I’m going to go out on a limb here and say that we in the American church probably like to talk about prayer more than we pray. Prayer takes time and we are too busy checking out YouTube and Facebook. Ouch!
Anytime I have ministered in a church in one of the eastern nations, at least 80% of the congregation wants personal prayer at the end of the service. I have even had some bring their own oil with which to be anointed.
Regardless of how tired I am, I have an interpreter with me to ask each person about their prayer needs. Then I pray accordingly to their need. It takes a long time. By the time each person has been prayed for I am relieved and drained. Even though I try to take an appropriate amount of time with each person, but, I still feel a little guilty because of the number of people, the needs, the time, and my limitations of energy. Spiritual work is fulfilling but also exhausting.
When the woman with the issue of blood touched the hem of Jesus’ garment, He felt a drain of power when she was healed. “And Jesus, immediately knowing in Himself that power had gone out of Him, turned around in the crowd and said, “Who touched My clothes” (Mark 5:30 NKJV)? Powerful prayers and personal ministry transfer power. You know Jesus got tired too, right? He was God but in a human body—chew on that for a while!
We had a great CrossWalk on Good Friday. I really appreciate each person who participated and all who cheered us on. I pray you all had a wonderful Resurrection Sunday.
I have regular communications with our mission partners from many different countries. Each one has their own set of victories, problems, and situations. We support, encourage, and advise as the Lord helps us to help them.
For a long time now the security situation in the country of Haiti has been terrible. Our U. S. State Department has the country on the highest travel advisory, LEVEL 4-DO NOT TRAVEL. Kidnapping for ransom and killings are on the rise. On April 1st, a church in Carrefour (just on the outskirts of Port Au Prince) had their church service interrupted by about eight gunmen who kidnapped the pastor and three other church members.
Pastor Baptiste told me that no one knows if they will live another day. No one knows when they go to the market to buy food if they will return or not. It is really heart-breaking. Our school and church are okay but life in Haiti now is very uncertain. Please pray for peace and security for our people and for the entire country of Haiti. Jesus didn’t say for us to minister in just the easy places.
Thanks again for all your support and prayers. Rejoicing in the salvation which is by grace through faith, I am…
Yours on the Journey,
Harry L. Whitt