Once again, it was immense joy and humbling privilege for me to return to Haiti (March 27 – April 18, 2015), with Men For Missions, to help with the Homes for Haiti building project, on this occasion, at Bon Repose, north of Port-au-Prince.
Stepping out of the plane, onto Haitian soil, felt as if I was coming home, just as on all previous four ” tours of duty” with MFM. There were some visible signs of improvements, but much more still remains to be done.
I linked up with a great team from Ohio, USA, and also a fellow Welshman, who had already been in Haiti for some weeks.
Together with conscientious, hard working local workers, foundations were marked and dug out; concrete laid to foundations and shuttering sections; walls and windows built; door frames and trusses assembled and erected; roof covering secured; ceilings counter battened and boarded; doors and ironmongery fitted and adjusted; floors concreted and walls rendered and finished.
Evangelism outreach to the locality was also undertaken by some members of the team.
I sincerely thank God for the undeserved calling to be His hands and feet, and for His bountiful provision and equipping for the task to minister both to the practical and spiritual needs of those whom He has ordained unto such Divine appointments, that in it, and through it all, He might have the pre-eminence and all the honour and glory.
On a very personal note, I would like to thank each one of you who prayed for me and my family as I underwent open heart surgery for six heart by-passes in February, 2014. Times were trying, but the providential care and goodness of our Great God and Saviour, remained constant. In all things, we are able to say:-
“How good is the God we adore;
Our faithful, unchangeable Friend!
His love is as great as His power,
And knows neither measure nor end!
‘Tis Jesus, the First and the Last,
Whose Spirit shall guide us safe home;
We’ll praise Him for all that is past,
And trust Him for all that’s to come”.
Hywel Slaymaker – E-mail contact:-
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