I think it is a good idea to pause and reflect on what God taught us in Haiti. Life tends to get busy and it is easy to forget why God called you to Haiti. Please take some time and reflect on these things. It would be a blessing to share it with those of us who have been to Haiti and with our church.
Here are my thoughts: going back to Haiti renewed my love for Haiti and the excitement of taking a team to experience God working in a different country and culture. I remembered as we were flying into Haiti above the mountains and my mind was flooded with memories of my past experiences. It felt like going home, the sights, sounds, smells so familiar to me. And yet, I was saddened by the lack of progress in Haiti, it is still so poor, and the people struggle daily. But then to see the smiling faces, the love they have for our God and their willingness to share from the little bounty they have. It was a blessing to me to observe each of you, not only in preparation for the trip but to see your eyes opened as you served. And what a blessing it was to receive positive feedback from Greg and the Haitians about your love and serving hearts.
The demonic attacks were a powerful reminder of whom we serve and that the battle is real. The trip renewed my desire to take more teams on mission trips and to give financially to the work of CWO. The question I continue to ask myself is, "what am I doing now?" I have had the privilege of helping a missionary who served in Haiti and several Haitian families who live here. I have shared with many about my Haiti trip and the victory we experienced in Jesus name. I have committed to being a support to Greg and Laura Yoder in whatever way I can and as mission’s director of our church, to make sure we help meet their needs and to serve them as our church missionaries. And yet, I am daily reminded that there is so much more I can do.
Karen Pasquariello - 2020
Pastor Ted Dudak
During my entire redeemed life, I was never called to the mission field, but that changed. 2 years ago, when Karen was putting a team together to go to Haiti, I never even considered it. Although I’m a strong advocate for missions I just never felt called to pursue one. When Karen considered I pray about it, I became overwhelmed. And I thought to myself, how can a preach on missions if I’ve never been? What happened there changed my life of course. Battling the demonic activity, I also thought, how can I preach on demonic activity or the demonic spiritual realm if I’ve never experienced it? God wanted me on that mission trip I believe for a few reasons; to if you never were on a mission trip, I would ask you to pray about that.
My Haiti trip started before I went to Haiti. Then finding this desire was going to be fact made me feel like a child at Christmas. Little did I know the impact Haiti would have on my life. I saw God at work and how he changed lives. I also witnessed God’s power. The devil had been trying all week to interrupt. All God had to do was show up and the devil had to leave. What a humbling experience that was for me. Also, I felt the excitement God feels when someone comes home. Haiti forever changed me I know who I am in Christ and without a doubt God never leaves. His love and grace cannot compare to anything this world tries to offer. There is a passion for my Lord and a desire to do what He wants. Yes, my life has been changed forever. Haiti was just stepping off point my trip did not end there it continues today.
I am helping a home bound man get to the grocery store each week. And have become his social connection to the outside world. He sees Gods love shining through me every time I sit with him and he tell me about his WW2 stories. He was a pilot who flew 33 missions. Every time he took off there was a 30 percent chance he would not come back. He was shot down twice but never captured.
Also, I have been getting food to help feed a Haitian family. Unless you have been in the situation where you don’t know where you next meal is coming from or if you can feed you children you will not understand what an amazing ministry this is. When you are able to help someone feed their children it softens the hardest heart. I am going to show God’s love and grace through my life every day.
I am going to leave you with a challenge and a question?
Change someone’s life today.
If God were standing in front of you would He see you sitting on the fence or are you setting that fence on fire?