Building of the NEW CHURCH !!!!!!!
Bryan was in Bizoton, Haiti from December 17, 2011 through January 7,2012. After much prayer, he knew that God wanted him to be there to over see the breaking of ground of the New Church that we are building, slightly up the mountain from tent city where the old one was. When he went down there we knew that this was going to be a new thing but the extent of the true meaning of "NEW" became more apparent as each day unfolded. It seems that many people who were attending the old church had left, not feeling very welcome. Bryan came to find out that many of the churches in Haiti follow alot of the "religious traditions" of the Old Testament and not the love of Jesus! They read from the French bible because that is what they regard as "correct & proper" but most of the people from the villages only understand Creole. One woman was kicked out of her church because they felt she had cut her hair too short and they considered that disrespectful. Ground breaking of The New Church began on Christmas Eve! What a beautiful day to start something new! As they were getting ready to celebrate the day of our Saviors birth, the New Covenant of Jesus Christ, the ground for the church was broken. And in as much as Jesus was broken for us, for our sins, this New Church of Jesus is going to be used to break the chains of darkness and vodoo that has ensnared these precious people for so long. It is going to be used to set the captives free in Haiti from all their traditions and religious practices. One by one, we believe that they will come to know the truth about Jesus and that they will feel His love like never before! That they will come to the saving knowledge of grace that only comes from Jesus! As the foundation of the church in the physical was being laid down, so was the foundation of the New Church of Jesus being laid down in the spiritual. God put many things on Bryans heart. Bryan began to share the real Jesus! He began to tell them about Jesus's love and about how special they are. He told them about how Jesus died for them so that they might have life. He shared about how when Jesus came there was a new covenant established in Him, making the old obsolete. As he spoke something began to happen. The words started to penetrate their hearts. One by one Bryan could see something come over each one. It was like their eyes and ears were being opened. Suddenly the expressions on their faces and the posture of their bodies began to change. They started to sit up and listen with smiles on their faces. It was if God was touching them one by one and they were feeling it for the first time! They started to hear truth about Jesus! The Jesus they had known was very harsh and judgemental. They did not know of this Jesus who said "Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For My yoke is easy and My burden light." That woman who lives way up the mountain heard about what was being spoken at this "New Church" and walked a long way with her daughter to hear about this Jesus who would love her even if her hair was short! God used Bryan those three weeks in a miraculous way! What started with a few people the first time Bryan spoke the truth, grew to about 60 the last day he was there. Word has been spreading throughout the villages. People who never went to church because they didnt feel they belonged, now went to church! From what we hear.... many ,many, more will be there when we go back in Feb. They are hungry not only for physical food, but for the Word of God! Please continue to keep them and us in prayer as we prepare to go back in three more weeks to share more about how awesome our God is. May your will be done Jesus, in this New Church, on earth as it is in heaven!
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