Good Afternoon! We had a great morning of Worship today at FBC Covington, LA. I hope your morning has been a time of meaningful worship.
I am writing because I will be leading a team to Haiti this coming Thursday. The group going with me is significant to the future work of Louisiana Baptist in Haiti. The team members going have specific responsibilities while on this trip in the areas of Medical, Orphanage Work, Church Planting, Ministry Development and Simultaneous Revivals. We will be working toward the strategic development of building a multiplying ministry in Haiti that will include the construction of a medical clinic and orphanage. If finances support we will also build a housing unit for volunteers to stay in while in Haiti. The housing unit would be built on the site where we intend to build a Medical Clinic and Orphanage if all goes well with purchase of land. We will be working east of Port-Au-Prince in Croix des Bouquet pronounced quad a bouquet and as well in a large populated area near Croix des Bouquet that is referred to as Canaan. The pastor we are working with has already planted one churches in Canaan since the earthquake of 2010.
We will meet with Pastors and Business Leaders this week about this plan for a Medical Clinic and Orphanage in this area. Our key pastor is very excited about the potential of establishing a medical clinic and orphanage in this area along with working with him to plant churches and develop ministry opportunities such as Bible Schools. The Pastor has respect among the Haitian Baptist Convention leaders and people where he is serving. He will serve as a good advocate for the work. In the future we will have agricultural specialist travelling to explore, what crops might be grown in this area to sell at market. In addition to agricultural specialist, we will have others who will begin looking at teaching people to sew while exploring some other trade options with the people.
I will send reports at least once a day if possible while in Haiti from February 9 – 16 to keep you updated.
Here are some way’s to pray for us:
1. That the plans we are discussing will be in accord with God’s plan.
2. As we discern where God is leading we establish clear next steps for land purchase, building of the medical clinic and orphanage
3. See clear ministry opportunities like Bible Schools, Church Planting and Simultaneous Revivals
4. To be faithful to share the Good News of Jesus all along the way.
While I am excited to lead this group to Haiti my heart aches for the lostness right here in Covington, the Northshore as well as the Southshore of New Orleans. I will be praying for you to be light to a darken world as you live out each day. I will give my all until I leave for Haiti to share Jesus with those here at home and will look forward to rejoining you in the work upon my return.
With a Grateful Heart,
Jay Johnston, D.Min.
Associate Pastor, FBC Covington, LA.
Follow Jay on Twitter @jaygjohnston