TUESDAY, JUNE 19, 2018

 

 

Category: Haiti

Happy New Year Everyone!

This Saturday a team from St. Paul’s Methodist Church of Brick will be heading back to Haiti for 8 days on their 4th trip in 4 years. I am blessed to be going with them along with some of our otherwise summer team members; Allyn, Nicole and Sophia. St. Paul’s was introduced to this part of Haiti in 2014 and have partnered with SOFM and Aslan Youth Ministry ever since by providing much needed help and support for the Haitian people.

The team of 15 will include 5 people who will be going for the first time. It is exciting to see how the Lord has burdened the hearts of the St. Paul’s congregation to continue their mission trips each year. It is equally encouraging

to see how their congregation has supported this trip financially from the adults to the Sunday School children.

While in Haiti we will again be partnering with Aslan Youth Ministry on their land in Lac’ajue. In the mornings we will be doing work projects that include putting a roof on the church and a 2nd cistern on top of the generator house. Both of these projects are essential. 

There is a temporary church that has served the people of Lac’ajue for the last two years, but what a blessing it will be to have a sturdy, leak proof structure for all their church activities.

Likewise, since the Clean Water Project began last spring, the single cistern has provided enough water daily for families, however it has left the Medical Clinic without water in the morning until the cistern fills up again. Having two cisterns will allow water to flow for the water collection as well as the clinic!

For 4 days the team will also be providing Bible Camp for the younger kids while English and discipleship will be provided for the older youth.

Over 50 children in Lac’ajue will receive new sneakers provided this year by the folks of St. Paul’s. This distribution is so important and helps to prevent sickness by covering their feet properly. We will also be distributing rice & beans through the Grains of Grace Feeding program,  blessing a few families with goats for a more sustainable food source and 4 sewing machines will be supplied to those who will then use them to make a sustainable living.

God is on the move! We appreciate your prayers while we travel in and out of the country and for all the time we will be spending with our Haiti friends and families showing them the love of Jesus!

 

 

Since 2007 hundreds of people have contributed to our yearly New Shoe Collection for Danita’s orphanage in Ounaminthe, Haiti. Many might think that “it’s just a pair of shoes.” But not to the missionaries who have dedicated their lives to the 100+ children they call their own.

Over the years I have been told that this collection is their most important.  The cost alone to try and put 1 pair of shoes on over 100 children’s feet each year is hard to imagine. But it is not just one pair, they need several because of the rough grounds that wear the shoes down quickly.

Above are pictures of the shoes being distributed a few days ago for the kids for their new school season.

If you have never had the opportunity to take part in this important ministry, we would love you to join us during January/February of this upcoming year. 

Thank you for your support and prayers for Danita’s children and all those who take care of them!

Just One Drop…

 At any given time we can hear someone say, “Wow, what a coincidence!” However, have you ever stopped to think it may be someone else behind the miraculous events that happen every day as a part of our lives?

If you have traveled with Step of Faith down to Haiti over the past 10 years, you have seen first hand the miracles that only God can get the credit for. The pictures above depict a sample of the work the Lord has been doing in the small town of Lac’ajue, Haiti from  2007  to the present. [THEN & NOW]  Since partnering with Aslan Youth Ministry, SOFM has had the opportunity to bring many people down to Haiti and into a community of which God’s hand is certainly upon. 

It wasn’t always like that…

10 years ago many of the now believers in Jesus were voodoo worshipers. 

10 years ago this little town of just over 7,000 had no one to bring them together and teach them about Jesus.

10 years ago the 6 acres of land that Aslan purchased was nothing more than a garbage dump.

10 years ago the people of Lac’ajue were starving, sick and jobless, most children unable to attend school.

But God…

Placed on the heart of Craig, from Aslan, and Joseph Israel, to invest in this little area of Haiti. Prayers began and God showed His power!

The Bible is clear that those obedient to God reap blessings and those disobedient to God reap consequences. Up until hearts began to change and receive Jesus as their Lord and Savior, the village of Lac’ajue saw many consequences.

Joseph began his small bible program on Sunday afternoons and children accepted Jesus. The children went home and began to tell their parents. Their parents began to show up and they too accepted Jesus. Change started to happen.

The Bible says: If I shut up the heavens so that there is no rain, or if I command the locust to devour the land, or if I send pestilence among My people, and My people who are called my My name humble themselves and pray and seek My face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, will forgive their sin and will heal their land. ~ 2 Chronicles 7:13-15

Now, in 2017 there is

  • A group of people from Lac’ajue, numbered in the 100’s, that know Jesus.
  • There is a fully staffed medical clinic on the land serving people both in and out of Lac’ajue.
  • A church building waiting for a roof.
  • Clean drinking water being distributed on the land.
  • There are community bathrooms being built on the land.
  • The Grains of Grace Feeding Program is transitioning to livestock. 
  • Crops are being grown on the land providing food for the people.
  • Less are sick, more are employed and many are attending school.
  • And weekly people are coming to faith in Jesus Christ!

Two examples of God’s faithfulness that was seen first hand on our trip this summer:

  1. When we arrived we asked Joseph how things were going. He responded by saying that the mangos did not grow well this year because there has not been rain for months. So we said we would pray for rain. That night it rained and for the next three days it poured! Then Joseph said that since the concrete was not yet inside the septic that was being built, he said the walls could cave in with too much rain. So we prayed for the rain to stop. For the next 3 days it did not rain. Then Joseph said  the concrete was in the septic so the rain would not bother it. We prayed for more rain, and it dumped buckets for over 5 hours! Coincidence or God’s faithfulness?
  2. Judsen’s brother Evenson has been struggling with MD all his life. Last year he was unable to get out of bed. This yea our team went to see him the first week we were in Haiti and he was bedridden, extremely thin and not eating. Evenson told Judsen that we was ready to go home. Our team prayed over Evenson and prayed that the Lord would either heal him completely here or take him home and heal him completely in heaven. Evenson was saying, “yes and Amen.” The following week, Karen and I returned to see him and again he looked very bad. We prayed for his complete healing either here or in heaven. Again, Evenson was saying, “yes and Amen.” That night we were told that Evenson was singing ‘It is well with my soul.’ The next day, 24 hours after we saw him, he told his mom he was leaving, it was time to go. She left the room for a moment and when she returned Evenson was healed completely in heaven. Coincidence or God’s faithfulness?

 

Never underestimate the power of our Lord and Savior! Thank you to all who have supported the ministry in Haiti and continue to do so.

 

 

 

 


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