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August 2016
 
 
In this is love, not that we loved God,
but that He loved us and sent His Son to be the propitiation for our sins.
Beloved, if God so loved us, we also ought to love one another.

~ 1 John 4:10-11 ~
Dear Friends in Christ,
Each month it is a challenge to write, in a few words, all God has done through OSM. The Lord teaches me more about myself every day, and I am grateful that He continues to love and guide me. This month, Debbi and I celebrated our 39th wedding anniversary. This is a miracle in itself, since our marriage almost ended after 2 years. God used that trial to bring me to Him. Praise the Lord!
When our family lived in Haiti, one of our favorite things to do was to hike in the mountains. Remembering this, Debbie and I were not surprised when Kenny told us recently hiking is his favorite thing to do in Haiti. During these hikes, he is able to give away Bibles, pray with people and share the gospel of Christ.
The last team that Lussade, Pastor Etienne and Kenny ministered with was from San Antonio. John Leininger (Uncle John to our children) brought a group of seasoned Haiti visitors who love the Haitian people. They stayed at Merci Village, did sewing projects, hiked and visited with the people. They interviewed the village families and helped them enroll their children in local schools, which is a very big job. When there are so many people with needs, it’s not easy to choose whom to help. The team also went to Deye Mon to visit friends and check on the small village being built. Plans were made to build more homes in the fall.
Hiking out in Deye Mon is so beautiful. Up in the mountains, the team found people living in very bad conditions. Often, these are the people homes are built for. While there, Pastor Wilfred had a church service in the new village. It was exciting for Kenny to be there and to worship with them. He was blessed by this team and their love for Christ and the Haitians. We are always very grateful to John for his longtime friendship and for being such a kind and caring uncle to our children.
After months of disappointing setbacks and tremendous cost overruns, we had a hallelujah moment this month with the F-450 truck. The Cummings diesel fired to life, then we took it for a 2-mile test drive. It sounded and performed great. Praise the Lord! As we were pulling back into the driveway, I looked at the right side rearview mirror to see sparks and flames shooting out of the side of the truck! The batteries and fuel tank are on that side and in the back so my mind raced with possible horrible scenarios. Kenny and Paul jumped out to see the sparks and fire blowing out of the tailpipe like a blow torch. Then I could see them laughing and they informed me that some sort of critter must have built a nest in the exhaust system in the many years the truck sat dormant. In a few minutes the flames quieted down to a few sparks, then nothing. It took a while for me to get over that scare though.
Now, we have a good bit more work to do. The truck will be inspected and tagged so it can be driven to break it in and finish the build. It will need a front bumper suitable for Haiti’s sometimes demolition derby type driving and a metal rack/cage for the back to haul supplies and teams safely. The funds for the truck to this point have been provided but are depleted. Please pray with us that this project can be completed and we can get it on a ship headed to Haiti soon.
Thanks be to God for His indescribable gift!
~ II Corinthians 9:15 ~
We are humbled and grateful to our Father for His amazing patience and love for us. We are grateful for His sacrifice of love through Jesus Christ and that He has given us grace so one day we will worship Him face to face. Until that day, we long to share His love with others so they can have the same hope and future God has given us. May each of you know Jesus as your Savior also!
Because of Christ,