His Heart for Haiti

Giving Hope Through Child Sponsorship


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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).


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Starting on the hike and excited for the climb!

We were excited to go on a three hour hike up the mountains to visit one of the sponsored MEBSH schools! The visits entail taking pictures of each class, the teachers, the school and the church. There is always an interview with the Pastor, (who is usually the administrator of the school) on the attendance of the students, financial accountability, and both academic and spiritual assessment. These are always surprise visits so we can get the real picture.

We could only go so far with the vehicle and then it was time to start hiking! We (Susie and Trinity) didn’t really comprehend a three hour hike so we took one large water bottle to share between us, figuring it was easier than carrying two.

The scenery was beautiful! It started with a climb along a river with many large rocks. We saw houses along the path and Haitians busy with getting water for the day, making food, etc. Others we passed had no problem carrying things on their head to sell at a nearby market. Some were on their way to tend their garden or some kind of work, but some were just sitting and enjoying the conversation of the day.

It was beautiful, though hot!

We also look at these trips as opportunities to reach out to the lost in the area we visit. We were ready with our backpacks full of gospel tracts! Haitians we met were very friendly and are receptive to conversation and visiting. We gave tracts to whoever we passed by and sometimes had conversations about their spiritual condition. Once in while we would encounter a small group. Each one we talked to was thankful that we took the time to talk to them.

As we went, the mountain became steeper and it was hotter as the sun beat down on us. We started drinking our water faster! The heat was tough to endure and there weren’t many people around anymore. We were focused on reaching the destination. We couldn’t wait! The anticipation was great – how much longer? We were tired, especially since we only had a third of the water left, and we knew we had to save it for the way down.

It reminded me of our longing for heaven and the anticipation of what it will be like to get there. The journey to heaven is narrow and steep and few there be that find it. There is a cost to follow Christ and it starts with dying to self with crosses to bear, hardships, trials to overcome, persecutions, etc. The Apostle Paul said, “We must through many tribulations enter into the kingdom of God.” Acts 14:22

“Whoever desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow Me. For whoever desires to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for My sake and the gospel’s will save it.” Mark 8:34,35

Who are these white people coming here?

As we got closer to the top, winding around the path, we saw the church. But where was the school? There was excitement burning in our hearts as we climbed the rest of the way there. They were surprised to see us and they welcomed us with love and joy! It was just really good to finally arrive and it felt so good to sit down in the chairs they offered us. They soon offered us fresh coconuts!

A teacher and the pastor’s wife preparing coconuts for us!

We were so thankful to just sit down!

Enjoying the coconut water!

Trying the coconut meat!

Afterwards, we went into the church where the students were having school. There was no school building – it was demolished by the hurricane!

Marie Lucie took the opportunity to talk to the kids!

The kids were quite surprised with our visit that day! We enjoyed talking with them, taking their pictures and our visit with the Pastor, his wife, and some of the teachers. Now, time to descend!

Here we go! Three hours back down!

It was still hot! We didn’t see anyone for a long time as we made our way down the path. The water was soon gone! It wasn’t long and we were very thirsty! Every time we walked through a river, we were so tempted to drink. But not knowing if it was clean or not, we didn’t! It was better to suffer now than later with some kind of parasite, amoeba, etc.!

A teacher went down with us and carried a box on her head the whole way!

As time went on, we were parched with thirst! It was all we could think about! If we could just have one drop of water! The thought of dehydration entered our minds. The heat was intense and my mind began to think about HELL. This must be a taste of what it must be like – just desiring one drop of water! Souls are at this very moment burning in the lake of fire…

“If your hand (foot, eye) causes you to sin, cut if off. It is better for you to enter into life maimed, rather than having two hands, to go to hell, into the fire that shall never be quenched, Where the worm does not die; and the fire is not quenched…” Mark 9:44,46,48; Isaiah 66:24

God “will burn up the chaff with unquenchable fire” Matthew 3:12, Luke 3:17

“And cast the unprofitable servant into the outer darkness. There will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.” Matthew 25:30

Our thirst and thoughts on hell stirred us to pray that the Lord would send souls on the path for us to talk to. This burned within our hearts to warn men of the sin and judgment and to share the good news! Christ came to deliver each one from the wrath to come!

Jesus said, “If anyone thirsts, let him come to Me and drink. he who believes in Me, as the Scripture has said, out of his heart will flow rivers of living water.”       John 7:37,38

We were so thankful that God sent people across our pathway! When we focused on their souls and their spiritually lost state, our thoughts of ourselves (thirst) was gone!. It took the focus off ourselves and on the spiritual depravation of others. It is not God’s will that anyone go to hell, where the fire is not quenched. We wanted souls to come to Jesus and drink of the living waters He gives. All this became very real to us during this downward journey!

A much needed break…ahhh!

We finally made it down the mountain with great thanks to our Almighty God!

The question we asked up and down the mountain: If YOU were to die today, where would YOU spend eternity? 

Take the Good Person Test: Examine yourself with the Ten Commandments: Have you ever told a lie? How many lies have you told? (The Bible says ‘all liars have their part in the lake of fire.’ Revelation 21:8) Have you ever stolen anything, regardless of the value? Have you ever taken God’s Name in vain or used it disrespectfully? Have you ever looked with lust? God’s Word says it’s the same as adultery (Matthew 5:27,28). Have you ever hated someone? God’s Word says you are a murderer (1 John 3:15). If you have done these things, God sees you as a lying, thieving, blasphemous, adulterer and murderer at heart. God sees every thought, word and action you have ever committed. He is holy and just and cannot tolerate sin in His presence. (You cannot be justified by keeping His law. No one is good.)

“The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked; Who can know it? I, the Lord, search the heart, I test the mind, even to give every man according to his ways, according to the fruit of his doings.” Jeremiah 17:9,10

How many times have YOU broken God’s laws? If God judges you by His perfect Ten Commandments, would you be innocent or guilty? The Bible says the sinful will not inherit the kingdom of God (1 Corinthians 6:9,10). You have a disease of sin! If you are guilty, He will sentence you to eternity in hell (Revelation 21:8). Jesus described hell as a place of everlasting fire and punishment, of weeping and gnashing of teeth, but it isn’t God’s will for you to go there. Sinners broke God’s law and Jesus paid their fine. He is the cure of your disease of sin! (Sin must be paid for, either by the sinner himself in hell, or the perfect substitute, Jesus Christ.)

For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. John 3:16

What is God asking of you? Repentance towards God (because you broke His law) and a faith in Jesus Christ…” Acts 20:21

God is rich in mercy towards them that fear Him, and looks to that man who humbles himself with a sincere repentance (sorrow, confess, and turning from sin. Proverbs 28:13… complete change of mind and direction!), and a faith in Jesus Christ, who took your place for your sin, shame, and His wrath. The Bible says that if you believe that Jesus died for your sins and rose again (Romans 1:4), you will not come into judgment, but you will pass from death to life (John 5:24). When you trust that only Jesus can save you, not your traditions or good works (Ephesians 2:8,9), God declares you righteous or innocent. This is good news!

For He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him. 2 Corinthians 5:21

A beautiful butterfly we saw along the way! “If anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation.” 2 Corinthians 5:17

Is YOUR name written in the Book of Life? 

“And anyone not found written in the Book of Life was cast into the lake of fire.” Revelation 20:15

“He who believes in the Son has everlasting life; and he who does not believe the Son shall not see life, but the wrath of God abides on him.” John 3:36

“Seek the Lord while He  may be found, Call upon Him while He is near. Let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts; Let him return to the Lord, and He will have mercy on him; and to our God, for He will abundantly pardon.” Isaiah 55:6,7


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Special Visitors and Special Times!

The Hollans came to support us from Florida!

Over Easter we enjoyed a visit from Ryan & Rachel Hollan, Faith & Grace, from Fort Myers, Florida. During the following rainy weekend (it was a real monsoon), we enjoyed a visit from the elder and his wife, Vic & Brenda Bauman, from our sending church in Smithville, Ohio. And the last week of the month we were blessed to get acquainted with newlyweds Ben & Carolyn Virkler from Congerville, Illinois as they came to fix our Child Care computers and network issues! We were blessed with visitors!

Faith and Grace helped our Grace get ready for Easter!

Easter Sunrise Service!

Everyone enjoyed breakfast afterwards!

The kids enjoyed games!

We again hosted our annual missionary Easter sunrise service and breakfast. [It rained.] It was a blessing even though we never actually saw the sun rise! The next week, we went to Zanglais to a spot overlooking the beach for services and to take Communion. [It rained.]

We decided we are experiencing our first real rainy season since we came here! We have a tiny little leak in our hallway and we always have to remember to keep a bucket under it before we go to bed since it rains every night! That is nothing compared to the many leaks Haitians have to put up with under their old tin roofs!

The only day it didn’t rain, Vic & Brenda enjoyed visiting local widows!

Visiting a local deaf school!

It was nice to have extended time together!

The gazebo at the RMI Retreat Center where we have communion overlooking the Caribbean!

Arriving and getting seated for the Sunday morning service!

Between the services!

The girls game table for the afternoon!

Ladies Tea provides a few hours for the missionary ladies to connect every Tuesday!

“Tea” actually means lots of good food!