Yesterday, Wednesday 12/10/2014, was a day where God accomplished much on behalf of Divine Ministries, Team One:27 and the missions team from WLUMC.
Because of current political unrest and rioting/protesting in the streets, we limited those traveling to our Les Cayes location to just the three men on our team, accompanied by Daniel Jean, Engineer Remon, and two other men from Divine Ministries’ staff. We left PaP (Port-Au-Prince) at O’dark thirty and arrived without incident at our Les Cayes compound at 9 am. We took photos and video clips of the progress on the orphanage building now under construction and the recently installed solar-powered water treatment system. We met with Madam Delmas, the woman who generously provided the land to Divine Ministries and discussed the completion of the necessary paperwork to legally transfer the property to DM.
On our return trip to PaP, we were intercepted by someone (an angel?) who warned us of trouble ahead in Petit Guave. Protestors had blocked the streets and were causing havoc. This man waved to us and indicated that we should follow his motorcycle through the back streets of the city. As we turned our vehicles around we were passed by police and UN personnel in riot gearheaded toward the protestors. He led us safely through the city, though we passed another site where the protestors had earlier turned over a delivery truck. The police were on site and men were working on transferring the freight onto another truck. We emerged safely on the main road past the danger zone. I gave the man a good tip and asked him if he could read (only 23% of Haitians are literate). He said “yes’” so I gave him a Gideon New Testament in Kreyol. The remainder of the trip was uneventful.
The three ladies on our team, who stayed in PaP that day, worked on decorating the seven cakes that were baked the day before in preparation for the two (small) Christmas parties we plan to hold this week. One on Thursday, for the DM kids, and one on Friday, for the children who attend the Church On Fire. We will not be inviting children from other orphanages, as we have for the past four years, so we can concentrate on more pressing financial needs/opportunities.
God wasn’t finished blessing us even then. We were pursuing the rental of a property for our boys’ house across town, but God brought to light a property directly across the street from our main PaP property that we didn’t think was available. The owner was delighted that we would consider renting the upstairs and part of the downstairs from her. Additionally, the compound includes a large undeveloped area (approximately 55 feet by 120+ feet that is available as a play area and site for special events.
We will be sitting down with the owner this morning to discuss the amount of rent we will pay. We are believing it will be less than the $4,500 we were prepared to pay for the property across town, currently under consideration. It’s proximity and usable space make it extremely attractive. It would also solve another problem: the local authorities have been troubling Daniel about the lack of recreational space at our current site. This new site would give us sufficient space for both the boys and girls to play and exercise.
I tried to attach pictures and/or videos to this email, so you could see the property in Les Cayes and some of the cakes (gateaus) that were baked and decorated for the children’s party planned for later today. Only Divine Ministries children will attend today. We know they are well behaved and we have sufficient gifts, candy, food, etc. to really celebrate the birth of our Savior. The internet here could not handle the load, so I will try again later to send the pictures. For now I thought it was important for you to know how God is moving on our behalf in response to your prayers.
Mark Gillette and the Missions Team from West Lawn UMC