"Taking root downward, Bearing fruit upward"

Fall 2018 Newsletter
Posted on November 8th, 2018

Helping Hand Scholarships for Hosanna Schools

Please help us assist students in struggling families!

Helping Hand Scholarships is a program designed for our Hosanna Christian School families who covet a better education for their children but struggle with the overall cost. This fund helps many disadvantaged families keep their children in school in spite of sudden “third-world distresses” that come up overnight. Accelerated education involves hiring well-educated teachers, which escalates the cost of the education.

The accelerated educational program we promote graduates students who are able to compete in a job market populated mostly by Catholic- or state-educated young people. This level of education is badly needed in the Christian community. However, we welcome unchurched families who value high moral principles as well—because in time these families come to faith Christ!

Parents are filled with gratitude for this financial help! We praise God that we are able to offer it because of your  compassionate gifts.

Hosanna Radio 102.3—reaching an audience of over 1.5 million.

(Transmitting facility on the mountain)

Hosanna Radio is reaching over 1.5 million across the Southeast/Southwest. While radio broadcasting is one of our most expensive outreaches, yet it is absolutely the most effective evangelizing tool. Souls accept Christ on a continual basis. Testimonies come to us constantly of what the programming means to them.

“I found Christ as my Savior through Hosanna Radio and am now delivered from satanic influences. I am growing in Jesus.”

“I don’t have to worry that my children might hear something that’s not correct on Hosanna. I keep it on all day with no worries.”

“Hosanna Radio keeps me tired all the time. I can’t turn it off at night to go to sleep. I’m up till 3 a.m. most nights, listening and getting blessed.”

“I consider Hosanna Radio to be the only true evangelistic Gospel radio in the entire southern part of Haiti because you give 100 percent of airtime (besides the news) to spiritual programming.”

We glorify God for giving us this station, and we thank all of you who hold it before the Throne of Grace through your prayers, and support it through sacrificial gifts.

Increasing Hosanna’s Caring Testimony

God has opened a door for a project that will reveal to the community a caring testimony of the Gospel we preach. This project is a lunchroom! Hosanna Elementary and High School is the only large school in Jacmel that doesn’t have a hot lunch program. This need has been a burden on Pastor Dieupie’s heart for many years. As the school has grown and gained popularity because of its academic excellence, the need has become more apparent. Many of the students come from poor families who are not able to give them more than some coffee and bread for breakfast. Others travel long distances with only a sandwich in their backpack to sustain them until they get home and eat their main meal at 3 p.m. Pastor Dieupie felt that the time to achieve this desire is now while he is a senator and he can get donated food from the government. Hence, through one of our Board Members, contact with a Christian foundation was opened to us. Our request was submitted, and approved, Praise God!

Artist rendering of lunchroom project

Now… Construction Volunteers are Seriously Needed

Block masons are the most pressing need for our project. However, we need “all hands on deck.” In other words, general laborers are needed and welcomed! We are trusting that many who read this letter will respond. Construction project dates are January 9-18. Please contact MFH at (864) 631-2233.

18 Freshmen this Fall

The Bible Seminary continues to draw excellent young men to train for the ministry. Our new Dean of Students is Pastor Jean Aly Hector. This past summer he challenged and assigned the student body to participate in evangelism,
discipleship, hospital and new convert visitation, and community services. He is grateful to report 90 percent participation. Many of these men already have churches and families. It is a challenge to balance all their responsibilities and find work to support their schooling. Please keep their many needs in your prayers.

Developing Mont Flueri through the Gospel

Students making their own patterns.

VBS, soccer camp, and opening the Mont Flueri sewing school were triumphs for Pastor Rejouis and Hananeel Baptist Church. There were 120 in attendance in the VBS, with 28 professions of faith.  One young man who accepted Christ in soccer camp has already become very active in the church. The sewing school opened with 16 students. This school was envisioned by Pastor Rejouis for the community and developed through the entrepreneurial efforts of Ray and Sharon Belew, directors of Move Haiti Mission.


Pastor and Mrs. Rejouis Jean-Maxis welcome the birth of their first child Marc Ariel born on October 15, 2018


Mission for Haiti will be celebrating our 72nd anniversary on January 1

Tom and I want to echo our parents’ gratitude since the beginning years up to the present. From 1947, when our family was on the field, until now, God has raised up faithful co-laborers to sustain our family and the ministry. You have been our backbone and our supply line! You have held us up through your prayers, support, letters, visits to the field, and the sharing of your talents. We planted, you watered, and God gave the increase.

“Now he who plants and he who waters are one, and each one will receive his own reward . . . .”
(I Corinthians 3:8)

The vision God gave our parents was one of launching deep, discipling, and spiritually building believers through the study of God’s Word. The verse in Isaiah 37:31 “…shall take root downward, and bear fruit upward” became their heartbeat for the ministry and remains our focus to this day.

Winter Calendar

  • January 9-18: Construction Project
  • January 19-26: Medical Clinic
  • January 26 – February 2: Dental Clinic
  • February 1-2: Ladies Retreat
  • February 8-9: Men’s Retreat

-Tom, Sarah, and Pastor Dieupie

October Prayer Letter
Posted on October 12th, 2018

Increasing Hosanna’s Caring Testimony of the Gospel

God has opened a door for a project that will reveal to the community a caring testimony of the Gospel we preach. This project is a lunchroom! Hosanna Elementary and High School is the only large school in Jacmel that doesn’t have a hot lunch program. This need has been a burden on Pastor Dieupie’s heart for many years. As the school has grown and gained popularity because of its academic excellence, the need has become more apparent. Many of the students come from poor families who are not able to give them more than some coffee and bread for breakfast. Others travel long distances with only a sandwich in their backpack to sustain them until they get home and eat their main meal at 3 p.m. Pastor Dieupie felt that the time to achieve this desire was now while he is a senator and he can get donated food from the government. Hence, through one of our Board Members, contact with a Christian foundation was opened to us. Our request was submitted, and it has been approved, Praise God!

Since privilege creates responsibility, we are now faced with the need for a construction team this winter. The date is January 9-18. Many of you are accustomed to working with Walt Rumminger. Walt is now retired, and God has provided a “new Walt.” for this project. His name is Festus Stroud from Townville, South Carolina. We covet your prayers in two ways–that the Lord will send blockmasons on the construction team to help us and that He will strengthen Festus, who will have his first experience in Haiti with MFH/Hosanna.

18 Freshmen this Fall

The Bible Seminary continues to draw excellent young men to train for the ministry. Our new Dean of Students is Pastor Jean Aly Hector. This summer he challenged and assigned the student body to participate in evangelism, discipleship, hospital and new convert visitation, and community services. He is grateful to report a 90 percent participation. We are grateful to the Lord for the work being done in the Seminary.

Fall Evangelistic Services

The opening of school always begins with evangelistic services. These services are for the parents as well as the students in the elementary and high school. This school year we were blessed with 20 professions of faith. PTL

* * * * *

(The following are continued excerpts from my parents’ book, “Taking Root Downward, Bearing Fruit Upward,” concerning their first experiences with the medical clinic.)

“At first we began to treat the patients on the veranda at our front door, and later we converted our kitchen, which was built in the backyard apart from the main house, into a clinic. There we cleaned, washed, and medicated unbelievable ulcers caused by syphilis and yaws. Yaws is a deterioration of the marrow that rots the bone, oozes out matter continually, and deforms the structure. It was the grace of God that enabled us to bear the stench and protected us as we cared for these Haitians so near the back door leading to our kitchen—and that without surgical gloves or disinfectants. There were babies infested with worms who were so badly swollen that their skin cracked open and oozed out matter. Then there were the fever diseases of malaria, cholera, and typhoid for which God enabled us to dispense the proper medication without diagnosis. God used our labor in these crude circumstances to win the confidence of the leading men and women of the village. Each healing was a miracle of God who took our incompetence and covered it with His wisdom. Physical miracles led to miracles of salvation.”

With deep thanks and gratitude to God for you,

Tom and Sarah Bennett

August Prayer Letter
Posted on August 11th, 2018

Testimonies from Campers Sometimes Break our Hearts

FIRST, we want to thank each one of you who supported Camp Bossier this summer through your prayers and financial support! Our hearts are full of gratitude. The entire staff at the Camp worked so hard to make it a success!

Voodooism has always been a dilemma in Haitian culture. However, the Internet has created new challenges that is paralyzing Haiti’s youth; e.g., YouTube, Facebook, pornography, etc. This has made counseling very difficult.

The following testimony came from a young man whose entire family was involved in witchcraft.

“I come from a family of 11. I never heard of Jesus because my family was deep into everything relating to Satanism. I was the youngest of all my siblings. I had not become directly involved in any of the séances, though I was always present and it was understood that I would follow this. Then, one by one, I watched Satan claim the lives of my grandparents, my parents, my aunt and uncle, and one of my sisters. I’m not sure how I have been spared except that Jesus covered me under His grace. I was sent to this camp by a friend. The first night I heard the Gospel message, I struggled within myself. That night my counselor worked with me to help me understand the Gospel. I went forward at the next service to accept Jesus. My eyes are opened now and I have come out of the darkness. My greatest sadness is that my parents and grandparents had to die in order for me to hear the Gospel. I know they never would have allowed me to come to this camp or let me know about Jesus if they were still living.”

(In voodooism, family members are often forced to sell to Satan the souls of certain ones in the family, which was the case in this young man’s family. He has five remaining siblings, and he is praying they will come to Christ.)

“(I’m 19 years old.) A few years ago my parents separated. In retaliation to this, I decided to let myself go into anything and everything vile. I started living in fornication and in every thing that’s evil. I was invited by my neighbor to come to Camp Bossier. I accepted Jesus as my savior the second day I was there and as soon as I made that decision, I felt a change come over me. When I returned home, my girlfriend was begging me for sex, but I told her ‘no’ because I’m a different man now and I want to please God with my life.”

Total number of campers reached during the five weeks of camp was 546. There were 64 professions of faith, 50 assurances of salvation, and 110 consecrations and claiming victory over sinful practices. These young people struggle in the areas of fornication, alcohol, drugs, homosexuality, bitterness, bad movies, stealing, lying, pornography, masturbation, rebellion, and association with bad friends.

The week of August 13-17, Pastor Salomon will be in the Pignon/Charles area (up north) for another camp with 300 + children and young people. It’s been 13 years since MFH left that part of the North. There is a great need for evangelism in that area again. Last year there were 92 who professed Christ as Savior. We covet your prayers for this camp again this year! Also, Pastor Salomon is considering a one-night crusade on the 18th.

VBS, the soccer camp, and opening the Mont Flueri sewing school were a great blessing. There were 28 professions of faith in the VBS; and one young man who accepted Christ in soccer camp has already become super active in the church. Also, Hosanna’s 42nd Annual Bible Conference was blessed as Pastor Benny Matthews, a frequent speaker with The Voice of the Martyrs, shared in two evening services the testimonies from courageous believers. There were four who accepted Christ as Savior and five who renewed their faith. PTL!!

With thanks and gratitude to God for you,

Tom and Sarah Bennett

June / July Prayer Letter
Posted on June 26th, 2018

MFH/Hosanna Ministry – Alive this Summer with Evangelism and Discipleship

Heartfelt testimonies and the changed lives of Haitian young adults have been our motivation to expand our camping ministry at Camp Bossier by the Sea to five weeks, from June 25 to August 3. We want to thank many of you who have already contributed in this eternal investment. We covet your prayers for Pastor Salomon and the counselors as they evangelize and encourage campers through the Word to pursue spiritual victories in a culture with many demonic challenges! They need your prayers.

Hananeel Evangelistic Baptist Church in Mont Flueri will be alive with activities this summer. With their new church building having been completed and dedicated on May 27, Pastor Rejouis is excited to begin activities that will strengthen the Gospel message in the community. On July 16-20, there will be VBS each morning (8 am 12 noon) and a soccer camp each afternoon (3-6 pm). In addition to these evangelistic activities, there has been a strong interest among the adult young ladies to begin a sewing school. Mrs. Rejouis has accepted the challenge and will be holding afternoon sessions from July 16–26, and continuing twice a week for six months, Lord willing.

Pastor Mike Knight from Community Baptist Church, Garner, North Carolina, will be coming with a team to do discipleship at the Bossier camp from July 28–August 3. This week of camp is specifically designed for campers who have come to Christ over the past years in order to mentor them further in their spiritual and emotional challenges. Many of them have come from Voodoo backgrounds and need much encouragement. This week will be very specialized for them. Please pray!!

Pastor Benny Mathews, President and CEO of Alpha Group of Ministries, Madison Heights, Virginia, and frequent speaker with The Voice of the Martyrs conferences, will be one of the speakers at the 42nd annual Hosanna Baptist Church Bible Conference July 23–29. We praise the Lord for giving our Hosanna Bible Conference the privilege and blessing of hearing Pastor Benny speak and having individual faith inspired from courageous testimonies of the persecuted!

(The following are continued excerpts from my parents’ book, Taking Root Downward, Bearing Fruit Upward.)

“With the success of our school came problems. The first week after we opened, the teacher of the established government school returned from Port-au-Prince and was upset because our school had become the talk of the town. He felt it was a threat to the security of his job, so he took his case to the authorities of the village and together they sent a report to the Department of Education in Cap Haitien requesting a warrant to close down our school. Instead, a delegation arrived to investigate. Upon their arrival at our schoolhouse, they were impressed not only to see the school in session but also to see a playground with equipment for the younger children and a volleyball court for the older ones. They told the authorities to consider themselves fortunate to have foreigners living in their village and contributing to their progress. Both the teacher and the authorities were challenged to catch up with us, and finally they made their school to surpass ours. Our school went through many phases and many trials, but God has kept it strong and used it to proclaim the Gospel message and bring many souls to Christ.”

I will be in Haiti from July 12 to August 7. It will be a blessing for me to be with Pastor Rejouis’s activities in Mont Flueri, to be with Pastor Mike Knight at Bossier Camp, and to be with Pastor Benny during Hosanna’s Bible Conference. We are trusting the Lord for a very fruitful summer!

My gratitude to each of you for your prayers,

Sarah Bennett

Spring 2018 Newsletter
Posted on May 17th, 2018

Josué Laguerre’s Life Restored to Hosanna/MFH

“Thou has kept me alive…” -Psalm 30:30

Josué’s story began on January 2, when the enemy attacked his health. It began with his contracting typhoid fever, which progressed to pneumonia and on to severe anemia with a dangerously low blood count. The fever and infection coursed through his body with no apparent relief in sight and no successful diagnoses from the doctors. Finally, the primary care doctor offered the only solution to save Josué’s life and that was to medevac him out of Haiti to Cuba . The cost was staggering and momentarily stunned us, but we knew this was the only way to save his life. In an amazing way, God helped us quickly pull the finances together, and Josué arrived in Cuba on the 26th of January. After five weeks of struggling with a different antibiotic every five days, blood transfusions, daily shots to increase his white blood count, and other efforts, finally the fever left him!! God answered all the prayers! Hallelujah!!

Josué is home now and shares a word of testimony.

“My family and I want to thank our Lord for bringing me back to life. A million thanks to all of you, my family in Christ, who allowed your heart to be touched by God and to contribute so generously to all the medical expenses. God sees and rewards! May He return and provide abundantly for all your needs for His glory.”

Josué’s Homecoming

A congregation of over 1000 gathered at Hosanna Baptist Church the first Sunday Josué and Emmanuella returned to Jacmel. Many came to the service as much as an hour early just to get a good seat to see his family enter the building. Then as the service was opening with prayer, he entered the building. Those who were watching for him gave a signal and the prayer was interrupted with a standing ovation and joyous clapping! Then for the next two and a half hours, singing and testimonies of gratitude to God continued, followed by Josué’s testimony and then the morning message! Finally, the four-hour service was over; but still that wasn’t all, because so many folks wanted pictures of Josué and his family. This reaction occurred because twice-a-week intercessory prayer meetings had been held from 8 p.m. to midnight for over two months. What rejoicing! What thanksgiving! What praise to our God!

Camp Scholarships $40 Each

Without our camp scholarships it would be impossible for any young person to attend Camp Bossier because the Haitian culture does not provide any type of work opportunity for young people. However, we still encourage personal participation to some degree in order to develop their appreciation for the excellent camp accommodations.

Camp Bossier offers a spiritual philosophy in an environment that motivates and compels a young person to pursue a new life in Christ. We emphasize both the spiritual and emotional growth in the camper’s life, promoting a change. Pastor Solomon says that camp should resemble a hospital for sick souls, a cemetery for the dead deeds of the flesh, and a center for spiritual renewal.

Please be a part of this eternal investment.

“I thank God that Jesus has taken me out of the darkness and put me into the light. But Satan always wants to influence me in fornication. Please help me pray that this terrible thing will leave me. I want to stay firm in Christ until I die. I don’t want to go anywhere near the flames of hell.”

-Camper Testimony

Medical and Dental Clinics – a Wonderful Success

Once again, God used Doctors Patrick Hawley and Sem Victorin, along with their highly qualified medical team of Renata DosSantos, Teresa Dehmel, Heather Welch, and Leah Eggenburger, to consult and treat over 600 patients during the five days of free health care clinics in five extremely poor rural areas. We set up two nurse stations, three doctor stations, and a pharmacy.  Mothers who came with little girls were thrilled when given a little dress made by church groups in the States. These free health care clinics provide an opportunity for evangelism. The heartfelt expression of thanks from all the recipients was payment enough.

God further blessed us with our first dental team of Dr. Michael Gusar with assistants Naisha Varela and Germaine Gilbert. Extractions were done on 38 patients in four days. The team also distributed free toothpaste and toothbrushes in a tent-type community.

We thank the Lord that these medical professionals felt God’s calling to leave their practices, their air-conditioning, and their comfortable surroundings to sacrificially minister with MFH in spite of the heat and many discomforts.

Two Churches Were Covered

Craig Dehmel and his team successfully roofed two churches. Mont Flueri church came first, and then Pastor Salomon’s church. Bethany Baptist Church in Oban has leaked for a long time. Finally, through this opportunity, they not only got a new roof but were able to add seven feet to the length of their building. This additional space has given them a nice platform which they did not have before. We are so grateful for Craig and the team who came and worked in the rain to accomplish these two projects! Thank you!!

Annual Ladies Retreat

Attendance keeps growing year by year. One hundred seventy-five ladies filled the cabins and then overflowed onto the floor of the all-purpose building. It resembled a giant spend-the-night party. This year’s theme was “Faith – God’s Gift.” Practical lessons on faith were presented by Mrs. Andrea Pisarcik and Mrs. Shawn Smith. The craft was a decorated jewel box with laminated Bible verse cards on faith.

Renata DosSantos & Heather Welch
These ladies were Pastor Dieupie’s colleagues at Bob Jones University, 1997-2001


“The Lord bless you and keep you; The Lord make His face shine upon you, and be gracious to you; The Lord lift up His countenance upon you and give you peace.
Numbers 6:24-26


We are powered by your prayers and enabled by your gifts, Thank you!

Tom, Sarah, and Pastor Dieupie

In Loving Memory

Mrs. Dolores Wood
Greenville, SC

Mrs. Carolyn Langston
Greenville, SC

May Prayer Letter
Posted on May 9th, 2018

Immoral Production Rebuffed by Pastor/Senator Cherubin

Carnival, the national Mardi Gras festivity in Haiti, is held annually in late February. Since Jacmel is a tourist city, many entertainment groups from Port-au-Prince come there to perform. This past Carnival, Haiti’s former president, who was a professional singer with his band and performing around the world before he became president, decided to invite himself to the Carnival celebration in Jacmel. (He has been known to perform in a diaper.) As if the despicable Mardi Gras is not a big enough problem, the thoughts of this man making an appearance in this manner was repulsive to the Christian community. This announcement was alarming to Senator Dieupie and the mayor of Jacmel, who is also a pastor!! After much prayer and consideration, these two brave pastors wrote the former president a letter and UN-invited him! Wow! A bombshell! Unheard-of!

Taking such a stand as this has its consequences. There are some in the Parliament who now appear standoffish to Senator Dieupie. His godly and uncompromising testimony is becoming more apparent among his colleagues, and becoming a bigger threat to his enemies. We covet your prayers for our dear Pastor Dieupie as his witness of salt and light continues throughout the Southeast.

Need for Camp Scholarships is Growing

MFH is expanding our camping ministry from three weeks to five weeks of camp this summer. Therefore, the need for scholarships is growing. The following are just a few testimonies from the young people whose lives have been changed through finding Christ as Savior. Our thanks and God’s blessings to you for your help.

  • “God brought me to this camp so He could put His hand on me. I accepted Christ as my Savior on the
    fourth day. I no longer fear death or Satan because I feel His presence in my life. I want to have the same integrity that Joseph had and learn to stand alone for what’s right.”
  • “I arranged my suitcase to come to this camp with a big reluctance. But God touched my heart the first day
    I stepped into chapel. I accepted Christ as my savior and I felt a big change come into my life. I have never been an honest person but that has changed now. Please pray that I will not be deceived by Satan.”
  • “I thank God that Jesus has taken me out of the darkness and put me into the light. But Satan always wants to influence me in fornication. Please help me pray that this terrible thing will leave me. I want to stay firm in Christ until I die. I don’t want to go anywhere near the flames of hell.”

Praise God for 39 precious souls in Hosanna Schools!! Chapel services are held weekly at Hosanna High School/Elementary school. These young people have come to Christ during this school year! Please pray for the discipleship efforts that are being made with these students in order that they will grow in Christ.

* * *

(The following are continued excerpts from my parents’ book, “Taking Root Downward, Bearing Fruit Upward”.)

“The schools offered us perhaps the second-best opportunity to carry the Gospel into homes where otherwise we would never have had access. We became burdened for the children, and the Lord laid it on our hearts to take them off the street, provide clothing, books, a small nourishment, and open a school where they could learn not only the three Rs but also the Word of God and the way of salvation. Our first school opened its doors with four teachers and 150 children. It was a success right from the start. Folks back home sustained us with their support.”

Tom and I will be making a trip to Jacmel on May 18th. Our trip involves making plans for our January 2019 project, a SBTH Board meeting, Camp Bossier meetings, and taking care of several radio technicalities.

With Gratitude to God in our Heart for you,

Tom and Sarah Bennett

April Prayer Letter
Posted on April 12th, 2018

“O LORD, thou hast brought up my soul from the grave;
Thou hast kept me alive . . .

(Psalm 30:3)

(Testimony from Josué Laguerre)

“My family and I want to thank our Lord for bringing me back to life. A million thanks to all of you, my family in Christ, who allowed your heart to be touched by God and to contribute so generously to all the medical expenses. God sees and rewards! May He return and provide abundantly for all your needs for His glory.”

Josué’s Homecoming

A congregation of over 1000 gathered at Hosanna Baptist Church the first Sunday Josué and his family returned to Jacmel. Many came to the service as much as an hour early just to get a good seat to see him as he and his family entered the building. Having just returned from Cuba the previous day, his arrival at church Sunday morning was slightly late and happened during the prayer. There were those watching for him; and as soon as he entered the building, they gave a signal and the prayer was interrupted with a standing ovation and joyous clapping! Then for the next two and a half hours, singing and testimonies of gratitude to God continued, followed by Josué’s testimony and then the morning message! Finally, the four-hour service was over; but still that wasn’t all, because so many folks wanted pictures of Josué and his family. All this joyful reaction occurred because for over two months, twice-a-week intercessory prayer meetings had been held from 8 p.m. to midnight. What rejoicing! What thanksgiving! What praise to our God!

Faith honors God and God honors Faith

(The following are continued excerpts from my parents’ book, “Taking Root Downward, Bearing Fruit Upward,” and from chapter 3 concerning their first experiences with medical care.)

“We knew next to nothing about tropical ills and felt terribly incapable of helping these people; but neither could we turn them away. We would be sending them back to the witch doctor, who had already impoverished them without results, and there were no medical centers for miles around in those days. Our hearts ached for them – suffering with pain, tormented by fear, and living without hope. Was this the open door for which we had prayed that we might share the message of salvation with them? We threw ourselves upon God and made our meager medical supplies available to them. The Lord worked miracles in the selection and application of the medicines for the various diseases. Our supplies were limited, and I do not remember if we even considered what might happen if our children suddenly faced an emergency and we found our kit empty. Every morning our front door would be surrounded with an increasing number of patients. The numbers soared; the results improved; and our supplies ran low. But God had begun this work, and we trusted Him to supply not only the needed medicines but also His protection to treat the diseases without the proper conditions. We experienced His all-sufficiency. The supplies came through the gracious generosity of the Eagle Creek Church in Knox, Indiana, for it was at this crucial time that they began to support us and have faithfully continued their support these 38 years.” May we add that this same church that started supporting our parents 71 years ago is still supporting the ministry to this day! PTL

Our deep thanks to God and to each of you,

Tom and Sarah Bennett

March Prayer Letter
Posted on March 5th, 2018

“Blessed be the Lord, my rock, who trains my hands for war, and my fingers for battle . . . . my high tower and my deliverer . . . .”
(Psalm 144:1, 2b)

Indeed, the Lord has tried and trained our faith in this battle for Josué Laguerre’s life! God has sustained us in this battle and amazingly protected Josué’s life, beginning with his contracting typhoid fever, progressing to pneumonia, on to severe anemia with a dangerously low blood count, and throughout the high fevers that lasted for 48 days. Family and friends watched him deteriorating daily as fever and infection coursed through his body with no apparent relief in sight and no successful diagnoses from the doctors. Finally, the decision from the primary care doctor to save Josué’s life was to medevac him out of Haiti. But the cost was staggering ($25,170) and momentarily left us stunned! However, we knew this was the only way to go. As we have already shared, Cuba was the destination chosen for two reasons: treatment would be less expensive than in the States, and there his wife has family in the medical community. So we began a rush to pull all the finances together.

In the providence of our Heavenly Pilot, the following path was charted by Him to accomplish the ultimate goal! MFH had been given some large gifts at the end of 2017 for certain ministry projects that were yet to be embarked on. God had put these projects on hold because He knew about the emergency that was soon to arise! We would have lost Josue had it not been the providence of God in His arrangement of all these details. Josué is MFH’s and Hosanna’s number one person. While Pastor Dieupie is the spiritual leader of the ministry, Josué has become the spiritual administrator who has cared for and directed all the phases of the ministry ever since Pastor Dieupie became a senator. We bless the Lord our Rock as we claim for Josué the promise in Psalm 118:17: “[He] shall not die, but live, and declare the works of the Lord.”

A few days ago Josué was discharged, but the antibiotics are still being administered intravenously every 12 hours. He and his wife are in a small apartment within walking distance of the hospital. There are many expenses related to this medical emergency, and all the funds used to medevac Josué need to be reimbursed. We want to thank many of you who have been able to help us in this situation already. Please continue to pray for Josué and pray that all the borrowed funds can be replaced.

Praise to the Lord! Josué stands a very good chance of being fully released from the medical care in Cuba by the second weekend in March. Please pray that all will be well with his health by then. He and his wife are so eager to see their children (ages 6, 4, and 1), whose grandparents have so wonderfully cared for them during this long absence. We praise God for keeping them so graciously!

Our deep thanks to the Lord for each of you,

Tom and Sarah Bennett

February Prayer Letter
Posted on February 12th, 2018

“You pushed me violently, that I might fall, but the Lord helped me.”
(Psalm 118:13)

Tom and I felt the enemy’s attack as soon as we arrived in Haiti on January 3rd. Our vital co-worker and right arm of the ministry, Josué Laguerre (CFO of Hosanna Ministries), was struck with brutal typhoid fever that very day! Treatment began immediately, but there were complications with pneumonia and severe anemia. He was hospitalized in Jacmel until the doctor urged that he be taken to a private hospital in Port-au-Prince for urgent care. Continuous high fevers and dangerously low blood count persisted days on end, and the cause of his illness remained undiagnosed even after multiple tests. The attending physician finally pulled the family aside and confessed, “I am more stressed than any of you, because I have a patient in front of me who is dying and I don’t know what I can do for him.” At this point, quick plans to transport Josué to Cuba by means of medevac began, since there his wife has family in the medical community and his treatment would be almost without cost. So we rushed to pull finances together, and Josué was flown to Cuba on January 27. An immediate blood transfusion was done followed by a leukemia test which proved negative – PRAISE GOD!

Tom and I are waiting before the Lord for His solution to this dilemma. Our hearts are confident and trusting that, “[He] shall not die, but live, and declare the works of the Lord.” (Psalm 118:17) We will keep our friends updated concerning his condition on Facebook. Please, we covet your prayers for Josué and his young family!

Praise God – Two Churches Were Covered

Craig Dehmel and his team successfully roofed two churches. Mont Flueri church came first, and then Pastor Salomon’s church. Bethany Baptist Church in Oban has leaked for a long time. Finally, through this opportunity, they not only got a new roof but were able to add seven feet to the length of their building. This additional space has given them a nice platform which they did not have before. We are so grateful for the team who came and worked in the rain to accomplish these two projects! Thank you!!

Medical and Dental Clinics – a Wonderful Success

Dr. Patrick Hawley and Dr. Michael Gusar did an amazing job with both clinics. The medical clinic saw over 600 patients in 5 days. The dental clinic did extractions only and saw 38 patients in 4 days. Again, we are so grateful for these professionals who left their practices and came to minister in the heat and uncomfortable surroundings. Health care is so pathetic in Haiti. Haitians are deeply grateful for those who care enough to come!

(The following are continued excerpts from my parents’ book, “Taking Root Downward, Bearing Fruit Upward.”)

“The clinic came first. We did not plan it that way; the Lord dropped it in our laps. We had been in Pignon for just a few months, struggling with the language, getting acclimated to the primitive tropical surroundings, and being oriented to the new way of life, when it happened. A lady with a deep sore on her forehead came to our door asking us to give her something to heal it. We brought out our family medical kit prepared for us by Peter, my pharmacist brother, and through trial and error we discovered the cure for it. The woman was delighted, and we were pleased to have had the opportunity to witness to her. However, we were not prepared for what followed. She spread the news, and one morning soon after we woke up to find a group of people waiting outside our door suffering from their tropical ailments.”
(To be continued next month.)

Our deep thanks to God for each of you,

Tom and Sarah Bennett

January 2018 Prayer Letter
Posted on January 4th, 2018

Helping Hand Scholarships

Christian education in our beloved Haiti is perhaps the second-best opportunity to carry the Gospel into homes where otherwise it would not be received. Students hearing the Gospel in the classroom and carrying it home to their families provides an open door for evangelism. In the past, qualified teachers were scarce for missionaries to find because they required higher pay. Catholic schools were the only ones who could afford salaries for skilled teachers. When Hosanna Schools began some years ago, Pastor Dieupie took on this challenge in order that the children of poor families could have the opportunity to excel and thus have the same chance in the job market. The only way to achieve this was to provide some financial help. So this challenge led us to start the Helping Hand Scholarships. These funds are available to take up the slack for struggling families. It has been a huge blessing. Evangelistically, there have been 56 young people who have made professions of faith since this fall.

Mont Flueri Will be Completed – Medical and Dental Clinics – Ladies Retreat

January will be a busy month for us. Lord willing, the Mont Flueri church construction will be completed. Our team leader, Craig Dehmel, Swartz Creek, Michigan, will arrive with the team on January 6 to put the roofing on, make the benches (pews) for the new church, and add the finishing touches to this project. Following this, there will be a medical team led by Dr. Patrick Hawley, Flushing, Michigan. They will arrive on January 13 and will minister health clinics in rural areas. Following these rural clinics, Dr. Michael Gusar, Boston, Massachusetts, will conduct the first dental clinic for MFH in Jacmel. We are so grateful for the medical care these doctors are willing to give! The final activity is our ladies retreat at Camp Bossier, January 26-27. Mrs. Andrea Pisarcik will be joined by Mrs. Shawn Smith and daughter, Hayley Smith. This retreat is highly favored by Hosanna ladies. Pray for blessings!

(The following are continued excerpts from my parents’ book, Taking Root Downward, Bearing Fruit Upward.)

“We began our ministry in Haiti teaching the Word of God. We had a few opportunities to minister during the first three months while we lived in Cap Haitian becoming acclimated, oriented, and acquainted with the language. The real ministry began soon after we arrived in Pignon. Oran used his skill at boxing to attract the young men of the elite class in the village, and after showing them some points in this art, he began a Bible class for them. I made friends with the same class of young ladies and invited them to our home and began a Bible study for them. They came because we were Americans, but gradually stopped coming when the Word of God was taught without any apologies. Although this period did not last long, it gave us sufficient time to sow the Word in their hearts, showing them the way of salvation and their responsibility of choice, and teaching them the difference between religion and the new birth. However, these young people were very religious and loyal to the Roman Catholic Church, as are all the elite class of people in Haiti, and they found it difficult to leave the Catholic Church and choose the unpopular and despised Gospel message.

“Our second effort of Bible teaching was born by the riverside. I took my flannel board with pictures of Christ and went down to the river with our 2- and 4-year old children to share the story of the love of Christ with the women and children who congregated there to wash their clothes and bathe. Some of the women invited me to go to their homes and share the pictures and stories with their families. Eventually, we had a Bible study class in every neighborhood in the village. In the beginning we did not have a lot of conversions, but the people heard the Word and a harvest was reaped in later years.” (To be continued.)

Tom and I will be leaving for Haiti on January 3rd. Tom will return to the US on the 8th. I will remain in Jacmel until February 2nd. We covet your prayers for all the Hosanna/MFH projects and activities.

Our gratitude and thanks to God for each of you,

Tom & Sarah Bennett