Wednesday, August 21, 2013

VBS in Le Roux

From August 6th through August 9th we had a VBS at Le Roux (the housing project that IFM constructed for some of the earthquake victims). Each day we taught one of the parables of Jesus. Day 1: The Sower and the Seed, Day 2: The Lost Sheep and the Lost Coin, Day 3: The Prodigal Son, Day 4: The Good Samaritan.

We spent several days before preparing craft projects to take.

A big thank you to all our native friends that helped in the preparation.

VBS days started with registration. Each student was given a name badge. We had about 110 kids each day. Even when we ran out of name badges, they still came to listen in even though they could not participate in all the activities.

Wismith was in charge of keeping things in order. We found after the first day he was going to need a little help with being heard, so we borrowed a megaphone:)

After registration, we started with singing and prayer. They really got into that.

Several of the kids wanted to help lead in the singing.

Each day we had a skit we performed during the reading of the Bible passage. On this day we were reading the parable of the prodigal son. Kenslie, Jayla and Alyssa were the pigs.

After the Bible reading, we broke up into three groups. 

Nathan and Nerlange taught the group of 15 years and older.

Aaron and Cliff taught the group of 10-14 year olds.

Daisy and Wismith taught the 9 years and younger group.

We then gathered back together for a group craft. Wendy explained what we were doing each day.

The kids intently listened to the instructions.

Levi passing out crayons.

Caily helping with pig puppets.

Michelle helping with a heart project.

Austin just being a good friend.

We did some relays...

And played balloon tag.

Each day ended with a pack of cookies and a water bag.

A big thanks to Nathan, Daisy and family, and Clem Flory for coming to help prepare and teach these classes. Also a big thanks to Cornerstone DB Church for donating the supplies. Thanks to all of you who supported us in prayer.

Wednesday, August 7, 2013

The Church in Jimani, DR

     We praise God for his blessings in Jimani. The construction of the church building moves forward. God is working and hearts are being touched with the Gospel. Please see the pictures of the construction and farther down read about the VBS.

Floor sub-grade crew

Part of the concrete crew

Pouring the floor

Pouring the floor

Adding the color

Lunch time

What a big day, almost finished

Window guards, exterior doors in place

Front doors

We were blessed to have Christian brothers and sisters come from Juan Adrian to help with Vacation Bible School. They drove from about 6 hours away. VBS was held this year at a public school in town, where we used 5 classrooms. The students were orderly & respectful, and eager to learn about the Word of the Lord. At the end of the class, Kiko gave a clear presentation of the Gospel, and invited people to come worship with us in the future. Several have attended since that time. Our prayer is that the Seed sown will prosper and bring forth fruit.

VBS teachers from Blue Ridge in Juan Adrian

Simon, Tomas

Many eager learners

Kiko sharing his heart

WATER students, Mary and Ryhanna, helping with the lesson in the girl's class

WATER students, Nic and Caitlyn in Barahona

Monday, August 5, 2013

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Saturday, August 3, 2013

Youth Bible School 2013

We praise God for the work of His Spirit during the Bible School. Oftentimes we plan activities and events, but only God can work in hearts. It was obvious that God stirred a hunger in the hearts of the 144 youth that came to the five days of Bible School. They came from over 15 different churches.

Brother Ivan Miller taught on Salvation.

What more could a teacher want than an audience of people with a desire to hear what he has to say? A group of youth that are hungry for the truth, word of God! Some may have grown up in a Christian family, but had very little strong biblical teaching. Others are from families steeped in bondage to the devil, and are now finding their freedom in Christ.  Praise God for his power to set us free!!!

Each student received a 3 ring binder of notes for their classes. 
The notes were translated in Haitian Creole.

The seminar was a real blessing to all involved. It began July 23 ending the 27th. Classes began at 8am and finished at 4pm. Subjects were: Deeper Christian life, Salvation, Purity, Christian leadership, and Types and Shadows from the Old Testament.

 Pastor Jean Claude taught the guys about sexual purity.

Rebecca taught the girls about sexual purity and Wismith translated.

Wendy helped with the girls' purity class. She wrote skits and object lessons to help illustrate the lessons. On the last day, both Aaron and Wendy, and Wismith and Rebecca shared the testimonies. The Holy Spirit was working in the hearts of the youth, and several asked for prayer and shared about their struggle.

This young man shared his testimony of a besetting sin in his life, even the night before his baptism. 
We had a special prayer for him.

Andy Eversole taught the guys on sexual purity.

Matthew Morhart taught on Types and Shadows from the Old Testament.

Shea and Wismith led the prayer time, emphasizing prayer for God's work in our hearts and lives. They divided the students into small groups. On the last day, Shea shared with them about the persecuted church.

Andy Eversole taught Christian Leadership.

Matthew Newcomer organized the recreation time.

A big thanks to Michelle and several ladies from church for making food for us.

Each of the students received a certificate.