November Prayer Letter
Habakkuk’s Questions and Answers
Worry turned to Worship • Terror turned to Trust • Hollowness turned to Hope • Anguish melts into Adoration • Answer of “why” turned into “Who” is in Control
And we do have HOPE, though nothing has changed. Schools in the cities are still closed (small rural communities have school); most businesses and banks are closed; barricades are in the streets; demonstrations abound! Hospitals and health clinics are understaffed because staff cannot get to work. Gas stations have limited hours and limited gas – $8.50 gallon and $12-$14 on the black market. Electricity is sporadic. Activities are paralyzed. Prayers are still desperately needed!
However, we rejoice in the Lord. There are no roadblocks on Sunday mornings, and churches are open. PTL! (The roadblocks are reset after Sunday morning services.) More souls are being saved through the radio ministry since all of the chaos began two months ago.
Pastor Salomon’s New Youth Club – AJEBBA
Thirty-Eight young people (most of them new converts from Camp Bossier) have started meeting every Sunday afternoon at Bethany Baptist Church for this newly formed club, AJEBBA. Since roads are blocked and gas is rare, these young people walk from over a mile away. Our mission: The goal is to provide quality activities for young people to develop and channel lives spiritually, socially, educationally, financially, and familial. Our goal: How to stay on the path of purity by living according to God’s Word in Psalm 119:9. Our motto: Be the light that shines in the darkness and go out victoriously.
We praise God for the birth of this youth group in the midst of their country’s darkness. The Gospel’s Hope has energized them! Please pray that the enthusiasm in this group will grow and become a shinning light. Several in this group come from a neighborhood who previously wanted nothing to do with church. As a result of Camp Bossier, a few of these young people attended the camp last year and accepted Christ as Savior. Since then they have become the “electricity” in their neighborhood. PTL!
Pastors Motivated to Four Days of Prayer and Fasting
Pastor Rejouis used Hosanna Radio to motivate pastors in the surrounding areas to four days of prayer and fasting for Haiti. Twenty-seven pastors congregated in a local assembly on Wednesday, October 23, for a day of preaching and praying. Then from Thursday through Saturday, these same pastors invited their congregations to attend the prayer services at this same local assembly each day from 7 a.m. – 12 noon. Their theme was II Chronicles 7:14 “If My people, which are called by My name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways; then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and heal their land.” Many attended and earnestly sought healing for their land!
Five Hundred Prisoners Fed on Hosanna’s School Food
The government food for Hosanna’s lunchroom arrived this past August. However, the fact that there has been NO school because of political unrest, the food is just sitting there. Some of it was frozen chicken parts that couldn’t be kept frozen any longer. Our CFO and Administrator, Joshua, heard that the local prison had run out of food for their inmates. A plea came for help from some church/school organizations (Catholic/State). Joshua heard this and saw it as an opportunity to provide a strong Gospel testimony. He volunteered the school’s kitchen staff to take the food to the prison, cook it there, and serve it. Indeed, the food was served to very hungry prisoners, and a Gospel testimony was seen and heard! PTL
With Gratitude and Thanks to God for you,
Tom and Sarah Bennett