I think most of us heard a global sigh of relief when the calendar turned a page into 2021. Although little changed in a day’s time, we all have hope for a better year than 2020. I have officiated four funerals since summer that were COVID-19 related deaths and a few more from other causes. We have had many acquaintances who have died from the pandemic and others who have been sick. Yes, we have hope and pray for a better year.
On a brighter note, December was a month filled with joy and gratitude for our ministry. Our CareBoxes reached Pastor Baptiste on the 23rd and the 400+ children in our Haitian school had a big party with singing, games, and a message of Christ’s birth. Each child received a CareBox and a big plate of food complete with a chicken leg and a bottle of fruit drink (any and all of that is a big deal in Haiti).
We were able to help our Haitian school staff and widows this past December. Haiti is the poorest country in the western hemisphere, so when we help one person, there is a whole family that is blessed in the process. THANK YOU SO MUCH!!!
We also were able to send some extra support to some other areas of the world. We helped 15 village pastors. They received some clothing. The poor widows in the same areas received some new clothing.
Last year I arrived home from an Asian country the very day the first case of the coronavirus was confirmed in the state of Washington. Everything went progressively worse especially March and later. The coronavirus travel restrictions have really halted any international travel for a while. Some countries require a ten to fourteen day in-country quarantine before travelling about in their country which essentially shuts down most travel.
I am aiming for my next mission trip to Haiti in June. There will be many boxes that will need to be checked for that to happen, but I am hopeful. I am praying and working to that end. Please pray for us as we continue the call of God upon our lives. “The Spirit of the Lord is upon Me, Because He has anointed Me to preach the gospel to the poor; He has sent Me to heal the broken hearted, To proclaim liberty to the captives And recovery of sight to the blind, To set at liberty those who are oppressed; To proclaim the acceptable year of the Lord” (Luke 4:18-19 NKJV).
Our twice monthly Facebook Live devotional study called Journey with Jesus is scheduled on my Facebook page (Thursdays, January 14 and 28 at 7:00 pm).
Thanks again to everyone who partners with us to encourage, pray, and support us financially. You are a great blessing and we pray for our ministry partners by name each month.
Rejoicing in the salvation, which is by grace through faith, I am…
Yours on the Journey,
Harry L. Whitt