From the desk of
Preach the Word. 2 Timothy 4.2
July 20, 1994
 Dear Friends,

     Praise the Lord! I am happy to be able to write to you concerning the work of God. As some of you know, our trip to Haiti has been postponed due to the harsher sanctions imposed by the United Nations last month. We had purchased our tickets and were planning to spend a week in Port-au-Prince, but the new sanctions were to take effect during our stay. We were not able to adjust our travel dates and were forced to cancel our trip.

     I am believing God that He will make a way for me to continue to minister in Haiti. The Lord was so gracious to us (Mark Johnson and me) last December. The presence of God was so evident during the week we were there. We were able to report that seven people had given their hearts and lives to the Lord Jesus and one little boy was miraculously healed.

     I went back in January at the request of Pastor Samuel Orelus, the leader of the Christian Fraternity Church Union of Calebasse, located in Petion Ville, just outside of Port-au-Prince. There are thirty-six churches in this fellowship (all of them started by Pastor Samuel!), and how God is moving in these churches! Pastor Samuel holds Bible conferences twice a year for the ministers of the churches, and he asked me to return to preach during the conference. The last service was on Sunday morning, and in addition to the local congregation there were representatives from at least half a dozen other churches as well. I preached on the Holy Spirit, and about thirty-five believers came forward to be filled with the Holy Ghost. Hallelujah!

     While in Prayer for these meetings, I sensed the leading of the Holy Spirit to start a Bible college in Port-au-Prince. In my subsequent conversations with Pastor Samuel, I discovered that God had shown him a need for such a college, as an extension of the conferences that he was already conductiong, and by the help and grace of God, we intend to do what He has shown us to do.

     Please pray for the Bible college. Pastor Samuel and I are working out the details and believing God for an outpouring of His Spirit. Plans are to open the doors of Salvation Bible College this September.  Our students will be evangelists, deacons and young pastors from all around the country. These men (and women) are hungry for a move of God. We want them to be full of the Holy Ghost and fire, able to rightly divide the word of truth. The harvest is ripe, and these native preachers are  among those God has chosen to bring in that harvest.

     I do not know what will happen concerning the political situation in Haiti. I do know that eternal souls are at stake. Although political solutions are needed in Haiti, the real problems they face are spiritual in nature. The people of Haiti are in bondage to voodoo, and are actually enslaved by Satan. It is God's will that none of them should perish, but that every one of them would come to repentance. Jesus is the answer to the problems of Haiti.

     Voodoo is a pagan religion, and those that follow it are attempting to appease various gods. The Bible is clear in stating that false gods can offer no help at all, and that only Jesus can satisfy the hunger in a person's heart. Please pray for this nation, and that God would anoint every preacher that ministers there to lift up the mighty name of Jesus. Demons come out at the mention of His name! The sick are healed, needs are met, and multitudes come to know the Lord through the preaching of the gospel. Praise the Lord!

     I thank God for those of you who are my supporters. You mean a lot to me. In the seventh chapter of the book of Numbers (just one example), God calls each tribe by name and mentions what each gave in order to help build the Temple of Moses. This is actually done several times in both testaments concerning giving. Your giving will be remembered in Heaven. God sees even the sparrow fall, and He sees everything you do in service to Him.

"And whosoever shall give to drink unto one of these little ones a cup of cold water only in the name of a disciple, verily I say unto you, he shall in no wise lose his reward." Matthew 10.42

Your co-laborer in Christ,

Joey Kelly

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