Wednesday, August 3, 2011

His Name In Haiti

August 2011

Two years ago, I would not have been able to find Haiti on a map or been able to tell you much about the island nation or its people.  The January 12, 2010, earthquake changed everything.  Our close friends, Jon and Melanie, had a friend in Haiti at the time of the quake.  It took rescue crews almost a month to locate his remains.  Those four weeks of grief, uncertainty, and waiting grew in me a heart of compassion for the Haitian people who suffered immeasurable loss of life, possession, and livelihood with one tremor from the earth.  I wanted to help, but how?

Curt was asked to join a team of leaders from our church to go to Haiti in June 2010 to scope out the need.  He led his own team back in April 2011.  While he was busy building houses, feeding the hungry, and playing with orphans, the Haitian people stole his heart. (Watch the movie below to see where he went and the people he met.)

Proverbs 16:9 says, “In his heart a man plans his course, but the LORD determines his steps.”   I wanted to join Curt on the April trip but God, in His perfect timing and plan, determined that my steps to Haiti would be taken in October of this year instead.  I have been invited to join a team of women from Solid Rock to go to Haiti October 24-31.  Our team has the unique privilege of leading a women’s conference geared specifically for the Haitian pastors’ wives.  These women suffered personal loss in the earthquake but have set their pain aside to minister to the desperate needs of those entrusted to their care.  They are emotionally, physically and spiritually exhausted.  Our vision for the His Name in Haiti conference is to create a safe place for these women to be loved on, poured into, and share their stories.  We desire to remind them through our teaching and our personal interactions that our God is unchanging and always faithful – even in the face of tragedy!

We also plan to bring His Name in Haiti outside the conference walls to the woman living in a tent village.  Haitians, no matter how hungry they are to know Jesus, will not attend church without proper attire.  If you like to shop, follow this link, click “Events,” follow the Facebook link, and then click “Photos” to view a Haitian fashion style guide and catch a glimpse of the beautiful women we get to meet!  We invite you to purchase dresses, hats, shoes, and any other accessories to give to the women of Haiti.  When our team travels in October we hope to pack each of our 50 pound duffle bags full with new clothes.  Who knew that fashion could be a tool to spread Jesus’ love?

I know God is directing my steps to Haiti and I want to invite you to partner with me.  How can you help?

  • Pray.  Our team needs your prayers for safety, for good health, and that God would use us to bless the Haitian women.  I personally would be so touched if you prayed for Curt and the kids while I am gone.
  • Shop.  You have a legitimate excuse to shop and our team would love it if you took us up on the offer!  Pray for the woman who will receive your gift and ask God to be preparing her heart and mind to receive the beautiful good news of Jesus Christ.
  • Give.  Each team member needs to raise $1,600 to cover the cost of airfare, travelers insurance, food, and other expenses related to putting on a conference.  If you would like to help with these expenses, you can send your tax-deductible donation to Solid Rock Fellowship, 10500 SW Nimbus, Building T, Tigard, OR  97223.  Please write “Jodi Stilp – Haiti” in the memo line.

Thank you for partnering with me on this journey.  I can’t wait to see beyond the tragedy of the earthquake to the beautiful work God is doing through these women and their stories.

Following in His footsteps,


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