Wednesday, October 28, 2020

Mike and Kael


Last night I received a shocking call from Haiti. I was told that our main ministry and school administrator, Kael Fontish had suffered a stroke. Late this morning,  I received yet another call from Pastor Nathan telling me that this morning Kael went to be with his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. We are all stunned and heartbroken. He was not that old, and in good health. He was a key person in this ministry and a dear close friend to me personally.

It is rare in Haiti to find such a humble leader as Kael. It is indeed a special and humble person who can minister sacrificially, day and night, and shy away from any recognition as a "pastor." 

Kael had such an insatiable appetite for the life-giving church theology. I still remember well, when one afternoon in the early years, Kael came to me to say; "Pastor Mike, I can't believe that I have lived this long without understanding all that Jesus has done for me and that He wants to have a personal relationship with me, WITH ME; CAN YOU BELIEVE IT!" Kael has occupied a precious place in my heart ever since that day.

Kael has a lovely wife, two adult children, and many of close brothers and sisters in the Lord. 

Please pray for all of us, his family, friends, and especially Pastor Nathan, as we mourn the loss of a dear friend, and navigate with heavy hearts, and some now needed administrational changes in the ministry in Haiti. "Kael; you sir, will be deeply missed."....

Mike and Chris Leland

Wednesday, October 14, 2020



God is so good. As we are starting up our churches again, they are taking turns having week long crusades. I want to share a story with you from the Poteau Crusade.   

"Here is another compassionate work of God in the life of one precious grandmother in Haiti. Her name is Theanna; She is 66 years old and a widower of 5 years. She has several children and even more grandchildren, who are all Christians living close to her and taking care of her now. She recently attended our crusade at Poteau Church, where she gave her life to Jesus. She said that she is so glad and joyful now. She wishes that she came to this new belief in Jesus a long time ago. She was a gambler in the past, but has given all that up for Jesus. When we asked if she could read the Bible, she smiled so big, and said no, but "my grandchildren love to come and sit and read it to me." 

What unspeakable joy comes from knowing Jesus in a personal way, and from being reunited with family once again. It is truly miraculous how God is working in the lives of these desperate people in Haiti.

Please pray for Theanna and her family, that the word of God, and the love of God, will grow and continue to unite them together in the name of Jesus.

Thank you so very much for helping us to come alongside of these precious souls and thank you for helping us to purchase Bibles in Haiti, in Creole for them. Please pray for the stability of the Haitian dollar. It makes it so very hard for the poor when the value of the Haitian dollar keeps dropping. For right now Co-vid seems to not be a problem, thank you for continuing to pray, we so appreciate it.

Blessings, Mike and Chris

August 13, 2020

To our faithful followers and Prayer Partners; 

I felt sad that we missed our last fundraiser with you. Mostly because I was really looking forward to seeing you all again. We greatly value your relationship. But in-spite of the inability to hold an official gathering, because of  health and safety reasons, you have kept this ministry going with your prayers and financial gifts to help the children in Haiti.

I am so thankful for you, for even in the midst of these difficult times, you are still making a difference in these vulnerable children's lives. I know that for many of you, this has not been easy. Business is slow, and the economy is not what it once was. So, I understand completely. We continually pray for you, your families, your jobs, and your businesses to prosper in the name of Jesus. We continually pray for your health and safety, as our leaders make every effort to lead our nations in these uncertain times. We care about you.

To be honest, things are very tough right now in Haiti. Food and gas are in short supply, and prices have risen dramatically this past year. Hospitals are completely out of reach for most Haitian families. Haiti's schools have been closed for over a year. (But, all of our rural schools have been operating as usual, because they are out of the big cities, and the view of the opposition.) Churches have been closed for the past 5 months. (But most of our rural churches were started again last month.) The orphanage is running very well and very safe. All precautions that could be taken have been. There has not been a single sickness in the orphanage or the greater staff yet. Praise The Lord.

Our medical clinic has been working steady to help our local communities with healthcare and health education during this pandemic. And our radio station has been a shining light through this time. Teaching, advising, and guiding people. Thousands have come to know that this is where they can find out what market is open and safe, what highways are open and safe, when schools and churches will be open. Also, hundreds have come to know where to find prayer, healing, and deliverance. Many have come to know Jesus as their personal savior while listening to the daily church services. We have worked diligently to give the poor in Haiti what they need in this very hard time.

Because you have continued to  give, we have been able to continue operating in the name and spirit of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ......
But I must challenge you to dig deep. We are having a hard time keeping up. We prayerfully ask you to stretch yourselves on behalf of those who are in even more need than we are. Please consider how you might give, just a little bit more, in the face of these hard times. 
For your reward will be great in Heaven. 
And the reward for the vulnerable people in Haiti will be great right now........