Recently, our church was visited by a missionary family whose intent it is to work in northern Haiti. Currently living in northern MN, Richie works for a plumbing company and Robin is in the nursing field. Their skills will come in handy when they finally reach their destination as Richie will be the main guy to get the plumbing fixed in the local hospital along with getting the pumps working that will bring water from the local cistern to the city; Robin will be interfacing with the staff and patients, especially the children, at the same hospital.
They are in the preparation period. They still need to get financing set up. Their life is busy with traveling to various locations where they are learning the native language or where Richie learns application skills for the specific job function he needs for the hospital work. There are school supplies that need to be ordered; they have two young boys who will be home schooled when they aren’t busy visiting the kids in the hospital with their mom or just playing outside with the locals.
We could all feel the excitement they have for this venture as we listened to them tell their story. They have visited Haiti once before and have some knowledge about what life will be for them there and, while there will be shortages of water and electricity (when the generator at the hospital shuts down, so does their house), while the nearest big town for shopping is 8 hours away by car, and while it isn’t the safest place to live, their commitment to this calling remains undeterring.
Richie and Robin have asked for prayers: For settling the unrest protesters against economic management and corruption are causing; that there will be effective communication between the people in Haiti and the government; that the health and safety of workers at their hospital be protected. They have asked for guidance that their time and skills will be used wisely; that they will be fruitful in their spiritual partnerships with individuals and the local churches; and that their ministry team will continue to grow.
The organization they are working through is Crossworld (we found the closeness of their organization’s name to ours quite astonishing!). If you would like more information about Crossworld, please click HERE.
Our crosses are accompanying them on their travels; we would like you to keep this young family in your prayers as well.
Here are some great testimonials we received; we thank you!
‘Thank you for the crosses. We will be so excited to share these with our church family. Thank you for all you do!’
Alison – Grace United Church, Lloydminster, Alberta Canada
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‘God’s richest blessings to all of you at Cross The World.’
In His love – Susan, Community Lutheran Church, Bullhead City, AZ
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‘We are Winter Texans. Received your beautiful cross at the Cowboy Church. A basket of them were left on the table for anyone to take. I will be passing mine on to my family and friends. What a blessing. The Lord’s word, crossing the world, one cross at a time. Praise the Lord for your discipleship.’
Coleen – TX
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Thank you, also, to the following for giving our crosses ‘feet’ this last month. To God goes the glory!
Open Door Community Church – Breezy Point, MN
Gethsemane Lutheran Church – Dassel, MN
Good Samaritan Society – Inver Grove Heights, MN
Community Lutheran Church – Bullhead City, AZ
Grace United Methodist Church – Fergus Falls, MN
Sandra – WA
Karen – IA
Canaan Moravian Church – Davenport, ND
Nancy – MO for mission trip to Belize
Don – MN
Second Assembly of God – Joplin, MO
Janice – MN
Center of Hope – Sioux Falls, SD
Hilltop Chapel – Palisade, MN for mission trip to Haiti
Dodie – MN for MN Teen Challenge, Brainerd MN
Our Saviors Lutheran Church – Rock Valley, IA
Gold Canyon United Methodist Church – Gold Canyon, AZ
Dorothy – MN
Carla – MN
Because of what the Son has done, we have been set free. Because of Him, all of our sins have been forgiven.
He is risen. Celebrate the Savior!
Wishing you all a very blessed Easter.