Phenomenal—God’s Faithfulness to Mission for Haiti Over 73 Years
Following 32 years of faithful service on the field, my parents, Oran and Arshaloos, turned the ministry over to national leaders whom they had trained. Eighteen years later and following the ministry’s 50th anniversary, my parents passed the baton to my husband and me. Since we were not young when we assumed this responsibility (1996), the time to pass the baton again is upon us. Therefore, we wish to share with you the next step of faith that God has laid out before us. But first, we are compelled to extol God’s faithfulness to this ministry through all of you, our dedicated co-laborers!! God has used each of you who have been so committed to the ministry’s objectives, sustaining MFH over the years. We have been amazed to see how each generation of supporters is perpetuated into another generation. We see this as a God thing, and we praise Him for it!!
Recently we shared the news of how God took Pastor Dieupie into the Haitian parliament for four years and then returned him back full-time to Hosanna Ministries. He did not seek reelection. We believe that his brief time in the Senate was “as an occasion for testimony” (Luke 21:13). We believe that God’s mandate was accomplished, and NOW the time has come for Pastor Dieupie to move forward with Mission for Haiti. Over the next nine months, MFH Board of Directors, along with Tom and me, will begin a process of transferring the oversight to Open Door Baptist Mission (ODBM), Greenville, South Carolina. This process will be accomplished with the most careful responsibility and integrity. All of you, our donors, will be kept well-informed all along the way as to this process. Under the direction of ODBM, the national committee of seasoned leadership will consist of Pastor Dieupie Cherubin, CFO Joshua Laguerre, Pastor Salomon Cadet, Pastor Rejouis Jean-Maxis, and Pastor Jean Toussaint. We covet your prayers as we move forward to perpetuate this ministry to the glory of God!
God’s mercy and answers to your prayers have kept the deaths from COVID-19 at bay!! As of this date there have been 5,975 cases, 931 recovered (on account of home remedies), and 105 deaths. The projected July peak was reached in mid-June, and by God’s grace we trust the numbers will continue to go down. We are rejoicing in God’s abundant mercy, because the predictions were unbelievably scary!
However, please pray, because the economic and political crises still exist in a very strong way! The opposition still wants President Jovenel Moise to leave because of his corruption in the PetroCaribe deal. Already, there is talk of demonstrations. Last fall these demonstrations closed schools and blocked roads so food and medicine couldn’t reach villages! Only God provides solutions to all crises situations in poverty-stricken countries!
The Seminary Library
Our Baptist Theological Seminary of Haiti continues to enhance the quality of its pastoral degrees. Pastor Dieupie, Academic Dean, and Pastor Jean Toussaint, Vice-Academic Dean, are updating all academic requirements, including replenishing our Seminary library with French reference materials. Please keep this need in your prayers.
With gratitude and thanks to God for you,
Sarah Bennett (for both Tom and myself)
Coming Back Full-Time to Hosanna Ministries
Four years ago, the Lord raised Pastor Dieupie up “as an occasion for testimony” in the Haitian Senate. Judging from uncommon circumstances, we were obliged to admit that incidents seemingly had a touch of divinity on them. How could an evangelical pastor overwhelmingly win a #1 seat in the Senate following years of incumbents of wealth (and corruption) and do it with no substantial backing—only minimal contributions from poor citizens? The only answer was that his amazing appointment was of God. Though his was a six-year term, his resignation came after the four-year mark, and is permanent. We believe that the promise God gave us four years ago when Pastor Dieupie became Senator Dieupie has been accomplished. “But it will turn out for you as an occasion for testimony.” (Luke 21:13) God has used his testimony time after time to display justice and truth. The Senator’s record is clear before all who know him in the Parliament, and it will be displayed clearly again on God’s judgment/accountability day. “He [God] sent a man . . . .” (Psalm 105:17a)
Library Books Instead Of Camp Scholarships
Sadly, COVID-19 is responsible for canceling our camps at Camp Bossier by the Sea this summer. However, another immense need has presented itself! Our Baptist Theological Seminary of Haiti has a library that is in desperate need of academic reference materials. We feel a necessity to rebuild an efficient library for our students. We are establishing a Library Fund for those who would like to help us accomplish this worthy objective. “Study to show thyself approved unto God, a workman that needs not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the Word of Truth.” (II Timothy 2:15)
Haiti Braces for Peak of Pandemic
The COVID-19 virus peak is projected for July. Presently, there are 2,124 cases with 44 deaths, and numbers are rising daily. In a country where cleanliness and sanitation are not priorities, the ability to practice hygiene is very difficult. Some textile and similar industries have closed, and a few other businesses (as some banks) have suspended operations. Since most Haitians do not have bank/credit cards, what little money some may have in the bank is not accessible. In a country where unemployment is 70 to 75 percent and the economy was already bankrupted before this pandemic, only God knows what will become of our beloved Haiti! Please pray!
However—on a Higher Note—Spiritual Victories Continue to Come in!
The pandemic news from all over the world has prompted serious questions about eternity in the hearts of many Haitians. Since Hosanna Radio is the only Christian station in Jacmel vicinity, the station manager, Josue Sanon, is reporting that unbelievers are stopping him on the streets and telling him that they are listening to our station. Since the end of March there have been close to 180 professions of faith. Among those who have accepted Christ was a man who insisted that Brother Belizaire come to his house that very day and have a service with him to burn all his satanic fetishes. Another one was a 19-year-old young man who, after praying, shared that his mother had died just the day before and was not even buried, yet he felt he HAD to accept Christ immediately! A Catholic priest told one of our pastors that he has started listening to our Sunday morning church service before going to perform Mass. The four men who cover the radio hotline 24/7 are Deacon Beliziare (on right) and Pastors Aly, Enock, and Jonas. They are reporting not only salvation decisions but also scores of rededications from those who are saying, “I have wandered away from God and I want to come back!” Please continue praying for souls.
Medical Clinic – a Wonderful Success
Eleven hundred patients in five rural areas in sister churches were ministered to! This clinic took place two weeks prior to COVID-19 invading their shores – praise the Lord! The Lord graciously supplied meds to treat patients with high blood pressure, diabetes, endemic scabies, numerous infections, worms, and malnutrition, along with so many common aches and pains. Our team was excellent, with Drs. Patrick Hawley and Sem Victorin, aided by ReeAnn Slager (NP), Andrew Slager (RN), Teresa Dehmel (RN), Germaine Gilbert (RN), Esther Victorin (pharmacist), and assistants Gail Drake, Sandee Shoemaker, and Kathrine Kuptz (at right). We gave out darling handmade dresses to little girls and boxer shorts and matchbox cars to little boys – all provided to us by two churches: Atkinson Baptist Church in Atkinson, North Carolina, and Sonrise Church in Howell, Michigan. The Gospel was shared in each area with invitations to accept Christ as well as to visit the church.
Annual Ladies Retreat
This year’s January retreat had a different perspective because of all the political and economic trials that have weighed heavily on families, especially on mothers. The messages by the main speaker, Dr. Yolle-Guida, were particularly pertinent in view of the current stress on families and their livelihood. Dr. Yolle-Guida is founder and CEO of D’Vine Therapeutic Services, a nonprofit organization providing faith-based therapy to women, couples, and families. She spent time developing topics on how to live godly as individuals, wives, and mothers. Marjorie Cadet (Pastor Salomon’s wife) encouraged the women to use godly wisdom combined with common sense in handling the family’s finances. There were many questions following each session. Our camp was packed out with 198 ladies this year. Half of them slept on the cement floor in the all-purpose building without one complaining word!! We are so blessed to minister to spiritually hungry souls!!
We thank God for each of you, our co-laborers!
Tom, Sarah, Pastor Dieupie
AGGREGATE OF MERCIES
“Salvation is an aggregate of mercies incalculable in number, priceless in value, incessant in application, eternal in endurance! To the God of our mercies be glory, world without end.” (Spurgeon on the Psalms)
COVID-19 in Haiti
We want to express our deep thanks to all of you who are praying that God will be merciful to Haiti concerning this virus. So far there are only 74 cases reported, and only 6 deaths. However, those who study the wave of this virus are predicting that the peak might very possibly be mid-summer, and that thousands will be affected. Our hearts are so sympathetic because this poor country has been suffering (and still is) from a political and economic crisis for over a year! Furthermore, social distancing is almost impossible because of the way Haitians function culturally, not to mention how totally unprepared they are medically to handle any COVID-19 victims. As a third-world country, they are particularly vulnerable. Please continue to plead for God’s mercy on our beloved Haiti.
God’s Mercies and Your Prayers
The pandemic news from all over the world has prompted serious questions about eternity in the hearts of many Haitians. Because Hosanna Radio is the only Christian station in the Jacmel vicinity, and it has become the most listened-to station. The station manager, Josue Sanon, reported that unsaved people are stopping him on the streets and reporting that they are listening to 102.3. As a wonderful result, there have already been 101 professions of faith in the month of April alone. The station has a 24/7 hotline, manned primarily by Brother Belizaire, who receives calls anytime, day or night, for prayer and for confessing Jesus Christ as Savior. Among those who accepted Christ was a man who insisted that Brother Belizaire come to his house that very day and have a service with him to burn all his satanic fetishes. Another young lady who called and said that she was secretly hiding as she was praying with him because her Catholic father will put her out of the house if he knows what she is doing. A 19-year old young man who prayed with Brother Belizaire shared that his mother had just died the day before and was not even buried, yet he felt he HAD to accept Christ immediately!
Pastor Dieupie has been having Hosanna services each Sunday over the radio. His message on Palm Sunday seemed to strike a chord in many hearts. Brother Belizaire’s phone registered over 50 calls on that day. By the time he returned all the calls, he realized that 13 had accepted Christ as Savior. We see that God is working in a wonderful way!! Because of the internet, Hosanna Radio is heard in other parts of the world. Haitians living in Chile, France, Canada, Brazil, USA, and Dominican Republic are able to receive 102.3. There have been professions of faith from some of these countries as well. HALLULIAH FOR HOSANNA RADIO!!
Our dear co-laborers, we see this world-wide pandemic as a call to repentance! Tom and I pray that what is happening in Haiti is also happening around the world. Perhaps (though not sure) this may be the last global call!
“Behold I come quickly.” “And behold I come quickly.” “Surely I am coming quickly.”
(Revelation 22:7a, 12a, 20b)
With gratitude and thanks to God for you,
Tom and Sarah Bennett
Crisis Upon Crisis
What more can happen to our beloved Haiti? Having not even recovered from the last crisis, and schools only opened in early December to now close again because of the Corona virus! We’re not sure what the overall picture will look like. Even if churches and schools are closed, Haitians don’t live indoors. They go out daily for their food. All their marketing is done in crowded open-air markets, streets are filled with elbow-to-elbow people, and common transportation is side-by-side motorcycles! They have no medical supplies (ventilators) for assistance of any kind for a Corona victim. We look to God for His intervention so that Haiti will survive this second crisis. Once again, prayer is their only solution!! And all of you, our co-laborers, can join us in prayer for God’s mercy and compassion on this suffering people!!
Tom and I returned to the US on the 18th of March. Upon our arrival in Miami, we noticed that there were no coronavirus checks on incoming passengers. When I asked about it, I was told that there didn’t seem to be any threats coming in from Haiti. The very next day it was learned that there were two individuals that had died from the virus. This news promptly made American Airlines halt all incoming flights from Haiti. How gracious God was to us in getting us home before the news was made known to American Airlines. PTL!!
Medical clinic – a Wonderful Success
We praise God for allowing us to minister to almost 1100 patients in sister churches in five rural areas! The Lord graciously supplied meds to treat patients with high blood pressure, diabetes, epidemic scabies, numerous infections, malnutrition, and worms, along with so many common aches and pains. Our team was excellent, with Drs. Patrick Hawley and Sem Victorin, aided by ReeAnn Slager (NP), Andrew Slager (RN), Teresa Dehmel (RN), Germaine Gilbert (RN), Esther Victorin (pharmacist), and assistants Gail Drake, Sandee Shoemaker, and Kathrine Kuptz. We gave out darling handmade dresses to little girls, and boxer shorts and a matchbox car to little boys sent to us by two churches: Atkinson Baptist Church in Atkinson, North Carolina, and Sonrise Church in Howell, Michigan. The Gospel was shared in each area with invitations to accept Christ as well as to visit the church.
Annual Ladies Retreat
This year’s retreat was probably appreciated more than ever before because of the country’s stress on families and relationships. Dr. Yolle spent a lot of time developing topics for women to live godly as individuals, wives, and mothers. Marjorie Cadet (Pastor Salomon’s wife) encouraged the women to use godly wisdom combined with common sense in handling the family’s finances. There were many questions following each session. Our camp was packed out with 198 ladies this year. Half of them slept on the cement floor in the all-purpose building without one complaining word!! We are so blessed to minister to spiritually hungry souls!! Thank you Lord!!
Craig Dehmel and Joe Kuptz were joined by Tom Bennett in building the desks for the new computer lab. This labor of love is deeply appreciated by Hosanna High School. We are certainly trusting the Lord for the day that this computer lab can be used by the students.
“I thank my God upon every remembrance of you…”
With deep thanks to God for you,
Tom and Sarah Bennett
“Therefore we do not lose heart . . .”
“(W)e do not look at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen. For the things which are seen are temporary, but the things which are not seen are eternal.” (II Cor. 4:16a,18)
We praise the Lord that schools continue to function! Other than that, nothing else has improved. From a human standpoint, the future of Haiti looks bleak. However, we are focusing on the work God has given us to do and rejoicing in the souls who have come to Christ through radio and through personal evangelism and discipleship. We take great comfort knowing our God is in control. In addition to (and perhaps mostly because of) the corrupt and illegal actions recently taken by President Jovenel, insecurity and crime are on the upswing with increased killings in the capital. The international community is perhaps the only organization able to stop President Jovenel’s excesses. We covet your prayers and we look to God to intervene in the coming days to avert an even greater crisis.
Tom and I will be traveling to Haiti from February 25 – March 18. We will be there for the Ladies Retreat, the Medical Clinic, and completing the computer lab and other small details before returning home to the US.
Medical Clinic – March 4 – 11
Coming to us again from Grand Blanc, Michigan, is Dr. Patrick Hawley along with ReeAnn Slager NP and Teresa Dehmel RN. They will be joined by Germaine Gilbert RN from Pelzer, South Carolina, and, of course, our very own national doctor, Sem Victorin, and Esther, his pharmacist wife. They will minister in five rural areas where we have sister churches. Last year we treated over 900 patients. We will most likely reach many more than that this year (especially children and the elderly) because of widespread malnutrition created by the hunger crisis. We covet many prayers that God will grant stamina and endurance for this team as they work long hours in the Haitian heat.
During this same week Tom will be helping Craig Dehmel and Joe Kuptz build computer desks for our new computer lab. Computer training is now required by the government before high school seniors are allowed to graduate. Even though the country’s crisis was unfortunate and caused a delay of school opening, it has allowed us time to complete the classroom and make the desks.
Annual Ladies Retreat
Pastor Salomon is in full swing for the Ladies Retreat this year. The stress of the country has weighed heavily on families, especially mothers. The main speaker this year is Dr. Yolle-Guida Dervil Pierre, Founder and CEO of D’Vine Therapeutic Services, Inc., a nonprofit organization providing faith-based psychotherapy to women, couples, and families. She was born in Haiti and migrated to Naples, Florida at the age of ten. Following her education and preparation for ministry, she moved back to Haiti as a full-time missionary in 2017. Attendance for the Retreat has grown every year until we have now overflowed the cabins onto pieces of carpet on the floor of the all-purpose building. The theme this year is the fruit of the spirit as found in Galatians 5:22,23.
“Teach us to pray, Lord…”
Josue Laguerre is teaching and encouraging the new believers to develop their prayer life with the Savior. Exciting testimonies are coming from their lips. Evelande, a third-year student at a local university was fearful that she would be asked to drop out because her debt from the spring semester was transferred into this semester. As the names of those who had debt were called out, she was surprised not to hear her name. She later learned that she was the recipient of some scholarship funds that covered both semesters. Marie-Dyme, a concerned mother of a high school student was so concerned that her daughter was going to fail because she had been very ill from the torments of demon possession. Joyfully, she reported to the class that her daughter is doing better and passed her exams. PTL
With thanks in our hearts to God and to you,
Sarah & Tom
The Crisis in Haiti Persists
The economic and political crisis resulting from a clash between the President and the opposition continues! The outrage is a result of allegations that following the 2010 earthquake, the President and certain government officials misappropriated billions of dollars meant for social development projects. Opposition leaders have sought to harness this anger to force the President’s ouster and the formation of a transitional government. Presently, the opposition has decided to change their strategy, realizing how detrimental school closings have been because of all the roadblocks. Even after almost a year of demonstrations, there seems to be little hope of a restoration of peace and reelections for a legitimate government. The parliamentary elections last October failed because of the inability of the President to work with the opposition, and Haitians are not confident that further elections will be free of corruption.
Schools have opened, but absent a miracle, this calm will not remain. The economy is at its very worst!! Only God knows the real solution to this crisis. Please keep Haiti in your prayers!
New Converts Class Growing
A new converts class that began with 13 adults has now grown to 25. These are the new believers who came to Christ when our CFO, Josue Laguerre, decided to have outreach open-air services in his neighborhood last fall. (We shared this story in our fall newsletter.) Following this outreach, Josue organized a one-hour discipleship class for these believers every Monday evening. However, they come early and stay late because of their enthusiasm! They are not only learning Bible doctrines but learning hymns also – something they never knew before! Josue is also a musician and plays the piano beautifully. These new babes in Christ praise God for the hope they found in Christ during the evil days of their country’s crisis! PTL
Finally – School Opened December 4th
Parents, children, and young people were so grateful and excited that school has finally started. They were all holding their breath for fear that the street barricades would return. Praise God this did not happen, and they realize this is an answer to their prayers. In a recent high school chapel service, our administrator passionately challenged the students to be serious in their relationship with Christ. It was a very moving service, and ten young people came forward to accept Christ as Savior and promised to live their lives for Him. They realize their country is in a very serious crisis and they want to be on “praying ground” with God.
Medical Clinic – Badly Needed
Doctors Patrick Hawley and Sem Victorin, along with other medical personnel, will be in Jacmel March 4 – 11 for our annual medical clinic. If there were ever a time when this clinic is needed, it is NOW. Doctors and medical staff across the country are saying that unusually high levels of malnourishment are already claiming the lives of the country’s most vulnerable. The malnutrition opens the door for infections as well as other diseases. We suspect that the demands on our medical team will be extremely heavy this year. Last year we treated over 900 patients in 5 days. Please pray that the Lord will touch the hearts of those who don’t know Christ as Savior and bring them to Salvation. This is always our goal.
With Thanks to God and Gratitude in our Hearts for you,
Tom and Sarah Bennett
“The people who walked in darkness have seen a great Light, Those who dwelt in the land of the shadow of death, upon them a Light has shined.”
(The following are excerpts from my parents’ book, “Taking Root Downward, Bearing Fruit Upward.”)
“We discovered that Christmas in Haiti was quite different from Christmas in the States. Instead of a season of joy and good tidings, it was a season of fear shrouded by evil spirits. Each Christmas they visited the witchdoctor, who bathed them with his herbs to wash away the evil spirits of the past year in order that they might be able to cope with the evils the new year would bring upon them. They did not know that Christmas was a celebration of Christ’s coming to save them from all their fears and evils. Our hearts were deeply touched and saddened as we listened to these babes in Christ describe how they had spent their Christmas Eves at the shrine of the witchdoctor. So we determined to bring the message of Christmas joy and good tidings to a village that sat in darkness.
“We began to prepare our first Christmas pageant with the new believers God had given us. The choir we had organized learned the Christmas carols, and others memorized the biblical passages. We had Mary and Joseph, shepherds and angels, wise men, and King Herod. We invited the people but were not prepared for the crowd or for their enthusiastic efforts to see and hear the Christmas story. They quickly filled the benches and the aisles. They packed in the doorway and climbed up and sat on the windowsills and moved onto the rafters until they were filled. Then they moved up on the stage so it was difficult to distinguish the actors from the spectators. The message went forth – glory to His Name!
“That first year (1947), the Light was turned on in Pignon and that little village became conscious of what Christmas was all about! New dimensions were added to our programs year after year. Friends back home sent us many types of shiny papers, which we used to make decorations with the message of Christmas to put all over the church walls. Then we introduced caroling. They loved this and made it a December tradition, caroling from midnight to six in the morning and stopping to pray in the homes where they were invited in. Consequently, caroling and prayers began to replace the visits and bathing at the witchdoctor’s den. Hundreds of young people and adults found Christ as Savior through the ministry of caroling and the message of Christmas.”
The Light that shined in their darkness so many years ago continues to shine today!
“Thanks be to God for His indescribable gift!” (II Corinthians 9:15)
HOPE Has No Expiration Date
Though despair continues, yet believers continue to HOPE because “the Lord will be a HOPE for His people.” (Joel 3:16b) We are praying that situations (barricades, demonstrations, crime, kidnappings) will settle down during the Christmas season and hope that schools will open by January. However, gas shortages remain, causing huge blackouts and affecting the operation of many business and medical facilities. Some clinics and hospitals have been forced to close or limit their services. International mission groups who normally bring in medical supplies are not able to because of gangs. We fear the invasion of various illnesses. Thousands have lost their meager jobs, while others are working with no pay (doing so in order to keep the job), which, added to the high inflation and food scarcity, greatly contributes to the hunger situation. For the above reasons, we will continue the Hunger Fund for a period of time until our Lord will provide a solution and rescue this perishing little country. We want to express our deep gratitude to you who have already contributed to this fund. Please keep this great need in your prayers as you pray for Haiti.
MFH normally plans a medical clinic and a winter ladies retreat. These plans are still in our heart for a possible February date. Please keep all the Hosanna Ministries in your prayers!
With Thanks to God and Gratitude in our Hearts for you,
Tom and Sarah Bennett
Schools are still closed; most businesses and banks are closed; barricades are in the streets; there is high inflation and scarcity of food in markets because of inaccessibility. Demonstrations continue with sporadic violence! Hospitals and health clinics are understaffed because staff cannot get to work. Gas stations have limited hours and limited gas – $8.50 gallon and $12-$14 on the black market. Electricity is sporadic. Activities are paralyzed. Many have died. Prayers are still desperately needed!
How to Deal with All of This?
Since schools have not opened, the money parents normally pay when school opens won’t stay tucked away for long when there’s no food in the house, tummies are empty, and tears are falling. MFH and Hosanna are facing a difficult situation. When/if school opens and parents don’t have the money they saved for school because of hunger in the home, we are asking ourselves how to deal with all of this?
Normally, we promote a “Helping Hand Scholarships” – and this is STILL a huge need because of those whose finances won’t permit their children to return to school.
However, we see another problem approaching very soon – the problem of “hunger.”
Therefore, we are starting a fund for families who are sincerely suffering from extreme “Hunger.” This fund will simply be called the “Hunger Fund” and it will be carefully managed for those who have severe hunger. As you prayerfully consider these challenges, may the Lord direct your heart as to your burden.
“He will bring justice to the poor of the people; He will save the children of the needy, and break in pieces the oppressor.” Psalm 72:4
Pastor Salomon’s New Youth Club – AJEBBA
Thirty-Eight young people (most of them new converts from Camp Bossier) have started meeting every Sunday afternoon at Bethany Baptist Church for this newly formed club, AJEBBA. Since roads are blocked and gas is rare, these young people walk from a distance away. Their mission: The goal is to provide quality activities for young people to develop and channel lives spiritually, socially, educationally, financially, and familial. Their goal: How to stay on the path of purity by living according to God’s Word in Psalm 119:9. Their motto: Be the light that shines in the darkness and go out victoriously.
We praise God for the birth of this youth group in the midst of their country’s darkness. The Gospel’s Hope has energized them! Several in this group come from a neighborhood who previously wanted nothing to do with church. As a result of Camp Bossier, a few of these young people attended the camp last year and accepted Christ as Savior. Since then they have become the “electricity” in their neighborhood. PTL!
CFO – Preaches an Open-Air Service
Discouragement, frustration, and great concerns over his country’s political situation led Josue Laguerre to reach out to the small community in which he lives in a spiritual way – an open-air evangelistic service. Josue, his wife, and three friends walked the neighborhood for four hours inviting all to a two-night open-air service to be held in his large front yard. The response was amazing! God blessed with over 100 in attendance, 13 professions of faith, and 4 rededication decisions! These difficult days have turned troubled hearts Godward. We praise Him for how He brings good out of evil!
Pastors Motivated to Four Days of Prayer and Fasting
Pastor Rejouis used Hosanna Radio to motivate pastors in the surrounding areas to four days of prayer and fasting for Haiti. Twenty-seven pastors congregated in a local assembly on Wednesday, October 23, for a day of singing, preaching and praying. Then from Thursday through Saturday, these same pastors invited their congregations to attend the prayer services at this same local assembly each day from 7 a.m. – 12 noon. Their theme was II Chronicles 7:14 “If My people, which are called by My name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways; then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and heal their land.” Many attended and earnestly sought healing for their land!
“It doesn’t matter, because I’m going to be a chief in Hell”
These words were spoken from the mouth of 70-year-old André Légalité over 30 years ago, when warned by his cousin that he would go to Hell if he didn’t come to Christ for salvation. He was deeply involved in satanic worship! Then one day the Spirit of God got hold of him with crushing conviction about his final destination. Completely broken, André came to Christ and has never been the same since. He is so absolutely bold and fearless in his witness. He walks straight into the faces of gangs who are armed and tells them that he HAS to warn them! He speaks of himself as the watchman in Ezekiel 33:6 and as one who he has been to Hell and back. His fearlessness shocks and intimidates his listeners! He has brought hundreds to Christ. He now resides in Jacmel and makes regular trips on foot (45 miles) into Port-au-Prince, witnessing all along the way. I (Sarah) had the blessed privilege of visiting this saint in his little one-room home in the center of his garden during my recent trip. His entire person radiates Christ in the humblest way. Frankly, I have never encountered anyone like Mr. Légalité!!
In Loving Memory
Dr. Ken Hay, Greenville, SC
Mrs. Flora Jean Garlock, Destin, Florida
“I thank my God upon every remembrance of you, always in every prayer of mine making request for you all with joy.”
We are powered by your prayers and enabled by your gifts! Thank you!
Tom, Sarah, and Pastor Dieupie
Habakkuk’s Questions and Answers
Worry turned to Worship • Terror turned to Trust • Hollowness turned to Hope • Anguish melts into Adoration • Answer of “why” turned into “Who” is in Control
And we do have HOPE, though nothing has changed. Schools in the cities are still closed (small rural communities have school); most businesses and banks are closed; barricades are in the streets; demonstrations abound! Hospitals and health clinics are understaffed because staff cannot get to work. Gas stations have limited hours and limited gas – $8.50 gallon and $12-$14 on the black market. Electricity is sporadic. Activities are paralyzed. Prayers are still desperately needed!
However, we rejoice in the Lord. There are no roadblocks on Sunday mornings, and churches are open. PTL! (The roadblocks are reset after Sunday morning services.) More souls are being saved through the radio ministry since all of the chaos began two months ago.
Pastor Salomon’s New Youth Club – AJEBBA
Thirty-Eight young people (most of them new converts from Camp Bossier) have started meeting every Sunday afternoon at Bethany Baptist Church for this newly formed club, AJEBBA. Since roads are blocked and gas is rare, these young people walk from over a mile away. Our mission: The goal is to provide quality activities for young people to develop and channel lives spiritually, socially, educationally, financially, and familial. Our goal: How to stay on the path of purity by living according to God’s Word in Psalm 119:9. Our motto: Be the light that shines in the darkness and go out victoriously.
We praise God for the birth of this youth group in the midst of their country’s darkness. The Gospel’s Hope has energized them! Please pray that the enthusiasm in this group will grow and become a shinning light. Several in this group come from a neighborhood who previously wanted nothing to do with church. As a result of Camp Bossier, a few of these young people attended the camp last year and accepted Christ as Savior. Since then they have become the “electricity” in their neighborhood. PTL!
Pastors Motivated to Four Days of Prayer and Fasting
Pastor Rejouis used Hosanna Radio to motivate pastors in the surrounding areas to four days of prayer and fasting for Haiti. Twenty-seven pastors congregated in a local assembly on Wednesday, October 23, for a day of preaching and praying. Then from Thursday through Saturday, these same pastors invited their congregations to attend the prayer services at this same local assembly each day from 7 a.m. – 12 noon. Their theme was II Chronicles 7:14 “If My people, which are called by My name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways; then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and heal their land.” Many attended and earnestly sought healing for their land!
Five Hundred Prisoners Fed on Hosanna’s School Food
The government food for Hosanna’s lunchroom arrived this past August. However, the fact that there has been NO school because of political unrest, the food is just sitting there. Some of it was frozen chicken parts that couldn’t be kept frozen any longer. Our CFO and Administrator, Joshua, heard that the local prison had run out of food for their inmates. A plea came for help from some church/school organizations (Catholic/State). Joshua heard this and saw it as an opportunity to provide a strong Gospel testimony. He volunteered the school’s kitchen staff to take the food to the prison, cook it there, and serve it. Indeed, the food was served to very hungry prisoners, and a Gospel testimony was seen and heard! PTL
With Gratitude and Thanks to God for you,
Tom and Sarah Bennett
Pastor Salomon Shares About the Chaos in Haiti
“We are living in a very sad and painful time today. Insecurity, inaccessibility to healthcare, gas shortages, no electricity, high food prices, wickedness, malice, and hypocrisy all around. We feel as if there is no way out. It’s as if hope flies away from us. When we look at the ones who are responsible for leading us, there are huge reasons to lose hope because of so much corruption.
“However, the Word of God in I Corinthians 15:19 gives us hope. ‘If in this life only we have hope in Christ, we are of all men most miserable.’ If this life does not inspire us with hope, our future IS inspiring us. While in this life, we hope against all despair. We hope in the goodness and love of our faithful God who promises to make us cross the water without being drowned and go through the fire without being burned. We will hope in our God who can take care of us in this present evil life and in the blessed eternal life to come. Please pray for us!”
At 5 a.m. Monday (9/16), Haitians woke up to roadblocks and violent demonstrations in all major cities. Schools, businesses, and markets are all closed. One of our Hosanna radio journalist was stabbed in the back as he was trying to do a street interview. He was rushed by motorcycle to the hospital, where staff was extremely limited. Only by the grace of God was a surgeon available to do emergency surgery on him. (He is doing well now.)
The opposition is determined to be extreme this time around to force the president to resign. We’re not sure how far this thing will go. Because of limited gas, the price for one gallon is $12 – $14 on the black market. Jacmel has already been without electricity for over two weeks. Food is getting scarce because merchants and farmers from rural areas cannot get their food to the markets. And it goes on and on! We covet all your prayers for these terrible days!
Praise God for Camp Bossier Results
“This week of camp was a great blessing to me because it gave me new life spiritually. It taught me to live according to God’s will and not mine. It taught me to abandon a lot of things like selfishness, pleasing people instead of God. After this week I take the responsibility to share the Gospel with my family because I want them to share my wellness which is to have Jesus as their Savior also.”
“This is the first time in my life to come to a camp. This camp has brought a lot of changes in my life, and the first big change came on the first day. I found Christ as my Savior. A big “THANKS” to Pastor Salomon.”
“I came this week to camp with a lot of questions and doubts on my spiritual life. I was so confused. By the end of this week I have fixed everything with God and feel a big change in my life. Please keep me in prayer.”
We want to give you a brief report on “Junior,” the 17-year-old witch doctor who accepted Christ as Savior. He is having a very hard time with the decision he made. Pastor Salomon is keeping in touch with him as much as possible. Please continue to keep him in your prayers.
God protected the weeks of camp and gave us wonderful results. There were 55 professions of faith and over 75 other decisions at Camp Bossier. Following Bossier, Pastor Salomon went north for a youth camp in Charles for three days and another two days of camp for young married couples. There were 42 decisions at the youth camp. Although the country is falling apart politically and economically, yet our faithful God is at work in hearts and lives! PTL
On a personal note, my wonderful cousin, George Terzian, one of the five most winning basketball coaches in the NCAA history, is struggling with cancer. I visited him this month while with my sister in California. He is a tremendous soul winner and led many of his athletes to Christ. He is taking chemo. Please, please pray for him!!
With gratitude and thanks to God for you,
Tom and Sarah Bennett