Thursday, March 26, 2009

Picture


A picture is worth a thousand words. Need I say more. What you are staring at is the 5th wonder of the world, at least in my world! It runs, tomorrow it pumps. The disaster of day one was a test, and as we prayed, God worked. I have to tell you, this motor had not run for years, was supposed to have been thrown away, but God saved it for a another missions trip miracle. To prove himself faithful to a bunch of doubting Americans (at least one, being me) and a church full of needy Haitians. Arsene came up to me tonight with his mouth wide open, he said to me “Start it”, one pull and this puppy runs. He said you are an amazing mechanic, I said no, I just serve a really big God! Dad, if you read this post, you will not believe it, but this motor started and ran just as easy as the new one did in the shop a few days ago! I pulled once, put a little gas in the carburetor, and on the next pull it ran and never quit. A cheer went up from the Americans! I had all the parts I needed except for some studs, and the oil plugs. We went down to the hardware store and I bought some bolts to cut off to make mounting studs, we went to pay the man and I just happened to say to Rob, ask if he has some oil plugs, the man never left the counter, he bent over and in 2 seconds held one on the counter, it was Rob’s turn to show surprise while I excitedly said do you have another one? And another second later the other plug was on the counter. I would be lying if I told you I wasn’t a little shocked too, but I had gathered a lot of confidence when I woke up staring at that pump motor yesterday morning. The concrete is poured in the children’s tent thanks to a dedicated team of Haitians and a generous donation from Lauren Aprill’s church family. It is awesome. The children will be being taught in there on Sunday morning. How good God is. Our whole team is connecting with the people. One little fascination is that Noah Reyhl seems to be a language genius. He spent the afternoon surrounded by a group of young Haitian men teaching him Creole at a chalk board, and the kid is an amazingly quick study. He has endeared me to him as he connects with this people. His parents have raised him well, along with Luke and Autumn. This is an amazing family to have with us on the venture! I cannot say enough about how delighted we are to have them along. We are about to eat and I need to get the men paid for today’s work, so will run for now. Blessings to all!

6 comments:

Germaine&NIche said...

Ok I have to say I just knew God was going to provide a way for this pump to come about and work! I'm so excited to hear about His miracles and His love for us, His people. I'm not bragging, I think my faith is growing tremendously through this trip all of you are on. Thank you. Thank you God!

Sandy said...

I have just one question (actually I have many, but just one for right now)... Why are we surprised when God acts like God?!!! Do we forget words like: faithful, ruler, sovereign, Lord of All (including well plugs and checking accounts)...G O D! The most enormous word to humankind!

Gallo Family said...

What a great thing to wake up to and start my day with...... the encouraging story you are living! Why we doubted you would get it done with God on your side! I agree with Germaine.... I may not be there... but I too am growing from this trip of yours and how I should be acting! Have a great day and thanks for the picture and the great post! Alisa

Dillon said...

Hi Haiti team, thank you for your blogs and your joys. My visual of the Haitian people gathering for prayer brings such joy to my heart. Their faith in Christ is so much more real than many of us Americans. I am very excited to see pictures of the children's area for teaching, what a gift to be a link in this project of sharing the love of Christ with children. Nothing could bring more glory to God. Praise God for the motor engine!!! I cried when we flushed the toilet for the first time at the orphanage after 5 days of people telling us it could not happen. The no sinks or toilets had water for 2 years with 30 children to care for. What I found myself doing was getting out of the Yoke with Christ and going in my timing and on my ajenda of the tasks. I had to keep climbing back into the Yoke with Jesus. When I felt the most overwhelmed it was because I was not yoked with HIm. "Come to me, all who are weary and burdened and I will give you rest.Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heat and you will fine rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light." If you are feeling heavily burdened with expectations of this trip, lay them down and get in yoke with Him. There is great joy being Yoked with our Almighty! I will continue to stay in prayers for you all, celebrate your opportunites to serve where he has place you. Love In Him, Dawn Brown

rileychick said...

Wow, what a joy to read about all that you are doing there in Haiti, and all that GOD is doing on behalf of your team and your mission there! So glad you are enjoying the company of the Reyhl family from our church -- they really are a remarkable group, and we consider it a privilege to call them friends! Who knew that Noah was such a quick study with languages? By the way, tell Noah that the paper yesterday said Dwaun was selected to the all-state basketball team! Pretty insignificant in light of what you all are about down there,but I thought he'd be interested to know that. Wondering about Karen's family up near Fargo, ND, with the cresting of the Red River and all the evacuations there . . . hopefully they aren't too close to that. Give Autumn a big hug and hello from Laurel and tell her we'll miss her at Girls' Night tonight! I'll be sure to give the girls an update though, and we'll pray for you too. Tell Luke hello too, and tell Rick and Karen how proud we are of them to represent us so well down there! And no, I haven't worked up the nerve to start painting yet!
Actually, do you have any pictures you could post, or send me? We have two teams from Keswick on mission this spring break, and it would be fun to show a couple of pics from each trip this Sunday during the service. If it's not possible, that's okay, we can show them later when the groups get back. But if you do have one or two (or more), particularly involving the Reyhls, you could email them to me at rileys6@charter.net. Thanks!! Continuing to pray . . .

Ramona said...

Hi Bergs and all, Thanks for the updates. Glad to see God is working things out and that you are being blessed as much as the Haiti people are.Praying for you all daily.We serve an awesome God.