December 2005 Newsletter

Dear Friends,

I made it! The hike to Corail was accomplished without the use of a motorcycle. On November 10, we left Tricotte at 8:00 AM. We drove about 25 minutes to the village of Canifice. There we parked the vehicle and began the hike. The night before I had decided that I wanted to attempt the hike but was somewhat concerned whether my body could handle it. As I prayed that night, I acknowledged to God my weakness and looked to Him for His unlimited strength. The next morning I sensed that strength and experienced it as we hiked up that mountain trail. The hike followed a small river which we had to cross 14 times before we arrived at our destination one and one half hours later.

The eight classrooms were filled with children, eager to learn. Over 350 children were fed a hot meal of rice and beans when lunch time came. We called 30 of the most needy out of class and took their pictures for sponsorship. If any of you are interested or know someone who might be, these Corail children are ready to be sponsored. After they finished their lunch, the children all gathered outside to treat us to a short program. The headmaster’s wife, who is the kindergarten teacher, led the children in singing several songs. It was so good to see God at work in these lives.

There is no church currently in this area. Pastor Diogene’s team has surveyed the area and found the people very interested in having a church in their village. So the Tricotte and Port-au-Prince Church’s evangelistic teams are planning an evangelistic crusade in Corail sometime in January or February. Again we believe that God will use the means of the educational need being filled and the feeding of the children to open up the door for the good news of Jesus Christ to penetrate lives in the village of Corail. Please pray with us for a great harvest of souls!

God is doing great things in the village of Bethel also. Forty members of Pastor Diogene’s churches in Tricotte and Port-au-Prince spent the week of December 1-6 in Bethel conducting an evangelistic crusade. Pastor Diogene wrote a short note concerning the crusade that we would like to share with you. He entitled it God never changes.

We experienced God’s presence when we have a crusade last week. One night while the preacher addressed to the big crowd there, rain came down and people were going to leave because we were outside of building.  We talk to them, “Don’t go home, rain is going to stop.” We prayed and it rains all around Bethel, but the place we were was  dry. People in Bethel realized that God is powerful and that night six people came to Jesus. During that week 128 people came to know Jesus as personal Savior. We value your prayers on their behalf for growing. We feel that the Lord wants us to go back again next month to do the follow up. We believe the time of harvest is here now.

Isn’t it great to experience God at work? We are so privileged to be a small part of what He is doing! Thank you so much for your prayers and partnering with us as we continue to share His love and salvation with the lost in Haiti.

Many of you have responded again to the Christmas Gift List. Thank you so much for giving beyond your sponsorship gifting helping to make a difference in the lives of needy Haitian children by supporting these extra needs. You can continue to give toward these needs this month if you so desire.

We have so much to be thankful for again this season. “Great is Thy faithfulness! Morning by morning new mercies I see; All I have needed Thy hand hath provided —

Great is Thy faithfulness, Lord, unto me!” We have experienced God’s never wavering faithfulness as His hand has provided all we’ve needed. Thanks to our great God!

Serving the Lord together,

Bernie and Sheryl Bovenkamp