Saturday, May 21, 2022
Hope you have enjoyed the last couple of sunny days. This has been such a cold spring.
We wanted to share with you the children's celebration of Flag Day in Haiti. Flag day is a holiday in Haiti and very celebrated. The children dressed in the colors of the Haitian flag and were each given a small Haitian flag. Then the children traveled to the Plaza in Gonaives and visited the statue of Dessalines. Afterwards they had a celebratory meal in the Children's Village. Celebrations like this really lift the spirits of the children and staff.
We just finished our yearly evaluation by IBESR (Haiti's social services) and we again received the highest rating possible for an orphanage. Thank you so much for partnering with us in taking care of the children, we really appreciate both your financial support and especially your prayers.
Blessings, Chris and Mike
Saturday, April 23, 2022
We are very excited to announce, that once again we have beautiful flower baskets on sale for Mother's Day. We are so thankful to Smith Gardens for donating these amazing baskets, they have been so generous to us. Absolutely 100% of the funds generated from the sale of these baskets will go to support the ministry in Haiti.
There will be a choice of Mixed flower, Begonia, and Fuchsia baskets available. For more details, or to order your flower baskets, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Another way you can help the people of Haiti would be to share our Facebook and Instagram posts with your friends and family. Lets get the word out to help our brothers and sisters in Haiti.
We regret that there are many supporters in other countries that will not be able to purchase these baskets. We appreciate all of you so much, and hope to be able to see you soon.
Blessings, Mike and Chris
Sunday, April 17, 2022
Praying you have a blessed Easter. So thankful for you. So thankful that Easter is here, it is the day we celebrate our risen Lord and in Haiti it is also the end of rara season for a while. Rara is a voodoo street party which increases in violence the closer to Easter it gets. So even more reasons to celebrate.
Today I would like to share a celebration story. We have been having 3-4 salvations daily in the village of Denonville, one of which was Estella.
Estella was a witch doctor in the village of Denonville and had been hearing about the crusades and revival. She became desperate enough, in her words she was troubled and panicked enough, that she called Pastor Nathan and asked him to come see her. Estella is 40 years old and has had 3 children with two different men. One of the men died and she has given her children away to be restaveks, because she was not able to care for them. Restaveks are child slaves. In 2009 a door to door survey showed there were 173,000 restaveks and 59% of those were girls. There is now estimated to be 100,000 to 500,000 restaveks in Haiti. Estella said that she has never been married and lives in a small room of her sisters. She called Pastor Nathan to ask him about his God. Nathan led her to the Lord. She then chose to renounce voodoo with a public proclamation. Nathan then asked her to publicly burn all of her voodoo things, which we always ask, as it is a huge witness to the rest of the village. It usually brings others who ask why they are burning things and then they want to receive the Lord. The burning of the voodoo things also symbolizes stepping out of the old spirit and makes it less tempting to turn back.
We are praising God as Estella has started attending our New Believer classes and will be getting baptized. Please pray for her as she begins a new way of life.
We are so thankful for your prayers and support as we reach out and help the people of Haiti to help those in their communities.
Blessings and Happy Easter,
Tuesday, March 29, 2022
I wanted to share with you about something our medical clinic is doing. We have had many requests from the remote villages we minister in asking us to build a medical clinic in their village. In answer to this, we have started providing medical outreaches every 3 to 4 months in one of our remote villages. All of our medical staff and some of our pastors and leaders volunteer for the day.
During the outreach they meet medical needs and give out medicine. They also have evangelism and worship times. They then connect the new believers to our churches in the community for discipleship. They also give out food to those in need.
They see about 100 people during the day. Many have lived with their sicknesses for years. They live with sickness because of their poverty and limited access to medical care. Most are people that otherwise would not be seen by a nurse or doctor.
I would like to share some of the stories from Denonville during our outreach last Saturday.
The first story is about Juralda who is 27 years old. She wanted to share how this was a blessing to her. She had an infection and heart problem she said the doctors took care of her and prescribed good medicines. She says that she is healed now, after being sick about 2 years. She shared that she had tried to visit another clinic before, but nothing worked for her and she said, because of her poverty she couldn't follow their advise so she remained sick. She has one 3 year old child who she brought because of stomachache pain and she shared that after being given some medicine she is now in good health. Juralda shared "The outreach was a great help and blessing, and they gave me a big can of rice also, thank you so much". She said she is now a new Christian in the Good Shepherd Church of Denonville.
The next story is from Carline. She says she is 39 years old and that she was one of the people who went to the mobile clinic that Pastor Nathan and his team brought to her village in Denonville. She shared that she had two main problems, itching and malaria fever. Carline said she was so happy to attend the clinic because the itching problem had prevented her from sleeping. When asked if she had been to a medical doctor she said no, I am poor so I could not afford the service a medical doctor. She said she had been sick for about 7 months. She brought her two boys who are 12 and 21 years old with her because they also had the itch problem. She shared "To God be the Glory, we are all healed and happy and I am thankful also for a big can of rice that they shared with us to be fed".
The last story I wanted
to share is from Rosemathe. She is12 years old. She came to the medical
outreach for an infection, a stomachache and coughing. They gave her medicine
and she says she is doing well now. Her Mother brought her two brothers who
have also received medicine for their problems and rice to cook. Rosemathe
shared "That the medical outreach was a blessing and a grace".
We want to thank you for your faithful support with both prayer and finances. It is because of this that the medical clinic and outreaches are able to provide care to the poor and needy.
Sunday, February 20, 2022
A few weeks ago I shared a story about Fedler, today I would like to share his brother Lemeque's story, Lemeque is our Pastor over the Pastors.
"My name is Lemeque. I am 39 years old. I am one of the pastors of the mission Good Shepherd. I am leading the church of Poteau and God uses me and the first older pastor to make great impacts on the village for his glory. According to the way pastor Mike sees the Lord is using me, so he charged me the responsibility to be over the other pastors.
I have not been grown with father and mother since at 12 years old, because they left the country since 1996 to go to America. My father never comes back since then, but my mom had chance to come back twice, The last time was in my grandma's funeral. In the past two years after my mom have gone, they were really eager to see us going to live with them in America, but they failed. For the time being, even my brothers who are in the states discourage me to go stay for ever because of my responsibility that I have in Haiti. This is where I feel God wants me. When our parents had just left Haiti to be separated with us, we were sad during a good moment, but God made our grandparents good to care about us like our father and mother. Our dad and mom sent money to my grandparents to provide for school, food and other things. We were helping them in the garden by harvesting lemon, okra, millet and bananas, so we were useful to them. I am the first son of 6 sons of my mother. We are the only 2 of the 6 sons who live in Haiti now.
I have never dreamed to be a pastor. Until I have been 25 years old when I really grabbed the Lord Jesus as my savior.
I am married since 2015, but unfortunately God doesn't decide yet to bless us with children and this is a matter for which I claim your prayers the most! We have spent lots of money in different hospitals mostly in Port-au-Prince. Some times we refuse some doctor's appointment to go to pray.
With our village we let them know after God the church is there to back up them in the trying moments. And we go to visit them during their absence."
Lemeque is a well respected pastor who truly is a servant leader. Please hold him and his wife up in prayer. Please join with us also to pray that the Lord would bless them with children.
The crusade in Denonville, had 36 salvations, thank you so much for praying into the crusade. Nathan and a team have been preaching in Denonville each Sunday and holding two Bible studies a week in the village. They have had another 14 salvations since the crusade. Please pray for the new believers. Pray also for leaders who feel called to step into ongoing leadership roles and to become part of the community in Denonville.
Sunday, January 30, 2022
I wanted to let you know that Mike will be flying out early tomorrow morning. (Monday morning.) It has been a great trip, we are thankful for your prayers. Please continue to pray as he has many legs of travel and will not be back here until very early Tuesday morning. Also pray for Nathan as it is very hard emotionally for him whenever Mike leaves Haiti. Thank you so very much.
Saturday, January 29, 2022
Hello,I wanted to share an update and a story with you. Also I wanted to thank you for your prayers, they mean a lot to us. First the update for Thursday at the crusade was 5 salvations and 4 healings and a dozen deliverances. I don't know how Friday night or tonight have gone. Mike ended up with such a bad sore throat (from the kids in the Children's Village, not covid) he could not preach Tuesday or Wednesday at the crusade, instead he preached Friday night and will be preaching as I write this tonight. Please pray for hearts to open up to Jesus, the crusade will go through Sunday night.
Mike held another Pastors Conference on Friday. He said it went really well. Nathan had each pastor stand up and share how the ministry and teachings have impacted them and their ministry.
Then today, Saturday, Nathan held a New Year's Celebration with all the staff. I will include some photos on the bottom of this letter. It was much appreciated and a great time.
Tomorrow morning Mike will be preaching at Bout Nat, again we would appreciate your prayers. I am not sure if Nathan will be leading worship there or at another church. Please pray for all of the churches Sunday morning.
And now for the story. I had shared about two brothers named Lemeque and Fedler. Both of whom have close family in America but they feel called to remain in Haiti and share about Jesus. This is the "rest" of the story from Fedler.
Hello, my name is Fedler. I am working as the administrator of the good shepherd mission. I am so excited to share my story with you .
I was 9 years old when my mom left Haiti ahead of my dad to go living in USA so two years after my father moved over there.
My parents let our grandmother and grandfather to take care of all of us.( 4 brothers ).
My father never comes back to Haiti since after he went in 1996. He promised to come at the moment of his mother's death three years ago but he was so scared about the politics , so he didn't come.
My mother came back twice , the last time was in my marriage in 2017.
My father, as a pastor left the church on the responsibility of Pastor Clervois and Chael. Before going to America, my father baptised me in my premature age because he witnessed how much I love Jesus. Praise the Lord that
I am still shining for the Lord by making choir sing and leading the Youngs guys to the Lord . I am a musician like my dad , my cousin Pastor Nathan and other relatives of mine. So playing music is a inherited gift
I am married in 2017 with a Christian daughter but unfortunately her father till his death, never went to church. But her mother is renowned for a good Christian .
I have 2 healthy children.
In my job as administrator, I always give good example to everyone and I preach whenever it's necessary. My faith always helps me for whatever enterprise that I work.
My father tried a lot to help me moving to America but he failed. And this is according to God's plan.
So for the time being I don't longer follow neither my own desire nor that of my father but that of the Lord , either to visit America ,to stay serving my people or going to live with my father and mother.
Our friend Jonas then asked Fedler these questions.
1) how did you feel when your parents forsook you to move to America?
I felt so sad at the beginning but after a while I felt okay because my grandparents treated us so carefully.
2) do they still have contacts with you?
Yes, even when we were teenagers, they always provided for our needs.
3) what if your parents ask you to move also to America?
I am not interested. I notice that God's eyes are on me so it's not up to me to decide.
4) how does pastor Mike influence you in life?
Oh, he is a man of God, always have good message to share to encourage us.
5) what are your persecutions like?
Some times bad strengths ( spirits) come to fight us in the night .
5) how long have you been working here? More than 6 months .
I love Fedler's heart, it is very much for the people of Haiti. He has been our administrator for 6 months, but has served in church for over 15 years. Please continue to lift him and his family up in prayer.
We are so appreciative of your faithful prayers.