March 2013 Newsletter

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. Continue Reading →

February 2014 Newsletter

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. Continue Reading →

January 2014 Newsletter

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. Continue Reading →

Pastor Simon, a friend of Starfish Ministries, killed

I received word late last week from Daniel that one of our pastor friends in Haiti was killed Friday night. Pastor Simon was the current president of the Union of Evangelical Baptist Churches of Haiti (elected after Pastor Diogene’s term was up). He arrived at his home late Friday night after attending a two day pastors’ conference and was confronted by several men. We don’t know why but just know that a ransom was initially demanded. When the police checked they found Simon dead from a gunshot wound in a field behind his house. His wife was also shot, lost quite a bit of blood and is in a hospital in Port-au-Prince. Their children are all living in the US, going to school. Please prayer for the family and all affected by this tragedy.

November 2013 Newsletter

Dear Friends,

Thank you so much for your partnership with us in God’s work in Haiti.  We are blessed to have the opportunity to be ministering there but never take for granted your prayer and financial support. Without them it wouldn’t be possible.  And with that support much is being accomplished for God’s glory in the lives of needy Haitian children and adults.

Garry Charles is a young man from an area close to the village of Tricotte. He was the son of a witchdoctor, but his mom became a Christian and is now active in the church.  Garry’s dad left his mom several years ago to live with another woman.  And Garry could easily have followed his dad’s footsteps. BUT God used Daniel Thelusmond, our Haitian director, to intervene in Garry’s life.  Garry went through a rough time in his late teens, and many people turned their backs on him – but not Daniel. Continue Reading →

October 2013 Newsletter

Dear Friends,

I’m on my way home again from Haiti.   Glenn Bridges, Vince Buys and I spent two weeks in Tricotte and Port-au-Prince.  I really appreciate these guys and their service to the Lord as they serve the people of Haiti in very practical ways.

Vince is one of our well drilling experts and he spent nine days of the trip working on drilling two wells.  The first one was in Ti-David, one of our school and church villages.  After he and his Haitian helpers, Michelan and Wilson, got the equipment set up we were led by Pastor Esau in a time of prayer, asking for safety and success.  This village is about a half hour walk away from a river and that is the source of all their water needs.  So having a well with a good hand pump will be very helpful for them.  Our prayer is that we find pure, clean, drinkable water to provide for this entire village.  But it wasn’t to happen on this trip.  On the third day of drilling and down to about 85 feet one of the cables broke.  So Vince and crew had to reattach the bit with the remaining cable but it wasn’t enough to go much further down.  Vince had estimated that this well would need to be over 150 feet deep. Continue Reading →

September 2013 Newsletter

Dear Friends,


Glenn Bridges, Vince Buys and I are leaving for Haiti on September 15.  Glenn will be working on the water systems and electrical needs for the medical clinic.  Vince will be drilling a well in Ti-David and if time allows will move the drilling rig to Port au Prince and drill another well there.  I will be working with our Haitian director Daniel and our school directors, Norius and Duvigno as we plan and prepare for the upcoming school year.

We are so thankful for Norius and Duvigno.  God has raised them up to handle the administration of our schools in Haiti.  And they do an excellent job!

Sheryl and I met Norius and his wife Linda on our early trips to Haiti.  Several times, before we had a guesthouse in Tricotte, they would move out of their bedroom and graciously have us stay in their home, giving us their best room.  It was the room that had an outside door that led directly up the path to the outhouse – that was quite convenient! Continue Reading →

August 2013 Newsletter

Dear Friends,


In October of 2012 Philip wrote about the teacher-training conferences we held in Tricotte prior to the beginning of the 2012-2013 school year.  Below is an excerpt from that newsletter:

Much of the Bible training was done by a new member of our team in Haiti, Pastor Esau.


Pastor Esau is a Haitian pastor and educator. He has a seminary degree along with training and experience in education. He led several sessions throughout the two conferences in which he taught the teachers how to correctly handle God’s Word, how to teach from both the Old and New Testaments, how to present the gospel, and how to apply the Word to the lives of children so that they might grow closer in their walk with Christ. Continue Reading →