Many of you may have recieved my lastest email update. I used to send them out monthly while in Bible College, but I have decided to send out update letters for large events and new prayer requests, while sticking to blogging as a way of keeping you weekly updated! Below is a letter we have recieved from JeanJean and Kristie, the missionaries we have the priveldge of meeting in just a few months as we prepare to go to Haiti! Check out what God is doing in Haiti now!
Dear friends in the Gospel;
We wanted to thank you again, both individuals and churches, that have been praying for UCI. Your support is greatly appreciated and we see the Lord working.
Many of you know that the season of Easter is also a time for many voodoo ceremonies. Starting on Easter, Andre, a witchdoctor that lives in the neighboring community, decided to hold nightly voodoo ceremonies. He wanted it to last the entire week. We have talked to Andre several times about his life and about Christianity. God has also given us the opportunity to help him medically and materially through the giving of food and clothes. We have invited him several times to our Sunday afternoon service, but there has always been excuses. When we heard the voodoo drums on Easter night, it was such a disappointment. JeanJean suspected it was Andre and was burdened for his soul. God put it on our hearts to pray right then for Andre and the others in the area that would want to participate in the ceremony. We prayed mightily for the men and women that have recently come to know Christ. We prayed that they would not be tempted to revert to their old practices. We prayed for our youth because so often the youth search for things to do and end up dabbling in evil just to check things out. JeanJean then had a chance to talk to Andre on the Tuesday after Easter. Andre told us that he had planned to have the ceremonies each night for a week but was stopping them because no one came!!! He just couldn't understand why no one wanted to participate. JeanJean shared with him about our prayers and again invited him to come to church on Sunday with us. He told us he may just do that. Please pray for Andre.
Also, many of you have been praying for Francois Joseph from the non-believers class. He has been coming to our Sunday afternoon service ever since that class. He gives us strong testimony of how he saw the power of God even when he was in voodoo. As we talk to him, we pray that Francois will truly grasp the power of Christ for himself and his family. He is so worried about providing for his family. But, we want him to be able to trust God to take care of his family and all other aspects of life. Francois will continue to come to our service to learn about Jesus.
Pray for our youth group as well. The more times that we meet together, the more God places a burden for these young people on to my heart. It has been a lot of fun to teach them how to study their Bible, do 'sword' drills, games and work together. And it has also been challenging to see the problems that these kids face.
Thank you again for your prayers!
JeanJean, Kristie, Tana and Kerri Mompremier