Things are slowing down a bit after a super crazy week!
Monday the 21st kicked off an 11 day crusade that was split between Gonaives (a city to the north of us) and here on the YWAM base in Saint-Marc. The event was organized by many of the pastors of the two cities, and I would say it was a success! Our (YWAM Haiti Staff's) involvment did not begin until day three of the crusade, when our worship team, lead by a guest worship leader George Dumaine from IHOP, went to Gonaives each night to lead worship there. I was still very sick at this point with Dengue, but I could still hear them practicing during the day in our arena as I lay feverish in bed. It made being sick much more bearable!
Here is an audio clip I recorded of them practicing. Its pretty faint, so you might want to turn it up or plug in some headphones!
The Crusade began for us here in Saint-Marc on the evening of day 7. It was awesome! Each evening went pretty much the same way;
Officially, the Crusade started at 6. But of course, we live in Haiti, and we run on Haitian time. (A.k.a. late) There were very few people in their seats when things kicked off at least half an hour late, but they would slowly file in. Usually a pastor would pray and start everything off, and then we would start the Haitian-ified worship, which can be pretty cool. Basically, a pastor or worship leader from a local church would pick a few songs randomly, and proceed to belt them out over the speaker system while our worship team/band would grab their instruments and figure out the beats and chords as they went along. (Let me just say, we have some talented people around here! God has blessed this base with some people with AMAZING musical abilities!)
After the first worship set would come a time of prayer, and then a choir or vocalist would perform. By this time the arena was getting pretty full. (Partially because the drivers we sent out to pick people up arrived. Jay was one of these drivers, and lets just say he learned how to back up with a trailer on the fly this week) Now it was time for the REAL worship time to start. I am so sad, but I only got a small snipit of what it was like, so keep in mind that it was a bajillion times better than this:
Once worship was finished, our guest speaker, Rabbi Kirt Schneider (A messianic Rabbi, you can visit his website here.) came and taught on many things that are pertinent to the Haitian culture such as forgiveness, demons, and the importance of living a Holy life. He was such a powerful speaker, and demanded the attention of the sometimes unruly crowd. Please pray that his teachings have a lasting impact on all of those who heard them!
Photos from the YWAM Haiti Facebook Page
While the crusade kept everyone busy in the evenings, we were kept busier still during the day running a pastor's seminar in our sanctuary and at the same time putting on a youth gathering in the arena. Needless to say, everyone on base is exhausted. What better way to relax then to visit the Dominican Republic for an awesome, but relaxing, YWAM Caribbean Staff Conference!
A group of us are leaving tomorrow and traveling by bus to the other side of Hispaniola to stay at the Tropical Princess resort in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic. Please pray for travel mercies as we travel and as we cross the Dominican border tomorrow, and for this conference to be a refreshing experience both physically and spiritually for all of the staff attending!