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House of Hope Update
Hurrican Yesterday, Update Today
A tree broke through the roof of their bedroom and broke some of the wall. Team leader Dave Schmid dislocated his shoulder while trying to clear trees off the main road up to the campus. The strong winds with heavy rains are having a serious effect on the people living around them, but it’s too early to assess the impact.
Further Description (R. Mears 9/3): It looked like from the satellite picture that hurricane Hannah was well north of Haiti by yesterday afternoon and the worst was over. A “mini-hurricane” roared through the property at about 4 PM yesterday and ripped roofs of houses and buildings. It also felled many trees, tearing down electric wires and sending debris through many of the houses. The campus' satellite dish was also destroyed, knocking out the internet.
On the Plateau, the winds have been the strongest the people have ever seen. Lots of the mud/thatch homes have significant damage. On the good side it has put five feet – or about 10,000 gallons of water in their cistern. First hand report from that area: When we woke this am, we went out to the community to check on the people. It was in the middle of the winds and rain, as we were walking around. These peoples’ homes were literally melting from the wind and rain since they are made of mud. We tried to get tarps to protect them from the elements. We delivered food and water to many of the victims. I cried as a widow wept as she watched her house collapse, and she and her children were taken to the church for refuge. I sat with her, put my arm around her and prayed for her. I felt so helpless. We are taking her food and blankets to ride out the storm. I know more now what it means by "pure and undefiled religion is this, that you care for the widows and orphans." I will never forget that moment.
From Deb Robinson, 9/3: Things are pretty bad here with Hanna. We left our home yesterday to leave haiti and are stuck 5 miles from home at our Pastors in Poste Metier and are still here today, the flooding is incredible and the crops gone. The river went into town and ran down the runway. Looks like water lines are gone too.
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Prayer in Puebla, Mexico Ray, Keith and I recently made the trek up Serro Chiquehuite for a season of prayer just before sunrise. Only a five minute drive from our home it has become known to us as “Prayer Meeting Hill”. I thought you might enjoy the story that inspired the name: Lyman Jewett had seen little fruit at his mission post in remotest India despite seventeen years of laborious effort, yet when the American Baptist Mission Board wanted to close it down, Jewett pleaded with them for a little more time. The Board agreed, but the outpost was dubbed “Forlorn Hope.” Early on New Year’s Day, 1854, Jewett and his native helpers climbed to the top of the hill behind Forlorn Hope to begin the year in prayer. They arrived before daybreak, at four in the morning, and read these words from Isaiah 52: “How beautiful upon the mountains are the feet of him who brings good news, who proclaims peace, who brings glad tidings, who proclaims salvation, who says to Zion , ‘Your God reigns!’” Having so read, they joined in prayer, pleading with God to send just the man who could beak through the barrenness of their field. They finished praying just as the sun rose above the horizon. The mountain came to be called Prayer Meeting Hill. Ten years later, farmer John Clough was working atop a reaper in his wheat field in Iowa when he received news that his application had been accepted by the American Baptist Foreign Mission Society. They were going to send him to a place called Forlorn Hope. Arriving in India , John went right to work, preaching, praying, leading, and working tirelessly to feed the hungry and organize famine relief during the great drought of 1876-1878. The Indians came to love him because of his works of mercy, and increasing numbers responded to his message. A powerful revival swept the area, and on one day alone Clough and his workers baptized 2,222 converts. The conversions continued, and in 39 days, they baptized 8,691 new Christians. Twenty-four national ministers were ordained to oversee the young, exploding church; and during the course of the revival over 20,000 came to the Lord. Forlorn Hope had proved no match for Prayer Meeting Hill.
–from the blog of Ken Harer,