Friday, May 22, 2009
Saturday, May 16, 2009
wow, i have been really busy running around to different schools and different churches even different places on the streets. God has opened so many places for us to go and share his word. The weeks have gone by so fast and I'm getting excited to go home and see you all.
what have we been doing int he churches and schools? well we have been doing our dramas and dances and singing and i just love to see the peoples faces when they see them. I can tell they are so touched and there has been a lot of people that took the first step to come up and except christ or even non christians coming up and asking for prayer. It makes me happy when i see this because i know what I'm doing is making a difference in these peoples lives.
This one school we went to i thought we wouldn't be able to perform because the kids were so bad. Like i have never seen so many kids not being take control of. they were running from teachers, the boys were hitting girls and then sitting on them, the boys and girls would fight each other, yell,scream and push through the crowd, try to grab your stuff when you were not looking, man it was really bad. i didn't even want to put down my computer because it might get snatched up. but we still performed and the kids were fine when we got there attention but some of the kids would run up during the dramas and join somehow. man i was mad. I now believe in the belt and think it should be used on the hands like in haiti because the kids in haiti would never dare to thing of making a wrong step. But the sad thing about the school we went to is that most of those kids get beat really bad at home. The pastor that we are staying with said that most of the kids hear are beat in chairs or tied to tables. You can really see the stories on the most of the kids faces. They would have scars all over there faces, necks and arms. they would have half an eyebrow because of a scar, or there cheek would be indented from a scar. like these are big scars. it was really sad.
I have mad some really cool friends here. there are all from the church and most of them have a very strong relationship with god. today we are all going up into the mountains ( and hour and a half walk) to have a retreat by a nice waterfall. I'm so excited to go. but the walk back is going to suck. ill have lots of pictures when i come home so don't worry.
well i hope everyone back at home misses me and i will see you all very soon. 18 MORE DAYS!
Thursday, May 7, 2009
Saturday, May 2, 2009
We are going to mexico!
All the Haitians but 4 have got visa to go to Mexico. So 5 of the DTS students will be going to Mexico and the other 4 will be staying in the DR. We are leaving on Monday May 4th to the DR for a week and then we (the students who have received the visas) will be leaving from the DR airport to Mexico. In Mexico we will be helping the homeless and will be staying at the base in Mazatland Mexico. The DTS team from Mazetland Mexico came sometime in February to help around the base here in St. Marc. Now we will be going there and do some work in that area and let people know who god is and what he wants to do for them. While we are in Mexico the team the will be staying in the DR will continue the work in DR. We will be coming home on the 28th of May which is a very exciting time because my mother will be at the base and be visiting me for a week. :)
I will be going to Thailand. At the beginning of my DTS I was noticing that i had a talent for making short little videos and making website and using computers, stuff like that. I had the opportunity to make a website for the new base that will be in Port au Prince. (www.ywamportauprince.com check it out) I then realized that I am able to use these talents in the mission field. here on the base there is a haitian named john wilgard and he is the videoographer on the base. His work here dose so much for the base by letting people know what YWAM is doing for St.Marc on television. all his work is put on websites and television and support videos and i just thought to myself that i could do something like that. Adrian Young the head director of the communications department in Thailand Had told me that he needed much help with his work he is doing.
What dose the communication department do?
The communications department is setup to serve all the 60+ ministries of Thailand. We do this in many ways. We run the YWAM Thailand website promoting all ministries. We send out regular print newsletters and e-letters to let the world know what God is doing here in Thailand. We provide services for all our ministries for creating brochures and other print materials, as well as videos and promotional materials. It is a great ministry to be a part of, because we help out so many ministries, and can see so much of what God is doing here.
God has given me so many opportunities to use the skills i have. For example thailand, also in Haiti. One of the teachers that came to the base has his own TV show and satellite/internet company that is all over Haiti, its called Haiti Satellite. He has given me his card and said if i ever wanted to work for him to email him. I was also given the opportunity to work at the new port au prince base as the camera guy and control the computer stuff and website. God is good and is giving me opportunities left and right.
I will be going for short term at first which is less then a year. If i like what work i'm doing and see that God is really using me and that i'm really growing in God then I will stay for long term. I can make the decision while i'm there to stay for long term, i don't need to come home and then go back.
When i go to Thailand, the living expenses for short term a month is around 650$ US
-multiple entry visas-30$
-phone and internet-30$
YWAM staff conferences-25$
Total- around 650 a month
If i stay for long term
-health insurance- 66$
-news letter postage-20$
-multiple entry visas-25$
-phone and internet-20$
YWAM staff conferences- 7$
total a month- Approx 1000$
Im not worried about the financial part of my trip because i know God will provide me with all i need. I know this is what god wants me to do right now. He wants me to use my skills in the mission field and bring people to know him more. Now this doesn't mean I'm going to not make an effort to get the money i need because were suppose to take action to see god work in our needs.
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Thursday, April 23, 2009
Matthew chapter 4
summary of what happens in the chapter.
- Jesus was tempted by the devil
- Jesus picks his first disciple
- Jesus heals the sick
- Jesus Begins to preach
- Do not put the Lord your god to the test
- worship The Lord your god and serve him only
- Follow me and i will make you fishers of men
- While i was reading these verses in Matthew, the story that caught my attention the most was when jesus was tempted by the devil him self. First the tempter (satan) says of jesus " If you are the son of god then turn these stones to bread" Jesus quickly responded with scripture and says man dose not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of god.
- The tempter then took him to a holy city and had him stand on the edge of a building and said "if you are the son of man then throw yourself down for as it is written "he will command his angels concerning you, and they will lift you up in their hands, so that you will not strike your foot against stone. Jesus again quickly responds with scripture " do not put the lord your god to the test". Scripture quoting is very powerful but we need to watch out because the tempter himself knows the bible very well and will try and twist gods words like he dose with eve in the garden of eden.
- The tempter dose not stop there which should not surprise anyone because the tempter attacks day and night (rev 12:10). Satan takes jesus to a high mountain and shows him all the kingdoms of the world and their splendor " all this i will give to you if you bow down before me and worship me. and jesus responds "Away from me satan! For it is written worship the lord your god and serve him only. WOW. Bow down before me and worship me. He went way to far with that one i think. This is the son of god, perfect in everything and he offers him some crapy kingdoms of the world if he worships him. I don't know about anyone else but i thought that was kind of a bold move and really funny that he would even try. But let me tell you something. Satan will do anything to get you away from god. he knows our weaknesses and where we stumble. alcohol, drugs, sex, gossip, stealing, lust, cursing, Hanging out with the wrong crowd and the list goes on. But we need to stand strong like Jesus and take action when tempted. Quote scripture if you have to, Pray and ask for gods help or just run from the temptation.
- I know its hard because the things we are tempted with are the things we like and feel good, but that just makes us worshipers of our own selves. Im not perfect either and i fall into temptation once in a while but no ones perfect we need to be more like Jesus and do something when the tempter comes around.
- This is a devotion that i did jan 22 and i came across it today and i felt like this is a huge event that happens in every persons life. It wasn't this long in jan tho, i added a bunch of new stuff to it as a went over the scriptures again. So i want to share and help you guys who are reading to get our of Satan's death grip of temptation.
- fee free to go back to this story in Matthew Chapter 4 The temptation of Jesus.
- some other verses I encourage you to look at if you are having problems with temptation are
- -1 corinthians 10:13
- -Hebrews 2:18
- -Hebrews 4:15-16
- -James 1:2-4 and 13-14
- -1 Peter 5:8-10
- -These are all scriptures that you can read about being tempted.
Thursday, April 16, 2009
i'm going to make this short because it is getting really late and i do not feel all that great. We canm back from port and left and spent one night at the base. the next day we went to go stay in the 5th section for a week. While we were in the 5th section we started building a new church for the people. It was also a school for the kids. The first day in the 5th section i got sick with a bad cold most likely because we were sleeping out side were it gets really cold at night. You might not think it dose but it did. So im in the 5th section working and sick. This was not fun for me at all but while i was there i connected with the people so much. Everyone knew my name and by the end of the first day. Kids and adults were calling out mike mike mike mike while i was walking place to place. kinda feels good.