The Joys of Ministry

Zachery, Josiah preaching Les, Zachery

Family in Ministry

What a blessing it is to have your children serve with you on the mission field as adults. Zachery, who is now fluent enough in Creole to preach, has been able to help translate for his father.  This father/son ministry relationship is very special indeed.  We used to think that ministry doesn’t get any better than this, but we were wrong.  Recently, we had the privilege of watching two of our sons work in tandem.  Josiah came to visit Haiti and had the opportunity to preach a message while Zachery translated for him.  By God’s grace, and with great thankfulness, we are seeing the gospel of Jesus Christ being shared through our children unfold before our eyes.  Thank you Jesus.

Dramatizing the Bible

I finally did it.  I decided I was going to tackle reading from the Jesus Storybook Bible Creole version.  Reading for the first time, and with only a few glitches, the girls were surprised and gave me wonderful compliments.  After reading in Creole four weeks in a row, they commented that I was reading very well and now it was Les’s turn.  🙂

Monday Night Bible Study has a slightly different flare every so often.  Although the Jesus Storybook Bible is for young children, many of the youngest girls fall under its age group level and are still challenged with it. It worked out very well to try story telling through the pictures in the book and interjecting questions along the way. With all the little girls sitting in front of me looking at the pictures while I was vocally dramatizing and adding a few arm motions, Zachery, with a creativity all of his own, added his own drama as he interpreted. Using a basketball as a prop under his shirt for Mary’s pregnant belly and the wise men’s camels positioning it on his back under his shirt, he bent over and walked like a camel. We wish you could have been there.  We wish we would have gotten it all on video/camera.

All of the girls really loved it, from the youngest to the oldest.

What a joy it has been to have Zachery helping with translation for Monday Night Bible Study. He truly has added another dimension to these studies.

All I can say now is, ZACHERY, what will I ever do without your help.  Monday Night Bible Study will not be the same while you and Olivia are gone.