April 2021 Newsletter
Dear Family and Friends,
We hope you have all stayed sane, healthy, and have drawn closer to God through all the madness of this past year. It’s been a while since we last communicated with you and we have much to share.
Luke and I are trying to trust God with His answers and believe He always knows best. It sounds easy, but for me personally it is a lifelong journey and is not always painless.
This winter we’ve had to cancel our plans twice to travel to Haiti. One was because of political unrest and we were advised not to go. The second cancellation was due to our son’s illness and Covid. Our son Nate is now in the end stage of Huntington Disease. He contracted Covid in March but recovered remarkably. We had planned to go into Haiti on April 6; however, because we are his caregivers we had to cancel.
Nate will be 29 in July. He was diagnosed with Huntington Disease when he was 18. It has been one of the most difficult things we have had to walk through and watch, but God does know best. He knew our family was the perfect family that would love Nate and take care of him through it all. God knew He would provide everything we would need to give him the best possible care anyone could receive. He brought us the perfect people to support us 24/7 in providing his care. It is an emotional rollercoaster ride. I believe the only way we have survived it is through God’s grace and wisdom we have acquired ~ or out of sheer desperation to understand the importance of giving it to God day by day. Our friends in Haiti live this out on a daily basis, because every day they wake up not knowing what troubles they will face.
Our team in Haiti continues to visit the communities whether we get to be with them or not. They do a wonderful job building relationships with some of the leaders, the elderly, and the families, and providing medical care when needed, in addition to spiritual hope and encouragement. Many times we are the only ministry that goes to these outlying communities. They do not have medical access nearby. Routinely our team shares the gospel and witnesses to witchdoctors, where voodoo spirituality has a stronghold in the villages. The team also regularly encounters young moms with their babies, who have been abandoned by fathers and/or their families. The people know we are there to help them, not to judge but speak truth lovingly to them. Ertha & John have a wonderful quiet, humble way about them. Recently, they met a young girl who was distraught because she found she was pregnant and the baby’s father was very abusive, so she was considering having an abortion. But with Ertha and John’s loving counsel, she has chosen to keep the baby. We are blessed to have them on our team.
Ertha and John have also been dealing with a scabies epidemic in the country and are doing lots of teaching and administering medicine to families in need.
Pastor Jovite Noel has been traveling with the team a couple days per week sharing the gospel in the communities we’re visiting. John and Pastor Maurice are also serving in the community of Garat, ministering to a group of young people.
We now have two schools that receive peanut butter sandwiches and a drink 3-5 days a week!
In April, we held a 2-day pastors’ conference. We were elated when Guenson and Claudia Charlot from Emmaus Bible Seminary in Haiti agreed to teach. We are thankful that Pastor Codo agreed to teach 2 sessions on marriage and family relationships. We were blessed to have 168 pastors attend, even in the midst of flood conditions and countrywide unrest! Praise God for these dear ones who are committed to grow in the Lord and serve!! Our desire has always been to stand with our brothers and sisters to embrace and encourage them in using their gifts and talents.
- The team has been safe when traveling.
- The Pastors’ Conference was taught by Haitian leaders and was greatly successful.
- The riots have quieted down in the north.
- Our partners faithfully continue to come alongside Haitian Ministries.
- Plans for a trip in the first part of June (currently planning to go June 2 through June 11).
- Our team encountered a baby girl born with a cleft palate and other deformities who has been abandoned. Pray she will gain strength and find a safe home.
- Many of the families lack knowledge about health issues, i.e. scabies, etc.
- The people will understand their need of a Savior.
- We need to build a fence around our Moringa plants.
- Pray for safe travel for Dick and Linda Snook from MFI, who will be traveling to Maine.
- Pray that John Pericles will be able to put a roof on his home.
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This is what the LORD, your Redeemer, the Holy One of Israel says: I am Yahweh your God, who teaches you for your benefit, who leads you in the way you should go. (Isaiah 48:17)
We thank you all and praise our heavenly Father for your continued support!!
For Him alone,
Pam & Luke Brochu