Philip Bovenkamp on October 31st, 2015

It’s November and Christmas is just around the corner.  There are opportunities to give Christmas gifts to needy Haitians again this year.  If you would like to give, there are instructions below.



The children in the orphanage have been raising their own chickens this year (beginning with 55 chickens from last Christmas’s giving!). The chickens have provided eggs and meat for the children. And caring for the chickens has helped to teach the children responsibility as well as allowing them the joy of making a contribution to their own care. Help us expand the orphanage chicken coop by giving the children more chickens for Christmas.




Over the last year we have helped several Haitians to support their own families. Industrious men and women identified small business opportunities, such as baking and selling bread or buying merchandise in the larger cities and selling it in smaller quantities at the local market. Their challenge was funding. Using gifts given last Christmas, we made small loans (typically $500 Haitian or approximately $60 US) used to start these businesses. When the loans were repaid, the funds were used for additional loans. Help us increase the program!




chairWe are currently building a Community Center in Tricotte (the village in Haiti where Starfish Ministries is based). The Center will be used teaching, training, and nurturing the community. We will hold regular Bible studies and prayer meetings and well as children’s programs and outreaches. There are many opportunities and the people are eager. But in order to use the building effectively, we will need chairs. You can support spiritual growth in Tricotte by helping to provide them chairs.




Bibles and Christian Songbooks

Many Haitian believers do not have their own Bibles. And oh, what a blessing it is when they receive one! Give a Haitian the joy of being able to read God’s word at home whenever they choose, to participate more fully in Bible studies, and to share directly from the word with others. Also available are Christian songbooks. Haitian churches are not able to provide songbooks for the body, so believers must bring their own or share with those who have them. Both help Haitian Christians as they strive to grow in their faith. A great Christmas gift!




More Options!

Goats provide a family with a sustainable source of meat and dairy: $35
Feed a Child for one year through the Starfish feeding program: $36
Send a Child to School for one year at a Starfish School: $120
Maps, Charts & Posters for the walls of a Starfish School: $10



To Give a Christmas Gift:

Give by sending a check (with the item you want to give noted on the memo line or on a separate paper) to:

Starfish Ministries
1706 Front Street  #440
Lynden, WA  98264

or in Canada to:

Starfish Ministries Canada
5177 – 224th St
Langley, BC V2Y2M5

or contribute with a credit card using PayPal by clicking here and entering the item you want to give in the “Purpose” box along with the amount in the “Donation amount” box:

Thank you so much for all of you support for this ministry. God is using you to make a difference in Haiti!

Serving the Lord together,

Bernie, Sheryl & Philip Bovenkamp

Bernie Bovenkamp on October 31st, 2015

Dear Friends,

Let us come before Him with thanksgiving and extol Him with music and song.  Psalm 95:2

Thanksgiving 2015 is almost here and we have so much to be thankful for – God continues to faithfully provide all that is needed to accomplish His purposes in Haiti. He is using you to help make that happen, so we thank God for your partnering with us through your prayers and finances.

An area we are seeing positive change in the Tricotte village is in self-sufficiency. For the last several years we have encouraged the people in that direction with education and help with Micro Loans for starting small businesses and we are now seeing good results. In the past the people would often come and ask for “welfare” help for food or tuition for their school children or other needs.  That is no longer the case – now they come asking for jobs or help to start a business or counsel on how they may be able to help themselves. They are seeing the possibilities and benefit of being able to support themselves. Read the rest of this entry »

Philip Bovenkamp on December 1st, 2014

Thank you for your prayers and support for this ministry – we are so grateful for your partnership with us as we serve God in Haiti.  He is faithful and continues to bring to pass all that He has called for us to do!  Last month we asked you to pray for several specific things and I want to share with you how they were answered.

  1. Speedy customs clearing for a container at reasonable costs.  The container from Canada came out of customs while we were in Haiti, it was trucked to Tricotte, the costs were reasonable and the goods were not damaged.  Praise God!
  2. Three teams traveling to Haiti in November.
    1. Birthing attendant training – Eight women from NCCTK church in Lynden presented the Miracle of Birth to 12 Haitian women during a four day seminar.  We were really encouraged as these women now have the skills to help deliver babies in areas where there are not many medical services.  They were also challenged to share Jesus with the new mothers.  The result of this training will save lives of mothers and babies and will encourage many in their spiritual lives.
    2. Well drilling team – Vince and Dave Buys successfully drilled a well in Port au Prince.  Praise God for clean water to help many who may not have had access to clean water!
    3. Farming fact-finding team – Five of us were able to tour the ministry of Double Harvest just out side of Port au Prince.  This is a 200 acre farming operation which included fish farming, raising chickens and acres of vegetables.   We learned much and look forward to using that knowledge to enhance our efforts in raising more food for our orphanage and school ministries.
  3. That God would use these trips to accomplish much in the lives of team members as well as in the lives of the Haitians who were served – I was encouraged as I listened to the team members share about what God was doing in their lives.  And as I observed the women who were trained for birthing helpers – they prayed and worshipped with our trainers – God certainly used this time in their lives.

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Bernie Bovenkamp on November 5th, 2014

Dear Friends,

Give thanks to the Lord, for He is good; His love endures forever.  -Psalm 107:1

Another Thanksgiving season is upon us!  And we have so much to be thankful for – God has faithfully provided all that we need to accomplish His purposes in Haiti!  He has used you to help make that happen to we thank Him for your partnership with us as you support through prayer and finances.

Last week the container shipped from Canada arrived in Haiti.  This week we are loading one in Lynden that will arrive in Haiti in December.  Many of you have donated clothes, shoes, school supplies, hygiene products, baby supplies and many other items that are going in this container – thank you so much!  Read the rest of this entry »

admin on October 2nd, 2014

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:

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Bernie Bovenkamp on October 1st, 2014

Dear Friends,

Thank you for your prayers for our September trip to Haiti.  Things went very well – Glenn Bridges and Dave Morley worked along side our Haitian workers and were able to accomplish more than we expected.  Within five days the roof was completed on our new boys’ dorm at the orphanage and the team was able to move on to do some finish work on the medical clinic building.

In our August newsletter we wrote about an upcoming Vacation Bible School in eight of our school villages.  For three days, August 12-14, Pastor Esau and his wife trained 55 volunteer Haitian VBS workers.  Pastor Esau wrote the Bible curriculum for the week long VBS, focusing on the life of Joseph.  And then on Monday, August 18, and for the rest of that week we had over 1600 children each day attending the sessions.  Read the rest of this entry »

Bernie Bovenkamp on August 1st, 2014

Dear Friends,

If my recollection is correct, we have written a newsletter every month since the beginning of our ministry in January 1998.  And that means that this is Newsletter #200.  Many of you have been partnering with us this entire time and that means you’ve read a book or two of stories and information about what God has done and is doing in Haiti.  We really appreciate the encouragement from you – many of you comment regularly about how much you enjoy hearing these stories.  So we will continue to share and give God the glory!

Thank you for your prayers for Philip this past month.  As most of you know he had triple bypass open heart surgery on July 1st.  He is recovering steadily and we thank God for His healing hand. Read the rest of this entry »

Philip Bovenkamp on July 1st, 2014

And when the Lord saw her, he had compassion on her and said to her, “Do not weep.” —Luke 7:13

Dear Friends,

As Jesus and His followers entered the town of Nain, they met a funeral procession leaving the city. A woman was about to bury her only son. And as she was a widow, this was her second significant loss of this kind.

The Lord, upon seeing the mother, said to her, “Do not weep.” Now think about that for a moment. Imagine that you are the woman and a man you do not know approaches you at your son’s funeral and tells you, essentially, to stop your crying. It seems insensitive and callous. What could possibly justify such a command? Read the rest of this entry »

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