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.
An angel of the Lord appeared to the shepherds, and the glory of the Lord shone around them and they were terrified. But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid, I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is Christ the Lord.” Luke 2:9-11
This great news continues on today as we celebrate the birth of Jesus our Savior. And the result – great joy!! And it’s news for ALL the people! As Starfish Ministries completes its 18th year of ministry in Haiti, we continue to reach out to the spiritually lost with this great news. Continue Reading →
Thank you for your prayers and support for this ministry – we are so grateful for your partnership with us as we serve God in Haiti. He is faithful and continues to bring to pass all that He has called for us to do! Last month we asked you to pray for several specific things and I want to share with you how they were answered.
- Speedy customs clearing for a container at reasonable costs. The container from Canada came out of customs while we were in Haiti, it was trucked to Tricotte, the costs were reasonable and the goods were not damaged. Praise God!
- Three teams traveling to Haiti in November.
- Birthing attendant training – Eight women from NCCTK church in Lynden presented the Miracle of Birth to 12 Haitian women during a four day seminar. We were really encouraged as these women now have the skills to help deliver babies in areas where there are not many medical services. They were also challenged to share Jesus with the new mothers. The result of this training will save lives of mothers and babies and will encourage many in their spiritual lives.
- Well drilling team – Vince and Dave Buys successfully drilled a well in Port au Prince. Praise God for clean water to help many who may not have had access to clean water!
- Farming fact-finding team – Five of us were able to tour the ministry of Double Harvest just out side of Port au Prince. This is a 200 acre farming operation which included fish farming, raising chickens and acres of vegetables. We learned much and look forward to using that knowledge to enhance our efforts in raising more food for our orphanage and school ministries.
- That God would use these trips to accomplish much in the lives of team members as well as in the lives of the Haitians who were served – I was encouraged as I listened to the team members share about what God was doing in their lives. And as I observed the women who were trained for birthing helpers – they prayed and worshipped with our trainers – God certainly used this time in their lives.
And when the Lord saw her, he had compassion on her and said to her, “Do not weep.” —Luke 7:13
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? Continue Reading →
It’s hard to believe it’s already November and Christmas is just around the corner. Again this year, there are opportunities to give Christmas gifts to needy Haitians. There is a printable version of this list available here in pdf form. If you would like to give, there are instructions below. Continue Reading →
Pastor Joe is one of the leaders in the local church in Tricotte. His wife runs a small business buying and selling various products ranging from toiletries to foodstuffs to household goods. She travels to Port-au-Prince to buy the merchandise and brings it back to Tricotte, where she separates it into smaller lots to sell at the market. In this way, she is able to contribute to the household income and help to support their children.
Pastor Joe wanted other people in the village to be able to do this and similar things to support their own families. But most people in Haiti are unable to scrape together even enough money to fund the smallest business venture. Pastor Joe hoped to help. He wanted to be able to make small loans to people from the village who had a viable business plan. Continue Reading →
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
Here are a few short updates on some of the things going on in Starfish Ministries:
University Team Mission Trips
A team of 12 from Washington State University joined us for two weeks in Haiti in May. The team spent their mornings visiting schools where they would minister to the students through skits, testimonies, and songs. In the afternoons, the team taught English to the children at the orphanage, building relationships and nurturing the children at the same time.
In June, Bernie and Dave Morley will be taking a team from Central Washington University. They will be serving in much the same way and also painting our newest school in Morne Chaise. Pray for the students on this team, that God would use this time to affect their lives for His purposes. Continue Reading →