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 →
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 →
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 →
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 →
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 →
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 →
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 →
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 →