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Time to Travel and Preparing to Part

This is how you get up to the Citadelle near Cap-Haitien in northern Haiti!

This is how you get up to the Citadelle near Cap-Haitien in northern Haiti!

Changes are approaching! Evan will begin his nursing career at Akron General Medical Center the end of August. Grant has decided to stay in the States to finish his on-line schooling and get a job while staying with Evan. Seeing these changes coming up, we decided to take some family trips to savor the remaining moments together and make some memories!

Before we left for the States in July, a trip into the neighboring Dominican Republic included some adventure as we crossed the border! Things being a little unmarked, we actually drove over the border before we realized it and were supposed to have registered and paid in Haiti first. We were promptly driven back over the border on motorcycles! On this trip we also visited the renowned Haitian fortress, the Citadelle, which while it was truly amazing, was also quite the Haitian tourist trap!

In August we carved out time to travel West (a generous gift from a cousin) and enjoyed hikes and family travels through the Canadian Rockies, and the States of Washington and Oregon. We enjoyed breathtaking views, seeing wildlife and meeting old and new friends in the churches we also visited. The photos will provide some highlights.

This was just as fun as touring the fort! (You can see it in the background.)

Riding horses was just as fun as touring the fortress! ( in the background.)

Since the French never returned, all the ammunition is still sitting where it was left.

Since the French never returned, all the ammunition is still sitting unused where it was left.

The army had a view of the northern coast of Haiti from the fort!

Finished in 1820, the Citadelle took 15 years to build!

Cannons are pointed out of over 100 windows in all directions!

365 cannons are pointed out of hundreds of windows in all directions!

The horse waited for the return trip back down!

The horses waited for the return trip back down!

Enjoying a beautiful resort in the Dominican Republic!

Enjoying beautiful places in the Dominican Republic!

We were amazed by the size of the Canadian Rockies!

On our later trip, we were amazed by the size of the Canadian Rockies!

A "little hike" brought great views of Glacier National Park in Canada.

A “little hike” brought great views of Glacier National Park in Canada.

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A "little climb" brought a great view of Glacier National Park in Canada!

Savoring the grandeur of God!

Banff National Park was equally thrilling to hike in!

Banff National Park was equally thrilling to hike in!

We just couldn't look enough...

We just couldn’t look enough…

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Lake Louise had water the color of the Caribbean ocean!

Lake Louise had water the color of the Caribbean ocean!

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Grace was more than a little nervous we would find a real bear...so she was glad to hug this one instead!

Grace was more than a little nervous we would find a real bear…so she was glad to hug this one instead!

Visiting the Olympic Village in Calgary, Alberta.

Visiting the Olympic Village in Calgary, Alberta!

Spending an unforgettable afternoon in Seattle with our friend Joycie who just moved there from Haiti!

Spending an unforgettable afternoon in Seattle with our friend Joycie who recently moved there from Haiti!

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Kayaking trips and campfires on the evening were a break from travel!

We so enjoyed kayaking trips and campfires in the evening.

Enjoying the beauty of the Olympic Mountains in Washington.

Enjoying the beauty of the Olympic Mountains in Washington.

Here we are feeding the "wild" animals!

Here we are feeding the “wild” animals! Couldn’t get enough of the deer!

Grace enjoyed the boat ride as we searched for whales!

Grace enjoyed the boat ride as we searched for whales!

We were blessed to see pods of Orcas and a gray whale too!

We were blessed to see pods of Orcas and a gray whale too!

Hiking up near Mt. Rainier and finally reaching snow!

Hiking up near Mt. Rainier and finally reaching snow!

No safety rails here!

Grace threw that snowball with great aim at Mom’s neck! Ouch!

Hard to take it all in!

Hard to take it all in!

Grace loved feeding the chipmunks at the top!

Grace loved feeding the chipmunks at the top!

These gigantic shale fields simply amazed us!

Gigantic shale fields simply amazed us! We were glad to get through without an avalanche though!

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We spent a special weekend with the Mike & Lisa Leman family in Portland, Oregon!

We spent a special weekend with the Mike & Lisa Leman family in Portland, Oregon!

The Oregon Coast was so different than the Caribbean!

The Oregon Coast was so different than the Caribbean!

We took several beach walks, this was Cannon Beach!

We took several beach walks, this was Cannon Beach!

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We loved the pounding surf and discovering marine life in the rocks!

We loved the pounding surf and discovering marine life among the rocks and tide pools!

P1110016“To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven.” Ecclesiastes 3:1

This summer we are again staying with Stan and Gloria Hartzler in Orrville, Ohio. We appreciate how they gladly open their home to our family and make us welcome! They are always spoiling us with so many yummy things like root beer floats, fresh sweet corn, peaches, blueberries, cherries, and cheeses and meats of all kinds. Stan & Gloria are also doing a wonderful job serving as advocates to our church for our needs throughout the year!

 


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Select Kids and Schools Online!

The HarvestCall Child Sponsorship website now allows you to personally select children or schools!

The HarvestCall Child Sponsorship website now allows you to personally select children or schools!

Choices, choices! We are happy to report that now you can go online, view available children, and select the one you wish to sponsor with HarvestCall! At this time you can choose children from either Haiti, Jamaica or Mexico. These will be updated periodically so please check back often.

Check it out here: http://www.harvestcall.org/sponsor-a-child

Haiti offers the additional choice of sponsoring an entire school! You can now read a brief description and see photos of several schools waiting for a sponsorship that helps pay the teachers’ salaries. (The four kids on our own blog header are from the Leogane school that is available for sponsorship!) School sponsorship is an incredible opportunity to reach deeply into a community and affects so many children at once! This is an opportunity for individuals, entire families, churches, or Sunday schools to make a real difference in Haiti.

Check it out here: http://www.harvestcall.org/school-sponsorship

The epicenter of the 2010 earthquake was in Leogone and the school was beyond repair. It has been rebuilt but now in need of a sponsor.

The epicenter of the 2010 earthquake was in Leogane and the school was beyond repair. It has since been rebuilt. You can select this school online to sponsor.

Thanks to all of you that already are involved in sponsoring a child or school! Send your student or school a card or letter of encouragement today and small cash gifts are always welcome as well. And thanks for all of you who are considering sponsoring a child. If you have any questions after seeing the websites above, please let us know.

This one was a natural in front of the camera!

This little guy at Leogone was a natural in front of the camera! (the same boy on our blog header!)

Another shot of ornery boys and a truck!

Another shot of ornery boys and a truck!

 

 


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Ricardine Update

This girl is an inspiration to us!

This girl is an inspiration to us!

We wanted to give you another update on Ricardine. Every time we see her it strikes us how brave she is for her age to leave home and go it on her own, and we feel it such a privilege that we get to help her! Losing her father when she was young…then persecuted and kicked out by her own mother for wanting to go to church…she keeps trusting the Lord and finds Him faithful! Trinity told us recently she had been praying for a girl to help and she knows this is God’s answer.

Now RIcardine doesn't visit alone...her little sister is living with her!

Now Ricardine doesn’t visit alone…her little sister, Malika, often comes with her!

Guess what? Ricardine isn’t on her own anymore. To our surprise her 4-year old sister showed up with one day! Her uncle rescued her from their mother and they are so happy to be together! Ricardine is really a child with the responsibility a 15-year old shouldn’t really have, to feed and clothe and provide schooling for another child. Her sister also had bite marks on her body.

The girls are living about ten minutes across town in a rented room. That’s all they had…four walls, two windows and a door. Only a few articles of clothing. We have been trying to provide what we can, table and chairs, a bed, pillows, sheets, dishes, towels, stove and propane tank, pots and pans, etc… A suitcase worked for a while to store donated clothes but we had a closet and a buffet built for better storage. The little room is getting full!

This little girl didn't smile for the first few weeks we saw her, she hadn't done much of that in her short life!

This little girl didn’t smile for the first few weeks we saw her; she hadn’t done much of that in her short life! Now…what a difference!

Keeping two houses going has been challenging, but it is a blessing and a privilege to serve them. They are always running out of something…soap, oil, shoes, you name it! Trinity is always willing to help us get groceries or run around in search of things and she is still doing all of the spiritual mentoring.

We found a pastor’s wife to purchase the weekly groceries and also help the girls “keep house” from now on. This was very critical as we are soon leaving for two months. The Lord has provided! Now we are trusting for a few more things…

Our first request is that someone would be willing to sponsor Malika’s education. She is in her second year of preschool and will need to switch to the nearby Simon MEBSH primary school. It is $30 a month for covering her tuition, books and uniform. Our Child Sponsorship program provides a free hot lunch for this school daily. It is the same meal every day, but many kids get nothing!

Our second request is that you would continue to pray for these two special young ladies who are on their own. Yes, they have some relatives. Yes, they go to church and know people there. Yes, they go to school and have friends there. But they are largely on their own and it is definitely not safe for a girl to be alone on the street here. They are ashamed of their mother and what she did to them. They have come a long way in a short time. Pray that God would surround them, comfort them and carry them in His arms.

Thanks to the brother in Peoria who is paying for monthly rent and food! Thanks to the sister in Morton who is sponsoring Ricardine and paying extra monthly as well! Thanks to each of you for your prayers!

“When my father and my mother forsake me, then the LORD will take me up.” Psalm 27:10

 

 

 

 


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School is Out!

Evan Graduates from Malone University with a BS in Nursing!
Thankfully, Evan has finished his nursing classes and only has his boards to take in a few months. He is here with us in Haiti and we are sure enjoying every minute!

A time to rejoice!

Graduation…a time to truly rejoice! L to R, Spencer (3-1/2 year roommate), Courtney (friend from church), Daniel (1/2 year suite-mate), Natalie (friend from church) and Evan.

Grant and Trinity
Grant has finished his college classes this semester and is now mid-way through his Junior year. Trinity has only a few more days of classes left and is really looking forward to her Senior year!

Grant's garden has produced a bumper crop!

Grant’s garden has produced a bumper crop! These boys are thrilled to be a part of this!

Trinity continues to do a lot of mentoring and Bible studies with Ricardine.

Trinity continues to do a lot of mentoring and Bible studies with Ricardine.

Grace is Already a 5th Grader!
Saying goodbye to a great teacher was really hard! After 15 years of teaching many missionary children, Mrs. Ferris will be moving back to Texas soon. The class held a puppet show for the parents and the entire school was invited to a track and field day up in Bonne Fin the last week of school!

Grace holding her track and field day awards with Mrs. Ferris.

Grace holding her track and field day awards with Mrs. Ferris.

The class created an original puppet show with their puppet creations!

The class created an original puppet show with their puppet creations!

The 4th and 5th grade classes shared a room and a teacher this year!

The 4th and 5th grade classes shared a room and a teacher this year!

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The long jump!

The 800-yard run!

The 800-yard run!

Part of the award ceremony!

Part of the award ceremony!

Family Time Begins!

“To everything there is a season, and to time to every purpose under the heaven.” Ecclesiastes 3:1

Off to discover a new island!

Off to discover a new island!

Almost the entire island is an original French fort!

Almost the entire island is an original French fort!

Checking out some sunken ships!

Checking out some sunken ships!

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These guys were just laying around in the water!

These guys were just laying around in the water!

 


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What Is a Christian Missionary?

Trinity enjoys weekly outings to share the gospel around the city!

Trinity enjoys weekly outings to share the gospel around the city!

What is a Christian missionary?

(We are continually learning this ourselves.)

A Christian missionary is commissioned by the Lord to share the gospel and to make disciples to grow and expand His Kingdom. (Matthew 28:19-20; Mark 16:15-16; Luke 24:47-48). A missionary is an ambassador of Christ who proclaims Jesus as Savior and Lord. The root of the words “mission” and “missionary” is the Latin verb mitto or mittere (I send). In the Greek, the verb apostolos means “sent one,” and from it comes the word for “apostle.”

At least thirty-nine times in the Gospel of John, Jesus refers to Himself as “sent” on a mission. What was that mission? “To seek and save the lost” (Luke 19:10). This is was not only Jesus’ mission but He made it our mission as well. He not only refers to Himself as “sent,” He refers to every Christian as “sent.” Jesus commands all Christians to the share the gospel – the message of sin and judgment and the message of His death and resurrection that conquered the penalty and power of sin.

“As you sent Me into the world, so I have sent them into the world.”  John 17:18

“And how shall they believe in Him of whom they have not heard? And how shall they preach, except they be sent?”  Romans 10:14-15

Mike with our cook, Madam Yadley, sharing God's Word that does not return void.

Mike with our cook, Madam Yadley, sharing God’s Word that does not return void.

These boys came to know their Savior after hearing the great gospel message!

These young men came to know their Savior after hearing the gospel!

 "And whoever falls on this stone will be broken; but on whomever it falls, it will grind him to powder."  Matt. 21:44 Those who fall upon the stone of Jesus Christ are broken. He will not despise a broken and contrite heart. However, when Jesus comes in flaming fire, taking vengeance on those who do not know God (2 Thess. 1:8), His judgment will "grind them to powder."

God will not despise a broken and a contrite heart!

“Go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature.”  Mark 16:15

“Go therefore and make disciples of all nations…”  Matthew 28:19

In the original Greek, “go” is poreuomai, and it only means “go”; “all” is hapas, and it actually means “all”; and “every” is pas, and it literally means “every.” So when Jesus commanded us to, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature,” He was actually telling us to be obedient to the original text.

“If you love Me, keep My commandments.”  John 14:15

Here is our cook, Madam Yadley, who loves to share the gospel and was right under our nose.

Our cook, Madam Yadley, also loves to share the gospel with us!

“My mother and My brothers are these who hear the Word of God and do it.”  Luke 8:21

“Sharing the gospel is about experiencing God. If you choose to be obedient, He will take you on a journey so exciting that your life will never be the same.” – Bill Fay, Share Jesus Without Fear

Who is a Christian missionary?

Simply, every Christian is a missionary, and is called to share the gospel and make disciples. Technically, a missionary is one who is specifically called by God to a foreign land  by crossing geographical and/or cultural boundaries (Acts 22:21), sent out through the support of the local church, surrendering everything except the gospel for the sake of the gospel, and sometimes in areas where Jesus Christ is entirely unknown (Romans 15:20).

However, all Christians are sent/called to be missionaries of the gospel regardless of where we live, stateside or overseas. We are called to be ambassadors for Christ (II Corinthians 5:20), witnesses for Christ (Luke 24:47-48; Acts 1:8; Acts 26:16-18), faithful sowers of His Word (I Corinthians 3:7,9), servants that speak with boldness (Acts 4:29), watchman for Christ (Ezekiel 33) and soldiers for Christ (II Timothy 2:3).

The Great Commission is not an option to be considered; it is a command to be obeyed. In other words it is not a suggestion, but a commandment given by our Lord. They were the last words He gave to His disciples before He ascended.

“And why call you Me, ‘Lord, Lord’ and do not the things which I say?”  Luke 6:46

Here are missionaries from three different countries reaching out to this lost man!

Fishermen from three different countries are reaching out to this lost man!

“But you shall receive power, after the Holy Spirit is come upon you: and you shall be witnesses unto Me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth.”  Acts 1:8

The early church multiplied and made disciples at lightning speed. It wasn’t because they had fancy programs or great productions. It was because every believer operated as a missionary. There was no such thing as a “foreign missionary.” Not only the apostles but every Christian did the work of the Great Commission – and they did so tirelessly. Numerous passages indicate that every Christian was expected to evangelize, follow up, nurture, and teach the Word. This happened by one person bringing the gospel to another.

Juslienne, another cooks of ours, sharing the gospel one on one.

Juslenne, another cook of ours, is now sharing the gospel one-on-one too!

“And grant unto they servants, that with all boldness they may speak the Word of God.”  Acts 4:29

“Faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the Word of God.”  Romans 10:17

Throughout Scripture Christ’s followers are called sojourners, pilgrims and strangers in a strange land. We do not belong and have been sent out only to spread God’s glory throughout the earth through missions. We are His representatives on this earth. Everyone who follows Jesus as Lord is commanded to go and preach the gospel to every creature and make disciples of Jesus. Even with our imperfections God delights in using us to obtain glory via missions. Missions does not only occur on foreign soil. You do not need a passport to be considered a missionary. What we need is obedience. Obedience honors God!

Hearts touched with God's mercy extended through Jesus Christ!

Local female prisoners touched with God’s mercy extended through Jesus Christ!

Passing out Bibles and sharing the gospel with prisoners needing new life in Christ.

The gift of a new Bible will encourage growing in Christ!

When taking Bibles into the women's prison, the warden took a Bible for himself!

This warden took a Bible for himself!

As followers of Christ, we are missionaries in our own home, in our town, in our schools, at our jobs, across the street and around the world. Teachers, employees, taxi drivers, waiters, and waitresses, managers, CEO’s, police officers, fireman, doctors, nurses, stay-at-home mom’s, senators, congressman, etc., are all called to be missionaries and labor for the Kingdom. You are placed where you are with the gifts that you have to reach out to the lost around you!

David Sills says in his book, The Missionary Call, “If someone does not have a missions heart at home, nothing magical happens when they buckle the seat belt on the airplane.” Some of us are specifically called to go far away to a foreign land but many are called to stay local. We are all called to participate in the Great Commission!

Kenfleur has a passion for reaching her neighbors and fellow Haitians with God's Word!

Kenfleur has a passion for reaching her neighbors and fellow Haitians with God’s Word!

“I have set you a watchman…, you shalt hear the Word of My mouth, and warn them from Me.”  Ezekiel 33:7

Let’s follow Jesus faithfully and obediently. Let’s follow Him in our homes, across our streets and to the poorest and most overlooked in our cities, to the most unreached and most difficult places in the uttermost parts of the earth. Think about it: if the redemption accomplished by Jesus is so radically great that its effects are to blow down the barriers to every nation of the world, then we should certainly also cross the street to share the gospel with the family in our neighborhood. All believers must see themselves as missionaries sent by Jesus Christ, sent into the world, and sent on a mission.

“If our gospel be hid, it is hid to them that are lost…”  II Corinthians 4:3

Evan and Grant reaching out with the gospel to persuade her in a repentance towards God and a faith in Jesus Christ.

Reaching out on the highway with the gospel!

“Knowing therefore, the terror of the Lord, we persuade men.”  II Corinthians 5:11

“Every Christian is a missionary; every non-Christian a mission field.” –Winkie Pratney, New Zealand evangelist/author

Every Christian is called to be obedient to the Great Commission wherever God has placed us. The call to missions has more to do with the condition of our heart than it does with the location of our feet. To ask whether all Christians are called to be missionaries is a bit like asking whether all dogs should have four legs. Remember God is on a mission and we are called to be followers of Him. And it is our privilege to join Him! He has deemed man to be the human instrument of sharing the good news of redemption.

“The harvest truly is great, but the laborers are few, therefore pray the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into His harvest.”  Luke 10:2

“I can tell you that there is no greater joy than leading someone to faith in Jesus Christ. Even if they reject your message, it still feels great to obey Christ. Yet regardless of how we feel, we need to remember this is what He has commanded.”  –Dr. James Kennedy

We do evangelism training

Every few months we hold evangelism training for groups or entire churches.

Every few months we have the opportunity to hold evangelism training for groups or entire churches!

We are thankful for good translators so the training and message is clear!

We are available to teach God's Word when opportunities come open!

We teach God’s Word when opportunities come up!

“…God our Savior; who will have all men to be saved and to come unto the knowledge of the truth.”  I Timothy 2:3,4

“In flaming fire taking vengeance on those who do not know God, and on those who do not obey the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ. These shall be punished with everlasting destruction from the presence of the Lord and from the glory of His power.”  11 Thessalonians 1:8-9

“It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God.” (Hebrews 10:31). This should stir a passion within us to reach the lost. “For our God is a consuming fire.” (Hebrews 12:29). God is holy, holy, holy. His holiness is the reason for His being a consuming fire, and it burns up anything unholy. Man has a sinful nature. When sinful men come too close to God, because of His holiness and His just nature He must consume them. Therefore, every human being needs a new nature. Each one must be transformed into a new creature in Christ (II Corinthians 5:17).

A typical baptism scene in Haiti. What is the first thing you notice that is similar to the baptisms you have seen? (Was it the towel?)

A typical baptism scene in Haiti.

“For God made Jesus Christ who knew no sin to be sin for us that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.”  II Corinthians 5:21

All the wrath of God was poured out on Jesus, who took our place so we could receive His righteousness. God commands all men everywhere to repent of their sins and put their faith in Jesus Christ. We need not fear the consuming fire of God’s wrath if we are covered by the pure blood of Christ. Who shall escape such a great salvation?

“Let him know that he who turns a sinner from the error of his way will save a soul from death and cover a multitude of sins.”  James 5:20

“Multitudes, multitudes are in the valley of decision.” (Joel 3:14). We need to be like a watchman warning all men of sin and judgment, “pulling them out of the fire” (Jude 23). The act simply requires caring enough to warn of the very real danger of going into eternity without Christ. We need only to tell the truth: there is a hell to shun and a heaven to gain. As Apostle Paul declared in II Corinthians 5:11, “Knowing the terror of the Lord, we persuade men.”

“Preach the word! Be ready in season and out of season. Convince, rebuke, exhort, with all longsuffering and teaching.”  II Timothy 4:2

We should be ready to preach the gospel to everyone we meet, at all times. Let us have surrendered hearts like Isaiah to be doers of His mission – to seek and save the lost…

                                        “Here am I! Send me.”  Isaiah 6:8

 


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Lots of Updates!

Grant has a group of boys working hard on a new project, a half-acre garden!

Grant has a group of guys working hard on a new project, a half-acre garden!

Grant’s Garden is Growing!
Grant has gotten himself into quite a project this Spring. He was thinking for a long time how he could help a lot of his friends find work and make money instead of sitting around with nothing to do. He came up with the idea to start a big garden so at the end of the season his friends could split the profits. Of course that depends…if it rains…if there is a crop…if the marauding chickens don’t eat everything off first…if people don’t steal it all… The list of threats could go on and on, but that didn’t stop him from trying.

After getting lots of advice, Grant hired a tractor to till up the ground, installed a fence and a gate to mark the property and then decided to dig a deep hole that serves as a well. Almost every morning we hear Grant get up early and head out with the guys! He has never really gardened before so this has truly been a real learning curve for him. Enjoy the photos!

Grant has eight boys hard at work on their community project, a half acre garden!

Here are the guys busy watering the newly emerging plants!

This week it will be all planted and it is neat as a pin!

All the peppers will soon be planted!

This photo shows how much sweat went into digging deep furrows!

This photo shows how much sweat went into digging the deep furrows!

The cucumbers are happy in their soft bed of grass!

The cucumbers are happy in their soft bed of grass!

The tomatoes were transplanted from their boxes recently.

The tomatoes were recently transplanted from their boxes and are growing fast!

The radishes are looking good!

The beets are looking good!

Here's a view of the garden in the distance. There are many other gardens all around it!

Here’s a view of the garden in the distance. There are many other gardens all around it!

Some more of the guys on Sunday before church!

Here are more of the garden workers before church on Sunday!

Grant and some friends are in the back of the truck ahead as we cross a river.

Grant and some friends are in the back of the truck ahead as we cross a river.

Prayers answered for Ricardine!
Yes, God is faithful! We rejoice to report that a sponsor for Ricardine’s education has responded to help with that need, and she is now off the street and staying temporarily with some relatives. She met Tim Reinhard last week while he was visiting so she certainly found the right person to really help. She is enjoying weekly Bible studies with Trinity and we continue to work to help her integrate into a local church. Isn’t God good? Thanks for your continued prayers.

Susie has returned!
I returned after spending over six weeks in Ohio caring for my parents and helping them through some medical issues. It was bittersweet as it was hard to leave Evan and my parents but I was excited to go back to my sweetheart, Mike and my other kids: Grant, Trinity, and Grace. We can’t wait for Evan to join us in a few weeks in Haiti so we can be all together again as a family! We are glad things are going a little better for them and we will be returning in a few months to assist them some more.

Susie recently had extended time to assist her parents in Ohio.

It was a blessing and a gift to serve my parents and be their caregiver. So grateful for the memories of the weeks together. God is good! 

Special thanks to each of you who came alongside me with your lovingkindness, your encouragement, and all your support while I was in the States. I especially appreciate your many prayers for my parents during this difficult time in their lives, and for the many prayers for my sisters and I. My sister, Monica, and I worked closely together and she was a huge asset to have there!

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We were so thankful that our mom finally received her full back brace the day before I left for Haiti. 

Evan was glad to have his Mom around for a while!

Evan was glad to have his Mom around for a while! We sure enjoyed our time together. It was an unexpected gift!

Heading back to Haiti with some familiar faces!

Heading back to Haiti with some familiar faces!

A little roadblock excitement held them up over an hour!

A little roadblock excitement held us up an hour and a half!

Construction gets under way!
Mike has enjoyed helping Loumy & Adline Cameus plan their new home up on top of a hill just north of Simon. This is the first all-concrete house he has designed so it was a bit of a learning curve. (Loumy & Adline operate HCH, Help a Child in Haiti, the agency which many of your sponsored children are sponsored through.)

The house is on top of a hill with views of the mountains all around!

The house is situated on top of a hill with views of the mountains all around! This is the side view; there are walk-out rooms to the back under the back porch.

Susie and Adline going to inspect the recent load of block.

Susie and Adline going to inspect the recent load of block.

Most of the rooms have windows on two walls for great air flow. It is being built in the traditional Haitian manner: stone foundation filled with crushed rock, steel rods inserted into concrete pillars and block walls between the pillars. It is nice to see it coming together.

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Please Pray for Ricardine

Ricardine is a new believer in Jesus Christ but has a heavy cross to bear. WIll you pray for her?

Ricardine is a new believer in Jesus Christ, but she has a heavy cross to bear for a 15-year old.

Recently Trinity noticed a young Haitian girl watching her group playing basketball, so she started talking to her afterwards. She said she wanted to know more about God’s Word and wanted to get together. The first time Ricardine came to sit down to study the Bible her story started tumbling out…

She said her dad was a Christian but he died a few years ago. She really wanted to go to church and learn more about God, but her Mom is a voodoo priestess and absolutely forbids her from going. Whenever she got caught she would get attacked, beaten and bitten by her Mom. Sometimes she would even attack her when she was asleep. She hasn’t been able to go to school because her Mom won’t pay for anything but a voodoo school.

Her Mom has left bite marks on her arms, but scars left on her heart.

Ricardine’s Mom has left bite marks on her arms, but she has also left scars on her heart.

Trinity had several studies with Ricardine and then invited her to come with us when we share the gospel in town. After the first few encounters that day, Ricardine told Trinity to pray for her because she hadn’t understood what it meant to be saved. When we came home, Trinity helped her pray as she freely gave her heart to God. She believes and trusts in Jesus, she just has such a hard situation to deal with.

Ricardine has started sleeping on the streets because her Mom told her she would kill her if she comes back home. Since she is afraid to go back, she left the Bible and clothes Trinity gave her at home. She sleeps near the hospital downtown because there is better security there and she finds people tend to be more giving when they are bringing food to someone in the hospital.

This photo was taken from her facebook album. Please pray for Ricardine!

Will you pray for Ricardine? This photo was taken from her facebook album.

Please pray that Ricardine will find a safe home, someone to sponsor her education, and that she will continue to trust in Christ to meet her daily needs, as well as the future. We will continue to assist her on this end with love and friendship, food, clothes and necessary items like soap and deodorant. We will be working to find a Haitian church and support group for her.

“Can a mother forget the baby at her breast and have no compassion on the child she has borne? Though she may forget, I will not forget you!”
Isaiah 49:15

You see one face and hear one story, but we wonder how many other kids there are in the world tonight whose stories are never told? God loves and cares for each one and not one is forgotten before the Father.

 

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