Preparing 4 His Kingdom

LIVING 4 HIS GLORY

Encouragement from Erica Lerisse

The Privilege to Cook

The Privilege to Cook

In 2001 I went to Haiti for the first time on our survey trip.  This trip was not to decide if we would go to Haiti; but rather to count the cost and to prepare.  On that trip we went to my husband’s family’s house, the 75 year old Aunt who raised him from...

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Let Us Be Thankful For Our Food

Let Us Be Thankful For Our Food

Growing up I never had to put thought into food:  where it was coming from, shopping for it, preparing it.  Wake up in the morning and eat a bowl of cereal; go to school and eat lunch; come home and microwave something.  Eating was by habit not hunger.  It...

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God Protects

God Protects

During our morning exhortation time together, I asked David what he was thankful for.  He was quiet and thoughtful and finally said, “I am very thankful that God protects us at night when we sleep.  He protects us from bad people so they don’t break in at night.”...

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Be Thankful

Be Thankful

When we first got to Haiti I realized that I would no longer have the luxury of a washing machine and dryer.  I would have to do it like Ma Ingalls, and was strangely thrilled by the prospect, until I sat down to the task of trying to wash clothes by hand...it seemed the...

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Refocus

Refocus

How we take for granted the comfort and convenience and privacy of this gift.  How we thoughtlessly grab the tissue without considering the mercies that gifted it to us.  Both are better  than the alternative:  running in an emergency to find “a place, any...

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Thankfulness

Thankfulness

Rom 1:21  Because that, when they knew God, they glorified him not as God, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened. When we lived in Haiti there were long seasons of having no electricity.  Our house was made...

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Choose to See the Good

Choose to See the Good

Rom 1:21  Because that, when they knew God, they glorified him not as God, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened. About 17 years ago We had legally purchased a piece of property for the church in HAITI....

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God Sustains

God Sustains

I remember when we lived in Haiti, we seldom had running water in our house, though the installation was there.  We had to use our bucket to draw water from our reservoir.  We seldom had electricity and for over a year we had no power at all ever.  I remember...

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Spiritual Warfare

Spiritual Warfare

Julia had come to church in despair.  I saw her outside washing her face.  She was so tired, so sleepy, so discouraged.  “Madame Paste”, she said, “Please help me pray.  I have not been asleep in three days.  Every night as I try to fall asleep devils...

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Where Do I Go?

Where Do I Go?

We had not long arrived in the Dominican Republic from Haiti. It was obvious that this was God’s doing; we never intended to leave Haiti, but here we were in Bani, DR expecting our fourth child. By the mercies of our Father, I did not miscarry him, though while I was expecting...

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The Power of Christ

The Power of Christ

Rev 12:11  "And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony; and they loved not their lives unto the death."Having not long been in Haiti, I was still learning the land and the people. Sitting in a church service one Sunday morning, a teen...

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