Nathan Dodge: May 2016

Haiti Trip

My recent trip to Haiti went well. I spent my first and last nights with Jonathan Euler who is having great success in community development. He has a simple but effective wood shop employing Haitian people from the community. Using shipping pallets they have created a line of furniture so popular they are having trouble keeping up with orders. This was my first time meeting Jonathan; it was a blessing to see what God is doing there.

Most of the trip I was with Elaine Rensink and her children at Lespri, her home and ministry. The richness of what God is doing there astounds me. It’s not just the numbers of people who have been saved, healed or children cared for but the quality of community, the ongoing relationships producing true lovers of Jesus. I can see this in Elaine’s staff and especially the seven children she has adopted!

My greatest joy there was loving on the kids! Haiti is being redeemed but despair is the norm for many. In all my visits I have not seen a home where the kids are more loved and know they area loved; they are so full of life and hope. There is a bed in the living area that doubles as the couch and gathering place for the kids. That is usually where I would end up with as many as three kids in my lap at a time! Their ages range from about seven to twelve if I remember right. We even had a spontaneous dance party one night.

We went to the dump to pry for people and distribute food one day. Since Elaine started going there the violence has stopped and almost everyone she new there has now been able to move on to better places! We saw a couple people healed, as is usual there praise God, and gave food to about 50 families. Another day I saw woman with a hurt foot and so we stopped the and prayed, she was healed on the spot. In the last two years Elaine has seen several hundred people healed and about as many accept Jesus!

The main project for me was building desks for the computer lab in Elaine’s school. I was able to buy materials and, using a skill saw and homemade plywood protractor, build all the desks. Bos, a wonderful man of God who works for Elaine, helped me with the whole project and later after I left installed them in the classroom. Thank you all who gave to make this possible! There are about 60 children receiving a free education who would otherwise get none and they are getting to know Jesus at the same time!

Thoughts on Intimacy 

Through most of my trip I only had enough internet to send out a few pictures… so every night when I went to my room is was just me, the Holy Spirit, my Bible and a book by Heidi Baker. Amazing things happen in such times.

In this case God established a simple truth in my heart. As I was reading a particular line from Heidi’s writing stood out to me, “all fruitfulness comes from intimacy” (with God). I have been on a journey for a couple years now seeking the Father’s heart, to have His heart in me towards and for people, situations and circumstances. To have the Father’s heart is to be intimate. Intimacy, as I have learned so far, has two sides. There is the knowing as in I can feel you when you come in the room or I know your voice in a crowd and there is the knowledge of, as in I know your characteristics or I know your opinions of the world around us. Simply put I recognize the reality of these two sides of intimacy as being familiar with the Holy Spirit and the Bible in my everyday life.

Finding God’s presence is as simple as acknowledging it; when we learn to think in the context of God is always present seeking His presence fades into abiding in His presence. Being in His Word is as simple as asking the Holy Spirit to bring it to life for you, asking Him to teach you and then simply opening it to read. I want to be fruitful in in the kingdom though even more so I want to know my God; from the knowing I will be fruitful.

I am now in a process of learning how to apply this revelation to life. These are my initial thoughts shared for your encouragement and consideration. May you grow in intimacy with Jesus.

God bless you all!

Nathan Dodge