A New Church Construction Under Way

The ministry began construction of its fifth church building in northern Haiti in January at Cardinaux, a community some 20 miles south of Cap-Haitien in a lush, hill-top setting near the Grande Riviere (Grand River).  The construction was made possible by a generous donation that funded the purchase of the land as well as the construction costs.

The photo above shows the all-Haitian work crew pouring the concrete footings at the construction site in Cardinaux in mid January.   As is typical in January, the weather was dry and relatively pleasant.
The final concrete work: pouring the floor is shown in progress in this photo.   The completed floor will provide a level and clean work place to build the wooden trusses for the roof.
The Ministry Has a New Vehicle
The ministry's 2001 Toyota Tacoma lasted over 7 years, but in late 2017 wear from being driven over Haitian roads and rust from the continual rains finally did it in.   A new vehicle was desperately needed.   A donor stepped forward and offered a matching grant of up to $10,000 to purchase a replacement vehicle.   The anticipated cost was close to $20,000 for a used vehicle suitable for road conditions in Haiti.   An appeal letter was sent to the ministry's supporters to raise the funds. Praise God, a used Toyota Highlander came up for sale in Haiti, and the funds available were enough to purchase it.  By buying the vehicle in Haiti, the cost of shipping and not having to pay the customs fee (up to 30% of the value of the vehicle), the ministry saved about $6,000.

The ministry's new vehicle is shown in the photo at left.   It's a 2008 Toyota Highlander with a V-6 engine and all-wheel drive.   It has 3rd row seating and can carry 7 passengers in relative comfort.   It needs a little mechanical work on the brakes and  needs a rear axle bearing, but is otherwise in very good condition.

Bible Conference Held in Cap-Haitien
The ministry partnered with the International Bible Conference (IBC) ministry to sponsor a bible conference in Cap-Haitien in late January.   IBC is a bible conference ministry begun by Rev. Jeff Anderson, and is located  at 2780 Boleyn Dr. Colorado Springs, CO 80920.  Pastor Jay Lickey of Open Door Fellowship and Pastor Andy Huber of Church of the Open Door in Leavenworth, KS, joined Pastor Jeff for the expository preaching of Romans, chapters 1 through 8.   Our National Director, Rev. Claude Saintil, reported: "It was a tremendous and amazing experience. Pastors came from everywhere and filled a huge building nearly half. These pastors, not only they love the teaching from American pastors but also they are hungry for the word of God and good sound teachings. Pastor Jeff Anderson, pastor Jay and Pastor Andy have been doing a marvelous job with them all. The Haitian pastors are looking for spiritual food and there they have food at hand. These American pastors abundantly bring them succulent food they are looking for."