2018 has been a tremendous year for me in many ways. I was able to return to Mountain Top Ministries with a team from First Baptist Church of Shelburn and the surrounding area.  The second time going anywhere is usually more comfortable.  Long gone were the fears of the unknown, though that fear comes with any travel. I had a sense of homecoming.  A sense of excitement in going where it is that I believed God called me to go once more.  I was eager to see what was happening in Haiti.  I was eager to visit friends, make new friends and most of all, I was eager to see in what ways God was going to use me on this trip.

Much has happened in life and ministry since my last visit nearly two years ago but as I note in Psalm 145:13 – Gods kingdom is everlasting.  The most vital work that is done on the mountain, the foundation of MTM is proclaiming Christ as Lord. I enjoy hearing stories from Willem on the foundation of MTM and the work that it took to move away from voodoo and to share Jesus with his countrymen.  As a worship leader and Elder of First Baptist Church of Shelburn, I get many opportunities to share my joy in the Lord. I get to sing and praise the Lord’s greatness. I was excited to be able to do that once again with our brothers and sisters in Christ in Haiti. 

There is still great need on the mountain.  One of the needs is education.  Our family supports a student through MTM.  This ensures that she is able to continue to get her education.  Unlike many other adoption based ministries throughout the world, MTM gives the opportunity that many cannot give with child sponsorship.  You get the ability to meet and speak with your sponsored child every time you come to visit. You can bring gifts, share letters and spend time speaking to one another.

 I was able to meet and speak with our child, Esperancia Lacrete. She was a joy! 

Bubbly, happy and fun to be around.   We talked for several minutes during clinic one afternoon.  I cherished that time.  It was one of the happiest times on my trip.

The need for quality medical care is ever present and we were able to provide that in our brief time seeing over 1000 patients in 5 days.  One of the more notable and unexpected things was the reach that MTM is having in adjoining communities. People are hearing about what is happening in Gramothe and they are coming to this community.  My sponsored child walks 2 hours every day to school and 2 hours home.  My children do not face that challenge.  None of our children face that challenge and yet she goes every day and attends church every Sunday.

Because the word is spreading throughout local communities in Haiti about MTM, it brings me to the most important need for the people of Haiti.  The need to hear the gospel of Jesus Christ proclaimed boldly, in truth, to all Haitians so that they can come to know Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior.   MTM was founded on that belief. During our week of clinic, with the help and support of our friends from Seedline International, we were able to give away over 650 copies of John and Romans in Creole to our Haitian friends. We would have loved to given over 1000 but we simply couldn’t carry any more in our luggage. The copies of John and Romans were given to us for free and we were able to personally hand them out, which is yet another blessing of this ministry. 

I also was able to teach our mission team every night in devotions and prayer. We had great discussions and time to pray.  We were blessed to be able to attend church Sunday morning before our departure and was able to be, along with Misty Hunt, one of two groups to play music during the service. 

I was also able to lead prayer over the senior class of students as they prepare to leave school and begin a new phase of life.  Please join me in praying for this group of students.  Pray that they use the lessons learned in school and church to make a difference in Haiti.  Pray that they play an integral part in leading their families, future and present, to the Lord and that they continue to support their communities, school and church.                                                                                                                                                 Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit          Matthew 19

It was a great honor to be active in the service. It was a great honor to sing and praise the Lord.  It was a great honor to teach God’s word and we must be doing all that we can to further God’s Kingdom in Haiti.  It cannot be only providing medical needs. It cannot be only providing education.  God must be at the center of this ministry for it to continue to make progress and affect real change in the lives of Haitians.                                                                                                                             

If you are a supporter of MTM or are considering supporting this fine ministry, consider going on a trip there to see it in action.  Serve the Lord your God in obedience if you feel called to go.  Consider supporting a student through sponsorship as your dollars go to fund something noble and worthwhile.  If you do not feel called to go, please pray.   Pray for the Board of Directors.  Pray for Willem and his team on the ground in Haiti.  Pray for the teams that go to serve.  Finally, my friends – love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your mind and with all your soul.                                                                                                           In Christ,    Brad Lutes  September 2018

 

 

August 2018  Share the Love story with Debi Fritz can be see in the AUGUST NEWSLETTER