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Mission Update - August 2010

Monday, October 04, 2010 View Comments Comments (0)

In June we were in Haiti to finalize the purchase of eight acres outside of Port-au-Prince where we are planning to locate the new mission center.  Derrick Simpson, a young architect, and grand-nephew of J. Harold Smith, went with us to help plan the site.  Derrick began drawing up the site plan which will eventually include a fifty bed orphanage, a pastor training center, a church and school, and mission team housing.  The land is beautiful and is situated in a safe area outside the city.  It will be within an hour’s drive from the airport, and will be a good location for mission teams who wish to carry out mission work in the city.

 

The highlight of the trip was the dedication of a former voodoo temple as a new mission church.  (See Christian Living in this issue.)  The voodoo priest said that since the Good Neighbor Orphanage moved next door (after the earthquake) his spirit would no longer come down, so he had lost his power, and was going to have to move.  John Thelus, who manages the orphanage, raised the money to buy the building.  This is a great victory for God’s work.  Darl Strable, an old mission friend from Ohio, helped raise the money, and took a team of young people to Haiti to do the hard work of helping clean up and clean out the building. They made a great personal sacrifice to get that work done; it was hot and dirty work, but with God’s help, they did it joyfully and well.  It is really exciting to see young people involved in doing God’s work.

 

The Port-au-Prince area is still in terrible condition after the quake, but everywhere there are signs the city is being cleaned up, and things are getting back to normal.  The big problem this summer is the tropical rain, and with more than one million people living in temporary tents, the situation is very difficult for those people.  There is a growing risk of widespread disease outbreaks, and there is a rising crime problem.  Mission teams have to be careful about when and where they travel because of kidnappings.

 

But God is at work, and we are committed to remaining there over the next few years to help in the rebuilding process.  Our pastor training efforts will continue, and we are planning a November pastor-training conference to be held at the new church in Port-au-Prince.

 

One of the missions of the Radio Bible Hour is Christian education.  Each month we try to make good books and study helps available to our supporters.  This Fall we are preparing to celebrate the opening of the J. Harold Smith Bible Institute and Pastor Training Center in collaboration with Carson-Newman College.  The first classes will be held at First Baptist Church, in Morristown, Tennessee this Fall.  The first course for pastors will be on Biblical Preaching, and we are excited about how the Lord will use this institute to strengthen pastors and their churches.  There is no mission work more important than the home mission work of strengthening small churches.  These little churches with less than three hundred members are the backbone of the body of Christ, and yet they are often neglected and their pastors serve under very tough conditions.  We love them and believe that God has a great reward in store for these wonderful people who serve in these smaller churches.  


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