“For the love of Christ controls us, because we have concluded this: that one has died for all, therefore all have died; and he died for all, that those who live might no longer live for themselves but for him who for their sake died and was raised.” —2 Corinthians 5:14-15
Those verses rang true for 12 members of Covenant Life Church on their medical mission trip to Cap-Haïtien, Haiti, November 2-9. When a young man asked why a team from the United States would travel such a distance to help people in a foreign country, team members were able to answer that Jesus’ work in Christians’ lives motivates us to love and serve others, both around our homes and around the world. Because of Christ’s love for us we are able to value others and proclaim him through our words and actions.
As with previous trips, the team was warmly welcomed by believers from the House of Prayer & Worship, pastored by Isaac Albert, and Jesus Foundation ministry. The first event the team attended was a 6 a.m. worship service lasting three hours!
The team devoted the rest of their time in Haiti to medical and dental clinics and leadership training for pastors and small group leaders. They saw roughly 400 patients including 60 students from Pastor Isaac’s school. They treated everything from toothaches and minor pains to more challenging cases like high blood pressure and diabetes. Some patients had to wait for hours to be seen, even having to return the next day, but there was patience and peace throughout the week. The team was also able to visit an orphanage and provide medical and dental checkups to the teenagers there.
All of the 20 men who attended the leadership training classes were hungry for biblical truth and committed to learning how to better disciple God’s people. Some traveled as much as five hours!
Glory to God for the seeds that were planted. Between the medical clinic, leadership training, and time in the orphanage, the team had many opportunities to share the love of Christ and the good news of his death and resurrection with the people of Haiti.
Executive Pastor, Mark Mitchell said, “The Lord is wonderfully at work in Haiti. What a privilege it’s been to have a front row seat in this small way to what the Lord has been doing!”
Thank you to those who prayed and supported this trip in other ways. We look forward to sharing more trip highlights and reflections from members of the team over the coming weeks.
Written by Jessica Harris
November 25 2013 at 3:30 pm 0 Comments
This past Sunday morning we shared a video about the dedication and official opening of the baby home at Rancho 3M Christian Orphanage and School, in Guadalupe, Mexico. The home was dedicated on May 20 of this year and recently received its first babies.
As Grant Layman conveyed on Sunday, many thanks to everyone who helped make the baby home possible by being part of one or more of the construction trips, by giving financially and by praying.
Also see our post from 2011 when construction was completed on the home.
May 5 2013 at 8:57 am 0 Comments
This morning in church Bart Hungerford gave an update on two recent team trips to rural western Uganda in support of Pastor Moses Nkwatsibwe and Kiburara Gospel Centre Church. In January, a team of 28 Covenant Life members ministered there (Covenant Life’s eighth annual trip), and just last month Bart, John Emelio, Erin Emelio, Mary Foster and Cat Hoover made another trip. A third is planned for this summer.
Bart and Moses
April Team (Mary Foster not pictured)
Bart has founded a non-profit charitable 501(c)(3) company called Sustainable Missions Incorporated (SMI) that has purchased 32 acres of land in Uganda, started three new companies to farm, dry fruit, and raise poultry, repaired two bore-hole wells, and installed two 10,000 liter (2,600 gallon) Rainwater Collection Systems, all in a few months!
Read more about the April trip and the work of SMI on their blog or Facebook. To give toward future well digging and maintenance, visit GiveUgandaWater.org. Also, check out the many blog posts on this site about previous team trips. Let’s continue to support and pray for this work!
March 4 2013 at 7:30 pm 0 Comments
As Mark Mitchell announced yesterday morning during church, we will be collecting vitamins for an upcoming mission trip to Asia.
Vitamins can be delivered to the Info Center on Sundays March 10, 17 or 24 (generic brands are fine). They can also be dropped off at the church office (upstairs) on weekdays between 8:30 a.m. and 5 p.m.
We are collecting all kinds of vitamins, but important types include multi-vitamins, chewable multi-vitamins for children, prenatal vitamins and iron supplements. All donated vitamins must have an expiration date of November 2013 or later.
January 21 2013 at 6:54 pm 0 Comments
The team visited a refugee camp, housing over 30,000 men, women and children who have fled the war in Congo. Breaking into three different groups, they were surrounded by dozens of folks as soon as they stepped off the bus. Drew reports that they did a great job of immediately taking opportunities to sing songs, share testimonies and preach the gospel with these folks. He writes that the Lord used the team’s hard work and love for the people in the camp and that “dozens professed Christ.”
The team is pretty tired after nearly two weeks of travel and full days of physical labor and constant activities.
Please pray for the team as they prepare to leave tomorrow morning (seven hour bus ride and 17 hour plane ride). Pray for continued grace during this last leg of their trip. And pray for the seeds which our team planted to continue to grow and take root in the lives of all the men and women in Kiburara, Uganda. Lift up pastor Moses Nkwatsibwe, as he continues to lead the local area churches, shepherds God’s people, and proclaim the gospel in the community there.
Read the Day 9 update.
January 20 2013 at 6:40 pm 0 Comments
The team broke up into smaller groups this morning and went to 11 different village churches. While there, every team member was able to participate in seeking to encourage the believers there through preaching, Bible studies and sharing personal testimonies of God’s goodness! Drew reports that at least two people came to Christ at one of the churches.
The team was blown away by the generosity of the people, as they blessed them with gifts of fish, bananas, papayas, chicken eggs, woven baskets, etc. These items are usually sold in marketplaces as a means of obtaining money for these people’s families, so the team was extremely blessed knowing the sacrifice that our brothers and sisters made to thank them for their time and energy.
Robert and Ken also did a wonderful job of presenting the gospel to over 100 inmates at the Kiburara prison.
Pray for the team as they prepare to visit the refugee camp tomorrow. Also, continue to pray for the prison inmates and all the people who heard the gospel of Christ preached today - many who are hearing for the first time - that they would be affected by the truth and brought to saving faith!
Read the Day 8 update.