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Imagine living in a place where education was dependent solely on you and the amount of money you had in hand. Yet, without an education, your future could inevitably include unnecessary suffering, begging, stealing, prostitution, starvation and ultimately an early death. This is the life of a Haitian in 2024. Without a sponsor or support organization, a child can not attend public school due to the cost. Without a sponsor or support organization a student has no future to go to college, because of the cost. And while these costs may fail in comparison to the costs in the US, for a Haitian who makes less than $2 a day, the amount of money needed is unreachable.

Since the beginning of Step of Faith, education has been a focus. Realizing that children in Haiti deserve an opportunity to thrive and have the same worth as a child in the US, we have been supporting 100’s of children through our Child Education Fund and University Fund. And it has worked!!

For many years now we have seen students come to realize that having a college education is essential for their future. These students have been supported throughout their preliminary schooling (K-12th) and went on to college where degrees have been awarded for: seminary, nursing, administrative, plumbing, maintenance, agriculture, and laboratory assistant. And currently we have students in law school and becoming a doctor.

  • The future of a child in Haiti depends on if they are sponsored to go to school
  • We hope to continue to support students in school so that their Christian lives can positively affect the country of Haiti.
  • We send our support each year in July for our current 20 preliminary students and current 6 college students.
  • If you would like to contribute to the Education Sponsorship (K-12) or the University Fund ~ we can give you information on a specific student or a one-time gift amount would be used as needed for the students we currently have.
  • We currently have 3 students (K-12) who will be in need of sponsorship in September (cost range from $250 – $450)
  • We currently have 2 college students who will be in need of sponsorship in September (cost range from $2000-$2500)

If you are interested in partnering with us to help a child in Haiti have a future and a hope through education, you can click on WAYS TO GIVE on the HOME page and go to HAITI and HAITI EDUCATION.

We appreciate your prayers for these students! Below are some of our graduates and current University students…

MARCH 2024

Children near and far need to hear the good news of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Step of Faith is committed to this and has seen tremendous fruit over many years. Whether in NJ (Maple Leaf Tutoring Program and Atlantic City), Haiti or most recently Albania, there are growing testimonies of changed lives, renewed hope and children becoming teenagers and adults who are telling others about the hope they too can have in Jesus.

We wish that all of you could see for yourself the lives that are being changed and how each life is affecting another right now in both Haiti and Albania….

HAITI

Due to the political unrest in Haiti, we will not be bringing a team down again this summer. This is difficult for those of us who miss our friends and families and desire to be there to encourage them, pray with them and remind them that they are not forgotten. However, there are ways that they can be reminded that we are still here for them and want to continue to help them spread the Gospel. One way is to help them have a Bible Camp and a trip to the beach for those who graduate to the next grade level.

We may not be able to bring supplies and lead a Bible Camp this summer, but because of those who came to Christ as a child and have grown in their faith, they can lead a Bible camp for the younger children. With some financial support, many children can hear the Gospel and receive a meal when they attend.

One of the motivations for students who we support in school and others in the Lac’ajue area, to continue to do well and progress to the next grade even when their country is in such turmoil, is to bring them to the beach for a day. Many of us have had the opportunity to ride on the bus, play in the ocean and enjoy a day with over 100 students and overseers as they are given a small break from the difficulties that they face every day.

For $2500 both of these events can be made possible for our children in Haiti this summer.

 

ALBANIA

For over 5 years SOFM has been investing in the lives of the children and youth of Albania by helping to provide a week long Bible Camp(s) and Youth Retreat. Last year there were over 400 children who attended the Bible Camp and over 100 who were able to go on a 4 day Youth Retreat. As we have seen first hand during our last two trips, the amount of lives that are turning from death to life by receiving Jesus is being multiplied even more as they are growing up and becoming volunteers, staff and leaders in the various churches. Disciples making disciples, bringing the Gospel into their Muslim or atheist homes, and being the light of Christ to so many in their lives. 

 

SOFM is looking to help Pastor Plator meet some of these costs for the two camps this summer by trying to raise $6000.

Whether the children are in a country that is being torn apart by gangs and violence or in a country that is still 71% Muslim with many who have never heard the name ‘Jesus’, our prayer is to help bring the Gospel into these nations one child at a time.

If you would like to be a part of supporting these summer camps – Donations can be given through our General Fund – Paypal  – in the memo: Haiti Summer Camps or Albania Summer Camps

We look to send our support by May 1st for the June / July camps in both Albania and Haiti

And as always… please continue to pray for our friends around the world that are sharing the good news of Jesus Christ to those around them!

 

THE HEART OF A 9 YEAR OLD

Many have volunteered at the Maple Leaf Tutoring Program in Brick for over 12 years now. Here is just one testimony that happened this month with one of our students…

Since covid, we have had a “invite only” for our students so that our volunteers to student ratio is doable and allows us to build on more relationships with the students. In the fall a young student, D’Mari, came to us and asked if he could be a part of the program. Quite and somewhat shy, we said yes and he began coming. We come to find out in January that he has been bullied in and out of school. We addressed this with the entire group. A few weeks ago we had the students play a game where they partnered up and one person was blindfolded while the other person had to direct them through an obstacle course by only using their voice as the other students were making noise. At the end we talked to them about the importance of listening to God’s voice in the midst of all the other “noise” that we can hear around us.

When the students went on to their next activity, D’Mari stayed behind. He looked at me and said, “Ms. Pam, can I tell you something?” I replied, “Sure”. He then said with tears coming into his eyes, “I don’t know, you may be mad at me.” I assured him that he could tell me anything and that I would not be mad at him. This is what he said next, “My dad doesn’t believe in God, I am not sure if I believe in God, but I have been coming here and each day I hear about Jesus and God, I just don’t know what to believe.” Then my eyes wanted to fill with tears! I took him on the side and we talked about Jesus. I believe this conversation will be one of many going forward. Please pray for D’Mari and his sweet heart, that Jesus will fill it! And for his dad to come to believe as well!

This is why we do what we do and we are so thankful for ALL who volunteer, pray and support the different parts of the ministry!

 

 

FEBRUARY 2024

As we continue to highlight those that SOFM support through our General Fund each month, here are those who are being supported globally as they bring the Gospel of Jesus Christ to both Albania and Italy. 

ALBANIA

In 2014 Step of Faith was introduced to Albania. We started with support for two young Muslim converts who wanted to go to seminary. Years later SOFM continues to support many areas of need in Albania including Pastor Support. SOFM began supporting Pastor Plator as he oversees and ministers to the people of  Libonik and the 98 villages that surround them. Plator’s commitment to spreading the Gospel throughout this area to those who have never heard the name of Jesus [atheists and Muslim communities] is producing so much fruit! Through Pastor Plator, not only are many coming to faith, but there is an “army” of Christians being raised up through these churches to go out and continue to spread the Gospel in this nation. Albania has less than 2% evangelical Christians. Pastor Plator’s support comes through our General Fund.

 

ITALY

In 2012 SOFM began to go to Atlantic City for summer mission trips and serve alongside Pastor Santo Garafalo and his staff of New City Fellowship. Since then, all who go down for summer trips and day trips during the year have been blessed to not only serve this community and share the love of Jesus but also have been discipled by New City about cross-cultural ministry and how to help connect the community to the church. Last year Pastor Santo and his wife MaryEllen moved to Salerno Italy (still serving in their denomination) and helping a small church spread the Gospel in this part of Italy. Surprisingly, Italy has less than 2% evangelical Christians. SOFM continues to support him and what he is doing through our General Fund.

We are excited to partner with these men, their wives and their growing ministry.  If you would like to help get behind the funding of one of them, you can, by donating through our General Fund. Your support will help SOFM continue our global outreach to those who have yet to hear and receive Jesus. And your prayers for them is always appreciated! God is blessing their ministries in big ways! Thank you!

FEBRUARY 2024

Throughout the years people have asked, “Where does the ministry need support, help and prayer?” During the month of February, we would like to highlight individuals who Step of Faith supports so that they can do the work of the ministry from NJ to Italy to Albania. Because these men and women have taken a step of faith to go out and do what God is calling them to do as supported Pastors, staff, missionaries and overseers, many around the world are hearing the good news of Jesus Christ while meeting practical physical and emotional needs. This week… New Jersey…

NEW JERSEY 

Mike Durante – Hope Albania Church  ~ Mike has been the pastor of this Albanian church in NJ for many years. This church allows Albanians who come to America a place to worship God in their language. Mike also has discipled and brought some of his congregation back to Albania where they have witnessed to their Muslim family members and many have come to know Jesus Christ. Mike is the reason why SOFM began involvement with Pastor Plator and the ministry in Albania in 2014. SOFM currently supports Mike on a monthly basis through our General Fund.

 

Ted & Katie Kenney – Plays on Word Theater ~ Ted & Katie began POW out of a desire to spread the word of God through Biblical one-man plays. Each year their audiences have expanded to now include not only churches, but also prisons, schools, youth groups, outreaches and over the past 2 years… Albania. They travel throughout the US and plan to expand their global ministry as well. Hearts are being changed as Ted brings the stories of the bible to life through these free events. They are considered ‘state-side missionaries’ of whom SOFM currently supports monthly through our General Fund.

 

Karen Peet ~ Rooted in Love ~ Towards the end of the time that Karen was a board member with SOFM, she began to feel that a different path for her was about to begin. Karen took a big step of faith as she began Rooted in Love; a ministry that shows the love of Jesus to the adult entertainment industry (now) at several dance clubs in the tri-state area. With the monthly outreaches growing, the relationships with the woman and owners of the clubs continue to grow. Women are seeing Jesus through Karen and her volunteers as they meet with them in the clubs and show them love through conversations, gifts and prayer. SOFM currently supports Rooted in Love monthly through the General Fund.

 

We are excited to partner with the above ministries and watch how God is touching the lives of so many, near and far, in places that we might want to go and places that we might not.  If you would like to help get behind the funding of one of the above ministries, you can, by donating through our General Fund. Your support will help SOFM continue their support for all of them. And your prayers for these guys (and gals) is always appreciated! God is using them in big ways! Thank you!


Contact Step of Faith

    Step of Faith Ministry, Inc.
    PO Box 805
    Brick, NJ 08723
    United States of America