Friday, June 28
Written by Lizzy Sillcocks
Welcome to my little Haitian classroom. Yes it has a dirt floor and is full of fleas. It only has one window. The temperature reaches somewhere in the 90's. I fit about 45 kids in it at once. It sounds horrible but in my little classroom you will see kids smiling brighter than you've ever seen before, praising God each morning at the top of their lungs, and jumping around singing like they will never sing again.
I wouldn't trade this little classroom for anything else in the world!! The scripture verses that fill the walls or the kids that squeeze into it bring tears of joy to my eyes each day. If I could stay here forever I would but right now I'm just praising God for the few days I have left here to do His work.
Diane Sillcocks has lots of teaching experience and is a true gift to these boys at Maranatha Children's English School. From Diane's Facebook page: "Our time in Haiti is coming to a close. It has been an amazing week. I had the privilege of teaching English to Haitian children. There are no words to describe how it felt when these beautiful little children smiled and said 'good morning' to me each day."
Maria Ortiz (Miami Dade FD) is the Founder/President ofProjecto por Amor a Jesus, Corp., which has a wonderful ministry in the Dominican Republic and Haiti. Bob Ameche, Pat Stilson and John White met Maria in May when she and other members of her department so generously hosted FFC's team as they waited in Miami to ship the fire engine to Haiti. Thank you, Maria, for sacrificing your week to teach grateful Haitian kids at English Camp!
Please continue to pray for the children at Maranatha Children's Ministries. Many of them received Jesus as their Savior today. May they begin to understand the incredible greatness of God's power that is available to them as children of God. (Ephesians 1:19-23) May each of them be strong in the Lord's mighty power as they put on the whole armor of God! (Ephesians 6:10-18)
This is Shelley Tlucek. She and her husband Byron need our constant prayers as they lead Maranatha Children's Ministries. Shelley recently wrote, "May we experience much joy as we confidently trust God to work all things for our good and His glory!!" Your prayers do make a difference. Thank YOU!
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Wednesday, June 26
With gratitude for their new fire engine, Carrefour firefighters presented FFC with a very special photo of their new rig. Before the engine was released from port last Friday, these firefighters had only buckets to fight fire. Today more of their firefighters asked Jesus into their hearts as well as spectators who were present to hear FFC's Gospel presentation.
Please pray for the firefighters and others who received Jesus as their Savior today. May the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ give them spiritual wisdom and understanding, so that may grow in their knowledge of God. May they study God's Word and hunger and thirst for righteousness found only through Jesus Christ, God's Son.
Thank you for your faithful prayers for the safe delivery of this fire engine. May its use be a constant reminder of God's love to each Carrefour resident.
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Tuesday, June 25
Julie Stilson writes:“Things are going well and The Lord is working through the many different people who are here this week. There is a team from New Mexico, some college students from Washington and several local Haitians, who are working with us to bring the news of Jesus Christ to these students. There are over three hundred students in camp this year ranging in age from five to sixteen. John leads us in devotions each morning.”
Yesterday’s devotion began with Ephesians 1:3-7. “How we praise God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly realms because we belong to Christ. Long ago, even before He made the world, God loved us and chose us in Christ to be holy and without fault in His eyes. His unchanging plan has always been to adopt us into His own family by bringing us to Himself through Jesus Christ. And this gave Him great pleasure. So we praise God for the wonderful kindness He has poured out on us because we belong to His dearly loved Son. He is so rich in kindness that He purchased our freedom through the blood of His Son, and our sins are forgiven. He has showered His kindness on us, along with all wisdom and understanding.”
John said that Jesus’last words from Matthew 28:18-20 were the Father’s reason that we would be His witnesses to the end of the earth. Jesus said, “I have been given complete authority in heaven and on earth. Therefore, go and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit. Teach these new disciples to obey all the commands I have given you. And be sure of this: I am with you always, even to the end of the age.”
John continued by saying that years later the Apostle John was weeping because there was no one to open the scroll. But one of the twenty-four elders said to him, “Stop weeping! Look, the Lion of the tribe of Judah, the heir to David’s throne, has conquered. He is worthy to open the scroll and break its seven seals.”Revelation 5:7-10 says, “He stepped forward and took the scroll from the right hand of the one sitting on the throne. And as He took the scroll, the four living beings and the twenty-four elders fell down before the Lamb. Each one had a harp, and they held gold bowls filled with incense—the prayers of God’s people! And they sang a new song with these words: ‘You are worthy to take the scroll and break its seals and open it. For you were killed, and your blood has ransomed people for God from every tribe and language and people and nation. And you have caused them to become God’s kingdom and His priests. And they will reign on the earth." John said our message is about Jesus, the Lamb of God. We must tell these children about HIM!
Today’s devotion began with the same message about Jesus choosing us. John said, “It is so sad that so many say ‘No’ to Jesus. Even some church-goers or people on mission teams say‘No” to Him. Jesus wants ALL of us to completely yield ourselves to Him so He can totally use us for what He has planned for our lives. Jesus said, “You will be My witnesses.” (Acts 1:8) Paul said, "I am NOT ashamed of the gospel of JESUS CHRIST.” (Romans 1:16) John said the Gospel is the only hope for the Haitian children and their families. They have been a voodoo nation two hundred years."
"1 Corinthians 15:1-4 says the Gospel is of first importance! 'Now, brothers and sisters, I want to remind you of the gospel I preached to you, which you received and on which you have taken your stand. By this gospel you are saved, if you hold firmly to the word I preached to you. Otherwise, you have believed in vain. For what I received I passed on to you as of first importance: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, that He was buried, that he was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures.'”
John emphasized that our good works would not give these children and their families eternal life. Instead, he said, “We need to share the Gospel of Jesus Christ so they can receive Jesus as their Savior and Lord.” He continued by having the group imagine what it will be like standing with those written about in Revelation 5:9b — from every tribe and language and people and nation and singing Revelation 5:12, “The Lamb is worthy—the Lamb who was killed. He is worthy to receive power and riches and wisdom and strength and honor and glory and blessing.” John concluded by quoting 1 John 5:12-13, “So whoever has God’s Son has life; whoever does not have His Son does not have life. I write this to you who believe in the Son of God, so that you may know you have eternal life.” John final words: “Let’s not fail telling this children about JESUS.”
Julie shared about FFC’s team and each of their positions at camp this week:
“Karl and Maria are teaching four science classes and both are utilizing their time by teaching fire safety and basic first aid. Karl's two sons, Lucas and Christian, as well as Matty Sillcocks are teaching P.E. and loving every minute of it. I also see them running back and forth to help in the kitchen and anywhere else that they could be used. (There is never a dull moment and rarely a time where there is nothing to do.)"
Julie continues: "Lizzy Sillcocks is teaching four Bible classes for the younger students ranging in age from five to nine. Mrs. Sillcocks is teaching English to four classes of students ranging in age from ten to sixteen and I am teaching English for the four younger classes. Karl and Mr. Sillcocks are helping with P.E. and they are also doing maintenance around the house. It is nice to have some handymen around to fix fans, build shelves and help fix plumbing issues. Yesterday Mr. Sillcocks also spent a long time working on the generator at the children's home." (John said it is working today. Praise God! Thank you for your prayers concerning this!)
Three hundred and sixty children registered for this year's English Camp at Maranatha's Children Ministries. FFC and others are sharing the Gospel of Jesus Christ during the children's first week of camp.
Christian Armbrust is Karl's youngest son. What a blessing he is to the Haitian boys!
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Monday, June 24
At 6 AM Monday morning, before the first day of English Camp began, Shelley Tlucek share asked us to please pray:
• The Gospel Message of Jesus Christ will be clear to every child and adult at English Camp
• That we will each keep our eyes on Jesus and His message and His plan for English Camp
• For the safety of everyone as they move through the activities and classrooms
• Smooth division of children into their classes and for their patience with us and each other
• That the ice, bananas, mangoes, bread and cups are delivered on time in the morning
• For strength, joy, grace and loving authority for each teacher and leader
• The upcoming needs for camp; remaining supplies for the backpacks, peanut butter, Kool-Aid and funding
• Health, good rest at night and camaraderie between all of us serving together
Would you prayerfully consider a donation of $100 to cover the cost for one child to attend English Camp this summer? Donations can be made online at www.mcmhaiti.org or by mail to: Maranatha Children's Ministries, c/o Nichols Accounting Group, 5680 E. Franklin Rd., Suite 110, Nampa, ID 83687.
Shelley said there were 360 children that had registered for English Camp. Eleven junior counselors were chosen largely on the basis of their participation in Bible Study this past year. Fifteen translators will also assist in the teaching and help to bridge the languages of English and Kreyol. For the first week of camp, thirty-three volunteers are there form the states, eight of them are summer interns, fifteen people are from Cottonwood Church in New Mexico and ten people are from Firefighters For Christ. She said, "This week we are grateful for so many volunteers, as several of them are maintenance/fix-it/build-it type of people, several are happy to serve in the kitchen, many are gifted teachers and all of them have a love for Jesus and for children.
Please pray for POWER at the camp. Their six-year old generator is broken and the power the city supplies is quite limited. We are asking the LORD to supply each and every one of their needs this summer and throughout the years as they share the love of Jesus to the Haitians the Lord has brought to their home. Keep checking this site for more pictures and updates throughout the week
Lt to rt: Julie Stilson, Lucas Armbrust, Karl Armbrust, Ronald Fenelon, Christopher Armbrust, Jerry Sillcocks, Matty Sillcocks, Elizabeth Sillcocks, Diane Sillcocks and Maria Ortiz are teaching at Maranatha's Children Ministries English Camp this week.
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