Our short-term teams love prayer walks. They are opportunities to see God working in amazing ways and be a small part of what He is doing in Haiti. Your support of WWV is helping to grow the kingdom of God in amazing ways! On a recent prayer walk, God clearly had prepared the way as our team and staff set out to share the good news of the gospel.
Our medical team from Iowa spent one day of their week-long trip visiting the World Wide Village schools and prayer walking through the community. Kevin Waul, Jeff Shanks, Lee Sanders, Ducamel & Blanc walked through the market in Williamson praying that God would direct them to someone who was ready to hear the good news of the gospel.
God heard that prayer! While the group was on its way to Pastor Ives’ church to pray the Lord’s blessing over the clinic that would be held there the next day, they stopped by a little house off the path where a woman was outside with her small children. They engaged her in a conversation about Jesus and His saving grace.
They helped her understand the true gospel and that we are not saved by our good deeds. Isaiah 64:6 says, “All of us have become like one who is unclean, and all our righteous acts are like filthy rags; we all shrivel up like a leaf, and like the wind our sins sweep us away.” But there is hope in the midst of our sin. Romans 5:8 says, “But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.”
The team reminded this struggling mother that even though we are sinners, Christ died for us WHILE we were sinners. She did not need to clean herself up before she came to Christ. She only needed to come as she was, recognize that she needed a Savior and call out to God. Romans 10:9-10, “If you declare with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you profess your faith and are saved.”
As the conversation continued, the team noticed that lying on a table in the woman’s home was a tablecloth with images of the last supper. They shared how those images that symbolized the bread and wine represented the Lord’s breaking of his body and the shedding of his blood. This helped make the message more personal to her and helped her understand the reality of Christ and the depth of his sacrifice for her. God’s love for this sweet woman and her family showed up in a big way! She prayed and accepted Jesus as her Lord and Savior that day. Great is the Lord and worthy to be praised!!!
But the story doesn’t end there…..
The next day the woman visited the team at the mobile medical clinic as soon as they arrived. This dear woman immediately approached Kevin and Jeff to share more of her story. It seems that the night before the team had arrived at her doorstep, she had a dream. This wasn’t just a typical dream, this was a life-changing dream for a woman in Haiti. In this dream, God told her that she should stay home the next day and wait for visitors that would be coming. She had planned to take care of her animals in the mountains, but listened to the Lord’s leading and stayed home. Just as God promised, He had planned a divine appointment!!
We were able to connect this mother with Pastor Ives and the local church where she could begin her new walk with Christ. Please pray that she continues to follow the Lord and grow in her relationship with Him.
What an awesome God we serve whose work in Haiti continues to amaze us!