April Prayer Letter
Pray to Prevent a Further Disaster
As you already know, parts of Haiti recently experienced Hurricane Matthew, which flattened their gardens and houses, ripped up trees, and washed out roads and bridges. The western part of the peninsula was most severely affected. What’s worse is that this part of the island is now facing another possible horror—a drought – that will take their existence from bad to worse. The rainy season should already have come in February and gardens should already have been planted by March—but the skies have been dry until just recently.
Churches and small groups have been meeting for prayer to ask God for rain. He has heard their cry and opened the skies. MFH is asking that you, our supporting family, join our Haitian brothers and sisters to pray that the rains will continue through April and May so gardens can be planted and these needy people can reap a crop to prevent devastating hunger. Thank you for helping us pray to prevent a further disaster!!
Calls Coming From Afar—Day Or Night
From the time we started Hosanna Radio ministry six years ago, Deacon Joseph Belizaire has made himself available day or night to pray with any caller. (He and Deacon Ricardo Toussaint have a noon-hour program of prayer with listeners.) Now that our radio is reaching the larger portion of the entire peninsula, Brother Belizaire rarely sleeps through a night. He recently received a call at 2 a.m. from a woman in Seguin (a mountain area 3½ hours away) who wanted to accept Christ. Again (at 1 a.m.), in another mountain area, about 25 miles away, a husband and wife called wanting to understand the Gospel, and accepted Christ as Savior. “We are empty and need to find real meaning to life.” Though the couple lives so far away, they make a trip by motorcycle on Sundays to be in Hosanna services.
Retreats at Camp Bossier are Special for all Ages
The recent annual retreats for both ladies and men were packed out this year. For the ladies, Board Member Andrea Pisarcik and co-workers Cindy and Caroline Putney prepared very practical lessons from the book of James. Crafts were prepared by these three ladies and enjoyed by all the attendees. For the men, Pastor Salomon invited a gifted Haitian pastor from Port-au-Prince. His topic was “A man after God’s own heart.” These retreats have become a special time of renewal and rededication for a vital relationship with the Savior.
Graduation Exercises for the Seminary Coming Soon
May 19 is the fourth commencement ceremony of Baptist Theological Seminary of Haiti. One of the 19 graduates, Pastor Jackson Salomon, will be taking the leadership role in our newest church-plant in La Montagne. We are so thrilled to have this pulpit filled. Please pray for Pastor Salomon as he mentors and develops the leadership in this congregation.
Tom and I will be in Jacmel from May 16–29 and will be attending the graduation.
With deep thanks and gratitude to God for each of you,
Tom and Sarah Bennett