Tuesday, June 1, 2010

June updates and praises/prayer requests

Since January 12, 2010, when the earthquake hit, Agape Flights has sent more flights than in the past 3 years combined and shipped more cargo than in 5 years. The numbers are staggering but it is still not enough. We are still in constant action trying to provide relief supplies to the people and missionaries of Haiti. The needs are different but there are still needs.

With all the needs still present, we have slowly been returning to some type of normal but it is certainly a new “normal”. We are now flying two flights a week instead of one. One flight goes to Port au Prince to bring relief supplies and one flight goes to the Dominican Republic and other Haitian airports with core supplies. Core supplies refers to “normal deliveries”, like mail and packages. We are hoping this new schedule be sufficient to meet all of their needs.

The last sea containers arrived in Haiti the first weeks of May and are waiting in customs. Lance worked this month with another sea container organized by a local church. It was for a missionary associated with Agape so they tapped into Lance’s container knowledge to help get their container loaded and shipped. We are prayerful that all the containers will be processed and distributed quickly.

Agape certainly has learned a lot over the past 4 months. We have been pushed in every way; more flights, more cargo, more volunteers, more hours worked, more fatigue. But God has been God through and through. We have seen miracle after miracle as He made things happen for us and He worked out the problems that we would face. He proved Himself as sovereign every day and for that we are extremely grateful. The biggest lesson we have learned over and over again is “to lean not our own understanding but to trust in Him.”

Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all ways acknowledge him and he will make your paths straight. Proverbs 3:5-6

Here are this month's praises and prayer requests....

Praises and Prayer requests

Praise the Lord for the staff and volunteers at Agape. The “family” at Agape works together like none we have ever seen. Each person at Agape has a gift and a purpose in the ministry. God has orchestrated a wonderful group of people into His service.

  • Praise God for provision of a new plane. It is so cool to see His provision in tangible ways. This plane is more evidence of God’s hands working for this ministry.

  • Praise the King for His protection and strength. We have felt weary and tired but God always has picked us up. There have been times when we know we could not have continued without His intervention. Praise God that He is so powerful and so faithful.

  • Praise the Father for our partners. He has given us a wonderful support team. Without the encouragement and prayers of our team, we would not be here today. We are grateful for you and that is a reason to praise God.

  • Please pray for us as work on deputation and support raising. We are now looking forward to year 2 at Agape and need to refill the support base from one time gifts last year. Please pray for God to open hearts and minds to hear our story and link arms with us at Agape.

  • Please pray for an Agape members, Cody and Maria Whittaker and their daughters. After surviving the earthquake in Haiti, they discovered that their 5 year old daughter, Susana, has a very aggressive form of cancer. They have relocated to the US for treatment but they need prayers for strength and peace through this journey.

  • Please continue to pray for Lynn’s mom as she continues to battle cancer.

  • Please intercede with us again for the new sea containers waiting in customs in Haiti. Pray that God would prevail again and we will see them released this month.

As always, thanks for all of your faithful prayers. We are so grateful and humbled to have people who lift us and our needs to the King. We appreciate you. Don't forget, we would like to pray for you and your needs as well. Please email us if you have specific requests so we can petition God on your behalf.
Have a great month and thank you for linking arms with us.
Never give in!
Living victoriously in Christ, Lynn for the Anderson ministry team