Dear Friends,          

A couple of weeks ago I received this note from our staff at the Tricotte Medical Clinic.  “What a wonderful grace and privilege to have the opportunity to serve the Haitian people in the Tricotte area.  The community thanks all the donators through Starfish Ministries for having this health care center so close to provide health for sick people.”

They went on to share, “In the Tricotte Health Care Center the doctors see several patients every day.  They are from different villages.  We see healing and good treatment for sick people with very small fees.  We treat them spiritually and physically depending on the patient’s need.”

A typical day at the clinic looks like this:

Clebert Servilien, a 32 year old farmer from Belair, was kicked in his face by his horse as he was using it to do farm work.  His right eye was swelled shut and he had contusions and bruising on his face.  Our doctors were able to patch him up and prescribe some pain medications and allow him to go back to the farm a couple of days later.

Cladinia Charles, an 18 year old young woman from Savanette, gave birth to a baby boy.  She was able to receive the care she needed and she and baby are doing great! 

Oce Destin, a 67 year old lady from the market area was brought to the clinic by a motorcycle.  She was very weak and couldn’t walk so was carried into an exam room.  A nurse took a blood sample and sent it to our laboratory for analysis.  She is resting comfortable as they wait for the lab results.  She would likely have died if she hadn’t been brought into the clinic.

Wisandro Dorelus, a four year old boy, came in with a finger smashed by a large stone.  He was in some serious pain, but a few hours later he was released with good protection on that finger.

Thank you so much for making this possible.  We really appreciate hearing from you that you are praying regularly for the needs throughout our ministry.

The following report just came from Evangelist/Pastor Herod.  “At present, the evangelization team is working in the areas of Charbe, Pendu and Cadette to accompany the converts in the teaching of the word of God and in prayers.  With the help of Starfish Ministries we have already built a hangar (temporary building) and 24 benches at Charbe and we are building two more hangars and 48 benches for Pendu and Cadette.
Every week we are together with around 120 people. These people claimed that they were voodoo priests, murderers, idolaters, immorals, and gamblers for money and dancers of rara bands. They claimed that they were very uncomfortable in this situation. Often, they wanted to make the decision to accept Jesus, but no one had come to them to preach the gospel. Note that there is not even an evangelical church in these localities. For now, they express their contentment because of the work of evangelization. Some of the voodoo priests make a decision to accept Jesus as Savior and burn voodoo utensils. Some leaders of the rara bands also decide to burn the sound drums. It’s really wonderful. In addition, they express their strong desire to see a church and school established in their community.

Romans 10:14, 17 – “How, then, can they call on the one they have not believed in?  And how can they believe in the one of whom they have not heard?  And how can they hear without someone preaching to them?

     “Faith comes from hearing the message, and the message is heard through the word of Christ.”

We thank God for our evangelistic team.  They are preaching the gospel truth to those who have not heard.  God has prepared hearts for the message to find fertile ground.  The new believers are hungry for God’s word. 

Thank you for your prayers and support!  Due to your financial support we were able to purchase land in these villages and build temporary structures.  Please pray with us concerning the next steps in Charbe, Pendu and Cadette. 

In Christ’s service,

Bernie, Sheryl & Philip Bovenkamp

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