Community

Our family is so thankful to be a part of many different communities.  For example, we have our missionary community here in Haiti, our church community in Roanoke, our Roanoke community (even though we don’t live there currently, we are thankful to still feel a part of it), and I could keep going on and on.  Each one is vitally important to us.  We get a lot of questions regarding our Missionary community here in Haiti, so I want to take a little time to share about it.

What is a community?

1. A group of people living in the same place or having a particular characteristic in common.

2. A feeling of fellowship with others, as a result of sharing common attitudes, interests, and goals.

The bible speaks a lot in regards in community!  Here are just a few of the many verses, on what the bible says about a community, and how it functions.

Hebrews 10:24-25 ~  Spur one another on toward love and good deeds.  Meet together, encourage one another.

Galatians 6:2 ~ Bear one anothers burdens.

Romans 12:5 ~ We form one body to work together under the command and authority of Jesus.

1 Thesselonians 5:14 ~ Warn the idle, encourage the timid, help the weak, be patient.

Matthew 22:38 ~ Love your neighbor as yourself

Cite Lumiere Missionary Community

IMG_4070-0This is our missionary community in Haiti.  This picture was taken last week at our annual Thanksgiving dinner.  There were approximately 120 people, mostly missionaries from around the Les Cayes area, including Bonne Finn.  Our differences are many including different backgrounds, churches, and countries( Germany, Canada, Jamaica, Haiti, and United States.)  But, we come together as one body to serve God and serve the Haitians.

Socially, there are many opportunities throughout the week, for both kids and adults.  There is weekly basketball, volleyball, and walking groups.  There is ladies tea, bible study, and Wednesday night prayer meeting.  But more than the social activities, we appreciate the fellowship and support of our brothers and sisters.  Its coming along side each other, encouraging one another in our Christian walk and ministries, and just doing life together. Our family is blessed to be a part of this community.  I can’t imagine serving in a foreign country without a Godly community surrounding us!

6 thoughts on “Community

  1. Oh, I love God’s timing & your post! Without going into details, I was struggling recently with an issue related to missionaries & your thoughts helped me process it more clearly in God’s perspective! I am so thankful that you have such a wonderful support group there & here. I can’t imaging doing what God has called us to do without Him providing loving arms to hug us, a human shoulder to cry on, beautiful eyes to see each other, & mouths to encourage each other & praise Him! I know He does all of these things for me but I love that He does it through His body on earth!

    I know your mom is coming for a visit this month, & we’re praying for safe travels and more bonding time with all of you. We are also excited to hear that John & Lynn plan to come down early next year. We hope to visit you sometime when your parents come too, & we’re so thankful your dad & Steph can both have more job freedom so we can serve others as He shows us where & how. Oh, your folks & us have lots of dreams with our campers & dogs!

    Sending our love & prayers, DonnaLou

    Sent from my iPad

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  2. Very well done. I have been there and have seen and felt the love and the careing of this community. It is quite amazing!
    We were able to attend the Wednesday night prayer meeting. Part of the worship was to go through the alphabet and think of words for each letter that we were thankful for. Many good words were given. The word that came to my mind was unselfish. Quite often missionaries do without or with less. Yet they share what they do have and are still very thankful.
    I am thankful for your community and its mission. Im sure that God is pleased with what you are doing and I know that you are a blessing to each other and to the Haitians.

  3. I often have opportunities to share with others about the wonderful community/support group/family God has planted you in in Haiti – we are so thankful for God’s provision & faithfulness!! Amazing how when you are apart from family those around you become your family!! When we visit & live your life with you we experience first hand the heart of you & your fellow missionaries – to share the love of Jesus with the Haitians in so many different ways!! I see it as a glimpse of heaven where every tongue & tribe & nation will come together to worship the Lord irregardless of our differences!! Love to all!!

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