There are times in my life (when considering a certain ministry opportunity)that I wonder, "Is it God's will for me to do this certain thing, at this time?". There are other times, it seems
as if the Lord is very clearly, NO DOUBT, saying, "This is what I want you to do!"...I love it when God works like that! That is the way God spoke to me about helping
to set up the widow's ministry for Alex's House.
One reason I began learning the Haitian Creole language, was that I wanted to be prepared for when God would give me the opportunity to talk with some of the dear widows there. I wanted to be able to talk with them "friend to friend", "face to face", in their language. Each time I have gone, I have always been drawn to the dear ladies of Haiti, but have never really had the chance to spend any time with them, until the summer of 2013. One afternoon, our team was able to provide lunch for a group of widows. We prayed with them, rubbed their hands and feet with lotion, and praised the Lord together with them in song for a couple of hours. Let me tell you, I left a part of my heart with those dear ladies! As we prayed, sang, and cried together, I knew I would never be the same. I knew God was giving me a longing to build relationships with them.
One morning, the end of last year, I awoke very burdened for the Haitian widows. As I stood at my kitchen sink, staring out the window, I began to feel discouraged, as I wondered if I would ever get to minister to the Haitian widows again. (At the time, Alex's House did not yet have an "official widow's ministry" set up). I had not yet checked my email for the day. This was unusual for me, as it is usually the first thing I do. I just prayed that the Lord would meet their needs and If it was His will I would get to minister again to some of them.
After praying, I checked by email and noticed that there was an email from Bill Howard, asking me if I would consider co-directing the new "Widow's Ministry" for Alex's House! Wow, God is so good! God was working behind the scenes working out the details to begin a ministry to widows, and at the same time, placing a desire in my heart for those widows!
I agreed to help organize and set up a plan for widow's ministry in Haiti. Leah Wagner and myself are co-directing this effort, with help from Missions Director Kendall Moss. Please join us in praying for this ministry and these dear widows. Pray that we will follow the Lord's direction in how to best love, serve, and most importantly, point them to our Savior, Jesus Christ.
I am so very thankful for our God, who calls us and equips us! Praise His name!
NOTE: God has filled all four scheduled widow's ministry weeks for 2014! We have a few open slots. If you are interested, contact Kendall at firstname.lastname@example.org.