I was looking around Sunday morning at those in attendance at the worship service and it struck me again at how amazing God's great plan of redemption is, especially how He is drawing worshipers to Himself from every class of society. Sitting beside me was one of the street kids; while behind me was a very respected professional. Scattered throughout the congregation were people from every class in between those two extremes. Only Jesus can bring people together in this way, especially in such a class-conscious society.
Seige was invited to preach at Excelsior School's chapel service yesterday. It was a chance to speak to a large group of students (more than 100) at a very prominent school. His text was from Ephesians 1:13-14 which gives the Gospel in a nutshell:
1) The Word of Truth is proclaimed and heard
2) The Gospel is believed
3) The Holy Spirit seals
The fundamental problem of Haiti is a spiritual one. Until peoples' hearts are changed by the transforming power of the Gospel of Jesus Christ, all change is only temporary and surface. The Gospel must continue to be faithfully and accurately proclaimed.
Rent for the house Calvary Chapel is currently using for worship services and other classes comes due in the month of March. We are completely out of space to grow and are needing a bigger location. We went to look at a large building located on a main road (Route Frere) this morning. It is an attractive place with all the room we presently need. The owners of the building are supposed to call this afternoon with a final rental price.
In the meantime, we are going to look at another building early this afternoon. Please continue to pray that God would lead us to the best place for future growth.
This past Friday evening the Calvary couples ministry led by Seige & Dinette Poteau and Edy & Elsie Gehy held their monthly get-together. This is a ministry that is just getting started and is very important. They are meeting one Friday evening each month with both couples who are in the church and couples who are not part of the church to work at strengthening marriages and families. Twelve couples attended Friday's meeting and God is using this ministry to help shed light on God's design for Christian families.
Elsie Gehy is the wife of Pastor Edy Gehy and an important part of the Calvary Chapel staff. It would be impossible to list all of the things she does around here, but suffice it to say, she is the one who works hard to keep everything organized and running smoothly. Everyone appreciates her quiet and humble service.
Please continue to pray that God would direct the Calvary Chapel ministry to a larger location. Our present building is completely "maxed out". For the past several weeks now we haven't had room for everyone to sit during church services. Also, we are in desperate need of more space for the growing demand for English and computer classes. In the near future we are anticipating opening the Calvary Christian Family orphanage as well which will require more room.
We have looked at several different buildings in the area that are for rent, but to this point nothing seems to fit the ministry needs. Keep praying for God's direction in this matter.
One of the goals of Calvary's street kids ministry is to help the young people in very practical ways. None of these kids have ever had the chance to get an education, consequently there are no real job opportunities open to them. Pastor Seige explained in church a couple of weeks ago the vision of having a drivers training program to teach some of the street kids to be taxi drivers. Only a few days later, a couple from the church donated the jeep you see at the left to be used for this project. What an amazing gift! It is great to see God working in the hearts of His people to bring about change in this country.
We are praising God this week for the salvation of Sandra Jean. She is a lady who has had a very difficult life with her husband leaving her to raise their two kids on her own. What attracted her to the church was the computer classes offered each day by the Calvary staff. We always do at least 30 minutes of Bible study as part of the classes especially focusing on salvation by grace through faith in Jesus Christ alone. Two evenings ago, Sandra came to the church office and wanted to accept Jesus as her Savior. This picture is of Sandra and Edy Gehy, associate pastor of Calvary Chapel Port-au-Prince.
By the grace of God the Petionville street kids ministry is moving forward. A school in Petionville has graciously offered the use of one of its large classrooms to house a new school to teach about 40 of the street kids how to read and write (and eventually, even more than that). The plan is to have four of the Calvary volunteers go and teach from 4:00 - 6:00 p.m. from Monday to Friday. God willing, we will begin this new project March 3rd. Please continue to pray for the spiritual growth and development of these young people who God dearly loves.
Greetings in the name of our precious Savior Jesus Christ. This is an exciting time for Calvary Chapel Port-au-Prince as God is allowing the ministry to grow rapidly. I am one of the newest additions to the Calvary team here in Haiti. My name is Jim Ross and I have been serving as a missionary in Haiti since 1993. By the providence of God, I became acquainted with Serge Poteau and Edy Gehy about two years ago through a series of pastoral training seminars they presented in the South of Haiti where I was working at the time. It was immediately clear that we had the same vision of seeing enduring change in Haiti by means of the transforming power of the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
God opened the door for me to join the Calvary team in January and I'm excited to get to be a part of what God is doing here. I am going to be helping Serge keep this blog updated to give you as much up-to-date news as possible. Thank you for praying for the ministry