“And whoever is left in any place where he dwells, let the men of his place help him with silver and gold . . . for the house of God . . . .” (Ezra 1:4)
Mont Flueri’s plea is similar to that of Ezra’s to help build the “house of God.” As many of you saw in our recent newsletter, construction from the foundation up has begun with Haitian masons. However, funds for stuccoing the walls, building the trusses, and purchasing the roofing are sadly lacking. God has graciously provided a team of men who will arrive on January 6. Lord willing, they will complete this long-awaited church for the believers of Mont Flueri. MFH wants to encourage all our supporters to pray diligently for this project, and also to ask God if He would have you contribute financially for the completion of this church. Many of the believers are working feverishly to help the project move as quickly as possible. They are so excited!!
While I was in Pignon this past summer, the church my parents founded (The Evangelistic Baptist Church of Pignon) was planning a 70th anniversary celebration on the first Sunday of November. They wanted me to be present. Unfortunately, I could not make that trip in addition to my planned trip in January. However, my sister, Christene, will be present. The guest list includes all the pastors and lay pastors who received their training from this home church and who presently pastor other churches. As the list was compiled, the church leaders were amazed that 50+ pastors and lay pastors would be invited. (Some are Home with the Lord by now.) We give glory to God for the Christ honoring ministry He brought to Pignon through my parents by His grace! PTL
One of our Board members recently requested that I share parts of Mother’s book that tells the history of our ministry in Haiti. Tom and I praise God for allowing us to have a little part in this rich and godly heritage. The following are excerpts from my parent’s book, “Taking Root Downward, Bearing Fruit Upward.”
“We were young; we had seen the Lord in His word; we had heard His call; so we stepped out by faith. It did not matter that we had two young children, that no one had made any commitment to support us, and that we had no mission to back us or a mission station to go to on the field. We were excited and felt rich – with $600 in our pockets, our tickets purchased from California to Haiti, and the promises of God flooding our souls. We boarded a train in Los Angeles, bade our loved ones goodbye, and were on our way.
We arrived in Miami on January 1, 1947, on a train filled with wealthy vacationers. Upon arrival they soon drove off in taxis and left us the sole occupants of the big station. It was Sunday morning, and worshiping the Lord in His house came first; so we left our bags in the station and decided to wait until later to think about lodging. A short distance from the station we saw a small church, and the Spirit of God directed us to it. The sign read “Assembly of God.” Upon entering the church we found it was a Plymouth Brethren Assembly. We were warmly received. The elder, Brother Coombs, invited us to his home after church for dinner. That evening the little congregation asked us to give our testimony, and they took an offering for us.
We were scheduled to fly out on Tuesday morning. That left only one day for Oran to find a shipping company and arrange for the transportation of our excess baggage to Haiti. Upon checking, Oran was told that New Orleans was the only port that did business with Haiti. This seemed like an insurmountable problem. Then Brother Coombs remembered hearing about a new shipping company. We discovered that the company was making its maiden voyage – destination: Haiti – and the ship was to set sail at six o’clock that evening. There was a lot of rushing, but when that ship left, it was carrying our baggage. We later learned that this was the first and last trip that company made to Haiti.”
(To be continued.) There is no end to God’s faithfulness!!
With grateful hearts to you our donors,
Tom and Sarah Bennett
Critical Construction Project for Evangelical Baptist Church of Hananeel
(Hananeel means the “Grace of God” in Hebrew)
A few months following the earthquake of 2010, the Lord opened a wonderful door of opportunity for Hosanna Ministries. In the lovely valley community known as Mont Flueri (only 35 minutes from Jacmel), a group of community leaders made a visit to Pastor Dieupie’s office with a request for an evangelistic church-plant. “We have Voodoo temples and Pentecostal churches in our community, but no Gospel or evangelistic churches.” So Pastor Dieupie organized a church team to canvass the area with door-to-door visitation. At the end of the week, a tent was erected for a Sunday service. To everyone’s delight, there were 120+ in attendance, and 28 people came forward to make professions of faith. The attendance continued to grow and more were saved as time went on.
Then after some months, the same leadership who previously had approached Pastor Dieupie now requested that Pastor go with them to make a plea that some community property be given so a church building and (eventually) a school could be built since the nearest school was over one hour’s walking distance. In the providence of God, the request was granted. Since having school in a tent would be very difficult, and since funds for a church/school building were not available, a temporary wooden structure was erected in 2012 with movable classroom separators that could be pushed aside for Sunday services. Then in 2014, a Non-Government educational Organization (NGO) took an interest in the school and built two beautiful buildings for the children. The school now has 160+ children.
However, the wooden church building has become a favorite hangout for Mont Flueri termites that have grown fat and happy over the past five years. Our trusses and plywood walls have been ravaged by these little critters. MFH now realizes that it’s time to take the initiative and erect a cement block building before something unfortunate happens. Therefore, we are making construction plans for this winter.
Thus, MFH needs skilled and unskilled workers!
Our project will begin with Haitian masons. They will lay the foundation and build the walls. Then MFH will complete the trusses and the roof with our volunteers. Our lead man is Craig Dehmel from Mayfair Bible Church, Flushing, Michigan. Two weeks have been set aside for this project – January 6-13 and 13-21.
Saved from Tragedy by the Grace of God
On Sunday morning, September 23, Assistant Pastor Aly preached a powerful message at Hosanna Baptist Church, and five adults came forward to accept Christ as Savior. The first one to step into the aisle was a young man in his mid-twenties. He shared an amazing testimony. He testified that he and five buddies had become obsessed with winning the lottery and decided to seek out a very powerful witch doctor to help them achieve their goal. (Seeking a witch doctor to help achieve any kind of goal is not uncommon.) They traveled a great distance and located such a witch doctor near Jacmel. The five buddies spoke individually with the witch doctor to ascertain the cost. When finished, the buddies very quickly disappeared. The remaining young man suddenly realized that this was a setup and that he had been chosen by his buddies to be the required sacrifice. He leaped up and made a mad dash into the night. He ended up in Jacmel, and for several days wandered the streets, listening intently to Hosanna Radio. Feeling compelled to attend church to thank God for saving him from tragedy, he asked around and God led him to Hosanna Baptist Church. When the invitation was given, he couldn’t get down the aisle fast enough! He accepted Christ as Savior! (Note: We have not heard from him since he left us. Please pray for his safety.)
With thanks and gratitude to God for you,
Tom and Sarah Bennett
A Faithful Promise
“So shall My word be that goes forth from My mouth; It shall not return to Me void,
But it shall accomplish what I please, and it shall prosper in the thing for which I sent it.”
God in His grace allowed me to experience this amazing truth during my recent trip to Haiti. Almost 12 years ago now, Tom and I found it necessary to remove ourselves and MFH from the Pignon. Raphael area (which I refer to as “the North”). A particular Haitian leader in our church, whose vision had turned to materialism rather than the traditional Gospel/discipleship focus that my parents followed, began to resist our leadership role. In order to maintain a certain level of peace, we decided to move from the North to the southern part of the island where my parents had also worked. Part of our decision was based on my mother’s last words to me just before she went Home to be with the Lord. “If the church committee is manipulated into a different perspective by this Haitian leader, just walk away, because your dad and I did not come to Haiti for anything other than a strong Gospel focus.” Some six months after she made this statement, it happened just as she had predicted!
Up to that point we were deeply involved in graded discipleship programs. One of these concentrated programs was called “Etid Elsie,” developed for 11- to 17-year-olds to teach them Bible doctrines. I worked with 87 students.
To make a long story short and to proclaim the faithfulness of God’s Word, I will skip all the way to how God’s Word held my precious Elsie students, though they suffered from our decision because we had become so close. I didn’t realize their distress until I was there this time and heard them express it to me. The following statements are representative of the testimonies that poured from their lips as they shared with me. “We were devastated when we realized you were gone and we wouldn’t see you anymore.” “We were sick for days on end.” “We didn’t know what to do with ourselves.” “Finally we pulled ourselves together and decided that we had to follow the line of discipline and the doctrines we had learned.” “Today, we are stronger and more faithful to the Lord because of the things we learned from God’s Word.” Also, I was amazed to learn that seven of the young men who went through the Elsie program have now completed other forms of theological training for the ministry, or in some cases are still in the process of such training. They credit their appetite for the Word of God because of the Elsie program. How gracious God was to let me see the fulfillment of the above verse before my very eyes!!
After being gone for 12 years, my visit to Pignon this summer blessed me beyond words! The line of visitors to my house never stopped. They came, and they shared! Not only did the young people describe what the Word of God had accomplished in them, but also the older generation from my parents’ time shared how the Word my parents had given to them accomplished the same. Praise God for His amazing and faithful promises!!
Camp in Charles was a Blessing and a Success
The camp was in a rural area of Pignon. There were 300 in attendance, 92 professions of faith, and 74 other decisions. Please pray for these young people who made decisions! Pastor Mike Knight from Community Baptist Church, Garner, North Carolina, came with 24 young adults from his church who ministered through song, testimonies, challenges, and messages. This group was a tremendous blessing to the camp. On Sunday morning, Pastor Mike preached in our Pignon church, and the group did a silent drama in the evening service that the Lord used to challenge many. We offer our deep thanks and appreciation to those of you who supported this camp.
With thanks and gratitude to God for each of you,
Tom and Sarah Bennett
God’s hand of grace was upon the camp again this year! There was a spirit of peace and willingness to comply with all the rules. Normally, there is some resistance to turning in their cell phones to Pastor Salomon when they check in – but not this year. The Lord blessed in many ways one of which were 60 life-changing decisions; some for salvation, some for rededication, and some coming forward for prayer to overcome sin in their lives. The preaching was strong, decisions were intense, and prayers were heart-felt and earnest. Here are a few testimonies from the campers.
Camp Bossier helped me see my life in a different way. The Gospel message I heard helped me make new decisions for my life. I learned that I need to say ‘no’ to sinful propositions that don’t please the Lord. I wish I had heard these things three years ago. I hope it’s not too late. Please pray for me.
The grace of God and the staff at Camp Bossier brought healing to me three years ago from evil spirits that tormented me. These spirits were trying to kill me. They made me feel like there was no hope. But the power of prayer from the staff at Bossier brought healing to me. I thank God for bringing me here.
The Lord made me come to camp this year though I didn’t want to. I felt that everything being said was meant for me. I struggle with my thoughts because I look at pornographic films and copy some of what I see in the films. But I want to be faithful to God and melt myself into God’s hands. Please pray for me.
Following Camp Bossier by the Sea, Pastor Salomon and I (Sarah) will conduct a week of camp in Charles – August 7 to 16. Last year some young people from the North requested that Pastor Salomon conduct a camp for them in Charles. He did, and they loved it. This summer he will do this camp again. And what’s even more exciting is that Pastor Mike Knight, Community Baptist Church, Garner, North Carolina, will be coming to participate in the camp with a team of 25. It’s been 11 years now since I’ve ministered in that area. The folks up there are anxiously awaiting our presence. Please pray for a mighty moving of the Spirit of God to bring souls to Christ, to live godly, and to defy the works of Satan and the flesh. We are expecting 250 – 280 campers in Charles.
“Blessed is he who considers the poor; the Lord will deliver him in time of trouble.”
Our concerns continue! The western part of the peninsula still suffers. Recovery from Hurricane Matthew is far from over. When I (Sarah) visited those areas last fall, it broke my heart. Houses and gardens all laid flat! I knew it would require a widespread and massive aid program, and that would only slightly correct the suffering that I saw. Considering the fact that the hurricane casualties and losses have long since been out of the news, how then can folks be alerted to respond? Pastor Dieupie has great concerns because torrential rains are destroying the gardens they so carefully planted recently!! His vision is that we would stock a food warehouse, because he fears there will be dangerous hunger in the months to come. If God speaks to your heart concerning this need, please respond. We will call it the “emergency food relief bank.”
Please keep Pastor Dieupie and the ministry he has in the Senate in your prayers. His load is heavy.
With thanks to you and praise to God for you,
Tom and Sarah Bennett
PS. We have changed our email address back to email@example.com
Camp in Bossier by the Sea Begins this Sunday, July 2 – Please Pray for the Power of God
Following Camp Bossier by the Sea during the month of July, Pastor Salomon will begin another week of camp in Charles – August 7 to 16. Camp Bossier by the Sea has been gaining popularity since we opened it in 2011. Young people from the northern parts of the island have visited each year. Last year some young people from the North requested that Pastor Salomon conduct a camp for them in Charles. He did, and they loved it. (His style of camping is patterned after Camps Abroad, an outreach ministry of The Wilds Camp and Conference Center, Brevard, North Carolina, which is designed for camping ministries in other countries.) This summer he will do this camp again. And what’s even more exciting is that Pastor Mike Knight, Community Baptist Church, Garner, North Carolina, will be coming to participate in the camp with a team of 24. Please pray for the power of God to accomplish wonderful results in hearts and lives. We are expecting 280 campers in Charles. Camp scholarships ($35 each) are also needed for this camp.
Seasoned Missionaries Visit Hosanna Ministries
Our May visit to Hosanna Ministries and The Seminary graduation was honored with the presence of several visitors. Rev. David Smith, Director of Open Door Baptist Missions, Greenville, South Carolina, visited the ministry and was asked to preach at Hosanna Baptist Church at the 6 and 9 a.m. services. George Rogier, retired Chief Sound Engineer of Unusual Films, Greenville, South Carolina, visited and gathered video of the ministry for a future DVD. George endeared himself to Hosanna hearts because he is the one who installed our Hosanna radio station six years ago. He visited the new relay station up in the mountain and praised the Lord for that accomplishment. We were further honored one week later with a visit from Walter and Carol Loescher, Anderson, South Carolina, who served in Cameroon for 18 years. These visitors were blessed and glorified the Lord for the work He has done in the Southeast.
Attention Needed for Devastated Areas of Jeremie and Les Cayes
The western part of the peninsula continues to suffer. Recovery from Hurricane Matthew is far from over. When I (Sarah) visited those areas last fall, it broke my heart. Houses and gardens all laid flat! I knew it would require a widespread and massive aid program, and that would only slightly correct the suffering that I saw. Considering the fact that the hurricane casualties and losses have long since been out of the news, how then can folks be alerted to respond? Pastor Dieupie has great concerns because torrential rains are destroying the gardens they so carefully planted recently!! His vision is that we would stock a food warehouse, because he fears there will be dangerous hunger in the months to come. If God speaks to your heart concerning this need, please respond. We will call it the “emergency food relief bank.”
Please keep Pastor Dieupie and the ministry he has in the Senate in your prayers. His load is heavy.
With thanks to you and praise to God for you,
Tom and Sarah Bennett
Christian Camping: Helping Young People Find Life in Christ
Going to summer camp in Haiti for the most part means having fun with friends, playing games, and relaxing. Praise God, Camp Bossier offers a different perspective – i.e., a spiritual philosophy in an environment that motivates and compels a young person to pursue a new life in Christ. Camp Director Salomon Cadet believes it is an imperative to have a camp ministry in Haiti that emphasizes the spiritual and emotional growth in the camper’s life, promoting a change. Pastor Salomon says that camp should be a place that will be a hospital for sick souls, a cemetery for the dead deeds of the flesh, and a center for spiritual renewal—all for the glory of God!
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.
This camp has helped me stop a relationship that was not in God’s will for me. I have learned many things I did not know before and now my eyes are open to not living like the pagans anymore.
This week at camp impacted/changed my spiritual and moral life. My wrong behavior and attitudes have been revealed to me and are now changing. Also, I learned this week that I have great value in God’s sight.
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. Please consider how you can be a part of this eternal investment.
Congratulations! Nineteen Seminary Graduates
Baptist Theological Seminary of Haiti has been providing biblical and sound theological training for pastors and spiritual leaders in the Southeast for eight years. On May 19, the Seminary will graduate nineteen pastors, sixteen with a bachelor of science degree and three with a diploma. Most of these men already have churches. They come to receive solid doctrinal training since unchecked counterfeit doctrine in a third-world country circulates so rapidly. Please pray that they will remain faithful to the Lord.
One of the nineteen 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!
Radio Signal Is Flying Strong
Our gratitude to the Lord flowed as we witnessed our RADIO RELAY STATION on the top of a mountain take shape and its various parts come together. The complicated project involved constructing a building on solid stone; installing the solar panels (with razor wire for protection), batteries, inverter and a generator with automatic start; erecting a 100-foot tower; installing antennas, amplifiers, a transmitter; and finally positioning the studio link. The Lord blessed us with the skill and genius of Gary Drost, electrical engineer, to bring this project to completion. To all of you who contributed for the completion of this project, we say thank you from the bottom of our heart!! May the souls that come to Christ from hearing the Gospel on this station adorn the crown YOU will cast at the Savior’s feet one day!
Calling for Prayer—Day or Night
From the time we started Hosanna Radio ministry six years ago, Deacon Joseph Jean Claude Belizaire has made himself available day or night to pray with any caller who wishes to accept Christ. (He and Deacon Ricardo Toussaint have a noon-hour program of prayer with listeners.) Brother Belizaire now receives calls from as far north as Port-au-Prince, and as far west as the border of Dominican Republic. This brother 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 35 miles away, a husband, wife, and two children called wanting to understand the Gospel, and accepted Christ as Savior over the phone. “We are empty and need to find real meaning to life.” Though this family lives so far away, they make a trip by motorcycle on Sundays to be in Hosanna services, and even joined the adult choir that practices Sunday afternoon.
Saved at a Funeral
We were saddened when Hosanna recently lost Deacon Georges Desir, who had asked Pastor Dieupie to preach his funeral when the time came. So in Pastor Dieupie’s customary way, he gave an invitation after the message. Five individuals came forward for salvation, two of whom were Brother Georges’ two adult children for whom he had prayed for years. Pastor Dieupie asked that we share this story as an encouragement to those who are praying for unsaved loved ones. God is so faithful!
Retreats were packed out!
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 Putney and Caroline Ahrens prepared very practical lessons from the book of James and crafts that were 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 spiritual renewal and rededication.
Grateful for Teamwork
Our January projects began with replacement of a badly leaking kindergarten roof. Eager-hearted teams came from Mayfair Bible Church, Flushing, Michigan, and Bethel Baptist Church, Sellersville, Pennsylvania, under the direction of Craig Dehmel and Rick Seifert. The teams continued working into the second week at Camp Bossier to gradually correct a serious ravine problem that continues to plague us. (This project is not complete yet, because it is NOT an easy fix.) Then we were blessed with a medical team led by Dr. Patrick Hawley and nurses Theresa Dehmel and Germaine Gilbert, along with Haitian doctor Sem Victorin. Their proficiency was a delight to Jacmel patients as well as to very needy rural patients in La Montagne and Lavanneau. They worked long hours with joy and patience! PTL
In Loving Memory
- Homer R. Hixon- North Rose, NY
- Robert J. Formanack- Eagan, MN
- Todd Fredrick James Lurtey- Greenville, SC
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.
We are powered by your prayers and enabled by your gifts, Thank you!
Tom, Sarah, and Pastor Dicupie
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
Do you remember my paragraph on “keeping the Senator safe” in my December letter? I shared the frightening account of when the Senator’s vehicle hydroplaned and flipped over just a few feet from the high mountain cliff and how the heavy metal stakes on the guardrail caught his vehicle to prevent a complete turnover!! NOW we know some interesting details behind this accident. It seems that one of the Senator’s archenemies visited the evil spirits that (supposedly) live in the ocean. He went out in a boat on the ocean some days prior to the accident with his offering (a delicious meal) to pronounce a curse of death on the Senator that would prevent him from seeing 2017. When news of the Senator’s accident started circulating, his enemy began to boldly declare that his curse was about to be fulfilled. Two weeks later this same person was arrested for committing a crime and was imprisoned. He is still in prison to this day. Continue to pray for God’s strong hand of protection on Pastor/Senator Dieupie.
Two Work Teams and a Medical Team
Our hearts swell with gratitude for the blessings He has poured on Hosanna Ministries. Our projects began with replacement of a badly leaking kindergarten roof. Eager-hearted teams came from Mayfair Bible Church, Flushing, Michigan, and Bethel Baptist Church, Sellersville, Pennsylvania, under the direction of Craig Dehmel and Rick Seifert. The teams continued working into the second week at Camp Bossier to correct a serious ravine problem that continues to plague us. (This situation will remain for some time, because it is NOT an easy fix.) Then we were encouraged and blessed with “the icing on the cake” – a medical team led by Dr. Patrick Hawley, along with Haitian Doctor Sem Victorin and nurses Theresa Dehmel and Germaine Gilbert. Their proficiency was a delight to Jacmel patients as well as to very needy rural patients. They worked long hours with joy and patience! PTL
Hosanna Radio Signal Flying Across the Southeast
Our gratitude to the Lord continued to flow as we saw our RADIO RELAY STATION on the top of a solid stone mountain take shape and its various parts come together. The complicated project involved constructing a building; installing the solar panels (with razor wire for protection), batteries, inverter and a generator with automatic start; erecting a 100-foot tower; installing antennas, amplifiers, and a transmitter; and finally positioning the studio link. The Lord blessed us with the skill and genius of Gary Drost, electrical engineer, to bring this project to its final completion one day before we left to return to the U.S. The Lord kept us in suspense – but still believing that we WOULD see the success of this project!! To all of you who contributed for the completion of this project, we say thank you from the bottom of our heart and blessings to you!! May the souls that come to Christ from hearing the Gospel on this station adorn the crown you will cast at the Savior’s feet one day!
Helping Families through Helping Hand Scholarships
It has not been that long since Hurricane Matthew hit the Southeast/Southwest of Haiti. Vegetable and banana farms were totally destroyed. February starts the rainy season; and though they are planting now, they will not reap a crop for a while. School tuition is due and will not wait. Please help us help these families so the children can stay in school and finish the school year. Truly, this is an urgent matter. Thank you for understanding.
Our deep thanks to the Lord for each of you
Would you like to continue helping with the hurricane victims in Haiti? If you are an Amazon customer, you can now designate MFH as your AmazonSmile charity and Amazon will donate .5 percent of all your purchases to us. We want to continue purchasing tin and other building materials to help families get out from living under the stars. Please help us to help them this Christmas season. Learn the details of this offer at About AmazonSmile: Program details and FAQ. Your compassion is so appreciated!
“The blessedness of Christmas is ‘wrapped up’ in the person of Jesus. Our relationship to Him determines the measure of our blessing.”
My recent trip to Jeremie brought back images of after the 2010 earthquake, leaving me appalled. Such devastation!! I would have been so dismayed if not for remembering the words spoken by my mother, pioneer missionary, at a church gathering many years ago. When asked, “Mrs. Bell, how are the Haitians able to live?” she answered in her godly wisdom, “God makes them live.” How true this is!! God has made the Haitians a longsuffering and resilient people who, as a result of natural disasters, political unrest, and systematic oppression, continually struggle to overcome issues, many of which are beyond their control. It is for this reason we see many of them come to Christ, Who gives them a blessed assurance and hope in His eternity. Their character is uniquely innovative, which enables them to smile and make the best of any situation. I witnessed one family who tied sheets across the lower branches of a tree and made a bed under it for their family of four. Some had gathered up scattered pieces of roofing to create a temporary lean-to. Eighty percent of private residences are either destroyed or notably damaged. My heart was broken to see trees that sustain Haitian life (mango, breadfruit, and coconut) destroyed. These will take years to reproduce. Only God “will make them live” in the challenge of this crisis.
How can we thank you, our many co-laborers, who have given so generously to ease the pain and suffering? Our hearts are full of gratitude to each one who has had a part in the rebuilding of these lives. Pastor Jan Milton and Operation Renewed Hope have been a huge help to us with their funds. We are purchasing materials such as tin, nails, wood, plywood, etc., to rebuild homes. We have connected with a Haitian doctor and are providing medicines for him to use in a clinic. Please help us to help them by donating either by check or online. Remember that 100% of what you give goes to the field. We have always operated this way. There are no US salaries. All of our help is voluntary. Thank you!
January 2017 Construction Projects
The first project is a new roof on one of the kindergarten buildings, which has been leaking for two years. The second project is the lagoon at Camp Bossier. This is the biggest eyesore at the camp, not to mention a hazard to campers, because water comes down from the mountain and collects in the canal and breeds mosquitoes. The medical team will be composed of nurses and an ER doctor who will minister medically in poverty areas. Please pray for these teams.
The Senator’s Guardian Angels Working Overtime
Keeping “the Senator” safe is not always the easiest job for his angels. A few days ago, as Pastor Dieupie was coming home from Port-au-Prince, it began to rain. The mountain road he was on became quite steep at one point. As he rounded a curve, his vehicle hydroplaned and flipped on its side just a short distance from the high mountain cliff. The heavy metal stakes on the guardrail caught his vehicle to prevent a complete turnover! Again, one evening just a few weeks ago, Pastor Dieupie was attending an outdoor assembly. Following the meeting, as folks were standing and visiting, a stone was hurled at great speed out of the dark. Though intended for the senator, instead it struck a woman standing next to him, bloodying her face and breaking three of her front teeth. Yet again, several years ago, an armed gang broke into Pastor Dieupie’s house at 2 a.m. They poisoned Pastor’s faithful German shepherd watchdog and then used a crowbar to remove the front metal door and quietly made their way up the stairs directly to Pastor’s bedroom. With flashlight in hand, they opened his bedroom door. Something so frightened them that they all fled down the stairs faster than lightning!! Pastor leapt out of bed only to hear the sound of their feet on the stairs as they ran. “Good job, guardian angels! You must have had your swords drawn!!”
With thanks in our hearts to you,