We are serving through Apostolic Christian World Relief based in Illinois. But AC World Relief also operates under MEBSH, which is an acronym for Mission Evangélique Baptiste du Sud-Haiti (Evangelical Baptist Mission of South Haiti). MEBSH has been around a long time and has made significant progress in Christian training, education and healthcare across South Haiti. MEBSH grew out of the successful efforts of the non-denominational World Team, the Cuba Bible Institute and deported Haitian sugarcane workers from Cuba who returned to share the gospel.
It is amazing to see how much ground this organization covers! Currently MEBSH operates this impressive list:
- 488 local churches.
- 413 primary and secondary schools.
- 4 professional centers.
- 1 school training teachers.
- 1 university with 3 facilities: medicine, nursing, and engineering.
- 30 institutions with various goals, including a hospital (Hospital Lumiere), an outpatient clinic, a dental clinic, a radio station, a women’s domestic training center, a youth camp, orphanages, and our construction department and child sponsorship program.
MEBSH truly affects our lives here. Our family attends a local MEBSH church on Sunday morning and a missionary Bible study on Wed. night. There is an English service planned once a month that alternates between Les Cayes and Hospital Lumiere. When work teams are here in the winter we get together more often. Many of the local missionaries attend these services and we appreciate the fellowship and shared meals.
We have been here a month and were very thankful to see the sea container with our food and household things pull into the yard last Saturday! It is an exciting event to see what has arrived and it seems like everyone shows up to watch and help with the unloading.
We have started language training and are really being challenged with this. But we are anxious to be able to converse more with the Haitians we come into contact with daily. We are enjoying new friendships even though we can’t always say too much yet!
Evan returned to Ohio a week ago after spending his holiday break from college with us. He can now picture where we are and what we are up to, and where home is now! We really miss him! Grant has been working with the construction department and going out with the work teams as much as possible. (He will be sharing some of that in the next post!) Trinity continues with her home schooling program and both Trinity and Grant are also in language training. Grace has been attending her new missionary school for two weeks now. She really loves it!
January 18, 2014 at 1:18 am
So good to hear how things are going! Praying for you guys!
January 18, 2014 at 4:45 am
We always enjoy your posts! Thanks for taking the time to write and keeping us updated. How wonderful Evan was able to be with you – those first weeks of being in a different culture and experiencing the language , food, transportation, etc. had to be a special bonding time for your family. Our prayers are with Evan being so far from the rest of you. May the Lord give you the extra strength you need in tackling the language. With our love and prayers –
January 19, 2014 at 8:26 pm
It is great to follow along with you via your blog! I was especially drawn to the picture of Susie and Mya. Thankful that your transition has been smooth, and trust God will continue to prepare you each day for the work he has called you to. Prayers continue for your precious family!
January 29, 2014 at 4:48 pm
It’s great seeing photos of your new life in Haiti. We are so excited for how God is using your whole family in this ministry. Taryn wanted to say hi to Grace and let her know that she misses her but will keep up with what she’s doing by following your blog. The schools are all cancelled around here due to severe cold…enjoy your sunshine 🙂