LifeLines for August, 2010
Distribution of Shoes and Gospel Tracts Highlights May Work Team
A work team from five different states, Alabama,
In addition, Bobby and Teddy brought 2,500 gospel tracts in Haitian Creole, and these were given out throughout the trip. Bobby and Teddy handed out tracts out at every opportunity, including from car windows as the team traveled through the crowded streets of Cap-Haitien. There were also occasions to distribute the tracts during street evangelism and neighborhood visits. The tracts were always enthusiastically received, and there were a number who accepted Christ.
Bill Jackson from the Binghamtown Baptist Church of Middlesboro, KY, also did street evangelism and delivered a gospel message at worship services in the Ministry’s churches at La Suisse and Cap-Haitien. Two came forward during the invitation at La Suisse. When not involved in evangelism, Bill diagnosed the many electrical and computer problems we experience at Rev. Saintil’s residence.
Dr. Ken Howard from DeKalb,
Dr. Howard is also keenly interested in how to build earthquake-resistant structures. He has designed a special concrete block that permits easy addition of steel reinforcing bars both vertically and horizontally in concrete block walls. While in Haiti, Ken contracted for block molds to be made and for an initial order of blocks to be used for a future church building for the Haut du Cap church. He plans to present his design for rebuilding new structures in Port-au-Prince as well.
Bobby Pharr passes out shoes at the La Suisse church.
Bobby Pharr and Teddy DeVaughn pass out gospel tracts during a street evangelism excursion.
Bill Jackson checks out the electrical panel at our National Director's home.
Spring 2010 Mission Update Video
This video is hosted on Youtube, and is narrated by Haiti Mission Director and Pastor, Claude Saintil. It includes a broad cross section of the activities the team participated in, and gives you a good look at many of the people and places served by our ministry. In Bas Fosse, school is in session when we visited. Haut Du Cap church was the center of operations for a planned neighborhood evangelical walk. When the local residents heard we were there, several showed up at the church for prayer and impromptu singing.
Many medical needs became evident here, and at the La Suisse church. Some were a result of local accidents and disease, and some were a result of the earthquake in Port-au-Prince, and with those refugees who have relocated. We were limited to only one afternoon of evangelism on this trip, but over 30 souls were saved. In Haiti, most, if not all of those making decisions can be expected to show up the next Sunday for church. 2,500 tracts printed in Creole were handed out everywhere we went, and were well received.
You will see a scan of the location for our current building project, a dormitory for visiting missionaries, and meeting rooms for the mission.
Dr. Ken Howard checks to see what medications are available at a Haitian pharmacy.
News from Our Churches in Haiti
Compiled from monthly reports from Rev. Claude Saintil
First of all let me thank all of you who were part of the work team in May. We were extraordinarily happy for so many things accomplished in just a few days. We do praise God for the good weather provided and time spent together. We particularly want to thank the people from the churches [in Mississippi] who sacrificed to gather together hundreds of pairs of shoes and even to delegate two of their representatives to assist with their distribution. We do extremely appreciate all these efforts in behalf of the Haitian people who have been bruised by a deadly earthquake. Our three churches express their deep thankfulness to you. We all do love you deep down in our hearts.
At Bas-Fossé everything is going well. There were many beneficiaries of at least one pair of shoes from the work team’s visit in May. The gift of shoes has enormously contributed to growth in the church. Many children and parents are now participating in Sunday worship because of this. We are working hard and studying with them to be sure they are not just coming to get the gifts. Bas-Fossé has always been a very weak parish in many ways. Please do stay in prayer with us because Satan has been at work there. When the Lord provides we would like to organize a crusade here so the gospel could be expanded through the whole area. There will be a new class added at the Bas-Fossé school in the fall. This will require a new teacher, more benches and more blackboards. We may face the problem of too many children for the school (see photo, above, of one class now), since the experience of sharing shoes decided many parents to entrust their children to us.
The Cap-Haitien church has added many people, adults as well as young, to the congregation. Everybody was very happy with the rice and beans, clothing and shoes provided by the ministry. Pastor Bastien has not yet gone to the Dominican Republic for his eyes, and his family is trusting the Lord for a miracle to restore his vision. Otherwise, the church is going very well. The Word is preached, evangelism and open-air meetings are wonderful. We do not stop from preaching hard the gospel. The church leadership is searching for the deed to the church property so plans for a new building can proceed.
The La Suisse church is going very well, but is not exempt from troubles. Due to spiritual immaturity many of our church members get involved in bad actions and sins. We are following the right bible teaching to make them aware of their wrong situations and bring them back to confession and repentance. From day to day morning prayer, bible studies, prayer meetings, fasting, etc., continue. The school is now over for the summer. The results of the government examinations are neither satisfactory nor too bad, with 57 of the 68 students passing. The main problem our students face is hunger. They mostly spend their school day without eating anything. We do feel sorry about that, but we have no resources to help them other than provide their education. We praise God for allowing us to be able to help them with that.
Our Two Paramedics Serve Their Rural Communities
Light and Life Evangelical Ministries is blessed to have two dedicated men who are doing what they can to bring basic medical care to their rural communities of La Suisse and Bas-Fossé. During our May visit to Haiti, we interviewed these two men, and their ministries are outlined below.
Louis Severe serves at La Suisse. He was trained by a Canadian Catholic nun at the Social Medical Center in Plaine-du-Nord. This center is at a 30-minute walking distance from his home in La Suisse. His training was two years in duration and consisted of weekly lessons and exams. 100 students began the training, only he and 11 others finished.
Every day except Sunday Louis visits one of the 6 locations that he sees patients. These locations are in remote clusters of homes where there is a concentration of people. He walks to each location from his home. Five locations require about a 4-hour round trip, and the sixth is at his home in La Suisse.
He does not charge for his service, but he does accept volunteer donations. Louis uses his medical ministry to evangelize his patients. He shares the gospel and prays with each one.
Louis examines the patient as best he can and gives out what medicines and bandages that he has available. He cannot prescribe medications, but he does give out worm pills, vitamins, antacids, anti-diarrhea tablets, etc. if he has them available.
His critical need is for funds to buy the medications needed on a daily basis. He estimates it would take $100 to $120 U. S. each month to buy all of the medications needed by the people he sees. The commonly needed medications are: worm pills, bandages, antibiotics, vitamins, antacids, and anti-diarrhea tablets. He would also like a scale for weighing children.
A bicycle was donated to Joseph in May to help him travel to his patients.
Joseph Dorelus serves at Bas-Fossé. He received his medical training through a program run by a physician in Limonade. The program was in two parts; his initial training had lessons and examinations once per week, and the second part had daily training for 9 months. Joseph finished the 3-year course in 1½ years.
Because he has a teaching position with our ministry, Joseph can spend only one-half day in seeing patients. He learns of their needs either by messenger or if they travel to his home. He covers a large area in and around Bas-Fossé that includes 27 clusters of homes and extends nearly to Limonade. He normally walks up to 3 or 4 kilometers to reach patients, but sometimes takes a moto-tap-tap. He typically sees a minimum of 8 patients per day, and may see as many as 15.
Joseph provides medications that he has available. His most commonly seen ailments are worms, typhoid, high blood pressure, diabetes, and vaginal infections. He also sees malaria at times.
Joseph teaches sanitation. He considers the lack of sanitation and malnutrition to be the greatest cause of illnesses in Bas-Fossé. Joseph uses his medical ministry to evangelize his patients. He shares the gospel and prays with each one.
Joseph would like to have a blood sugar tester and a scale to weigh children. The medications he doesn’t have and needs are anticoagulants, insulin, and birth control pills.
His biggest need, he says, is transportation. He would very much like to have a motorcycle so he could cover more territory, see more patients, and conserve his own energy.
Rev. Saintil Graduates from Seminary
In June, our National Director in Haiti, Rev. Claude Saintil, graduated from what is considered Haiti’s preeminent Christian seminary, UNIVERSITÉ CHRÉTIEN DU NORD D’HAITI, UCNH (Christian University of Northern Haiti), after 5 years of study as a part-time student there.
He said his dream has long been to teach Bible doctrines, especially on salvation, as well as the missionary who led him to Christ. “Being able to complete five years of theological studies in a Christian University at the age of 56 years, it is for me reaching the highest peak of my life. For me preaching and teaching are my highest goal and my most rejoicing situation. I feel I can spend all my time just to teach and preach. It is my gift. I do love it and praise God for that.”
The Ministry’s “Tap-Tap” Is Now in Haiti:
The Ministry’s new (to us) 2001 Toyota Tacoma truck is now in service in Haiti. The May work team delivered the truck to the port at Jacksonville,
1. For wisdom for the Ministry’s Board of Directors as they meet to make plans and budget for the coming year.
1. For wisdom for the Ministry’s Board of Directors as they meet to make plans and budget for the coming year.
2. For the victory against Satanism, voodooism and demonic beliefs in Haiti.3. For restoration of Pastor Eliance Bastien’s vision through surgical repair of a botched cataract surgery.
4. For monthly financial support for teachers and their classrooms for the coming year at our elementary schools at La Suisse and Bas-Fossé.
5. For the planning and implementation of a medical ministry, especially for God’s leading some general practitioners and nurses to meet this great need.
6. For funds to buy Bibles and song books for new Haitian Christians.
7. For Pastor/teachers to lead Bible Seminars this year in Haiti.
8. For the design and planning of our dormitory, for work teams and for the additional funds needed to begin construction.