This is another update for the work in Haiti. I ask you to pray for the planes and the AIR HOPE coalition pilots.
Pray for Terry Rushing of Wings as Eagles. He is flying from Miami to Jacmel. He is leaving at 6:30 in the morning and returning late in the evening. Pray that all will go well with the plane and Terry and his co-pilot.
On Tuesday, Terry and his co-pilot were able to get food and Gospel tracts provided by Baptist Mid Missions to the evangelistic crusade in Jacmel. He had to replace a starter on Wednesday of this week and could not fly.
On Thursday, Terry flew approximately 100 tents for Tim Bower and his ministry provided by Mike Peletier. We were told that they had held services together and that several hundred were in attendance and several people had been saved.
Terry also flew in tents for Dr. Brinson McGowan and a suction machine. Dr. McGowan's clinic suction machine broke causing him to be unable to continue all of his surgeries. Mrs. McGowan sent us a new machine with approximately 150 military tents. Terry will fly the remainder of the 150 tents tomorrow.
Federal Express mis-transported 200 of our tents this week, but they were very faithful and found the tents in Ocala, FL. God was gracious, and to our knowledge we have not lost any of the tents. We want to thank Federal Express for their support staff who found the wayward trailer with the tents.
We want to thank Kelley Hein and Dave Crispel for their efforts this last 10 days. They have flown almost non-stop. Tuesday, a medical team of 10 doctors and nurses called out of Jacmel asking for evacuation to Santo Domingo.
Our coalition pilots were able to get them out and flew extra missions to do so. The team was very thankful. Our AIR HOPE coalition pilots have been praised by everyone who has benefited by their presence. Again, we say thank you to Anchor Baptist Mission Air Ministry and all those who independently have made their air craft available to AIR HOPE.
We are thankful to the Canadian military who are working very closely with our pilots. These men and women have been a great blessing to help our pilots with the protection and distribution of their loads.
Today, I received a phone call from a dear brother in Christ who is a missionary in Haiti with Baptist Mid Missions, Dr. Roy Shelpman. Below is a message he sent as a result of speaking with Pastor Cherubin. Pastor Cherubin and the Shelpmans have almost a family relationship because of their close connection. I have included much of what he wrote for you to read.
"Earlier this morning I spoke directly with Pastor Dieupie....Last Sunday he was still not recovered completely from the physical exhaustion of previous weeks and considered having another man to preach for him. Gideon, an unusually talented trumpet player, was with him. When Pastor D indicated he might not preach, Gideon expressed extreme disappointment because he had invited a friend who needed to trust in Christ. He pled with Dieupie to preach because he believed the time was ripe for her conversion. This young preacher said, "I will do it." He then told me he had never preached with such a knowledge of the unction of the Holy Spirit and this lady made a profession of Christ as did a host of others.
Next, we talked about the evangelistic campaign.... My friends, Tom and Sarah Bennett of Mission for Haiti, were contacted. Jan Milton of Operation Renewed Hope also participated by sending equipment, transporting my friend of many years, Dr. Frank Garlock, Shelley Hamilton plus Sarah and two other ladies who would join in the special music. Monday night rain threatened to spoil the meeting but Dieupie urged the crowd of 2500 people to wait because he was convinced the Lord would stop the rain-AND HE DID!
That evening 40 persons made professions of faith in Jesus Christ. The crowds grew the next night and another 20 responded to the invitation. Last evening between 4 and 5 thousand people were in the public square to hear the gospel and again 20 responded.
A woman was there whom many knew was under deep conviction. She explained that today, (as I write), she wanted the pastor and the deacons to accompany her as she burned her fetishes in the presence of her father. This takes real courage but is proof of the reality of her coming to Christ.... I have always been skeptical of conversions which were connected with some emotional event and later were forgotten. But there is a moving of God everywhere on this side of the island of Hispaniola. Haitians have stared death in the eye ball and now understand what James meant in the 4th chapter: "for what is your life? It is even a vapor which appeareth for a little time and then vanisheth away." Many hearts of people have been prepared for the presentation of the saving gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ.... On Friday of this week one of our Seminary staff will begin discipleship meetings....
Pray for the days ahead for this church (Hosanna Baptist Church) and pastor. Join us in praising the Lord our God!
Dr. Roy and Ruth Shelpman
Baptist Mid Missions missionaries
I hope that you will continue to pray for all the work going on. Pray for Dave Spangler, our chief pilot. Please don't forget his ministry in your prayer and support, Flying for God. Thank you for your present support. We should be able in the next update to give you more information about a barge which we will have leaving from New Orleans going to Jacmel for us.
Operation Renewed Hope
4928 Necessary Ct.
Blue Springs, MO 64015