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Haiti Mission April 11, 2013

Haiti Mission April 11

The Lord God blessed us with a beautiful day in Haiti as we worked to build a home for the pastor of the Canaan Church and a Medical Clinic.

Our prayer is for this medical clinic to be used by medical teams throughout the world to conduct Medical Clinics for the people in Canaan. We are also working to secure a Haitian trained nurse to operate the clinic and be on site five days a week. If you would like to support this medical clinic by sponsoring a nurse or assisting with supplies please contact me.

We are supporting the work force of Haiti with this project by employing a team of Haitians to serve as Construction Manager, Foreman, Mason Workers and Assistants.  All of the men live in the immediate area of the church and clinic so it is a blessing to have them helping as they take great pride with the project.

The team from Louisiana and the Haitian Workers put in a full day under very hot conditions. The temperature was 96 and the heat index was registering 135 today. I praise the Lord for the safety and good health of everyone on the worksite today.

I shared with the team that while that it was a good construction day the greatest work done today was the time team members took to visit with the children at school and loving on the Haitian men we were working with today and sharing their own stories of Christian faith.

Please continue to pray for us as we serve here in Haiti this week. We will be taking additional teams to Haiti in the coming months. If you would be interested in coming with us please contact me.

With a Grateful Heart,

Jay Johnston

Haiti Mission April 10, 2013

Haiti Mission April 10

Today, I am travelling with a team of men to Haiti! The purpose of the trip is to work along side Haitian men to build a home for a pastor and build a medical clinic in an area east of Port au Prince called Canaan. This is all under the umbrella of the Nouvelle English Church in Croix des Bouquet that is the mother church to many other churches throughout Haiti.

I Praise the Lord for the safe travel to Haiti today. We went through customs, claimed our bags and on our way within thirty minutes after landing. On the way to our lodging quarters we stopped at the Embassy Hardware Store because the pastor needed to turn in the order for the roofing supplies. This took some time because of some change in prices and having a clear understanding of the supply list. I am thankful for the way God used our interpreter Youdel and Teo who is from FBC Covington at the hardware store. It was simply one of those times that you marvel at God working out all the details!

After nearly two hours at the hardware store we departed for our place of lodging. Upon arrival we were issued our keys and had some time to unpack before we departed to see the land we are working to purchase for a Children’s Home, School, Medical Clinic and lodging for mission teams. We spent some time walking the land and praying for God’s will to be done here on earth as it is in Heaven.

We then returned for dinner and some fellowship before going to bed. It has been a great day and I am grateful for this team of men that have come to Haiti.

With a Grateful Heart,

Jay Johnston

Haiti – A Day of Memory, A Day of Hope

Haiti – A Day of Memory, A Day of  Hope

Today is the 3rd anniversary of the earthquake in Haiti that resulted in over 300,000 deaths. It is estimated that over 1.4 million people live under tents or on the streets of Haiti. In 2011 a cholera outbreak occurred with an estimated 8,500 deaths and this number is rising.

Many of the people in Haiti who acknowledge Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior of their life are fasting and praying today. They plan to end the fast with a March of Glory to celebrate God with praise and worship because of His gift of eternal life. They are going to praise him because they are alive and desire to live life for Jesus Christ. .

I am asking you to join me in prayer this morning for the people of Haiti. They still face great difficulty, poverty and starvation and hundreds of orphan children on the street. As I spoke with many of the Haitian people while in Haiti this past week they are believing God for a breakthrough, for a new Haiti.  Let’s agree to ask God to turn the hearts of Political Leaders in Haiti to Jesus and that they will confess and repent of their wicked ways and to see God heal the land of Haiti.

Today, many of the Haitian Pastors are preaching 2 Chronicles 7:14, My people who are called by My name humble themselves, pray and seek My face, and turn from their evil ways, then I will hear from heaven, forgive their sin, and heal their land; and PSALMS 113: 7 – 8 vs.7 He raises the poor from the dust
and lifts the needy from the garbage pile vs.8 in order to seat them with nobles—
with the nobles of His people

If you would like to join in the work that God is doing in Haiti I first invite you to pray for the work we believe God is leading us to do in Haiti. You can also join in by being part of a Bible Club Mission Team, Provide Medical Assistance, Construction Team, or Evangelistic Outreach please contact me for upcoming mission trips to Haiti.

If you cannot go but could provide financial help that would be a blessing so we can move forward with building permanent medical clinics in the area of Canaan, Croix-des-Bouquet, Foret des Pins and other locations after established in these areas. We are praying and believing for land to purchase in or near Canaan to build a church, orphanage, school and medical clinic. The Medical Clinics will have a Haitian Nurse working six days a week and will provide a place for medical teams to go while on mission in Haiti.

Please feel free to contact me for more information by emailing me, calling me at FBC Covington, La. If you want to donate you can mail a check made out to the Louisiana Baptist Convention or FBC Covington marked Haiti Mission Fund.

Thanks for taking time to read and I trust you will respond as God leads you.

 With a Grateful Heart,
Pastor Jay
Jay Johnston, D.Min.
Associate Pastor
FBC Covington 

Finishing Strong!!! Part 4 of 5

** I miss posting yesterday because of Hurricane Isaac. Today I pick back up on the dialogue with my youngest son Jody.

I am sharing in five parts a dialogue that took place through email and in person that my son Jody and I had this past spring. The reason for this dialogue-taking place in person, email and FaceTime is that we live nineteen hours away from each other and it was a progressive conversation over several weeks. My intent in sharing this dialogue is that it might be used by God to encourage a mom, dad, son or daughter to keep the doors of communication open. I do have Jody’s permission to share this series of articles.

Today I am sharing part four of our dialogue.

The following is an inside view of a dialogue through email and in person that my son Jody and I had this past spring. My intent in sharing is that I hope it may encourage a mom, dad, son or daughter.

This past Spring my youngest son Jody and I took time to visit and write about finishing strong. You see, at that time he was one year away from graduation at Liberty University. It is often said you will be remembered more by how you finish than how you start. I knew we were on the eve of Jody completing his third year at Liberty and thought this would be a good time to encourage him how the next twelve months have the potential to shape the rest of his life.

I challenged Jody in five areas to finish stronger at Liberty University.

You can go to www.jayjohnston.org to read the first three areas I covered in a challenge for Jody to finish strong.

Today’s post covers the fourth area that Jody and I discussed last spring. The fourth area that Jody and I discussed was the subject of friends. I told Jody how grateful I am that he shows himself friendly to all he meets. I expressed appreciation for his friends and for his openness to bring his friends around his mom and I throughout his life. We talked about how some of his college friends will be life-long friends, as will those he grew up with in Tennessee and even some of the friends he made during his short time of living in Louisiana before he left for Liberty. We also prayed for the person God would have for him to marry. This is something that my wife and I as Jody’s mom and dad have prayed for since the time we knew we were expecting him to come into this world. We continue to pray that God will bring forth the women he is to marry. I certainly look forward to meeting her one-day.

In wrapping up this part of the conversation I challenged him to live out his life before his friends not just the next year but throughout his life so he would never be ashamed of introducing them to his children or even his children’s children one day knowing that he never compromised his faith and convictions in Jesus because of a friend.

Today’s Take-Away for you to consider:

Take time to invest in people!

Matthew 28:18-20; I Thessalonians 2:8; Luke 14:25-33

I will post later today the fifth part of our conversation. I hope this series is an encouragement to you.

Please take a moment and leave a comment on my blog at www.jayjohnston.org

With a Grateful Heart,

Jay Johnston

 

Finishing Strong!!! Part 3 of 5

Everyday this week I am sharing one of five parts of a dialogue that took place through email and in person that my son Jody and I had this past spring. The reason for this dialogue-taking place in person, email and FaceTime is that we live nineteen hours away from each other and it was a progressive conversation over several weeks. My intent in sharing this dialogue is that it might be used by God to encourage a mom, dad, son or daughter to keep the doors of communication open. I do have Jody’s permission to share this series of articles.

Today I am sharing part three of our dialogue.

The following is an inside view of a dialogue through email and in person that my son Jody and I had this past spring. My intent in sharing is that I hope it may encourage a mom, dad, son or daughter.

This past Spring my youngest son Jody and I took time to visit and write about finishing strong. You see, at that time he was one year away from graduation at Liberty University. It is often said you will be remembered more by how you finish than how you start. I knew we were on the eve of Jody completing his third year at Liberty and thought this would be a good time to encourage him how the next twelve months have the potential to shape the rest of his life.

I challenged Jody in five areas to finish stronger at Liberty University.

Yesterday, I covered the challenge for Jody to finish strong in his academics requirements.

Today’s post covers the third area that Jody and I discussed last spring. The third area Jody and I discussed was expectations and work ethic. I am thankful that Jody has a desire to work and that he is a hard worker. He has held several jobs prior to the start of college and throughout his college days including multiple jobs at the same time. While in college he has been part of the Music and Student Staff at Bethlehem Baptist Church in Dillwyn, Virginia where he has served along side his brother who is the Senior Pastor. He has worked as a retail sales person for a Sporting Goods Store, a handyman at the American Association of Christian Counselors office, landscape work, and a free-lance photographer.

Our conversation about expectations included both the acknowledgement of written and unwritten expectations that exist among family, friends, employers, co-laborers, roommates and yes-even spouses. We both agree that it is important to know or discover expectations and to give one’s best to meet them.

In our discussion about work ethic I reminded him that this means being the same person if you were alone or in the crowd of one hundred. We also discussed that as a leader this includes being on time if not early in attendance for classes, meetings and appointments. I encouraged Jody to be prepared for meetings, assignments, etc. in addition to being on time for them. Our conversation wrapped up with a discussion about completing assignments as a student, employee or whatever the occasion by the appropriate deadline.

As a part of this discussion on expectations and work ethics we discussed communication and its importance as a leader. Our communication discussion included the subject of response. This included responding to people in timely manner when they have contacted you via phone, postal mail, email or social media. We also discussed the importance as a leader to help team members prepare for whatever responsibilities they have by planning, communicating and equipping them so they can accomplish what has been asked of them. Some examples include daily responsibilities, worship service planning and project management.  I told him doing this does not mean you are a high performer in your work. However, it does bring to the table the best experience for everyone on your team to be and do their best for God.

Through the years we have had family discussions about work ethic. I have confessed to our family and reminded Jody that sometimes I have been hard on myself as it relates to expectations and work ethic but never have I intentionally tried to transfer my personal expectations on others including my family. I told Jody that while we may put high expectations on ourselves the bottom line is do we have a work ethic that honors Jesus Christ that results in one given their best for Him.

Here is how we prayed about this matter: Lord, we praise You for the gifts and talents You have given us. May we use them to glorify You and may we see others as You have created them. In the name of Jesus!

Today’s Take-Away for you to consider:

Be the same person behind closed doors that you are in public!

Leviticus 19:11; Romans 12:2; Proverbs 11:1

I hope this series of articles brings encouragement to you. I also hope that it opens a door of communication within your family. Leave a comment on my blog at www.jayjohnston.org

With a Grateful Heart,

Jay Johnston

Finishing Strong!!!! Part 1 of 5

Today, I am sharing Part 1 of 5 post that comes from a dialogue through email, FaceTime and in person that my son Jody and I had this past spring. The reason this dialogue took place in person, email and FaceTime is that we live nineteen hours away from each other and it was a progressive conversation over several weeks that was healthy for me and Jody.  My intent in sharing this dialogue is that it might be used by God to encourage a mom, dad, son or daughter to keep the doors of communication open. I do have Jody’s permission to share this series of articles.

Today I am sharing part one of our dialogue.

The following is an inside view of a dialogue through email and in person that my son Jody and I had this past spring. My intent in sharing is that I hope it may encourage a mom, dad, son or daughter.

This past Spring my youngest son Jody and I took time to visit and write about finishing strong. You see, at that time he was one year away from graduation at Liberty University. It is often said you will be remembered more by how you finish than how you start. I knew we were on the eve of Jody completing his third year at Liberty and thought this would be a good time to encourage him how the next twelve months have the potential to shape the rest of his life.

I challenged Jody in five areas to finish stronger at Liberty University.

The first area that Jody and I discussed was in his personal walk with Jesus.

I told him how grateful I am that he has a personal relationship with Jesus and that it seem like only yesterday that we stopped on Interstate 65 heading southbound

at mile marker 43 where he personally invited Jesus into his life. I challenged him that he has an opportunity to intentionally prepare and mature in his personal walk with Jesus during his senior year that would launch him into the next season of his life.

We spoke of some specific actions including his private time with God and public times of service and disciplemaking. We also spoke of those opportunities God orchestrates like divine appointments, and he needed to be in tune with God so he would not miss those appointments.

Today’s Take-Away for you to consider:

1. Accountability as a Christian is a must!

The Bible says God holds us accountable. Romans 14:12

A Christian is accountable to one another. 1 Corinthians 12

We must not see accountability as our enemy or a way to ambush someone. I see accountability as a backstop in life that supports and protects us from being found in an appearance of evil.

You might have read this and say well that works for them because the father and son both identify themselves as followers of Jesus Christ. So, what if a parent or child, teenager or young adult is without Christ what can I do to begin a conversation with them about Jesus. The very first thing I would do is pray for God to open a door for such an opportunity. We often try to go and do matters that are important with God without ever consulting Him.  Second, I would go to that person not with the intent to harm, but to share with them how much Jesus means to you. Let this be a personal time of sharing the story of Jesus and what God is doing in your life. Third, I would follow-up with that person and see how they are handling the conversation. Fourth, do not give up! Keep Praying and Asking God to bring that person to Salvation.

I hope you will take time to read and share your feedback with me by leaving comments at www.jayjohnston.org

I will post part 2 tomorrow. In closing, would you join in praying for family members who need a personal relationship with Jesus. I also ask you join me in praying for the preparations  and evacuation procedures taking place along the US Gulf Coast because of Issac.

With a Grateful Heart,

Jay

Louisiana/Haiti Missions Partnership

The intent of this partnership is first and foremost to announce the Gospel to the Nation of Haiti. The initial scope will be focused on working with Pastor Odvald and the association of churches he serves as the Senior Pastor of Nouvelle Eglise Evangelique Baptiste Church in Croix-des-Bouquet.  This includes currently the work in six churches and two church plants that have the potential to reach 1.5 million people among this association of churches.

The scope of the partnership will include but not limited to Prayer Walking Teams, Medical Clinics, Bible Clubs, Church Planting, Orphanage Support, School Support, Evangelistic Crusades and Building Projects.

The Louisiana Baptist/Haiti Partnership Missions will begin and continue through PrayGr8Commission. This is an opportunity to Pray Daily for Christ to give you daily opportunities to share the Gospel and make Disciples where you live while also praying for the work in Haiti.

The long-term goal is to assist these churches by:

Providing Prayer Support

Establish a permanent Medical Clinic at each church

Provide sponsorship to staff a nurse five days a week for 8 hours a day (discovery cost)

Provide assistance with church planting among this association of churches

Provide teams to conduct Backyard Bible Clubs

Provide for school support when appropriate

Provide Construction teams to build churches, Medical Clinics, Schools and an Orphanage

Provide assistance with the establishment of at least one orphanage and sponsorship of children

Provide Pastors to conduct Crusades at least twice a year

The target group for Mission Teams on the field is freshman in High School and above!

Encourage Children’s Ministries among the Louisiana Baptist Churches to adopt pastors and churches to support through prayer, offering and at least once a year conduct campaigns to raise supplies for churches, schools and eventually an orphanage

You might say I am unable to go because of many reasons and if that is the case you are the prime candidate:

To start prayer teams for Haiti

To financially support the work

To serve as an area Representative to secure donations for children’s school supplies

To serve as an area Representative for securing Medical Supplies

To serve however God leads you to support this work

With your gift of money, time and service you are meeting the physical, spiritual, educational needs of babies, children, youth and adults in one of the world’s poorest nations. In addition to meeting these most basic needs, you are helping foster a new generation of Christian Leaders for Haiti.

For more information contact:

Louisiana/Haiti Partnership Mission Coordinator

Dr. Jay Johnston, Associate Pastor

First Baptist Church of Covington

16333 Hwy 1085

Covington, La 70433

Cell – 615-260-4752

Office – 985-892-2149

Email: jjohnston@fbccov.org

 

To make a financial contribution:

The details of the foundation that will be handling the financial resources is being finalized. I will post details late next week about where to submit your donation. In the meantime you can submit them to FBC Covington clearly marked Haiti partnership and make it to the attention of Karen McKnight. You will receive tax receipt and we will posting on a quarterly basis where and how the funds are being spent.

With a Grateful Heart,

Jay Johnston

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Thank You for Praying!

I am thankful people pray! I am thankful for those who prayed for me and those that travelled with me to Haiti last week. Your prayer support for the work taking place in Haiti is making a difference. The work is good, the people are appreciative and I believe bringing lifechange to the people of Haiti and to those helping make a difference in Haiti that will affect both Heaven and Hell.

I am also praying for those who are reading my blog about Haiti. Your prayers are at the very core of the work for Haiti that will make a difference. Your willingness to pray also opens the door of your heart and mind to be involved with helping to make a difference in Haiti by going with a team in the coming weeks, months or years to help fulfill the strategy, byy assisting with the gathering of supplies or by financially contributing to the work.

As you pray I believe God will reveal to you the part you are to be involved with in Haiti. 

In my next blog on Haiti I will lay out the strategy for the work in Haiti, how you can pray, go and give.

Thanks for praying!

With a Grateful Support,
Jay

Reflecting on Haiti!

Feb 17, 2012

I have just returned from Haiti with a team from Louisiana. The purpose of this trip was to identify needs of the churches under the leadership of Pastor Jean Odvald LOUIS in an area northeast of Port-au-Prince.

Here is a list of the churches and the pastoral leadership of the churches.

NOUVELLE EGLISE EVANGELIQUE BAPTISTE D’HAITI:

1- Croix-des-Bouquets……= 1 Church, 3 Pastors

Reverend Pastor Jean Odvald LOUIS

Pastor Christmas Dorilas

Pastor Polynice Jean Andrefly

2- Foret des Pins….= 2 Churches,1 Pastor, 1 Predicator

Pastor Lifaite Saintil

Predicator Pierrette

3- La Gonave…..= 2 Churches, 1 Pastor, 1 Predicator

Pastor Lamasse Odnice

Predicator Gethro Edouard

4- CANAAN………= 1 Church, 1 Pastor

Rev. Past. Jean Odvald LOUIS

 

As I wrote in my post on February 16, 2012 Pastor Odvald is a Visionary Leader and one who has a heart for people and a desire to be obedient to the Great Commission and Great Commandment. It will be a great joy to work with Pastor Odvald in helping to carry out the Great Commission and Great Commandment.

We did accomplish our objectives and I will be posting opportunities for ministry to meet those needs early next week. I encourage you to be praying about your part in ministering to the people of Haiti.

We had the opportunity to learn about the administration of orphanages, the need for pure water, needs of schools such as supplies, teacher supplies, church planting strategies and needs, church building needs and needs to help churches be effective in ongoing ministry opportunities.

While we did a lot of work to make sure the volunteers would have what they need for ministry to Haiti we also had many opportunities to share the Gospel. This included sharing Christ with people on the streets and I am thankful for the team taking advantage of the opportunities to share the Gospel.

Thanks again for praying and considering how you can support this ongoing work for the people of Haiti.

With a Grateful Heart,

Jay Johnston

You can follow me on Twitter @jaygjohnston

 

Four lessons from Port-au-Prince to Jacmel and back in one day!

Feb. 13, 2012

We had a wonderful day to learn from various sources today.  Our day was spent traveling to the town of Jacmel located in southern Haiti and is 49 miles from our location. Since road conditions are not the best in Haiti and we will cross the mountain this drive required three hours one-way. The town was founded in 1698 and has not changed much since the late 19th century. It is told that the houses in this town would later come to influence the home structure of much of New Orleans.

Lesson 1 of the day was waiting on our driver. We were to depart at 7:00 a.m. but the driver was 1 hour and 45 minutes so in the midst of waiting we learn to use the additional time God afforded to us to visit with others or read. I was grateful that not one team member was frustrated by the tardiness of the driver. The lesson learned here was not to allow circumstances affect your personal attitude.

The driver did make it and we departed for a beautiful scenic drive to Jacmel in order to spend time with Tommy and Joy Schwindling and Charlie and Martie Elgin who serve as host of the Alabama Guest House along with Tommy & Joy serving as Co-Directors of Children’s Hope Orphanage. 

We arrived at the Alabama House where we spent time learning about the functionality of the house, the ongoing ministry of teams coming to the Alabama House and Children’s Hope Orphanage a ministry of First Baptist Montgomery, Alabama. This time was invaluable to us as we continue to develop strategy for the work God would have us do in Haiti.

After learning about the Orphanage we had opportunity to go visit the Orphanage. We had a great time seeing the facilities and visiting with the children. The children at this orphanage are being well taken care of and very happy. The facilities are excellent being they are temporary. Under Mr. Charlie’s leadership and with the help of volunteers work has begun preparing land for permanent facilities for the children.

It was good to see the work being done by Alabama Baptist and the efforts of FBC Montgomery, Alabama.

Lesson 2 of the day was learning about the call on the life of Tommy and Joy Schwindling as a member of local church receiving a vision for a God Size Work and then joining God in the work. I begin seeing a theme for the day that involves watching, praying and waiting for God’s leadership.

Our trip back across the mountain went well until we neared Port-au-Prince where we found ourselves in a long line of cars because of a wreck about one mile in front of us.  We did learn that while the eighteen-wheeler truck was destroyed the drive did not have any life threatening injuries. After waiting for ninety minutes were back on track heading to the Florida House.

Lesson 3 of the day for me was about waiting when the road is blocked. You see the very location we were stopped prevented anyone from going around the wreck. You could not turn around unless you went back across the mountain and go around a northern route, which would make no sense because of the amount of time it, would take to travel. So the lesson was to wait, rest, pray for the victim and experience God during the stillness of the moment. I can tell you this is exactly what the Lord provided me through as a result of this roadblock. You see it was a temporary roadblock so perhaps you are trying to force something in your own life today but the word just might be to wait upon the Lord.

After taking some dinner our team spent time dialoguing and praying about next steps. This was a great time of fellowship as team members shared, clarity sought and truly a time of iron sharpening iron. It is exciting to see how a strategic ministry strategy is coming together. I will be sharing those with you early next week.

I ask you continue to pray for the people of Haiti and for the part God would have you play in the Louisiana/Haiti Mission Partnership. You might become:

A prayer warrior for Haiti and the Louisiana/Haiti Mission Partnership

One who collects supplies for schools, medical clinics or backyard Bible Clubs

One who goes with a team to serve in a medical clinic

One who will go and teach in Bible School

One who will go and be part of a church planting team

One who will Go and be obedient to God’s call

One who will financially contribute to the Mission Partnership

Lesson 4 of the day is about staying focused and committed to pray! You see we have seven strong individuals on this team that have developed a strategic plan for the ongoing work in Haiti. I believe the fruit of unity, focus and strategic alliances comes about because the team is committed to praying about the work God would have us do in Haiti. God has taken seven strong individuals and molded them and shape them into a team. The mission has become all about God and the focus on the individual has been removed. The work is a God size work so thank you in advance for praying that we will line up where God is at work and join Him.

Thanks for your continued prayer support for the people of Haiti and for us.

 

With  a Grateful Heart,

Jay

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