April 2013 Newsletter

Greetings from Port-au-Prince, Haiti!  I arrived here yesterday afternoon, March 28, and will handle administrative opportunities for the next week.  This morning I visited with Daniel Fontil for a couple of hours.  This Daniel (as distinguished from our Director Daniel) is one of our former orphanage children who is now living in Port-au-Prince, teaching third grade while waiting to begin STEP Seminary in September.

Daniel came to the Starfish Ministries Orphanage in 1998 when he was 12 years old.  He came from a family of 15 children who lived in a mud hut in the village of Jean Rabel in the far northwest corner of Haiti.  Daniel’s life was difficult as a child – sometime they had food, sometimes not.  But he did go to school and always did well in his academics. Continue Reading →

March 2013 Newsletter

We are so grateful to God for the leadership that He is raising up in Haiti! Our Haitian Director, Daniel Thelusmond; our Assistant Director and Orphanage Director, Apollos Solomon; our Spiritual Director, Pastor Esau, and so many more are influencing the Tricotte area for the Lord Jesus Christ and His Kingdom.

They serve faithfully within Starfish Ministries, but their ministries extend well beyond their roles with us. Daniel sent us this email recently: Continue Reading →

February 2013 Newsletter

Greetings from Tricotte, Haiti!  We arrived here this afternoon (Saturday, January 26, 2013).  Daniel and I picked up a team from North County Christ the King Church at the Port au Prince airport at 9:15 and we drove directly to Tricotte.  Those of you who have been on a team with us in the past will be pleased to hear that the first two-thirds of the trip is all paved road now.  Only the last 25 miles or so is dirt, ruts, and pot holes and slows us down considerably.

The team of five men is building and installing the trusses for the roof on our new guesthouse in Tricotte.  Soon they will also install the purlins and then the metal roofing.  And they should have time to do some electrical work inside the guesthouse before we need to return to Port-au-Prince later this week.

Across the river from Tricotte is a village called Moineville that is virtually unreached with the gospel.  We have always heard that this village is heavily into voodoo and a dangerous life style.  Director Daniel began encouraging us several months ago that we should begin reaching out to the people of Moineville.  So we began to pray while looking for opportunities to share with them.  When we have needed laborers and masons for the clinic construction we hired some from Moineville.  They were amazed as no one had considered this before and we are starting to see a softening of some of the people. Continue Reading →

December 2012 Newsletter

A SOUL IN OUR NET

Yvenord Alexis was a non-Christian when we met him on Friday, November 23, 2012. Pastor Esau and I went to Morne Chaise to talk to some couples who were supposed to make plans for their weddings. Two ladies and one man were present at the meeting. The other guy couldn’t make it. They told us they couldn’t get married because their houses are in such bad shape. Who cares about a house when it comes to getting married if two people have been living together for half of their lives with kids in “a house”? Well, whoever told us those couples wanted to get married missed the point. As our conversation went farther, we discovered that the man we were talking to was not a Christian. We shifted our focus from the wedding plans to “soul fishing”. We came back with a soul in our net for Jesus. Yvenord Alexis became a Christian. Praise God!

I just received this letter from our Haitian Director Daniel this morning.  This is what God has called Starfish Ministries to do.  It doesn’t matter what we are dealing with each day – we see those circumstances as an opportunity to share Jesus and last Friday that is exactly what Daniel and Pastor Esau did.  We thank God for their sensitivity to where God is at work and to boldly present Christ Jesus whenever the opportunity comes. Continue Reading →

July 2012 Newsletter

Dear Friends,

I’m sitting in the Miami Airport on my return home.  A team from Central Washington University Chi Alpha Ministries spent the past two weeks in Tricotte, Haiti.  David Morley from Blaine, Washington, joined us and helped me with the team leadership responsibilities.  The team spent every afternoon at the Starfish Ministries Orphanage teaching English to the orphans.  It is so exciting to see these kids eager to learn and then practice with me as I interact with them.

The team also did some painting at the orphanage, presented the gospel through song, testimony and drama in some of our schools and churches and played soccer and other games with the Tricotte village kids.  And that’s where they met Wilson.  Wilson seemed to be around wherever the team was.  When they hiked to our school in Biscaille to share with the students, Wilson was right by their side, hiking along and helping at the more difficult places on the trail.  Then when they arrived in Biscaille, Wilson climbed up a coconut tree and threw down enough coconuts for the entire team to enjoy fresh coconut milk. Continue Reading →

May 2011 Newsletter

Dear Friends,

In his preface to The Screwtape Letters, C. S. Lewis wrote:

There are two equal and opposite errors into which our race falls about devils. One is to disbelieve in their existence. The other is to believe, and to feel an excessive and unhealthy interest in them. They themselves are equally pleased by both errors, and hail a materialist or a magician with the same delight.

Lewis’s observation, written 70 years ago, defines a major difference between our enemy’s strategy in the United States and Canada and his approach in Haiti. Continue Reading →

April 2011 Newsletter

Dear Friends,

We first wrote about the village of Bethel in our June 2004 newsletter.  Here is an excerpt from that letter.

This past Tuesday, some of us went along with Pastor Diogene and his Port-au-Prince team to share in a Bible Study in the village of Bethel. This is the village we were introduced to through the unfortunate circumstances of Joe, our truck driver, who hit and killed a drunk pedestrian. Because of that incident Pastor Diogene met with a judge who invited him to his home village of Bethel. After meeting with the judge Pastor Diogene was invited to begin a Bible study in this village every Tuesday afternoon.

Four weeks ago, 14 unsaved people came together under a large tree to study the Gospel of John . The next week 22 were there. The third week it was 26 of which two indicated a desire to become Christians. When we were there, 36 people came to hear the Word of God shared and three more became Christians. Pastor Steve had the opportunity to pray with them. It is so exciting to see the interest and hunger for the truth. One of the older women in the group was a witch doctor’s wife. Many more people passed by, slowed down, and listened for a while, wondering what was going on.

We are in the process of purchasing land in Bethel and expect to start a small Christian school there this fall. An evangelistic crusade will be held there sometime this summer. Please pray for the people in this village — God is working in their midst. We are trusting Him for a great harvest of souls. Continue Reading →