Church… Is it a building?

Today I was blessed with yet another amazing experience.  Jean Phillipe speaks at this church every second sunday of the month..  It is on Route 1, between Arcahaie and Cabaret.  Today his sermon was on  worship.  Of course because of the language barrier I did not understand everything but Jean Phillipe had handed out a sheet before hand that had all of the scripture references on the sheet.  I could follow with that partially, but I found my mind drifting.  

Drifting into what church really is.  My mind goes back to all of the sermons at my home church, by different pastors, all teaching the same thing.  How church is NOT the building.  It is not a place.  Today, a group of brothers and sisters in Christ came together to worship, praise, and learn more about Him.  And it didn’t matter that the floor was dirt, and the walls were plywood, the support nothing more than tree branches… 

1 Corinthians 3:9-16 (NKJV)

For we are God’s fellow workers; you are God’s field, you are God’s building. 10 According to the grace of God which was given to me, as a wise master builder I have laid the foundation, and another builds on it. But let each one take heed how he builds on it. 11 For no other foundation can anyone lay than that which is laid, which is Jesus Christ. 12 Now if anyone builds on this foundation with gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, straw, 13 each one’s work will become clear; for the Day will declare it, because it will be revealed by fire; and the fire will test each one’s work, of what sort it is. 14 If anyone’s work which he has built on it endures, he will receive a reward. 15 If anyone’s work is burned, he will suffer loss; but he himself will be saved, yet so as through fire.

16 Do you not know that you are the temple of God and that the Spirit of God dwells in you?

What!  I am God’s building?  All believers are considered to be God’s building.  Our cornerstone, you got it, Jesus Christ.  What an incredible acknowledement.  

The above photo is Jean Phillpe preaching..  I can not wait to get home so that I can post video of him.  What an amazing spiritual gift this young man has.  Today he talked about the elements of worship, I hope that someday he will have the opportunity to share with you.  The pastor took time to have us all introduce ourselves to the congergation, as there were 6 of us with Jean Phillipe.  Rhitza was awesome and translated for Sherry and I.  He also wanted to make us all feel welcome and thanked us several times for coming.  They sang a hym in english for us, and asked me to pray for their discipleship meeting that was taking place after service today.  I am normally not a very good public prayer, and on the spot like that made me very nervous, but no one translated from english to creole, so therefore there were no giggles… Then all 6 of us came forward and the congergation prayed for all of us.  It was so touching.  The love that I could feel radiate through me and around me.  Feeling the Holy Spirit so strongly that tears were running down my face.  

Sherry, Pastor, Tanja (me), and Jean Phillipe 

I am so appreciative of everyone that supports  our growth as a body of believers.  I want to tell everyone that supports us through prayer, and/or with physical/financial gifts, that I praise the Lord for you.  I pray that through you the light will always shine.  

Blessings to you all, I am going to try and ward off the mosquitos who seem to love my cold Minnesota blood….   


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Serving for God’s Glory 

1 Peter 4:9-10 

Be hospitable to one another without grumbling.  As each one has received a gift, minister it to one another, as good stewards of the manifold grace of God. 

This week a new project begins.  The Lord has blessed 7:10 with the funding to build an earthbag home for a family living in La Digue.  I have talked about this family in the past.  This family lives right outside of our property at the widowage.  This family lost a 2 year old child to malnutrition in August.  Today I met with Monsieur and Madam Paul.  We talked about what we were hoping to accomplish in the next couple of weeks, in regards to providing a home for them. 

In the past the Lord has blessed us with money to build homes, and the money was provided to include labor on the homes we build.  After much prayer and consideration, we have decided to change our ways.  Rather than paying for labor, we would like the home owners to be very involved in the building of their home.  We would like them to ask family and friends to bless them with their hands and strength.  Neighbors and brothers and sisters in Christ coming together to help one another, knowing that the Lord will bless them for blessing others.  It will be a sort of “pay it forward” system.  We will pray with the home owners, and pray that volunteers will step forward.  We will pray with the whole team throughout the whole process.  Using scripture to show what happens when you give from your heart.  2 Corinthians 9:6-15 says: But this I say: He who sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and he wo sows bountifully will also reap bountifully.  So let each one give as he purposes in his heart, not grudgingly or of necessity; for God loves a cheerful giver.  And God is able to make all grace abound toward you, that you, always having all sufficiency in all things, may have an abundance for every good work.  As it is written: “He has dispersed abroad, He has given to the Poor; His righteousness endures forever.” Now may he wo supplies seed to the sower, and bread for food, supply and multiply the seed you have sown and increase the fruits of your righteousness, while you are enriched in  everything  for all liberality, which causes thanksgiving through us to God.  For the administration of this service not only su7pplies the needs of the saints, but also is abounding through many thanksgivings to God, while, through the proof of this ministry, they glorify God for the obedience of your confession to the gospel of Christ, and for your liberal sharing with them and all men, and by their prayer for you, who long for you because of the exceeding grace of God in you.  Thanks be to God for His indescribable gift! 

Meet the Paul Family.  From left to right we have Wilfod (1yr), Madam Clara Elisma (38), Katiana Etienne (14) Wilkerson (7), Tatie (8), and Wilnove Paul (54).  

This is their home.  I asked if it was ok to take photos of the before and after home pictures and the family agreed to share their living space with me, and you…   

This is it folks…  Sticks… tarps…. mud….   It was very neat and tidy and well kept.  You can tell that there is a love for what they do have.  

Please visit us over the next few weeks to see updated progress on the house the Lord has provided for us to build for this precious family.  Daily updates (as long as our internet is working) will be posted on our Facebook page.  With the help of Haiti Christian Development Project out of Gonaives Haiti we will be building an earth bag home with a rain catching system set up on the home.  To learn more about this amazing mission please visit.

This group will be staying at the home of our wonderful director here in La Digue, Ronald, and his mother Claudette will be providing meals for these men.  Please keep HCDP in your prayers as they prepare to travel this next Monday, and pray for the families that they will be leaving at home.  Pray for the Paul family as they prepare to receive a new home and learn a new trade, building earth bag homes.  

We are actively fundraising at 7:10 Foundation, fundraising for our missionaries and the homes that they will be staying in while in Haiti, fundraising for our property wall and gate to be completed, and finally for more homes.  Homes to be built on the widowage for widows and single mothers, and homes to be built in the village for families in need.   Please keep 7:10 in your prayers that the Lord will provide for our projects.