Dear Friends,

As we look back at this past year we are again overwhelmed by God’s faithfulness in 2011 and how He has touched the hearts of so many to provide for the needs in Haiti.  It is such a blessing to experience God’s provision as you have generously given.  We thank God for you and for your desire to serve Him as you partner with us to accomplish His purposes in Haiti.

Whenever we shared a need you responded:

Like in September we wrote about an older couple in Beaudois with the handicap husband.  They were living in unacceptable conditions.  They had a dirt floor which was mud when it rained since their thatch roof leaked badly.  BUT not anymore!  They have a new home with a concrete slab floor and a leak proof metal roof.  Thank you for responding and being used by God to make this happen.

Like in October when we wrote about the blind man who was begging in the streets of Nan-Paul.  He was sleeping in a distant relative’s outdoor kitchen on a dirt floor.  BUT not anymore!  Examen now has a small house with a concrete floor and metal roof and a small porch where he can sit during the day.  He no longer has to beg since we are now providing him with food as well.  Thank you for helping to make this happen.

Like in December when we shared about a young mother Jonette.  She died unexpectently after being bitten by a dog and getting rabies.  Five of her children needed a home and a sixth one needed a sponsor to help him attend high school.  BUT not anymore!  All of Jonette’s children are now in the orphanage and are sponsored and are adjusting very well.  Thank you for your compassion and support for this family.

And then again in December we wrote about our medical clinic project.  We talked about the tremendous need in the Tricotte village and surrounding area for a medical facility and wrote that we are trusting God to provide the balance of the funding necessary to complete this project.  AND He has – God has faithfully provided through many of you.  We are now finalizing the plans and will be breaking ground in January with a completion expectation of late summer of this year.  Thank you for responding to God’s call to help make this medical clinic a reality.

And then the response to the Christmas Wish List was tremendous!  Many children were sponsored for a year of school; many more were fed for one year; more goats and chickens were purchased than ever before; funding for between four and five wells was received (Doug completed three wells in December); Bibles, songbooks, soccer balls, shoes, sandals and so much more have been funded.  Thank you!

And sponsorship for our school children has continued to increase.  Many of you have faithfully supported a child or more for years and we thank God for your faithfulness.  We don’t talk much about sponsorship so from time to time someone will ask if we have more children who could be sponsored.  And the answer is YES!  We have hundreds of children in our schools who are not sponsored.  However God does continue to provide in so many ways.

We are looking forward to 2012 with great anticipation!  I Thessalonians 5:24 says, “Faithful is He who has called you, and He also will bring it to pass.”  We believe that God will continue to provide in miraculous ways as we continue to respond to His call to minister in Haiti.  Thank you so much for partnering with us and being used by God to “bring it to pass”.

Serving the Lord together,

Bernie, Sheryl & Philip Bovenkamp



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