February 2017 Newsletter

Doug and I spent the last week of January in Tricotte with a team of 13 from Lynden.  It’s been a pleasure working with Rod Tjoelker and the team he assembled for this trip.  They worked on several construction projects: putting a roof on our Learning and Development Center (LDC) in Tricotte, finishing up some small items on the Boys’ Dorm at the orphanage, assembling and installing desks, chairs and bookshelves in our Starfish Ministries offices in Tricotte, and putting up a couple more solar powered street lights in Tricotte.  Another huge project was sorting and staging clothes, shoes, and medical supplies.  The five women on the team spent many hours on this project. The team did a great job and got a lot of work done.  And most importantly God is using this mission trip experience to affect their lives for His glory!

On Wednesday morning we traveled to Pommier, the newest of our school villages.  The last time I was there we had to hike into the village but much to my surprise, Daniel drove us all the way to the new school.  The villagers had worked hard to broaden the walking path so we could now navigate the new road with four wheel drive vehicles.

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November 2015 Newsletter

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. Continue Reading →

November 2014 Newsletter

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!  Continue Reading →

October 2014 Newsletter

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.  Continue Reading →

August 2014 Newsletter

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. Continue Reading →

June 2014 Newsletter

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. Continue Reading →

May 2014 Newsletter

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. Continue Reading →

April 2014 Newsletter

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. Continue Reading →