Sunday, Feb, 5
Janelle's "tap-tap" carrying members of the Malasi church (and Justin and Steve) from a baptism along the riverbed in Soliette.
Miguel and I looked at the water-purifying system Climbing For Christ installed last year at the church at Gentilhomme. Pastor Tresin told us it is used by “many people” every Wednesday. But Miguel cautioned, “It is one thing to say ‘many people use it’ and another thing for many people to use it.” As we are continuing to educate the people in the mountains about the importance of drinking and using clean water, and are moving ahead with plans to prayerfully partner with another organization on a water project here, we are confident that one day many people will take advantage of what God is providing.
The Living Water of baptism touched 17 members of the church at Malasi today. A truckload of people traveled to Soliette for this baptism because there is no water source in Malasi. We were supposed to participate in the baptism, but the team’s descent off Mon Boucar (Mountain of Fire) from Gentilhomme took longer than expected. We traveled with the baptized back to Malasi, where we are working until Wednesday. We will worship the Lord with them on Sunday.
“The Spirit of the Sovereign Lord is on me, because the Lord has anointed me to preach good news to the poor. He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim freedom for the captives and release from darkness for the prisoners.” — Isaiah 61:1 (NIV)