His Heart for Haiti

Giving Hope Through Child Sponsorship


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Visitors are Great!

Enjoying the Tomic family’s visit!

Over Christmas we enjoyed the visit of Tim & Melanie Tomic and their three boys, Brian, Jonathan and Matthew (out of six children). They are from Smithville, Ohio. Th projects around the house for us, fixing things or upgrading. We appreciated it so much! We loved spending time with them around the holidays to visit different areas. We so enjoyed the many conversations we had together and the encouragment we received to continue on in the Lord’s work. When we asked Melanie what she enjoyed the most, she said, “definitely the morning walks!” Special memories we have of our time together!

Tomics worshiped with us at a new Haitian church!

The kids always enjoy traveling on top!

Great hiking through a canyon!

Sure enjoyed God’s creation together!

The boys could not get enough jumping off the edge into the water!

Our Ranger was used many times to travel around town!

Tim and Brian working with Haitians to fix the Ranger, which broke down at the house where Tomic’s sponsored child lived. You can bond together even if you don’t know the language!

Visiting Tomic’s sponsored child’s house. The mother loved the gift of rice, beans, and of course, pork meat!

Visiting with a dear old widow who enjoys company!

Enjoying sugarcane!

Melanie loved the Domestic Center (Centre Lumiere)!

A fun visit with Caleb and Olga at the Domestic Center.

Evangelizing at the market! Trinity is translating for Tim!

Brian is handing out tracts at the market while Trinity is talking to them about the gospel.

Stopping to say “hello” before getting on the boat to the island.

A highlight was taking a boat to an island!

The Tomic boys loved the ocean and looking for sea creatures!

Really enjoyed the Wray’s Renault Sunday School with over 1000 kids that come every week!

It was exciting to see all those children’s faces!

We got to shake the hands of many precious children that day!

Jesus said, “Let the little ones come unto Me!”

Jesus said in a thought, “See those faces…that’s My face.”

So many kids, so many souls!

They got to watch the Haitians climb to get coconuts, then drink the fresh juice and eat the meat!

 

 

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The Longest Hike Yet!

Haiti is a beautiful land even though the trees are mostly gone!

On one our recent school visits we had the “opportunity” to hike three hours one way to reach the school at Lessar. We crossed over ten rivers (maybe it was the same one we crossed multiple times?) and climbed a mountain by the time we arrived! It was so beautiful! We had opportunities to give gospel tracts and share the message of salvation along the way, which makes the hike more enjoyable.

I was accompanied by Marie Lucie, Junior, our chauffeur, and a good friend, Pam from Michigan! We had such a blast, although often tired, as we climbed a good part of the day!

The girls with our walking sticks!  Couldn’t keep up with Pam, in the middle, who is a marathon runner!                  

The path before us! Always watching our steps.

Visiting with people and sharing God’s Word along the way is always interesting!

Getting our reward at the top of the mountain! Coconuts!

To our amazement, we met this man on the way down!

Crossing many river beds as we descended! Great exercise and building of our muscles!

Everyone is curious why we are walking through their area!

 

 

 


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Memories in the Making!

The 6th and 7th grade classes displaying their volcano creations!

Grace’s volcano attempt!

There are few things better than school friends and good times after school with them! Grace is really enjoying her 6th grade class and her teacher this year, Miss Stakes. She often misses friends from Ohio but she has a really good attitude about living in Haiti!

Adding baking soda!

The eruption aftermath!

We enjoy having the Steiners close by now and being able to do some things together! Their kids provide a lot of laughs for everyone!

Going downtown for pizza!

First Sunday at a Haitian church!

Meeting all the dogs in the area!

Koriana enjoying her little yard!

Kenton enjoying his new life on the compound!

Grace and Tessa have been baking up a storm lately!

The reason for their work? Bake sales!

What’s a bake sale without customers?

The annual HarvestCall retreat was in November. The HarvestCall missionaries enjoyed a few days studying God’s Word and relaxing together at Coby Beach. We really appreciated the group sessions led by Randy and Evie Mogler!

About ten HarvestCall support team members were also present!

Coby Beach is about a two-hour drive from either Les Cayes or Bonne Fin!

Trinity and Grace are enjoying the weekend!

The missionary kids plus Leah Dreste and Dona Fehr! (Plattner’s were missing from Bonne Fin.)

Enjoying lots of free time together!

Sunday before breakfast!

Happy Thanksgiving to all our friends and family! We love and miss you!

Thanksgiving Day 2017, Les Cayes and Bonne Fin missionaries and guests!


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The Steiners Have Arrived!

We recently received this meaningful gift with many other goodies from the Latty, Ohio VBS!

Love Crosses Oceans!

Lately, that statement has been packed with meaning for us. We have been looking forward to the Steiner family’s arrival for quite some time and the day finally came! Their love for Jesus and for sharing his salvation has brought this family of six across the ocean! Welcome!

Isaac & Brittany, Koriana, Kenton, Kalvin & Kambria have arrived!

This is the Steiner’s cabin the group has been fixing up for the last month!

Helping “make fence!”

First things first…the shipment of the Steiner’s stuff arrived only one day before they did!

The unpacking begins!

Putting together beds, even for the youngest!

Making beds and making things comfortable!

Everyone worked together!

Then it was moving day, and time to go get them at the airport!

Loading everybody and everything on top and inside!

The next day over meals we had time to thank God again for safe travels!

Facetime with family!

Getting ready for a ride!

Diving right into crafts!


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New Bible Workbooks, a Wedding and other Updates!

New 1st and 2nd grade Bible books are here!

It was exciting to finally get the new Bible materials shipped here and sent out to the schools last week! We have been planning for this for over a year and we are happy that the kids in 150 schools will start having a Bible class every day. We are starting the program slowly with the 1st and 2nd graders this year. As they get used to the new material we will keep adding a grade every year as they move up.

High school Bible teachers are currently getting trained to teach the older grades and we will be doing a trial run with Bible courses in three high schools this year. In a few years, over 10,000 kids will be in the Bible daily!

Presenting the Salvation seminar in L’asile recently.

Teaching salvation is a privilege!

Salvation seminars continue and we enjoy the interaction with the people and the questions we get afterward! There is always a great hunger for God’s word. Once the pastors and teachers complete the Salvation study, they return them to get “graded” and then they get more studies and Bibles so they can teach their 7th or 8th graders in turn!

Audience participation has been very helpful!

A new Bible for each teacher allows them to fill out the study!

We were able to help with a wedding right after we returned to Haiti, serving as main taxi for the weekend! David and Kayla Brown got married, and their guests came from all over. We picked up people at the bus station, delivered people to and from the wedding and reception, as well as took David and Kayla to and from their honeymoon! What a Haitian experience!

Transporting family and friends to the wedding!

We would pull up at the designated bus stop and the whole crowd would try to pile right in! Once we even had to pull several boys out so the old people could get in. One group demanded that we take them somewhere else, but we had to get to the reception ourselves, so they had to give in!

David Brown, one handsome groom!

Kayla, his bride!

The looooong wedding service!

Transporting several loads to the reception!

After a hectic week and a very long day, the couple was visible exhausted at their reception!

David and Kayla are the first married in both of their families. They are important Christian role models to their siblings and the entire community as very few people get married at their age.

David & Kayla in front of their hotel room at the beach!

It was a blessing to part of this David & Kayla’s wedding weekend!

Grace has settled into her 6th grade class with a new teacher from Louisiana, Miss Stakes. She keeps busy with her friends and continues to be very creative.

Part of the 6th and 7th grade class at the opening day program!

Hard to believe Grace is a 6th grader already!

Afternoons are for friends and the freedom to still be a kid!

A fun day of swimming and fun with friends at nearby Camp Mahaniam!

Evangelism training courses continue as time allows. We try to take along the ones we have been training to continue to teach them more fully. It is a blessing to work in different areas, but we see a big difference in Bible knowledge from the urban areas to the rural.

This is how some of our visual aids made it to the church, Haitian style! Can you do this?

Trinity and Madam Yadley are in front here giving examples!


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Heading Back Home…But Which is Home?

Coming and going, travel days are never our favorite!

Which is home? Are we going home or coming home? We ask ourselves these questions. We bounce between two different cultures and it can catch you off guard. One place has way too much and one has way too little, but neither is going to change very quickly! No matter which culture we are in, every human being has a disease of sin and our aim is to reach out to the lost with the cure of Jesus Christ!

We were privileged to stay with Stan and Gloria Hartzler in Orrville, Ohio again this summer. They welcomed us into their house as family! They always have the fridge and pantry stocked when we arrive!

We really enjoyed our time in the States visiting family and friends, and being with our church family, too. Although we have too many pictures to post of our time in the summer, we love each of you and pray for you often. Again, thank you for your love, support, and prayers. We love Haiti and the Haitian people, yet we still love our own culture and of course, the people!

It was a special time to be with our boys, Evan and Grant, and the brothers that live with them, Joe and Zach Smith!

Preparing for Trinity’s grad party with Gloria’s expertise!

Aunt Toots helped a lot with the food!

All of us together at Trinity’s grad party!

We cannot help but express our love!

Next we took a road trip together to several parts of Tennessee!

A great day in the Gatlinburg area with our friends and former missionaries, Lance & Ronda, and their two sons, Josh and Jake!

A cabin for missionaries where we got to stay over the 4th of July!

The cabin was on Signal Mountain and had a hot tub out back!

We loved being together as a family! Many days inside due to all the rain!

We hiked whenever we could, often while it was raining!

We enjoyed a visit to The Ark Encounter in Kentucky!

A replica of the Ark’s only door! We didn’t notice the cross on it until we saw the photos!

Good conversations during the meals we had together!

We also stuck in a week and a half of camping in August! The weather was better by then!

Fishing with my Dad is always a highlight!

We spent as much time as possible with Susie’s parents!

Campfires and friends are the best!

Favorite times with family! Susie’s dad, sister Jodi, and sister Monica (far right)

Reconnecting with U.S. church friends!

We were able to be at Lee & Laura Blume’s (Laura is our niece) shower and wedding both!

A trip to Illinois to see Mike’s mom, although she didn’t know us!

An overnight stay with Marvin and Nancy Dotterer!

Grace got to catch the end of the local VBS with her friends!

The VBS kids collected almost 400 pairs of shoes for Haiti!

A special visit and meal with former German missionaries, Daniel and Alex Seel and family!

Great food and a relaxing overnight stay with David and Luci Baumann in Mansfield!

Good times with the “Get-Along Gang!”

Trinity and Grace loved their day at the Cleveland Zoo with Evan!

Enjoying a last great home-cooked meal produced by Aunt Toots!

One last moment with our boys and Stan & Gloria before we headed out!

We are on a journey directed by the Lord, to a culture not our own, to reach the lost with the good news of Jesus Christ!

We do love the Haitians and all the unexpected things we see!


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More Schools Need Sponsors

One of the mountain schools waiting for a sponsor! After the hurricane, this structure was put up.

School Visits! Recently we were able to visit several schools in the mountains that need sponsors to help pay their teachers each month. The very poor local families in these locations are just not able to pay for their children’s education and so the schools are forever suffering from lack of funds. We are grateful to be able to partner with these approved schools, and with the help of new sponsors they can continue to provide a Christian education to many students for years to come!

You can bless a school by becoming a sponsor! (The kindergartners didn’t fit in the shot!)

A school covered with split palm tree siding!

This entire school was waiting patiently for our arrival! (There are rewards waiting on the table!)

When we arrive, many schools are still in this condition months after the hurricane!

Temporary classrooms end up becoming permanent with no means to rebuild.

HarvestCall’s director of the MEBSH Child Sponsorship program, Marie Lucie Jeune (at right).

This small school in the mountains is also waiting for a sponsor!

Thinking about becoming a school sponsor? HarvestCall offers a unique opportunity in Haiti to sponsor entire schools. This type of sponsorship affects many more students at once and directly affects the entire community where the school is located. Through HarvestCall, over 1,000 individual students are currently being sponsored in Haiti, but we estimate that our school sponsorships are already affecting over 10,000 students!

General information about school sponsorship here: www.harvestcall.org/sponsor-a-child
View the list of available schools and sign up online: www.harvestcall.org/school-sponsorship
or call (309) 266-6080 to start your sponsorship today. The monthly cost is $125.00

Apostolic Christian HarvestCall
Child Sponsorship Program
PO Box 36
Morton, IL 61550

These teachers are guaranteed to get paid when there is a sponsor!

Will you sponsor a needy Haitian school for $125 a month?

Announcement: We are excited to announce that the new Bible curriculum materials are shipping to Haiti soon! We are implementing this curriculum in our 125 sponsored schools this Fall starting with the 1st and 2nd grades. This is such an exciting start to ensuring that every student in our sponsored schools receives an education that includes understanding the gospel of Jesus Christ, what the Bible teaches, and how a Christian should live.

Susie reviewing the new spiritual materials with Adline Cameus, director of HarvestCall’s Help a Child in Haiti child sponsorship program (HCH).