This month we celebrated 4th of July (Independence Day in the United States). We are praying for another spiritual awakening in our land. For sure, every country has its problems but the greatness of a country depends on where they look for solutions.
There is a correlation in the spiritual realm that manifests in the earthly realm. Some Christians often overlook this or they are not aware of it at all. We especially see in the Old Testament that Israel was blessed when they were obedient to God but cursed when they were disobedient. “Righteousness exalts a nation, But sin is a reproach to any people” (Proverbs 14:34 NKJV). Pray for a spiritual renewal in America!
I did a quick calculation the morning as I wrote this update, and discovered I have written some 336 or so monthly updates in the life of Pathway Outreach. It is more than meets the eye with the writing, the printing, the folding, the stuffing, and the mailing. I often struggle with the updates, because I know I need to inform our supporters of the work but then, there is the aspect of promotion, of which I am not comfortable. We rarely even ask for money unless it is for a special project. Our strategy is to stay close to the heart of Jesus, pray, let people know what we are trying to do, and ultimately put our faith in Jesus and trust Him.
Those of you well acquainted with me and Pathway Outreach Ministries realize that Haiti has been a major part of my life since the early 1990s. When the devastating earthquake hit in 2010 my journeys to Haiti increased. On these journeys I stayed with Pastor Baptiste in his home on the church grounds. I became a frequent member of the village. I have a little story to tell of my experience.
When I was writing “March 2022” on this newsletter, the spell-check in my head said, “Can that be true?” I have been preparing for cold weather, now I need to buy some seed.
We are still disappointed over the incident with our cargo of CareBoxes being hijacked by the gang in Haiti. I spoke to many of you about this and was moved by your concern and understanding. I heard your heart as you spoke with mercy toward the salvation of the gang members. You sounded just like Jesus to me! We all hope and pray that many of the boxes will find their way into the hands of some poor child in a slum in Port au Prince.
You may hear my words echoing from previous updates, “If it was easy, everyone would be doing it.” “God has sent us to the dark corners of this world.” And I hear the voice of Jesus saying, “Those who are well have no need of a physician, but those who are sick./ I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners, to repentance” (Luke 5:31-32 NKJV). Now, we pray, forgive, and hope.
Pastor Baptiste and his staff were disappointed but not surprised because they live and work in the chaos of Haiti every day. They are under so much pressure of uncertainty and violence all the time. Please pray for them and for the country of Haiti.
They continue to minister to the people in the nearby villages and continue to educate and feed the children in our school. The feeding program is even more important since the cost of food has greatly increased with the disruptions in the country. For some of the children, the school meal may be the only meal for the day. In times past a 25 kg bag of rice (55 lbs.) cost about $24 USD, now it is about $35 per bag. Everything is expensive. It is sad and heart-breaking.
Our ministry partners in a number of countries in the world are working to evangelize and disciple their people in villages and towns. We also give food aid to many widows each month. They serve the Kingdom of God in spite of the difficulty and hardships. Many have sacrificed much to spread the Gospel and work to better the lives of their people. Their names and faces are not shown to protect them from persecution.
I have been with these Christian ministers and they are strong and humble. Strength with humility is the mark of a strong Christian and is something we all need to aspire to be. They are a great inspiration to me.
Eglise Porte Etroite, the Haitian church in Albertville, Alabama is doing well. It is affiliated with us yet is self-supporting. I preached there in January on a Sunday morning. I was blessed to hold a training session for the youth of the church one Sunday afternoon. We had a great time.
Our ministry also has a local jail outreach where a group of our ministers go to the Boaz City Jail one evening every week to minister to the inmates. We distribute New Testaments and share the Gospel with them.
Thank you for your prayers and financial support. We appreciate you partnering with us for the spread of the Gospel of Jesus Christ here and abroad.
Rejoicing in the salvation which is by grace through faith, I am…
I pray you all are doing well. There have been a lot of sickness in our area. I find myself praying for so many. Jesus is our Healer! Jennie and I were sick with Covid for about two weeks in January. We assume it was the Omicron variant. We both tested positive but the usual testing does not distinguish between the different variants. We had flu type (upper respiratory) symptoms. It was uncomfortable but not severe. We are thankful to be well and out of quarantine.
I am a little late with this but Happy New Year to everyone! It’s still January. I pray the Lord will greatly bless you this year of 2022. We need it, right? After the last two years, most of us have some emotional fatigue.
I think we are ready to break out of the doldrums of the coronavirus. It has been a difficult period of time beginning in the first quarter of 2020 and spread over almost two years now. We all have either had it or had family members who suffered from it; some have died. We need to pray for deliverance and an end to this pandemic.
Update on our CareBoxes for our kids in Haiti: The boxes are in Haiti, through customs, and in our shipper’s warehouse in Port au Prince. They are awaiting an open window for safe travel to Leogane. It is sad, but the shipper told me the gangs give them an okay when they can transport the cargo. Please pray for a safe transportation window. We knew this was going to be a difficult year to ship and were aware it would take more time. I suppose if it were easy, everyone would do it! Thank you all for your patience and prayers. We are doing all we know to do and will keep you all informed.
Jennie and I visited with our affiliated Haitian church in Albertville (Eglise Porte Etroite) this past Sunday (Jan 2nd). I preached a New Year’s message from Philippians 3:12-14 (NKJV), “Not that I have already attained, or am already perfected; but I press on, that I may lay hold of that for which Christ Jesus has also laid hold of me./ Brethren, I do not count myself to have apprehended; but one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind and reaching forward to those things which are ahead,/ I press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.”
Here are a few points from the message: This is a great scripture that speaks about pursuing the purpose of God. We are not perfect people but we must strive to be Christlike in our lives. It is important for us to press forward against any opposition or resistance we encounter. Life and ministry is not easy; we become stronger as we push against the difficulties. Too many people get sidelined because of something in their past. We must not allow our past to rob us of our future in pursuing the purposes of God in our lives and ministry.
God has blessed us and entrusted us with an outreach to six countries. We have affiliated and partnered with our brethren in some of the difficult places on earth. Have ever wondered how the name Pathway came into being? From the beginning, the heart of this ministry was not to the easy places but to the hard and difficult places.
Since the beginning of our ministry in 1994, we have ministered among the poor, strangers, imprisoned, and the least of these. Our journey has carried us to low income housing areas, jails, slums, villages and cities here and abroad. Most of the places where we have ministered and currently support are in restricted and impoverished countries. Thank you for taking the journey with us, blessing others with the love of Jesus.
Rejoicing in the salvation which is by grace through faith, I am…