It has been a very hot summer. I was a little late with some of my garden but so far it has been very fruitful. I started most of my own tomato plants, first with seeds in a flat, then potted up to a larger cup before transplanting to the garden. Gardening provides plenty of spiritual analogies.
I started most of my vegetables by planting the seed directly into the tilled soil. After about a week, I begin looking for some evidence of seedlings popping through the soil. At first it often looks like the germination rate is slim but then the stragglers pop the surface. It is like when you preach the Gospel, you look for some results. You may immediately see some seeds coming to life, but then others come in a little later. The Bible tells us, “And let us not grow weary while doing good, for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart” (Galatians 6:9 NKJV).
July has been a good month of sowing spiritual seeds. I started off July on the 1st finishing up the revival at Miller Hollow Community Church, filled in for my pastor at New Life on Sunday, 17th, preached at a Haitian wedding on the 23rd (yes they often have a full message), jail ministry on the 26th, and finished the month preaching at Cave Springs Baptist Church on the Sunday, 31st. I appreciate all those who gave me an opportunity to preach in their churches.
School starts in Haiti on September 5th. We have forwarded the funds for the uniforms and the school books so Pastor Baptiste will have plenty of time to procure the supplies. Just buying supplies is difficult in Haiti. With the insecurities such as kidnapping and killing in Port au Prince it makes things doubly difficult. We are very thankful for the outpouring of financial support for our uniform and book project over the last couple of months. The regular support of our ministry work in Haiti and around the world all year long is such a blessing.
Also related to our Haitian school, Mary Emily Royal and her family have a lemonade stand fundraiser every year that provides a chicken leg meal each month for our approximately 400 students. The fundraiser was in July. This is a great blessing as it provides an extra boost of protein for our kids who are the poorest in the Western Hemisphere. Thanks so much to Mary Emily for her heart to help. She has been doing this since middle school and will be a college student this fall term. She has and will do great things for Jesus.
We send financial help for the ministry work in a few Asian countries. In one we provide food support to many widows, and over several months have provided meals for the homeless street people. If everything goes as planned, we hope to return there in 2023. Travel is considerably more difficult and expensive than in times past. However, God does not tell us to go just when it is easy.
Thank you all for your prayers and support. We appreciate your partnership.
Rejoicing in the salvation which is by grace through faith, I am…
Yours on the Journey,
Harry L. Whitt