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Local prepares for internship

Friday, January 6, 2012

Justin Clark cleans in the sanctuary of First Christian Church, Brazil. Clark plans to move to Haiti soon for mission work. [Order this photo]
Local resident Justin Clark is planning a new life -- one completely focused on serving God.

At the end of March, Clark will move to St. Louis du Nord, Haiti, near Port-de-Paix, for seven months. He will be a full-time intern, working on various maintenance projects.

Currently, Clark, Brazil, works for First Christian Church, Brazil, doing maintenance work.

"I'm not an evangelist," Clark said. "I'm not the guy to go out and preach, but if you need a church built -- that's more what I'm called for. I work behind the scenes to keep things running."

Clark will be working with Northwest Haiti Christian Mission, an Independent Christian Church ministry and development organization committed to the people of the Northwest region of Haiti and dedicated to establishing and partnering with indigenous churches.

The organization serves people through a collection of programs including primary schools, feeding projects, orphanages, medical clinics, church planting, a Bible college and agricultural development.

"I have a rough idea of the types of things I'll be doing once I get there," Clark said. "It will be different, and (God) will use me for whatever He needs once I'm there."

He will be organizing and coordinating the organization's supplies, as well as keeping the lights on and the plumbing running -- whatever it takes to keep the ministry's operations running smoothly.

Clark also has the long-term goal of training Haitian workers in maintenance so they can help maintain the campus and their own homes.

"The locals I met while in Haiti are intelligent, hard working people," Clark said in a support letter. "They just need some help learning how maintenance systems work and how to keep them working."

Clark went on his first short-term mission trip in 2008 to Honduras.

"Once I got over there, I was amazed by the work needed in other countries and the work other missionaries are doing," he said. "It was life-changing. As soon as I got back, I just started praying for God to show me where to serve."

Since then, Clark has been on 11 different mission trips to places such as Barbados, Mexico and South Dakota.

"I knew immediately after my first trip that God wanted me out on the field somewhere," Clark said. "I've just been looking for where to go, where God could use my skills."

In September, he went to Haiti for 10 days. Since then, he said things have fallen together for the internship.

He plans to return home in November, but only for a couple months. In January 2013, Clark plans to move to Haiti permanently in a full-time maintenance position.

To get to Haiti, Clark must raise all his own funding. He will have to raise monthly support of $1,300 for his service in Haiti.

A fundraiser called "Hearts for Haiti" is planned for Sunday, Feb. 19, at noon at First Christian Church, to teach people more about Haiti and the organization Clark will be working with, as well as to raise money for his trip.

The church will serve a spaghetti dinner for $5 per meal. Children 2-under can eat free. There will be a silent auction and entertainment provided. For more information about the dinner, call the church at 446-2214.

"We're all called to serve," Clark said. "In Matthew, it says to go and teach the world, to give them the good news. This is part of the way I can serve."

To financially support Clark, visit www.nwhcm.org, and click the "Give" tab at the top of the page. On the left, click the tab, "Missionary Support," and choose Clark's name, or a check may be sent to Northwest Haiti Christian Mission, 7271 Mayflower Park, Zionsville, Ind., 46077. The check should be made out to NWHCM with Clark's name in the memo line.

To read about Clark's journey and mission work, visit his blog at www.onthefieldinhaiti.blogspot.com.

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Awesome! God bless you!

-- Posted by RickS on Sat, Jan 7, 2012, at 6:06 PM

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