Sunday, January 20, 2013

He is my strong tower.

I give everything up to God. He is my Light and my Salvation. He is my Strong Tower. He has blessed me in so many ways within the last month. Thank you God for saving my soul.

"Every step, we're breathing in your Grace. Evermore, we'll be breathing out your Praise"

It has been a little over a month that I have been in Haiti and I can already see how God is changing my heart and the hearts of the people around me. I keep reminding myself this is where God wants me to be because I am here! Eric pointed out something pretty neat. That in Creole ( The local language) “Vinnie” (vini) means come.  I could just picture God calling from Haiti “Vinnie!” and I came! God is awesome!

I spent the first couple weeks with Cody. Trying to get used to my surroundings, Cody teaching me work duties and just daily life events. We had some great fellowship together and even got to spend some free time driving up into the mountains and going to the beach. The first major hurdle with me was definitely with the truck. When we were finally able to fix the seat so I could drive, it made a world of difference! I’ve noticed it’s the little things that can make your day especially in Haiti.  I just want to thank Cody for being such a blessing, encouragement and laying down a solid foundation for me.   

Working with the block machine has gone really well so far.  I enjoy working along side of the men. Encouraging them, telling them my story while hearing about theirs has been really touching. Realizing we all go through a lot of the same problems, it’s awesome to see how open they are to share their struggles and ask prayer for them as well.  For me, just as important as the block machine is, discipleship I feel is also what I am called to do. Especially with the workers.  In the mornings, after my quiet time I go out and share with the guys what I read that morning and usually ends up being a good theme for that day. Then we always end in a prayer and it’s just a good start to the day, which I enjoy doing with everyone. Please pray for each one of the workers. 

I have not been too lonely while I’ve been down here. After Cody left, Eva and Sarah came down for Christmas.  It was awesome that I was able to show them around and was able to spend Christmas with some of my family. And of course Eric, Briana, Cohen, and Conrad are always here. I love going over to their house to either play with the boys, eat some dinner , or worship together in the evenings. 

A song that we have been singing that I love is Never Once by Matt Redman. The chorus goes Never once did we ever walk alone, never once did You leave us on our own, 
You are faithful, God, You are faithful.” Once thing I’ve been learning to do is putting my trust in God. Trusting in God that he will provide, trusting in God that the block we make will show his strength, trusting in God to be faithful. It is amazing to see what God is able to do and how BIG God is when you are able just to break down and put your complete trust in him. He will change your life. He is faithful.

I would like to thank everyone for your continued prayers and support!! Thank you so much. It has been a huge blessing knowing so many people are praying for me and supporting me. Keep praying for the workers. Please pray for the house we are building next week.  Thank you so much! An exciting thing I am doing is creating this BLOG and it is just a place where you can just be kept updated more frequently: about me, the block machine, and just my daily life stories! I will try to keep it updated as often as I can. 


  1. Vince,

    I want to exort you for your willingness to surrender and serve our God in this way. Your service in Haiti will leave a tangible mark long beyond time there. The houses you build will provide safe shelter, the relationships you build with our Haitian brothers will bring positive change to their Christian walk and subsequently their families. The lessons you learn will last throughout your lifetime and give others inspiration to step out in faith as well. Blessings to you as you welcome our brother Justin into the CFM family this weekend. We have you in our prayers and HE has you in HIS hands !

    Merv Kennell, CFM Board

    1. Thank you so much Merv for your words of encouragement!

  2. Vince,

    This is a very encouraging blog! We want to give God all the glory for how well you are doing in difficult situations. We realize how hard it be, as we also lived for 1 year, @ the CFM mission house in 1982-83, & we are always glad to see the work continue in Haiti. May God richly bless you is our prayer!

    Ina for the Yoder's, & Ronnie, CFM Board

  3. Yo twiddle a few of those copper wires together and keep the blog going, its been like 20 days, i guess it has to be mindblowing to not be able to just jump on the net and see whats going on, well hope everything is good bro, I know your loving missing our winter and it getting dark at 5 haha