Philip Bovenkamp on February 5th, 2014

Dear Friends,

Greetings from Tricotte, Haiti!!  Glenn and I, along with a team of 11, are in Haiti doing a variety of ministries. Glenn has been working on installing windows at the new medical clinic and several other construction-related projects.

Rod Tjoelker is leading a team of four who are putting a roof on a small two-story house at the orphanage.  The concrete block walls were almost completed when we arrived so they were ready for our roofing crew. They began by installing the top plate on the walls, then built the trusses yesterday, installing the trusses and purlins today, and will install the metal roofing tomorrow morning while it’s a little cooler. The lower floor of this house includes the orphanage office and a small living space for one of our teachers. Our orphanage director, Apollos, will live upstairs on the second floor. Read the rest of this entry »

Bernie Bovenkamp on January 1st, 2014

Thank you for your partnership with us as we begin our seventeenth year of ministry in Haiti. We thank God for you and your faithful prayers and support for this work that God is allowing us to be a small part of. Your response to the Christmas Giving List items was tremendous. As a result we will be able to provide over sixty micro loans that will give great opportunity to needy families to begin providing for themselves. We have enough money to purchase chickens to start our orphanage chicken farm to help provide eggs and meat for our orphans. And goats, food for school children, Bibles & songbooks that you provide through your generosity are all such a blessing to many. Thank you so much for making this possible through your giving.

About three weeks ago, our Haitian director, Daniel was preparing to leave Tricotte to travel to Port-au-Prince when a young man from Moinville came to see him. Daniel is always sensitive to what God may have for him as he encounters people each day. This day was no exception and Daniel told me he sensed that he needed to set aside his plans and listen to this young man’s story. Read the rest of this entry »

admin on December 15th, 2013

God has truly blessed us over the years through the people, churches, and organizations He has used to support His work in Haiti. These partners in ministry includes many Haitian brothers and sisters in Christ who have come along side us to serve in a number of different ways. It includes Haitian churches who partner with us in evangelistic crusades, disaster relief, and many other ways. It includes sponsors and other supporters who in the United States and Canada who support both financially and through prayer and encouragement. And it includes churches and other organizations who have partnered with us in various ways.

These include:

Philip Bovenkamp on November 28th, 2013

It’s hard to believe it’s already November and Christmas is just around the corner.  Again this year, there are opportunities to give Christmas gifts to needy Haitians.  There is a printable version of this list available here in pdf form. If you would like to give, there are instructions below. Read the rest of this entry »

Bernie Bovenkamp on November 28th, 2013

I received word late last week from Daniel that one of our pastor friends in Haiti was killed Friday night. Pastor Simon was the current president of the Union of Evangelical Baptist Churches of Haiti (elected after Pastor Diogene’s term was up). He arrived at his home late Friday night after attending a two day pastors’ conference and was confronted by several men. We don’t know why but just know that a ransom was initially demanded. When the police checked they found Simon dead from a gunshot wound in a field behind his house. His wife was also shot, lost quite a bit of blood and is in a hospital in Port-au-Prince. Their children are all living in the US, going to school. Please prayer for the family and all affected by this tragedy.

Philip Bovenkamp on November 28th, 2013

Pastor Joe is one of the leaders in the local church in Tricotte. His wife runs a small business buying and selling various products ranging from toiletries to foodstuffs to household goods. She travels to Port-au-Prince to buy the merchandise and brings it back to Tricotte, where she separates it into smaller lots to sell at the market. In this way, she is able to contribute to the household income and help to support their children.

Pastor Joe wanted other people in the village to be able to do this and similar things to support their own families. But most people in Haiti are unable to scrape together even enough money to fund the smallest business venture. Pastor Joe hoped to help. He wanted to be able to make small loans to people from the village who had a viable business plan. Read the rest of this entry »

Bernie Bovenkamp on November 12th, 2013

Dear Friends,

Thank you so much for your partnership with us in God’s work in Haiti.  We are blessed to have the opportunity to be ministering there but never take for granted your prayer and financial support. Without them it wouldn’t be possible.  And with that support much is being accomplished for God’s glory in the lives of needy Haitian children and adults.

Garry Charles is a young man from an area close to the village of Tricotte. He was the son of a witchdoctor, but his mom became a Christian and is now active in the church.  Garry’s dad left his mom several years ago to live with another woman.  And Garry could easily have followed his dad’s footsteps. BUT God used Daniel Thelusmond, our Haitian director, to intervene in Garry’s life.  Garry went through a rough time in his late teens, and many people turned their backs on him – but not Daniel. Read the rest of this entry »

Bernie Bovenkamp on October 1st, 2013

Dear Friends,

I’m on my way home again from Haiti.   Glenn Bridges, Vince Buys and I spent two weeks in Tricotte and Port-au-Prince.  I really appreciate these guys and their service to the Lord as they serve the people of Haiti in very practical ways.

Vince is one of our well drilling experts and he spent nine days of the trip working on drilling two wells.  The first one was in Ti-David, one of our school and church villages.  After he and his Haitian helpers, Michelan and Wilson, got the equipment set up we were led by Pastor Esau in a time of prayer, asking for safety and success.  This village is about a half hour walk away from a river and that is the source of all their water needs.  So having a well with a good hand pump will be very helpful for them.  Our prayer is that we find pure, clean, drinkable water to provide for this entire village.  But it wasn’t to happen on this trip.  On the third day of drilling and down to about 85 feet one of the cables broke.  So Vince and crew had to reattach the bit with the remaining cable but it wasn’t enough to go much further down.  Vince had estimated that this well would need to be over 150 feet deep. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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