Dear Friends,

On one of my recent trips to Haiti one of our orphanage kids handed me a letter as I was leaving Tricotte to give to his sponsor.  Well, I wasn’t paying very good attention and put it in my pocket.  When I opened it later I realized that it didn’t have the sponsor’s name on it, and the orphan hadn’t signed it.  So I don’t know who gave it to me or who to send it to.  As I was thinking about this dilemma I realized that we haven’t sent sponsor letters out for some time, and I thought this would be a good opportunity to do so.  And just maybe it was a letter meant for you all – that’s how I am treating it.  So here is what he writes:

Dear Sponsor,

Good morning my sponsor.  How are you?  And your family?  So I think your family is good.  Because I know God is responsible to take care of your family and you.

It is the joy, it is the best joy when I find the opportunity to write you this letter.  The aim of this letter that’s for to thanking you.  So I’m very happy to write you to tell you, so I know is not easy.  But Jesus give you courage for work every day very hard for you help me.  So I don’t stay indifferent.  Without I don’t say nothing so I write you this letter to say you thank you.  I want to say (thank you) very courageous because the Bible say in Galatians 6:9, “And let us not grow weary of doing good for in due season we will reap if we do not give up.”

Thank you very well,

Thank you Dearly,

This letter come from the orphanage Haiti.

In October I was in Haiti to speak at our annual teachers’ seminar.  I worked alongside Daniel, our new Haitian director, and our other school ministry staff.  We had almost 300 teachers in attendance and we took the opportunity to challenge them spiritually as well as share with them different teaching methods.  Daniel shared with them about his life.  How his parents who had no education themselves (neither can read or write) have been such great parents and taught him so much about how to live life and treat others with respect.  Then he told about his favorite teacher, fourth grade teacher Madam St. Facile.  She had challenged him to work hard and God would use him to do much in Haiti.  She showed him that she cared for him and taught not as a job but as a ministry.  Daniel encouraged them all to be teachers like her.

I really appreciate Daniel.  He is doing a great service in his leadership position with Starfish Ministries.  We can really see God’s hand in preparing him for this work today.

We are very thankful for your faithful support.  Thanks for your prayers.  Have a great Thanksgiving holiday!

Serving the Lord together,

Bernie, Sheryl & Philip Bovenkamp


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