His Heart for Haiti

Giving Hope Through Child Sponsorship


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School Visits Reveal A Lot

They were all waiting for their report cards (and some prizes) when we arrived!

This whole school was waiting for their report cards (and some prizes) when we arrived!

Every month we travel to sponsored MEBSH schools to make update reports, and we also visit new schools to assess the level of need. Every school has a situation or a challenge that is unique. We often find pastors and teachers out in the mountains faithfully working with very little resources. We see tough situations, but we also see kids glad to have a school to attend!

As the program grows we find it a challenge to visit each school every two years. Most schools are closed by noon or 1 p.m. so if we have to walk any distance we can only visit one a day. There are 125 sponsored schools (and growing) since it is now possible to easily select available new schools on the HarvestCall website: www.harvestcall.org/school-sponsorship

This poster is a teaching aid on salvation and the Ten Commandments that bring the knowledge of sin!

This poster is a teaching aid on salvation (a large gospel tract) since the Ten Commandments bring the knowledge of sin!

Marie Lucie is reviewing the poster with a pastor!

Marie Lucie is reviewing the poster with a pastor so he can teach salvation to others!

As gifts to each school we take along our Ten Commandment posters, smaller gospel tracts, New Testament Bibles for the 5th graders, and 101 Bible storybooks for the 3rd graders and for all the teachers to teach from. Sometimes we are able to take shoes or clothing when we have them, which is a great blessing! Since the hurricane it has been especially important to have gifts when we visit.

We also receive gifts from them! Sometimes we get a coconut to drink, sometimes a full meal of chicken or goat, root vegetables and rice is served. Recently we were at a school that the hurricane destroyed and the pastor and his wife apologized over and over that they had nothing to share, not even one egg. She said she only had three cups left from the hurricane, all her dishes were broken. Then the pastor’s wife remembered something and she gave Marie Lucie the chicken! It rode in the back seat with us all the way home! It is not culturally acceptable to refuse a gift.

This is the current state of many of our Child Care schools and churches!

Unfortunately, this is the condition of many of the MEBSH Child Care churches after the hurricane!

The school was all but blown away!

This school was all but blown away!

The school and church use this rough building as their temporary shelter.

The school and church use this as their temporary shelter. They just keep going despite the odds!

We have many dedicated and long-term school sponsors. We want to thank each of you for your monthly support to these struggling schools. Your sponsorship means that the teachers get paid monthly and the families are required to pay a lot less tuition, which they can never afford anyway. They always express their thankfulness for the love and support they feel from their sponsors!

A favorite "school days" photo captures on a recent visit!

A favorite “school days” photo captured on a recent visit!

A few schools are fortunate to have a simple lunch a few days a week. A very few!

A few schools are fortunate to have a simple lunch a few days a week. A very few!

They don't always sit down...kids are kids everywhere!

They don’t always sit down…kids are kids everywhere!

We just can't resist them!

We just can’t resist the kids!

Jesus said, "Let the children come unto me."

Jesus said, “Let the children come unto me.”

It is estimated only 25% of kids in Haiti get to attend school...mostly with help.

It is estimated only 25% of kids in Haiti get to attend school…mostly with help.

Everyone needs to learn to read the Bible for themselves!

Everyone needs to learn to read the Bible for themselves!

We have encouraged these kids with a simple visit!

We have encouraged these kids simply with a visit!

 

 

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Holiday Highlights

Time for a pre-holiday dinner with Mandy's parents who were visiting, Rob and Gina!

Time for a pre-holiday dinner with Mandy’s parents, Rob and Gina, who were visiting!

The candy making crew takes a quick break!

The Cayes candy crew were serious candy makers!

Is the smell a little too intense girls?!

Is the cinnamon a little too intense girls?!

Getting ready for the school Christmas program!

Getting ready for the school Christmas program!

Grace's class sharing some Bible verses!

Grace’s class sharing some Bible verses during the program!

Our first Christmas dinner for our workers and their children!

Our first Christmas dinner for our workers and their children!

Madam Mavia was very surprised to get her gifts!

Madam Mavia was very surprised to get her gifts!

Madam Yadley seemed to really like her gift!

Madam Yadley seemed to really like her gift!

A holiday party for the weekly group that attends a Bible study one day and shares the gospel another!

A holiday party for those we are discipling weekly with a Bible study one day and sharing the gospel with us on another!

Baking cookies with Ricardine and Malaika!

Baking cookies with Ricardine and Malaika!

Arriving at the Christmas party for David Brown's weekly Bible school class. This is the house where he will live with 12 kids soon!

Arriving at the Christmas program for David Brown’s weekly Bible school class. This is the house where he will live with 12 kids soon!

The kids were dresses in their best for the program!

The kids were dressed in their best for the program!

The kids participated for hours to get lunch and a present at the end!

The kids participated for hours to get lunch and a present at the end!

Here was David and friends sorting through donations beforehand to prepare the children's gifts!

David and friends sorting through donations beforehand to prepare the children’s gifts!

We were blessed by the gifts many prepared and mailed down!

We were also blessed by the gifts many wrapped and mailed down to us!

Trinity hand-made this one!

Trinity hand-made this one for us!

Mike's brother, Steve, visited us a week over Christmas! He enjoyed meeting kids he sponsors!

Mike’s brother, Steve, visited us a week over Christmas! He enjoyed meeting kids he sponsors (they really liked him too)!

Visiting widows for an afternoon was interesting!

Visiting widows for an afternoon was interesting!

Someone is in awe!

Someone is in awe!

A dinner at the beach in Port Salut!

Lunch at the beach in Port Salut! Enjoying Haitian seafood!

A short boat trip to an island made for a nice afternoon!

A short boat trip to an island made for a nice afternoon!

One of the biggest lobsters we had ever seen alive!

One of the biggest lobsters we had ever seen alive! (Grace is almost ready to run!)

You didn’t see Evan and Grant in any of the photos as usual. We miss them beyond words! They were making their own Christmas memories together with extended family and friends in Ohio this year! Grant got to travel to Indiana to be with many of his cousins while Evan was working. We really look forward to them coming in the Spring, Lord willing.

Happy New Year 2017! Thanks for your support and prayers all through 2016. We felt them and can’t thank each of you enough. May God bless you through the year ahead! We serve a great and awesome God who also cares for us so tenderly.

“Do all the good you can,
By all the means you can,
In all the ways you can,
In all the places you can,
At all the times you can,
To all the people you can,
As long as ever you can.”
– John Wesley

“But to do good and to communicate forget not:
for with such sacrifices God is well pleased.”
Hebrews 13:16