperate with each other to make this project work, a rare occurrence in Haiti. Please pray that this opportunity will also result in spiritual openness. Thank you for the part you play through your generous financial support.