Bernie Bovenkamp on June 3rd, 2014

Dear Friends,

Glenn Bridges and I just returned from another successful trip to Haiti. Glenn organized several Haitian workers, and they were able to complete the roof project for the medical clinic building. They started by building trusses that had been designed by Glenn, installing those trusses, framing in the dutch-hip gable ends, applying the purlins and facia and finally screwing down the white metal roofing panels. So now we are down to the final finish stages of this four-story building. We are waiting for a container of some of the finish materials to arrive, and then we will be complete the project and be ready to minister to the medical needs in the Tricotte area.

This project has taken much longer than we anticipated but that was largely due to the modifications we made as we proceeded. Our original plan was a small one-story building. But due to the hillside land and the availability of an addition piece of land we decided to increase the size and utilize the mountain terrain for daylight access to four floors. Read the rest of this entry »

Bernie Bovenkamp on May 1st, 2014

Dear Friends,

While in Haiti last month, I met up with Dr. Reynaud Petit-Frere. Dr. Reynaud is a dentist who has been practicing dentistry in Port-au-Prince for about five years. Dr. Reynaud was born and raised in the village of Tricotte. His family was very poor, his parents never had the opportunity to go to school, and they lived in a mud hut with a thatched roof until just a few years ago. But Dr. Reynaud’s parents encouraged him and his siblings to work hard and get as much education as they possibly could.

I first met Reynaud about 15 years ago when he had just finished high school. At that time he wanted to fulfill his dream of continuing his education and of becoming a dentist, but he had no support. A couple of team members who were with me in Haiti at that time were touched by Reynaud’s story and need and agreed to sponsor him through his university/medical school education. Seven years later Reynaud completed all of his university requirements, graduated and is now Dr. Reynaud Petit-Frere. Read the rest of this entry »

Bernie Bovenkamp on April 2nd, 2014

Dear Friends,

Glenn and I were back in Haiti for a couple of weeks in March.  Glenn took along a team from his church in Kelseyville, California.  The team consisted of his sister Katie, our granddaughter Kristyn, and three young men, Christopher, Patrick and Timothy.  The women focused on teaching English to our orphanage kids, and the men worked with Glenn on finish work at the medical clinic.  They all were very involved in sharing testimonies and lessons during the evening devotions at the orphanage.  I was encouraged as I listened to each team member share how God used this trip to affect his or her life. Read the rest of this entry »

admin on March 15th, 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.

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Bernie Bovenkamp on March 1st, 2014

Dear Friends,

It has been so good to hear the results of our micro loan project in the Tricotte area. God has used this program to bless many families, and I wanted to share with you a couple of the success stories.

Octalien Pierre is the father of nine children. Two of them are married and the other seven are in school, mostly in high school. Octalien’s wife was injured several years ago and hasn’t been able to help to provide income for the family. Octalien has plenty of land to farm but needed money to buy corn seed and banana starts. So in September he borrowed 1000 Haitian dollars, which is the equivalent of $125 US. He was able to purchase his seed and banana starts and planted his crops in October 2013. Read the rest of this entry »

Bernie 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 »

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 »

 
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