Christmas List 2012

For 2012, we have added a couple of new items to the Christmas list:

As many of you know, we are in the process of building a medical clinic in Tricotte that will serve the entire area. The main building materials for the clinic are cinder blocks, and we need a lot more of them before we’re done. For $1.00 you can purchase, transport, and install one cinder block and contribute to the gift of medical care for many Haitians for years to come.

When school started in October, several of our schools had more children enroll than we anticipated, and we didn’t have enough benches to accommodate them all.  For $20 you can build a bench which will hold, depending on the age of the children, four to six students. It provides a place for them to sit as well as a surface for their books and papers.

Of course, we still have goats and chickens, well-drilling, bibles, songbooks, and more, too.

If you are interested in giving in this way, you can download a pdf file of the full Christmas list.

Bernie, Sheryl & Philip Bovenkamp

November 2012 Newsletter

Dear Friends,

When Starfish Ministries took over the orphanage in Haiti in January, 1998, Nodi was already there.  He was 11 years old when I first met him and I was immediately drawn to him.  Nodi was a boy who was near death when his uncle found him at his blind grandmother’s home.  She was not able to care for him so he begged for food in order to feed them both.  When his uncle found Nodi so sick he brought him to the orphanage in hopes of finding a home that would care for him.

Over the years Nodi was often sick.  When he was 13 years old he was diagnosed with Sickle Cell Anemia.  Haitian doctors told us that this disease would take his life by the time Nodi was 20 years old.  When he passed 20 they changed his life expectancy to 25 and then to 30.  Nodi is now 28 years old and still doing well although he does have bouts of this sickness from time to time.

Nodi became a Christian soon after coming to the orphanage and has continued to grow in his spiritual life.  Nodi has worked hard at learning English and now is quite good at it.  After completing high school Nodi chose to go to a plumbing school in Port-au-Prince and completed that in a couple of years.  Since then he has been doing plumbing jobs in Port-au-Prince and at our orphanage and most recently is helping at the new medical clinic.  We have been very pleased with his skills in this trade. Continue Reading →