“What I’m getting at, friends, is that you should simply keep on doing what you’ve done from the beginning. When I was living among you, you lived in responsive obedience. Now that I’m separated from you, keep it up. Better yet, redouble your efforts. Be energetic in your life of salvation, reverent and sensitive before God. That energy is God’s energy, an energy deep within you, God himself willing and working at what will give him the most pleasure.” Philippians 2:12-13 (MSG)
I read a ‘parable’ recently that made me chuckle at first and then caused me to consider its subtle worldly wisdom. “Going to church doesn't make you a Christian any more than standing in a garage makes you a car.” The church in the attached photo is “Christ the King” Lutheran church in Merrotte, Haiti which is in the Arcahaie District and is located about 50 minutes Northwest of PAP and just ½ mile from the Caribbean. It is nestled within a rural neighborhood with scattered houses, plantain groves and very active vodou temples. When visiting this church I would usually sleep in a backroom on Saturday night so that I didn’t have to drive there on Sunday morning and the evening was a concert of vodou priests pounding on their drums, making joyful music to their evil spirits.
This sanctuary was constructed with support from a family in Southern California, adopted by the FL-GA District as a mission outreach and a school and daycare facility were constructed by a congregation in Kansas. There are 431 children attending school and enjoying the Trinity/HOPE feeding program; God is at work in Merrotte.
There have been struggles here, good versus evil type of struggles. Satan continues to bring troubles to the Christians attending Church and school in Merrotte. Sin manifested itself into the life of a pastor, and he had to leave the congregation at Merrotte, attendance dropped and it appeared that the vodou priests had brought sufficient evil spirits to cease the Gospel message at Christ the King, but school attendance has maintained, and children continue to be blessed and share the message of their risen Savior throughout their neighborhood, bringing an end to the lies of the vodou priest and in time will silence their drums. The work of the Holy Spirit in their lives enables their “Christian” witness to be more powerful than the lies of this world, and in their neighborhood. Thank you for your continued support of their Christian education as they go about fulfilling His Good and Perfect purpose.
Dear Heavenly Father, you have called your servants to ventures of which we cannot see the ending, by paths as yet untrodden, through perils unknown. Give us faith to go out with good courage, not knowing where we go but only that your hand is leading us and your love supporting us through Jesus Christ our Lord and Savior. Amen.
May God be with you…Jay