Pastor H. D. Van Wye promptly taught us a multitude of helpful points pertinent to the ministry, as we began our new life in Christ. Brother Van Wye was our pastor from 1976 – 1986. He showed us, through his teaching and preaching, that the Bible is an exciting Book. Theresa and I were able to strengthen our grip considerably on our marriage and parenting under his leadership. He was very strong on the rudiments of the faith. He gave a lot of emphasis to hard work, preparation, accountability, dependability, and overcoming adversity. However, one of the most important lessons we learned early on was that he taught and practiced the “Go” in the Great Commission.
Since our last letter, Theresa and I have knocked on 600-plus doors. We may not have seen the results that we would have loved to see; but souls have come to Christ, and visitors are coming to our services. Even though there are many Haitians living here in Fort Meyers, it is a different culture here than it is in Haiti. “. . . for the same Lord over all is rich unto all that call upon Him.”
We want to keep doing what we were taught 40 years ago. By the way, Pastor and Suzanne Van Wye have served the Lord since the 60s and are still serving Him in the Atlanta, Georgia, area today.
The date of our return to Haiti is still unknown. Because of all of the kidnappings (more than 800 this year) and hysteria (unstable government, gangs, limited fuel) in our mission field, our pastors there have requested that we postpone our return so as not to put ourselves or them in jeopardy.
Thank you for your prayers and financial support. We are still able to help support the ministries of Legliz Batis Maranata in Wallondri, Haiti.
Keith and Theresa Baker