This morning started with Alani (Kathy Rinkenberger’s teenage granddaughter) giving a powerful devotional based on the verses Romans 12:9-12, which there was consensus that this is our theme verse here.
“Love must be sincere. Hate what is evil; cling to what is good. Be devoted to one another in brotherly love. Honor one another above yourselves. Never be lacking in zeal, but keep your spiritual fervor, serving the Lord. Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, and faithful in prayer. Share with God’s people who are in need. Practice hospitality.”
She shared very transparently and emotionally about how she absolutely did not want to come on this trip, but was basically forced to.
But God has done such a work in her life on this trip and she has experienced so much that she knows she was supposed to be here.
The night closed with her good friend Madison sharing in her devotional about how a year ago exactly she went to a youth conference and through the song “Oceans,” she felt God calling her to fully devote herself to serving God, and then she was given a prophetic message that she would serve God for one year on the mission field before college. So this was her first mission trip, and first step in that direction.
We had our final day of clinics today. Our medical team, which was originally supposed to have a real doctor and nurse, ended up consisting of the following: a pedorathist assistant (legitimate medical field experience), a high school AG teacher, a hair dresser, a house wife, and an unlicensed speech pathologist.
(God uses the foolish to confound the wise and the weak to confound the strong).
They did amazing. They treated things like draining a huge oral abscess, an eyeball that was being eaten away by acid, they lanced and medicated a leg abscess, a diabetic’s foot that had 3 ulcers that had to be lanced and treated, numerous cases of chikengunya, UTI’s, genital herpes, and so much more.
Over the three days they treated approximately 330 patients. The eyeglass clinic was also very successful and they gave out 444 pairs of glasses to people who can now read and see clearly.
Many people came to the Lord during the clinics. Praise the Lord.
I (Nikki) spent the majority of the day with Kathy Rinkenberger (part of the time with Tina too) going from building to building on the orphanage compound brainstorming and figuring out what we need and how things will function in the various buildings.
Kathy has trained her team well (the high school and college kids) to the point where they were totally on their own doing children’s ministry.
Christina Dammarell taught a lesson on caterpillars turning into butterflies and how that relates to us being born again when we become Christians.
They then helped the children with an adorable craft project of turning caterpillars into butterflies. Chad helped them race little cars (that he then gave them) on racetracks that look like mini AWANA pinebox derby car tracks.
They worked with anywhere from 100 to over 200 kids each day. The team did an outstanding job with the help of the high school age Haitian assistants.
This afternoon Pastor Walt’s back was in such excruciating pain that Lonnie had to help him out of bed and walk him into the common room.
It was lunch break time so everyone was at the house and Lonnie called the team together to pray over him. We anointed him with oil, got on our knees, laid hands on him (as the Bible says to do) and prayed over him.
He stood up and said he felt better, but not 100%. So he sat back down and asked the Haitians to lead the prayer this time. We were all praying simultaneously, but when Pastor Leonce was specifically leading (in Creole), Pastor Walt actually felt something in his back that felt like an adjustment.
He immediately stood up and said he was healed. He has been totally fine ever since, to the point of literally leading a congo line dancing at the end of the crusade tonight, but that’s another story…haha.
The crusade tonight was powerful. It was completely full again and even the Voodoo priest Andrew showed up.
Before the speakers came up, the worship leader led all the people (in Creole) in standing and turning to face each direction, praying God’s power and protection over the Haitian communities in each direction.
What was incredible was that every time the crowd turned a different direction to pray, the wind would blow behind them that direction.
The wind changed direction with the crowd’s prayers! We have been praying all week that God’s Spirit would blow through that place like the wind, and it did indeed.
We had asked Celissa to share her testimony tonight but the closer we got to today, the more uncomfortable she got with it, to the point where she finally told Pastor Walt this afternoon that she was not going to do it.
However, that was the enemy holding her back, because when it came time for her to get up and speak, the Holy Spirit took over, and she shared everything we had wanted her to and then some, things she had said she was VERY uncomfortable sharing with this crowd. But the crowd was riveted.
They were hanging on her every word and were so inspired and moved, by what she has overcome and where she is at now, all because of what God has done in her life. Pastor Walt shared a message about the power and authority that Christ has over demons and physical healing. He then told the people that he felt led to ask if anyone needs a physical healing and if they do, to come forward for prayer.
So the worship team started playing and people started flooding to the altar for prayer for healing. Many from our team went up and started anointing people with oil and praying for them.
Pastor Walt was using Kenol to translate so he knew what all the infirmities were that he was praying for and every single person was healed!
Tina and I did not have a translator so we were praying in general for each person, against the spirit of infirmities, for physical and spiritual healing, etc.
We had no idea what was wrong with each person or if they were healed, but we were so exhausted after interceding for each of them, we knew we were in a battle and God was using us.
At the end of the night, the worship team closed with some songs and the feeling was so joy-filled through the crowd that we didn’t think they were ever going to stop!
There was a cloud of humidity hovering under the tent from all the sweat from Haitians dancing and jumping.
Pastor Walt was right in the middle of it all, and at one point started a conga line going all through the tent with a massive crowd following him. It was hilarious.
Let’s just say that in the Haitian culture, Haitians respond in the joy of the Lord with VERY energetic, lively, loud, happy worship.
As we were finally getting ready to leave, Celissa was getting in the canter to drive about 20 people back to Arcahaie to the church they came from when a lady named Denise came up to her.
She was from Pastor Louissainte’s church and had had a vivid dream that had a man in black and all these other weird things and then a very clear message to her that she need to go find a woman named Celissa and talk to her because Celissa had a message for her.
Denise had never heard of anyone in the village named Celissa but somehow she tracked her down there tonight.
Unfortunately, Celissa had to leave right then so Pastor Walt and I talked to her with Kenol translating.
We told her what we thought the message would be (the true Gospel and that she needs to leave Louissainte’s church because he is a wolf in sheep’s clothing), but she just didn’t seem to get it, so we told her to come back on Monday to talk to Celissa.
We have a very long day tomorrow…we are leaving at 8:00 am and going to visit Pastor Leonce’s church in Arcahaie (Jim Tucker will be the guest preacher there), then going to St. Mark to visit the hospital and minister there (we are taking a picnic lunch because we won’t have time to come back to the mission), then we are going to visit Benita, the invalid woman we rescued from the hospital last year and got set up in a home with Celissa’s sister to take care of her, then to Dina’s orphanage, then finally to Wahoo Bay Beach Resort for a little well-deserved R&R at the beach and dinner.
We probably won’t get home until 8:30 pm and then we will have our team debriefing, pack, and will leave first thing the next morning to head home to California.
As always, thank you for your prayers, and please continue to cover our team as we have our final day of ministry tomorrow. Your prayers are absolutely critical to our team’s effectiveness and protection.
Blessings in Christ,