Here we are standing on the land in Haiti. Purchased by Restore Community Church, this land is the site of a church that we believe will help many Haitians find their way back to God. I stood there on Friday, Nov. 14th. I saw kids playing soccer, people digging holes...and I saw the future.
On Sunday, November 16th Restore Community church gave away the entire weeks offering of $64,000 to help build this church.
I was not supposed to be on this trip that has been planned for months. It was full. Then at the last minute someone had to cancel, so I was able to go. We planned our Haiti offering date months ago, not even knowing there would be a C3 trip to Haiti that weekend....things lined up, and I was in Haiti when the Restore offering was collected.
I got to deliver the news to pastor Donnie that Restore had raised more then enough money to build the church.
Honestly, it was one of the best weekend's of my life! It is such an amazing adventure to follow a God who has plans greater then we could ever ask or imagine.
The Greek word for church means "the called out ones." So in case we are tempted to see church as a place to go, we are reminded that the church is a community called out by God for the benefit of the world.
This calling out began with the Isrealites whose father is Abraham. Check out what God said to Abraham:
"Look up at the heavens and count the stars - if you can count them....so shall your offspring be." Genesis 15:5
Although I am not of Jewish decent, I am an offspring of Abraham...adopted into God's family because of Jesus. I am one of those many stars that Abraham was gazing at. How great is that?
On Sunday, November 16th, 100% of Restore Community Church's offerings will go towards building a church building in Haiti. The cost of land and construction for this church is around $50,000. Our offerings are normally between $6,000 and $8,000. So as you can see this will be a stretch for us.
Restore's partnership with C3 Missions began as most things do, through relationships. They had some friends who plant churches, they introduced us....and over time it has become clear that God wanted to challenge the people of Restore to serve a community in Haiti. And here we are, building our first church building....in Haiti.
For a church that meets in a High School this question is common,"When you are going to build a building?" Now we will have an answer. "Oh, we have already built a building...you should go see it sometime."
I will have to give my check ahead of time, since I won't be in church on Nov. 16th. I just found out yesterday that I will be in Haiti that day. How perfect is that?
If you, like me, cannot attend Restore on the 16th of November....no worries, you can give here, from anywhere in the world!
"I pray also that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you, the riches of his glorious inheritance in the saints, and his incomparably great power for us who believe. That power is like the working go fhis mighty strength..." Ephesians 1:18-19
I don't know about you, but I want some of that....
Our neighbors own this beautiful horse. They invited Judiann to go for her very first horse ride ever. She loved it.
Here is why I love Kansas City. This horse farm is 10 minutes from my house. And if you stand on the road in front of the farm, you can see the Kansas City international airport. I can get to a horse farm, the airport and Target....all within 10 minutes. Gotta love it.
"Repent and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forbieness of your sins. And you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit." Acts 2:38
At my small group on Tuesday we asked the question, "How do you experience the Holy Spirit in your life?" The answers that were given demonstrated the many different ways the Holy Spirit works in our lives. Here is some of what was said:
I can read the Bible and understand it
I think things or have ideas that are not usually like me
I have an idea to do something that doesn't make sense by the worlds standards
I feel peace when there is chaos around me
I feel overwhelmed with emotion when I am talking about God, singing about God, or praying to God.