It is important to have a home, a refuge, a place to find good rest. More importantly, we must have the good rest of Jesus dwelling in our hearts. After visiting the Bon Repos site earlier this year, we saw only homes, wells, and toilets were there. We knew the people needed a sanctuary, a place they could fellowship in Christ, a place of spiritual peace and good rest.
When our family was asked to consider moving to Haiti for six to eight months to oversee construction of the School/Church and host the visiting MFM teams, it was an easy decision. We quickly began to share this opportunity with our supporters. They helped confirm our call as they prayerfully and financially encouraged us. We were on the field within two months. We arrived in Haiti August 25th.
My wife, Teresa, began setting up a home-school learning area for our boys, Curtis and Justin. I was busy helping Joab with various things around the OMS-Villa ORMISO. Our transition was very smooth, and we quickly began working on the church, finishing the footer, building forms for the foundation walls, and pouring many buckets of concrete. Within a couple weeks you could see the impression of a cross coming out of the ground.
What does Bon Repos personally mean to me? As I walk into the project site, I can almost hear the words spoken by God to Moses, Put off thy shoes from thy feet, for the place whereon thou stand is holy ground (Exodus 3:5 KJV). For many, Bon Repos is holy ground; not because of what man has done, but because of what God is doing.
Since our arrival in Haiti, we've been joined by six different teams with nearly 60 people on them. The teams have helped this community become more of a home for the families. Some of the work includes installing a large and wonderful playground set for the children. Other work has included helping with the foundation walls for the School/Church, and continuing the work on the remaining homes. Another rich blessing God gave is Nathan Wiechmann. Nathan is a fine young man from Iowa who I met on an evangelism trip to Colombia a couple years ago. Nathan has not only proven to be a great man of God, a great asset to the ministry, but we gladly add him to our family like our third son. Our boys love him too. Nathan is planning to be in Haiti for six months or more.
Nathan stated, “One piece at a time, block by block, the church building goes up. I am excited to see the building finished, knowing how God will use it for His glory to build His Kingdom. Every day I thank the Lord for allowing me to be part of His plan.”
The progress since we've arrived is amazing. We have a church that is almost completely blocked, doors and windows ordered, erected a large playground set, built trusses, and built several homes. The greatest report is, while we are doing temporal building, God is allowing us to take part in eternal building to share the Gospel message and lead men to Christ.
I want to encourage you to join a team and experience the many blessings of God for yourself in this new community of “Good Rest.” Our family will be waiting for your arrival and consider it a blessing to be a small part of your life changing journey. Do….Go….Give!
And he said to them all, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow me. For whosoever will save his life shall lose it: but whosoever will lose his life for my sake, the same shall save it(Luke 9:23-24 KJV).