We had an incredible trip to Haiti this month, and we are very thankful God provided a way for us to go. It was a wonderful time of tears and laughter! We wish each one of you could’ve been there and experienced every emotion, enjoyed every person, engaged in every conversation, embrace every child and together esteemed our sovereign Lord. I hope when you read this it will bring you “up close and personal”; we will do our best to bring you along!
The first day we took the challenge to hike up the mountain to Coupe David, an area never visited by missionaries. The hike takes around two hours and it’s straight up, (or at least felt like it!). It was exciting, exhausting, and exhilarating, all at the same time. The area is visited monthly by HM’s team to provide medical care and encourage the families and the pastor. The pastor told us we were the first missionaries to ever visit, to ever make that climb. He shared his testimony and the call on his life. He had a motorcycle accident and broke both his legs, and while he was recovering a vision came to him to go up to the mountain. He is praying to have the funds to build a church building, for now they worship in a small church made out of bamboo and mud. He hikes up the mountain 4 times a week! We have several work projects we are praying for but will continue praying for Pastor Arly.
Ertha, our nurse who serves with HM, saw a need during her time in Coupe David. The community told her it takes hours to get someone who is sick down the mountain. They put them on a makeshift door and carry them down that way. So, she offered to teach first-aid classes to help the community save lives. Twelve young people signed up for her first-aid training! When we arrived, the 12 students did a skit and a song of appreciation for Ertha and the rest of us, and each student received a certificate of completion. With the training and the medication she will leave with them, we hope they will be able to stabilize patients who are sick until they can be taken off the mountain; she hopes to do this training in the other communities where we serve.
Another happy time is when we met the family for whom we built a home in March. When the mother saw us coming, she started jumping up and down and squealing for joy. “Pa gen lapli! Mesi Jezi! Mesi Jezi” (No rain! Thank You, Jesus! Thank You, Jesus!)!!! And we all rejoiced together.
One of the newest communities we serve in is called Samson. We visit there on a regular basis. We have 50 children that receive peanut butter sandwiches and a pouch of water. While we were there a mom brought her son over to the nurse and showed us one of the worst hernias I’ve seen. Her son was 10 years old and has had it since birth; it is bigger than a baseball! We talked with the pastor and the mom and explained how serious this is and that he will need surgery. We shared the gospel with her, and she listened intently but was not ready to receive Jesus as her Savior. We asked her to think about it and explained she could ask Jesus into her heart anytime! We are hoping she will see and feel the love demonstrated to her and her little boy and that it will resonate in her heart and draw her to the Lord. The surgery has been scheduled for him, so we ask that you please pray for James. We will update you on our Haitian Ministries Facebook page.
We feel it is necessary and time to partner with the hospital in Quartier Morin and we are making arrangements so that when John and Ertha find a situation with a patient that needs more care than we can provide, they will send them to the hospital where that person will receive what they need. We are so blessed to have the partners we have!
The brother of Jesus, James, says in his letter, “Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds.” And when any of us work for the Lord, we will always “face trials of many kinds.” It has not been easy, and we have gone through some difficult times over the last few years. Our most recent trial has been separating from Max Fleury. There have been unfortunately many situations over the last three years that we have prayerfully and diligently tried to resolve with Max that have led to this decision, and we believe that as ministry leaders, and in agreement with our board of directors, we had no choice. To be honest, we were starting to question whether it was time to leave Haiti. This trip was especially important to us and we were asking God for answers. Every time we wondered if it was God’s answer, or whether we wanted to continue so badly, we were relying on our own answers. But praise God! There is no doubt in our minds that during this week we received the answers from God alone! He brought us to the mountaintop! It was a time for healing, growing, and learning. Of course, we are not naïve enough to realize that after the mountaintop come the inevitable valleys, but we will praise Him on the mountaintop and be thankful for His unlimited grace and mercy, and we will savor every minute! God poured out His favor on us. Our prayer for years was that God would build a team that love the Lord and love each other as family, unity that would be obvious to others and be an example in the communities.
Acts 2:42-47 says it best: “Those who accepted his message were baptized, and about three thousand were added to their number that day. They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer. Everyone was filled with awe at the many wonders and signs performed by the apostles. All the believers were together and had everything in common. They sold property and possessions to give to anyone who had need. Every day they continued to meet together in the temple courts. They broke bread in their homes and ate together with glad and sincere hearts, praising God and enjoying the favor of all the people. And the Lord added to their number daily those who were being saved.”
We are in this together serving God and doing His will; at times it feels overwhelming but together our load is light. John, Ertha, Marc-Endy and Jovite. Each have their personal gifts and talents they bring to the ministry. John is married with almost a one-year-old son; he said to me, “I just want to serve.” Ertha, a young 26-year-old that is serving as a nurse, said, “I love to teach!” Marc-Endy is married with a sweet wife and he has said many times, “This ministry encourages Nani and I to serve more.” Marc-Endy and his wife live near our precious boy who is disabled and lives in terrible conditions. Each day they bring him food. We are still praying for a family that would take care of him, but it is complicated. In Galatians chapter 6 it talks about how together we carry each other’s burdens, that no one can handle it alone.
The situation has not improved in Haiti; if anything, it’s gotten a lot worse. Pastor Jovite is always there to lend a hand wherever it is needed. Our hearts were touched to see how much they deeply care, the tears they shed and the smiles they gave, watching them discuss different situations among themselves. We saw their hearts and their love for our Father. Each week we see how thorough and conscientious they are. One scripture that depicts the ministry as we see it is in Matthew 25:34-40: “Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father; take your inheritance, the kingdom prepared for you since the creation of the world. For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.’ Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you? When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?’ The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’” God is strengthening our bond with one another, an answer to prayer! Trust is an anomaly in the Haitian culture, but with God we can break down those barriers, and He is!
Another day we took time and stopped at the site where Pastor Saintil’s church building was. We stood on a pile of rubble, all that is left of the building now; it was incredibly overwhelming to see the destruction that has been done by the Haitian government, not just at Pastor Saintil’s church, but the whole road was demolished. We know that God sees the whole picture and He knows everything, but it was extremely hard to bear witness. We must trust this was in God’s Hands and His plan, whether we understand it or not. We took a few minutes to pray and thank God for a dear friend and faithful saint; it’s not the same without him.
We thank God for this incredible week, and we thank God for His protection and provision.
We praise God for His love and faithfulness.
He created us to serve and what a privilege it is to serve Him and our faithful brothers and sisters. We thank God for our partners and their support and prayers.
- For our safety.
- Being able to help many patients with high blood sugar and high blood pressure.
- Friends that wrote letters to the hospital for a partnership.
- That COVID has not hit the country hard.
- Our faithful team.
- Pray the individuals we shared the gospel with will be drawn to God.
- The little boy Jason will recover nicely from the hernia operation.
- The young man with a swollen tonsil will be able to get a surgeon that has the right equipment.
- Pray we will find partners that will help us build a family home.
- Safety for our team and Haiti. There is a lot of gang activity now in Cap.
- The best time to schedule a pastors’ conference.
- Please pray for the pastoral committee Pastor Josue, Pastor Maxi, Pastor Paul and Dr. Casseus.
- The partnership with HCBH.
- That we will love at all times and we will be in tune to God’s will and His plan.
- That our ministry will be effective, and we see improvement in the communities that we serve.
- The political unrest.
- Future teams.
- That we would find more partners.
- For a young 21-year-old mom that has a three-year-old and a two-month-old baby, that she surrenders her life to Christ, that she will stay strong and courageous and say no to the men who take advantage of her situation, and that she will be successful in her micro loan business.
- Ronel will find a family.
I hope this update gives you insight to the beautiful ministry we are so blessed to serve. We would love to come to your church and share more!
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We thank you for your support and prayers.
For His glory,
Luke and Pam
Haitian Ministries US