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Haiti trip: Blog update No. 3

Sunday, December 16, 2012
by Lacey Printz and Alexander McMeen

Lacey Printz and Alexander McMeen add another update on the track and field mission trip to Haiti. The above picture is from the conclusion of the prayer walk, highlighted in the third and fourth paragraphs. 

What does it mean to be BOLD for Christ? This is a question that every Christian struggles with on a day-to-day basis. After our second day in Haiti, we feel as though we’ve been given the opportunity to discover this meaning. Having the ability to be bold exemplifies a great inner strength that God places within our hearts. One who is bold is unafraid of demonstrating this strength and willing to make a statement for what they believe in. Finding an inner strength to be bold for Christ is definitely something that each member of this team desires. We’ve all been in constant prayer that we may let God fill our hearts so as a result we may pour out our love and souls to these Haitian people.

As Christians, we have the opportunity to be alive in Christ and find strength in dark times and adversity. It is said that Haiti is 90% Catholic, 10% Protestant, and 100% voodoo. The most devout Christians often find themselves practicing voodoo when they feel as if God has not answered their prayers. Voodoo and evil spirits cause these people to live in fear and being here has opened our eyes to how evident Satan is within this country. At first, you might read this and think that is preposterous or not possible back home in the States, but doesn’t materialism do the same thing to us? We look down upon something so “silly” as voodoo, when we have something just as powerful controlling us at home without even knowing it.

Recently at the CHCH, they have experienced many problems with their neighbors who practice voodoo, from slashed tires to stolen batteries to stolen license plates. Sitting down with Hunter and Jillian made it evident that there had been evil within the walls of the orphanage. They described how they had recently done a prayer walk over the orphanage grounds and in each room, praying that God may place His hand of protection over the orphanage.  They understood the strength of prayer, and the power it contains when many bodies are praying over a certain thing, and so they asked us to partake in our own prayer walk. While we were uncomfortable at first, and even at times during the walk, we know God calls us to step out of our comfort zone so he can take over.

Taking part in the walk was an experience unlike any other. Satan doesn’t know what we think, so verbalizing our thoughts and commanding him to leave the walls of this orphanage was vital. Ironically, as we started the walk, we literally heard Satan, as voodoo drums echoed in the distance. Many times we don’t physically hear Satan because he controls us through subtle moments, and so it was actually empowering to know he was out there. Each group showed their boldness for Christ because we saw it as an opportunity to show Satan he was no match for God’s power and unfailing love.

We finished the walk as a team, praying over the orphanage and the goodness God continues to bestow upon it. We ask that you join us in this prayer because we have seen firsthand how the CHCH can be a light for Haiti. As we close, a specific verse in Acts comes to mind, highlighting just how powerful an experience like this one can be.

Acts 5:29-31 says, “And now, Lord, look upon their threats and grant your servants to continue to speak your word with all boldness while you stretch out your hand to heal, and the signs and wonders are performed through the name of your holy servant Jesus. And when they had prayed, the place in which they were gathered together was shaken, and they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and continued to speak with BOLDNESS.”

            Be BOLD for Christ. 

             -Lacey and Alexander