Plans Change

God Still Writes Miracles

By Carl Poynter MFM Northeast Regional Director

While living in Haiti, one thing our family learned was to be flexible as plans in Haiti change quickly and often. Many days we would make plans to work at Bon Repos, only to have them changed due to civil unrest and road closures.

One morning, we pulled out of the gates of the Villa and proceeded down to the main road. It was Monday and our team was eager to work for the first time on the church project in Bon Repos. We drove several miles in abnormally congested traffic and after sitting in stopped traffic for 30 minutes, we got word that we would have to turn around and go back.

I began to silently ask God to show us what He would have us do. I could see the sadness on our team members’ faces as several began to ask me what we were going to do. I instructed our driver to take us to Gressier to visit the girls’ orphanage and school since we were already heading in that direction.

Carl with Haitian man
Carl Poynter stands with the Haitian man who sought him out to hear the Gospel.
As we pulled into the gate, a Haitian man pointed at me and said he needed to talk to me. I figured he was going to ask for a job because that was a pretty typical occurrence. I asked the team to gather for lunch while I went and talked with this man.

He began to tell me of all the bad things he had done in life and that God would not forgive him. I shared my testimony and some scripture before he abruptly stopped me and said, “You do not understand. I have been too bad to be saved. I have even murdered people, and when I try to sleep I have bad dreams of seeing blood on my hands.”

I shared the testimony of a man named Saul who was persecuting Christians. I explained how God forgave him on the road to Damascus, changed this man into Apostle Paul, and ultimately used him to do many great things. He looked up, and I could see hope in his face as he said, “I know who this man is in the Bible.” He removed his hat, dropped to the ground on his knees, and raised his hands into the air saying, “God can forgive me.” He prayed a prayer of repentance with me, and, as we finished, he embraced me with a long hug.

Carl presenting Bible to new believer
Words of encouragement are written in a Bible presented to a new believer.
God reminded me of the words in Isaiah 55:8-9: For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the Lord for as the heavens are higher than earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts. If we would have had our way, we would have gone to Bon Repos and worked as we had planned. Instead, eternal work was accomplished. A soul was won that day to God’s Kingdom, and a new name was written in the Lamb’s Book of Life.

I am so thankful that our plans don’t always work out!

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