December 2019 Newsletter
We cannot believe we are finishing 2019!
The years seem to go faster and time flies. Some folks say this is one of the signs we are getting older. I’m not sure if that’s the reason, but we are very sure that God is faithful and we praise his name for all He has accomplished in which he allows us to participate. We find comfort and have confidence in knowing that God is with us.
We praise God – nou fè lwanj Bondye!
We had some wonderful teams who served with us that provided medical care, taught the Bible, played basketball, & soccer with the youth, went to homes to visit and pray with the families and listen to their stories and their praises for God. We cried and laughed. We served with pastors doing VBS programs. Discipled women and youth. With your generous giving, we finished building a family home and put a roof on a church.
It was a very difficult year for our dear brothers and sisters due to civil unrest, an unstable economy, high prices for food and no gas. In the end the Lord prevailed and worked it out. Some things have improved now and we will be going back in February!
We still need prayers for change in the country; good, fair, and principled leaders; and jobs for the people. We have said many times that the majority of problems are due to sin. The sad part as usual are the remnants from sin: fatherless homes, abandoned children, malnutrition, starvation, sickness, and elderly ones who are left alone.
One of the things that keeps us serving there is the beautiful children and elderly. We see genuine Christians – “saints” – who are devoted to the Lord and want our help to continue and improve what they are doing. They would be the first to say their strength and nourishment comes from the Lord, and “I can do all things through Christ because He gives me strength, but it was good that you helped me when I needed it” Phil 4:13-14 (NCV) The word of God is the best! We love that at just the right time God brings from the Word or from a partner just what we need to hear. We are blessed to serve with so many that are family to us: Max, Pastor Jovite, Marc-Endy, John, and Daniel, to name just a few.
We’ve been committed to sharing God’s love to families and loving them like Jesus. We try to encourage and strengthen the saints that are committed to God’s will and His plan for their lives and help the people that Gods puts before us.
Please pray for our plans in 2020 –
- We would like to build another family home.
- We have been praying for the past 4 years how we can help the children who are “restavecs,” Restavecs are children that have been taken into homes and used for child labor, sexual gain and physically abused. In most cases they are not given an education, clothed or fed properly. God has opened a door and we have a friend that lives in Haiti who approached us about serving with us and would like to help in this. So it appears that this is now God’s timing. The door has opened and He has a plan for us. We are excited but want to make sure we go slowly. We know that if we “commit it to the Lord, He will establish it”( Proverbs 16:3). Also Proverbs 15:22 tells us that “plans go wrong for lack of advice; many advisers bring success.” We are seeking advice and asking questions with a pastor who is involved with this. Please join us in prayer for God’s will and His plan going forward.
- We will continue growing Moringa plants for our medical outreach.
- We will be going back in February to hire a new nurse.
- Max and the nurse will continue to serve in communities doing home-to-home medical visits and sharing the gospel.
- We are planning a marriage conference in July for the pastors and their wives.
- We have 2 young people in school that we help, and we also have a peanut butter sandwich program we help with in 2 schools.
We look forward to 2020 and the plans and people our Father will put on our path. Our desire is to bring hope in the name of Jesus.
Jesus said, “I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to me will never be hungry again. Whoever believes in me will never be thirsty”; “For my Father‘s will is that everyone who looks to the Son and believes in him should have eternal life, and I will raise them up at the last day” (John 6:35,40).
In January, we will be serving with a team from The Rock Church in Bangor. Our focus will be medical and always sharing Jesus. Due to the prolonged unrest in Haiti and only its recent apparent resolution, we and this team will be serving in the Dominican Republic, with a missionary in a Haitian community there.
We are so very thankful to God for our Board of Directors, who serve and advise so faithfully, always seeking the Father’s will for Haitian Ministries to “go…and preach the Good News to everyone” (Mark 6:15).
Thank you for your continued prayers and financial support. Thank you for the precious pillowcase dresses, the sweet baby hats, and receiving blankets that you make for us. They are very much appreciated by us and treasured by those who receive them. You are a blessing over and over again and touch many little lives.
We pray that you have a Merry Christmas, and may God bless you with a joyful, healthy New Year.
We love you all,
Luke and Pam