Philip Bovenkamp on November 5th, 2014

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. Read the rest of this entry »

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 »

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 »

 
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