Before Haiti Journal

I’m leaving today to fly out and eventually get to Haiti tomorrow morning with a group of 18 other family and friends. I am really excited to get back to Haiti. This morning I was reflecting on the people and the places I went last year while there and how much I did not want to leave. I can’t wait to return even if only for a short time.

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We will be there the next week and have a lot planned in a very short period of time. We will be visiting with the orphans on Friday and then will be doing a series of services called a “Crusade” in a city called Onaville through the weekend. I am really excited to be back with the amazing people of Haiti. I definitely left part of myself there in my last visit and can’t wait to revisit old memories and make some new ones!

I won’t have any internet so once I arrive there I won’t add any posts until we fly back into the states next week. I’m hoping to take some time to journal and write down all that we get to do while there. Please keep our group in your prayers each day over this next week! We have a lot of amazing opportunities to impact lives all over Haiti and need people praying for God to lead and guide us all along the way.

Keep the Unity

I have such a burden on my heart to see the whole Body of Christ come together in perfect love and unity. I believe that Jesus is going to come back for a pure, spotless and undivided Bride. I believe that upon His return the Church will be at its greatest moment in history in the areas of purity, love and unity. It seems so clear that Jesus saw all of the impending confusion and division and that is why he prayed so earnestly in John 17 for God to place His love in us so that we can love each other.

In May of this year we had a the first of a now monthly city-wide prayer gathering for the area that I live in. Towards the end of the night as people were praying the Lord showed me a powerful vision that took me by surprise. In the vision I saw  a woman, like a doll, scattered in pieces all over the floor. The image was sickening. As I looked at this horrible image I felt the Holy Spirit say so clearly to me, “This is what my Bride looks like.” He showed me that this is how we are as the church. We are scattered, torn and separated by misunderstandings, fear, bitterness, jealousy, self-righteousness, prejudice and many other things. My heart broke as I began to feel the heart of God on the issue. I could see how earnestly He desired that we as the Body of Christ would come together as the beautiful, unified Bride the Jesus deserves.

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There is so much I could say in my own opinions on this subject but that would probably be more of a book rather than a short blog post. My hope is that we can somehow come together and agree that we agree on the important things and that its okay that we disagree on the lesser details. I hope that as we learn to love one another in spite of our differences that more people would be attracted to coming to Jesus as well.

Here are just a few things I found in the Scriptures to help us all in this area…

  • We need to earn to earnestly pray and make every effort to keep unity within the Church (Eph 4:2).
  • We need honor one other and esteem others higher than ourselves (Phil 2:1-4, Rom 12:10).
  • We need to practice humility and attempt to be like minded (Col 3:12)
  • We need to avoid provoking one another and becoming conceited (Gal 5:2)
  • Go to to a brother/ sister privately and in love whenever you have a conflict with them. (Matt 18)

Do all things without grumbling or disputing,  that you may be blameless and innocent, children of God without blemish in the midst of a crooked and twisted generation, among whom you shine as lights in the world (Phillipians 2:14-15)

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Jesup Georgia – Old Motel

Here are a few pics I took a few weeks ago with my friend Deric Cain. We had a small break while working at an event in Jesup and found this old abandoned motel. It reminded me of how everything we own in this world, no matter how nice it may seem today, will one day become decayed, old and thrown away. The only things that we can hold onto are the things that we invest eternally in the Kingdom of God.

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Talk: Before You Hit the Falls

This morning I woke up and immediately began to have a vision from the Lord. I wanted to share what the Lord showed me and what I felt like he told me concerning it this morning because I was so encouraged and challenged by it all.

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I was riding in a raft with a group of people down the Chattahoochee river. We we’re close to approaching the falls. The day was clear and beautiful outside. Randomly the raft guide interrupts all of us and says, “Everyone stop talking. No one talk.” I was really confused by the request but we all shut our mouths and kept paddling. As we kept floating I then noticed that our guide had also seemingly taken this vow of silence as well. I kept thinking, will he say something? As we got closer to the falls I began to feel worried. I was hoping that he would speak up, I was hoping that someone would say something but everyone sat in silence. I knew that as we approached if we did not all communicate and work together that we would certainly flip the boat or hit a rock when we hit the rapids. Before we hit the falls, the vision ended (thankfully). 

Immediately after seeing this the Holy Spirit showed me that this relates to my own life, to the life of churches and ministries and the Body of Christ as a whole. I felt like He showed me that it’s crucial that we live in community with one another and learn to communicate and work together. We are all on the same boat as followers of Christ, even if we don’t agree with everyone else paddling or the leaders who are guiding the rafts we float along on. The Lord showed me how important it is for our leaders to step up and communicate what exactly we need to do. While rafting even the slightest misdirection can lead you into really dangerous situations. Our guides (leaders) have ridden down the falls many times before and know every move that we need to make to ride through successfully. Our leaders need to give direction and we need to listen to our leaders when they begin to shout that we need to begin paddling or to shift our weight.

Also, I felt like the Lord was showing me that we, as simple followers of Christ need to be communicating with those on our boat. Sometimes bitterness, strife, fear and prejudice can keep us from communicating. The danger of this silence is that when we begin to hit the rapids as a ministry or a church, then everyone could easily be thrown out and the boat flipped over. We need to all be in true community with one another and live in sync so that we can stay on the right path.

In John 15 the Lord makes it clear how we demonstrate obedience to Him and even avoid being one of the branches that are fruitless and thrown into the fire. He tells us that we are to love one another. We receive His love as we remain in Him and our natural response should be that we love and communicate with those around us. He sums it all up so beautifully in verse 17 when he says, “This I command you, that you love one another.

Sometimes even seemingly good things can become the greatest barrier between us and other people. At times people’s theology will even keep believers from not only loving one other but from talking in any way. If our theology brings us to a place of judgement or condemnation then we should maybe consider questioning our theology. We can easily live with an “us and them” mentality which breeds nothing but pride and arrogance. The Lord wants us to follow His example and live lives of both humility and grace.