Our prayer is that this update finds each of you enjoying a productive and blessed day. “Blessed be God, even the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies, and the God of all comfort; Who comforteth us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort them which are in any trouble, by the comfort wherewith we ourselves are comforted of God.” (II Corinthians 1:3-4)
Having recently returned from Haiti, these verses come to mind. In our hemisphere there is perhaps no nation that has dealt with such poverty and hurt as the nation of Haiti. Many believers carry out the work of comforting those in tribulation. It is exciting to be a small part in sharing the hope that can be found, not in religion, but in a relationship with Jesus Christ!
After landing in Port Au Prince, I took a bus up to Gonaives. We went by bus this time because the airstrip up in Gonaives needed to be checked out before taking an airplane in there again. It has been several months since we have flown into that area, so I wanted to be sure it had not fallen into disrepair again. While in Gonaives I was able to speak for a youth conference there, work in the feeding center, and meet up with the pastor of a church Dad preached in just days before he went to be with Jesus.
It was bittersweet going to some of these village churches for the first time without dad, but to see these national pastors continuing to reach their Jerusalem was uplifting. One of these pastors, Pastor Isaac, is now supported by CORE Missions. The church is doing a great work there. When Dad was in Haiti last time, he had mentioned the potential and fortitude of Pastor Isaac. Thankfully, because of the prayer and support of people like you, the work continues to grow.
I am always amazed how often I go out of my way to try to comfort or encourage another believer and end up becoming even more encouraged by them. This was definitely the case on my visit to Haiti. The heat, hurt, and hardships of Haiti are real; but that does not stop their spirit to seek to reach out to their fellow man with the good news. I feel very blessed to be able to assist these individuals in expanding the kingdom of Christ.
I was reminded afresh of the truth that “It’s not if they will listen, but if we will go.” As we walked the streets each day and visited the outskirt villages, there were people daily wanting to hear and receive the love of Christ through the Gospel message.
These are challenging times politically, economically, and spiritually; but the potential and opportunities are exciting. We look forward to the next step that the Lord is opening up for us in the work He has allowed us to be a part of! Helping missionaries and national pastors reach into even the most difficult places can be challenging, but it is a necessary and needed part of the Great Commission. How thankful we should be to have a God who values each precious soul.
Your continued support, prayers, and friendship are such a blessing as we seek to reach the uttermost.
Your friends and servants in Christ,
Mark and Laura Siegwart