Friday, September 12, 2008

Talking to Andrew

The Leigh family chatted by phone yesterday. Andrew was in a school dorm with V-team and some other students. On the other side of the line, we all gathered around the phone like a bunch of Americans during WW II, huddled around a radio. I leaned down close to the speaker-phone on the coffee table. Toward the end of the conversation, Andrew turned on Skype so we could see the dorm room. The computer had a sketchy connection. His image was like an astronaut transmitting from a space shuttle. His words and mouth were separate and delayed; physical movements were disjointed and floaty. Somehow, we were still able to talk and brothers were able to smile at each other.

According to Andrew, an amazing $250,000 worth of medical aid has come in for Hurricane Relief. And, in Caleb's absence, V-Team has been open to anything that they may need to do to serve. The Principle of the School has had work projects for the team to do. Yesterday the three guys spend most of the day putting a new roof on a house for a local woman. Then they played soccer with kids.
Andrew was also clear about the spiritual part of life that they have been observing. He said it has been "pretty intense and evident. Everyone believes in a spiritual realm, whether christian or not. Kids have bleached hair ... like the witch doctors ... you hear drums every night. But God is definintely winning. It's just a matter of time. People are ready."

He said that their last time of prayer with house guard, Ja-Claud, was really significant. They prayed Scripture out loud. Ja-Claud prayed from the book of Psalms and from I Corinthians. I'm not sure if I'll get exactly the parts he chose to pray. But, on that note, I'll leave you with excerpts from the chapters their Haitian friend prayed.


"My shield is God Most High, who saves the upright in heart...
God is a righteous judge...
I will give thanks to the LORD because of his righteousness
and will sing praise to the name of the LORD Most High."
~ The Bible, from Psalm 7

"Where, O death, is your victory?
Where, O death, is your sting?"
The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law. But thanks be to God!
He gives us victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.
Therefore, my dear brothers, stand firm.
Let nothing move you. Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord,
because you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain."
~ The Bible, I Corinthians 15:55-58

1 comment:

Caitlin Barber said...

Oh my gosh! I'm am SO proud of you boys. God is working through you in monumental ways and it's so exciting to hear about all the adventures you have been bold enough to step into! Keep on keepin' on, you can do ANYTHING through the One who makes you who you are.
Sinto sua falta!
Eu amo voces, deus te abencoe sempre, irmaos :)