Friday, April 9, 2021



Up on the mountain

Nathan and Mike praying on the  mountain

 

 Good evening,


This morning Pastor Nathan, Mike and Lemeque climbed the mountain behind the Children's Village to pray. They spent the first part of the day praying for the ministry and direction and vision. These quiet times together with the Lord are so very vital to the ministry and the relationship. So thankful to know you are praying with us for this ministry.

This evening Mike felt led to go to Marose for bible study. He felt like he needed to share the story in the bible about the man who was leaping and praising God after being healed of leprosy. So he confirmed with the guy teaching the bible study in Marose. As he started to prepare, he was all of the sudden dizzy and sweating and he couldn't get up or walk, he had to hold on to the table. He was pretty sure it was an attack from the enemy, so he started fighting back with scriptures and truths. After about 15 minuets, he said he was starting to feel better, so he kept it up and decided he was going to go to the bible study regardless of how he felt. By the time he arrived there he was much better. He shared and afterwards there were 2 salvations. He felt like God said to pray for peoples minds to be set free and he said most of the people came forward for prayer. It was totally worth pushing through past the enemy, God had the victory. Again, thank you for coming alongside and praying for the people of Haiti.

Tomorrow morning Mike will fly out of Gonaives and into Port-au-Prince, and then to Florida and Washington. Please pray for traveling safety. We appreciate your prayers so very much.

Blessings, Chris

Flying out of Gonaives, it's just a dirt field, but it works.
 

Wednesday, April 7, 2021

April 5, 2021

Baptisms 

 


Pastor Clarvous and Mike baptizing

 

 Hello,


I want to share a praise report and thank for your prayers. I also want to share some of our challenges and my heart.

On Easter Sunday we saw about 24 people give their lives to the Lord during the morning services. The churches were packed with people hungry for God. Mike said it was an interesting experience for him, because we have been in the process of rebuilding the church in Marose. The walls are up and there is a balcony that goes around most of the church inside. They had set up the benches for people to sit on under the balcony all around. When he started to preach he was in the middle of the church, with people all around and because there is no roof yet he was in the direct sun and extremely hot. A little bit into his message it clouded up and then it started raining. He said the people couldn't believe that he just kept on preaching. They thought he would give up and run out of the rain. 


In the late afternoon most of our churches were able to come together. There were about 1000 people gathered for our all churches Easter Service. Mike said that the church was full, there was standing room only on the porch and the entire church yard in Poteau was filled with people. Nathan leads choirs in two of our villages and one of our younger pastors, Jean Denis leads a children's choir in Pass Rein. There were also two guest choirs. During ministry time Pastor Nathan felt led to ask one of the choirs to pray for one of the other choirs. This led to one of the other choirs praying for the remaining adult choir. Then members from all four choirs started to pray for all the children in the children's choir. I guess it was an amazing spirit led ministry time. So good when so many come together and join in with what God is doing. 

Some of the rural mountain churches were not able to make it to the all churches Easter Service, because of the mudslides and roads and houses that were taken out due to the flash flooding caused by the rains Friday night and Saturday. Please be praying for all the families that were affected. The same people were also not able to come to the Baptism, as the roads were washed out. Mike said the baptism that was supposed to be an all churches event was done in the local communities. Altogether there were about 100 people being baptized. 

One of the challenges when ministering to a third world country is helping them to see the way God brings prosperity and blessings. And NO I am not talking about what most of us would consider prosperity. I am talking about the promises and blessings that we in first world countries see. We pray for the people of Haiti and ask God to bless them. But, their outsides circumstances may never change or improve like we would expect here. They still have no food, no job, no money and may very well feel more responsibility now to support all the children they may have with various partners. Which partner do they now marry? If they were prostitutes' or witch doctors, or killers for hire, how do they make a living now? We in our first world countries can turn from our sinful life styles and work hard and most times live an improved life style. We cannot say life will be better on the outside to these precious people. They might never experience the blessings on the outside. They may not ever experience fulfillment in their physical needs. It can appear to be so hopeless.

But God! We can promise internal fulfillment, we can promise internal prosperity. We can promise freedom in eternity. We can offer hope. But we have to help them to understand that salvation creates joyful identity. We have to help them understand it is their personal relationship with a God who wants to know THEM. It is such a challenge, but when they get it, they have something that can never be taken from them, it can never be lost and its worth everything. My heart breaks for them in some ways, but in other ways, they have very little that can get in the way of their relationship with Him. Please continue to lift our brothers and sisters in Haiti up.

Blessings, Chris

Arnold loves helping with baptisms




 


Two more baptisms 

 

Saturday, April 3, 2021

Sharing Communion

 

 Hello,


We wanted to thank your for your prayers, they have been such a blessing. We also wanted to let you know how you can continue to partner with us in prayer while Mike is in Haiti. 

There have been a few changes in the Easter schedule. Tomorrow morning, Easter Sunday, Mike will be preaching in Marose. Then in the late afternoon Mike will be preaching at a ministry wide Easter gathering at our Poteau church. They are expecting over 1000 people to come. There will be joyous worship and food as they celebrate. Please be praying for the people, Pastor Nathan as he leads worship and Mike as he shares the message. Also please pray for everyone as they travel, last night and this morning they experienced a huge rain storm in Haiti, which trapped some of the people in the more mountainous rural areas. We were supposed to have a ministry wide baptism this morning in Marose, but many were unable to attend because of the rain storm. The baptism  has been rescheduled for Monday morning. We want everyone to be able to attend from these areas tomorrow, so we would really appreciate your prayers.


The Pastors Conference was really good. Mike said the Holy Spirit was strongly moving hearts. It still amazes me when you step out in obedience and God shows up! Mike felt led to share some things that have been on our heart lately. One of which is how easily we forget how broken, hurt and sinful we were when Jesus rescued us. Instead of extending the grace and mercy we received and continue to receive, instead of loving them without accepting their sin, like we were loved by Christ, we sometimes judge them and make them feel unaccepted. The arms of the church is the very place they need to be able to reach out too. He shared this with the pastors and the Holy Spirit came and the Pastors were all on their faces weeping and repenting. The Holy Spirit brought these pastors and leaders back to a truly  compassionate place for the lost.

Again, thank you so very much for your prayers, we are depending on them. 

Happy Easter! He is Lord! He is Risen!
Blessings, Chris
 





 

Wednesday, March 31, 2021

Getting ready to board in Port-au-Prince.
Had the same pilot as last time.

Papa Mike! Papa Mike! So much joy!

 

 Hello,


We wanted to let you know that Mike arrived safely in Port-au-Prince, Monday. Thank you for your prayers. In the evening he went out by the gate to the street and said there was absolutely no one on the streets. It is really eerie in Haiti to see empty streets at night. Usually there is almost a second community that comes out at night. But right now it just isn't safe to be out after dark.

Mike arrived in Gonaives, Tuesday, (Yesterday).
First visit was to the Children's Village :) Then he went out to the Boys Transition house, our home with the older boys who have aged out, but are still finishing up school.

He spent the day today getting things ready for Easter Weekend. Tomorrow, Thursday, Mike will be holding a Pastor's Conference for Easter. They are expecting about 100 Pastors. Mike will be sharing vision and passing out sermon notes and silicone 
bracelets to each church for people attending Easter Service. They say Bon Berger - Legliz Ki Bay Lavi, (Good Shepherd - Life Giving Church) on them. Each church will also be getting small crayon packets and coloring pages with the Easter message on them for each of the children attending Easter service. Please be praying for the Pastors and Mike as they gather tomorrow and prepare for Easter.

Please also be praying Friday, as it is the culmination of Rara, which basically is a voodoo party on parade. Usually the Rara's are worse leading up to Easter, and ending on Good Friday.
Mike will be preaching at the Good Friday Service. Thank you so very much for your partnering with us in prayer, we really appreciate it.

Blessings, Chris

Two of our girls

 

Saturday, March 27, 2021


 

 

Hello,

I wanted to send out a quick reminder that Mike will be flying out to Haiti this Sunday evening. We would appreciate your prayers very much as he travels, teaches and shares with the people and pastors of Haiti. Please pray for open hearts, for eyes to see and ears to hear and minds to comprehend. Also, for God's leading as Mike teaches truths that can change lives according to God's purposes. Your prayers make such a difference. They help to move mountains.

Blessings, Chris

Monday, March 15, 2021

Denonville

The primary grade rooms

The Kindergarden

 

 Hello,


We appreciate you very much as you come along side of us and the people of Haiti. We wanted to update you on a few important events coming up that we really need you to partner in prayer with us on. 
 
The first event is a 8 night long evangelistic crusade that just started tonight, Sunday, it will go through next Sunday evening the 21st of March. This crusade is to commence a new Life-Giving church that we are planting in the village of Denonville, (pronounced Day-o-ville). This was the property that was given to us by Pastor Nathan's father, passed down from Nathan's grandfather. It has a rich heritage and it was Grampa's desire to see it used to advance the Kingdom of God in that area.

Last year we relocated our Marotte village primary school to this new property, to get out from under a difficult landlord. This property was a clear answer to prayer and a real blessing for the people of this community. Since moving the school we have been waiting to hear the "Go Ahead" from God to start the church there. Both Pastor Nathan and Mike feel strongly that God is confirming that this Easter Sunday is that time. So we are investing heavily in the community and with this crusade to get the community ready for a true Life-Giving, Resurrection Sunday, and the beginning of a Life-Giving church in Denonville. All of our pastors and leaders are excitedly participating this week and we would love for you to join us in praying for the crusade, salvations, healings and the new Denonville church.

Mike will be traveling to Haiti for this Easter celebration. He is excited to be preaching the first gospel message of Jesus in Dennonville, on Easter Sunday. We have sent 3,000 wristbands for our Life Giving churches this Easter declaring that our "God is the giver of life." Mike has prepared sermon notes for all of the Easter weekend messages for our 15 churches and the other churches that will be participating with us. He has prepared a special Easter story for all of the Sunday school and youth classes. We have coloring pages with a small package of color crayons for each child. In the past we have learned that the children take these home and tell their family the story and many other family members have given their lives to Jesus. These coloring pages with a simple gospel story have become an important evangelistic tool. There will also be a food and fellowship time after every service to welcome unsaved friends and family. And we are planning a huge water baptism for all new believers who have been born again over the last few months. 

Mike says that Easter is his absolute favorite time to be in Haiti for this reason.

Please join with us in prayer for an amazing harvest of new believers, this Easter time in Haiti. 

I will be sending updates and pictures while Mike is in Haiti.
Thank you all so much for your prayers and love for the people of Haiti.

Blessings,
Mike and Chris

Monday, February 1, 2021

Peace!
It's what we need!

 

 Hello,


Yes! This is a real picture! Yes! You can see this many stars in the night sky in Marose, Haiti. And Yes! They need HIS PEACE!  And Yes! So do we!

I am writing today, because Nathan and the village of Sedrin need your prayers. The people of Sedrin have decided it is time to take a stand against darkness. 

Every Monday evening Pastor Nathan travels to the small village of Myan. It is quite isolated and is home to several hundred families. Over the past 5 years we have continued to see the hand of God working among the dear people of this small community. 

Last evening, Sunday, when Pastor Nathan was leading a group in the study of God's word and the Life-Giving church, the people began to ask numerous questions about the Kingdom of God and their small community. Nathan shared about making a stand for God and claiming their community for His purposes. The people all in unison began to agree, that taking a stand for God and claiming their community was exactly what they wanted to do.

So tonight, many of our pastors and leaders will be accompanying Pastor Nathan, who will be bringing a large stake that reads "The authority of Jesus Christ" on it.

This is something God has led us to do in the past. And, because of Pass Rein and Badjo's testimony, Nathan understands the testimony of placing a stake in the ground and claiming the "Te" or land for God. Please be praying with us as we come along-side our brothers and sisters in Myan, Haiti...............Tonight will be especially important. But, the follow up will be also. Thank you so much for your willingness to pray faithfully.

Blessings, Chris and Mike

Wednesday, January 27, 2021

The Haiti that I love!

 

 Hello,


I just wanted to let you all know that I am safely home again. Good to be with my wife and family. Thank you all for your prayers and encouraging words while Joey and I were traveling to and from, and the time we were in Haiti.

It was a great trip in so many ways. I had not been back for 10 months, the longest time away from Haiti since 2008. So lots of business meetings, words of encouragement for pastors and leaders and staff, and speaking and sharing opportunities at several of our life-giving churches. But without a doubt, the best and most precious part of the trip for me was re-uniting with the people I love so much.....

The picture of coming into the orphanage after 24 hours of weary travel, and being greeted, hugged, and cried over by the littlest children, set the stage for the whole trip. Everywhere I went, I was being greeted, hugged, and cried over as if I was a dear family member back from a long lost journey. 

We dearly love these people and they dearly love us. Not because we have given them food or clothing, but because, in the name of Jesus, we have given them life. A whole new way of coping with a world that has treated them so poorly and unfair. They know that Jesus came to give them love, joy and peace. Despite living in a country where nothing is given freely, they know that the love, acceptance, and forgiveness of God is free. Despite living in a culture of corruption where no one really knows the truth, they know the TRUTH of God and it has set them free from their captivity. 

Oh' If only you could see their faces, and feel their hugs, and hear their cries, then you too would fall in love with these people, and I know that many of you have. And for that I thank you, beyond words, from the bottom of my heart............I thank you...........Mike

Monday, January 18, 2021

Joey and two of our boys

 

 Hello,


I wanted to share some of what Mike shared with me tonight. 

"Last night after the celebration at Bout Nat, we met with Pastor Uben for a while. He is such a server. That quality in a Haitian leader is rare. He comes from a nearby village every morning at 7 am to meet the people for morning prayer. Afterwards many go off to work or school. He talks with and disciples the rest all day. He has Bible study on Wednesdays, and all night prayer and worship every Friday night.

This man loves his people, and is dedicated to seeing them grow. Most of them are so poor, they have nothing. But they have a great love for a God they have only recently met. Pastor Uben calls them his children, and I think under the circumstances that's a good thing. Whether children or adults, we all need a dedicated leader who has our very best interest at heart. We know God does, and He is manifesting Himself through Pastor Uben in Bout Nat. Pastor Uben also volunteers with the weekly sewing class that has helped several develop their skills enough to give them a job. His heart is to help them along the right way. Please pray for Pastor Uben and the community of Bout Nat."

Tomorrow, Joey and Mike will begin their journey stateside. Please pray for them as they travel, for on time arrivals, connections and for safety getting to the airport. Also, please pray for hearts, for Joey's as it is always hard to say goodbye after connecting with the children and the people of Haiti. And for Mike and Nathan, it is going to be hard on their hearts, especially with everything unknown going on in the world right now. We are so thankful for all of your prayers. They mean a lot to us.


Blessings, Chris



Sunday, January 17, 2021



The road to Sedrin

You cross the river a few times

 

 Hello, 


I am so excited to share what Mike sent to me today! We are so thankful for your prayers! God is on the move!

From Mike: "In Acts chapter 3 there is a story of Peter and John healing a crippled man at the entrance to the temple. When the man was healed he went walking, leaping, and praising God. The walking represented his physical healing, the leaping his emotional healing, and the praising God, his spiritual healing. God cares about our whole being, our soul.

This morning at Sedrin we saw all of this at work. One man was carried in by his crutches. But he carried his crutches out. So many of them were lifted high in the spiritual realms. And nothing will break the chains of depression or oppression faster than the presence of God. It was so amazing to watch the same people who looked like they were carrying heavy burdens when they came in, but walking, leaping, and praising God on the way out.....

This evening at Bout Nat was both amazing and humbling to watch God feed his children. They came so hungry. We fed them physically, emotionally, and spiritually. 1 new salvation, 2 demons cast out, and hundreds leaving the celebration, walking, leaping, and praising God, for His great love and provision. It has been such a great honor and privilege to serve these beautiful people of Haiti.....
Mike   

God is so good, He cares about each one of us. Nathan, Joey and Mike also passed out 100's of bibles at Bout Nat tonight. We are praising God for His goodness.

Thank you for partnering with us so faithfully. 
Blessings, Chris



You climb down the stairs instead of up the stairs into the Sedrin church

Tithes and offerings

 

Friday, January 15, 2021

Ice in some places is such a privilege

 

 Good evening,


Ice in Haiti is such a privilege. The country of Haiti is such a contrast to what we we've come to expect, even assume is owed to us where we live.

Mike said that there has not been power the whole time he has been in Haiti. Power is available about once every two weeks now, but you still have to pay your power bill, even though you do not receive power.

You cannot buy gas, except for very small quantities in the black market. Which then eliminates other alternatives for power, such as generators.

As he and Joey drove through the downtown area, Mike shared that  conditions are so much worse than when we lived there just a short time ago. There is way more garbage and filth in the streets of Gonaives. The canal which is meant for emergency drainage for disasters like hurricanes, is also full of garbage and filth.

Word on the street is that Youri, (who was a senator and is accused of being a gang leader, drug trafficker, and having death squads), word is that if anyone tries to clean up Gonaives they will be shot. It is believed that he and those with him want the country of Haiti to be a mess, because of how it reflects on President Moise.

The main highway through most of Haiti is Route Nationale1, and since Mike has been in Haiti, there has been multiple road blocks, riots, rock throwing and guns in between Port-au-Prince and Gonaives. We had thought they would run out of ammunition eventually because Haiti does not make or sell ammunition. The Haitian government forbids the import of guns and ammunition, unless it is for government use. But, they are letting people cross into The Dominican Republic to buy ammunition and then letting them bring it back into Haiti.
 

There are supposed to be manifestations next week. All this brings the people so much hopelessness, which makes Haiti such a hard place to live in. BUT GOD! Only He can break through the darkness and bring His light, His peace and His hope to the hopeless. He brings life, freedom and joy. We are so privileged to walk with Him, partner with Him and come alongside the People of Haiti with Him. It is what your support and faithful prayers do, you are part of walking with, partnering with, and coming alongside the beautiful people of Haiti. By the Grace of God we can help lift up and encourage and bring His light and truth into the darkness, and then the darkness has to flee. GOD is a GOD OF HOPE.

Tuesday Mike and Nathan climbed the mountain behind the Children's Village. They spent most of the day praying, worshiping and seeking God for vision, direction, clarity and wisdom for their relationship, the ministry, and the people of Haiti. They really appreciated the prayer support from you. They are Hopeful and God is so good to us, He desires that we seek Him.

Please continue to lift the people of Haiti up in prayer, along with the ministry and Nathan. Also please keep Joey and Mike in your prayers. They were originally coming home late Friday/early Saturday morning, but they have extended their trip. It has been too long since Mike has been able to be in Haiti and he felt like he needed more time with our pastors. And Joey has been loving Haiti. Sooo they have extended their time. 

Tomorrow, Friday, they will be having a lot of meetings. And then Saturday will be spent with the pastors having another conference. Please be praying for open hearts and encouragement for them. 


The photo below that has all the color in it is something Joey taught the children how to do. He said it is called light painting. He has been such a blessing on this trip. 

The last photo expresses the heart of why we do what we do here. Joey has done such a wonderful job of capturing the heart of the people of Haiti. Like I said in an earlier prayer partner, "They say a picture is worth a thousand words. I would say at least that!" 

We are so blessed by your faithfulness.
Chris



 

Cross on the mountain behind the Children's Village

Light painting

Confirmation that a picture is worth a thousand words!

 

Tuesday, January 12, 2021



In Poteau Church


Oh how I miss Haitian Worship.

And I miss praying for people.

 

 Good evening,


We want to thank you for your prayers. Prayers that move mountains.
On Sunday morning, Nathan, Joey and Mike went to Poteau for church. Mike said church was wonderful, there was good worship and a good ministry time. 

 
Mike shared with me "During ministry time, one man came forward and said that the demons were harassing him all the time. No peace. No sleep. I prayed for God to cast out the demons. I told him (the man) to quit feeding them, then told him, when we lead a witch doctor to new life in Jesus, we make him go to his house and clean all the bad stuff out. I told him to spend time while I was praying for others and clean his house out. Then when I came back to him, we, symbolically burnt all the bad stuff. Then I asked God to fill him with the Holy Spirit. He walked out of there like a new man. Praising God and so thankful." I love it when Heaven invades earth. 

Church in the evening at Pass rein was also really good. Mike said it was good to see all our friends and encourage them. 

Mike and Nathan had a really good meeting with the Radio team on Monday. They are starting construction on the new site now, which is on the mountain behind the Children's Village. After doing some research we have been told that the radio station will have a much greater reach if it is relocated to the hill behind the Children's Village. The Radio team has been putting together a more professional programming schedule that will include a variety of different ways to spread the gospel and serve the public. We have been given the parts for a much taller and more powerful tower too. Praising God for the coming increase on the ability to reach more people for Jesus. And, as before there will be the personal follow up on those calling into the station wanting prayer and/or salvation. Please pray for wisdom as this part of the ministry transitions.

Joey and Mike also visited the schools in Poteau and Marose Monday. I've included a couple of pictures.

Tomorrow (Tuesday), or today, depending on when you read this:) Mike said that he and Nathan will be climbing the mountain, I am assuming prayer mountain which is between Poteau and Pass Rein. They will be spending a good part of the day up there with just each other and God, seeking God for clarity, vision, wisdom and direction for the ministry. Please pray as they seek Him.
Thanks so much for your faithfulness.

Blessings, 
Chris


                                                                                                    

School girl from Poteau

School boy from Poteau

 

Saturday, January 9, 2021

They say a picture is worth a thousand words. 
I would say at least that! 

With all of his heart, always! 

Mike serving communion 

Blaze serving 

The Elements 

 

 Hearts!

God creates them,
He loves them,
He longs for the returning of them, 
and
He saves them.

The hearts of this group of men and women are incredible. They are extensions of how God loves and serves. They have been so loyal to God and seek after His heart. Some of them have walked through so much. And still they choose Him. Mike so respects and loves them all. At one time each of them knew God in such a different way, but each of them opened their hearts to the Father, daring to believe a Radical Truth, daring to serve a Living God. Daring to do life different then those around them. Daring to break tradition and not worship God as Haitian or American, but as He is in the bible.
I am reminded of a song called By the Grace of God. 


I rest my soul on Jesus
When the mountains shake 
I put my trust in Jesus
The moment I awake

And when my soul is lost at sea
He will be my rock
My vision be in Christ alone
This grace is all we've got

His love is like the mighty ocean
His love for me will never stop
Oh, His arms are strong enough to carry me
through it all, by the grace of God

So I, upon His shoulders
Safely brought this far
Helper of my helpless soul
The King of broken hearts

His love is like the mighty ocean
His love for me will never stop
Oh, His arms are strong enough to carry me
through it all, by the grace of God

You are the passion of my life
Lord Jesus
You are the song within my soul
My strength
My hope
My all in all is You 
Jesus, You

Thank You, Lord

When breath grows still and night draws near
I will not be afraid
I know the plans He has for me 
Don't finish at my grave.

His love is like the mighty ocean
His love for me will never stop
Oh, His arms are strong enough to carry me
through it all, by the grace of God


By Your grace, I'm saved

(This version is by Bethel Music and Brian Johnson.)

Today was such a blessing of sweet community with the smaller more intimate group of our Pastors, about forty. A lot of the Pastors conferences are between one hundred and two hundred attending, but  Mike wanted to have this time to spend with our core pastors. Thank you so much for praying into today. 

Tomorrow morning will be a very hard and special day. Mike has been asked to preach Sunday morning in Poteau. This is the church that lost our good friend Kael in October. You may remember reading about him in a prayer partner near the end of October. Kael endeared himself to Mike early on in the ministry by saying,

"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 was one of the first pastors to get it. He greatly helped the others to understand that truth. Mike was asked to write a letter that would be read at Kael's funeral and Mike ended that letter with "Kael has occupied a precious place in my heart ever since that day.
"Kael; you sir, will be deeply missed."...
The people of Poteau have requested that Mike come and share with them tomorrow and I know it will be emotional and bittersweet. Please keep Mike, Nathan and the community of Poteau in your prayers. 

In the evening Mike will be preaching in Pass Rein, one of our favorite villages. There will be many happy dances tomorrow night:) Please pray for soft and open hearts. We really appreciate your coming along side of us, we couldn't do it without you.
Blessings, Chris

Mike and Kael
We miss him!

 

Drone shot over Perou

The pilot, Cassandre, Mike, and Joey landing in Gonaives.

Mike and Cassandre

Francesca, Rye and Kalano

 

 Good evening,


I heard from Mike tonight. He said that they had a great day yesterday. Thank you so much for your prayers. Yesterday Morning they really enjoyed their time in Pass Rein. Mike said it was so good to connect with the villagers. Some of the people were sharing just how much had changed since we first felt God had called us to Pass Rein. Thousands have given their lives to the Lord, including many witch doctors, more than I can count. God has been so good and faithful and many of you helped to pray the change in. Even the soil has changed, which is huge for an agricultural community.

In the afternoon they went to Perou, Joey took some drone footage, I've included one shot in this email. While there, Mike was working on an estimate for finishing the roof and floor of the school.  Mike said it was really good to be able to connect with the community in Perou. Our hearts are still so intertwined with the villages we've been a part of.


I have also included photos of Joey, Mike and Cassandre landing in the field in Gonaives and one of Mike and Cassandre at our home in Gonaives. Cassandre is the representative for Partners World Wide that I talked about in the last e-mail.

An interesting story took place today, Mike was telling Cassandre about one of our friends, from our Gonaives neighborhood, that we had mentored. She asked if she could interview them. So Mike asked them if they were okay with that and they were, so Joey filmed while Cassandre interviewed them. I haven't seen footage of the interview, but I do have a couple of photos, so I thought I would share their story, since I know it :)

We met Kalano and his wife one day, because I like to take what I call Baby bundles to new moms in Haiti. So when we heard that Francesca had had a baby, we asked if we could visit. At that time Francesca who had a daughter from a previous relationship was living in one room with Kalano and their newborn son Rye. They only had a bed for them, not the children, and there would not have been room for one. We gave them a used pack and play from the Children's Village for their newborn. Then we just started becoming friends with them.

After a while, I honestly do not remember how long, they started asking about Jesus, they said they were sad because they could not go to church to find out about Him, because they did not own any good clothes. We shared with them about Jesus and they gave their hearts to the Lord. Then we told them they could come to our church, their clothes did not matter. So they started riding to church with us. After a while they became convicted by God and asked Mike if he would baptize them. So he did.

Kalano and Francesca had tried to start a little roadside boutique in front of their rented room. First it was selling cooked hotdogs.  Next they tried to sell some non-perishable food items. When that failed also, we talked to them about trying it again in the little one room building connected to our front gate. They agreed to let us mentor them, in business this time. One of their previous mistakes had been not understanding that as you are paid for items by customers you need to set some of the money aside to purchase more goods, and not just go out and spend it all. They also needed to set aside some money for the wages they needed for their family expenses and learn how to budget along with other simple business practices.

In the beginning, we invested in a small chest freezer and some basic staples for the boutique. Then every evening they would bring the money they received for goods to us, along with a list of every item they had sold. We would show them how much to set aside into each category and such. The evening after the first month was over we gave them back what they had saved to purchase more goods. Then we gave them what they had put aside for their wages. Kalono not fully understanding said "no, I cant' take money from you after all you have done for us". So we re-explained that it was what he had earned and had been setting aside for his own wages. I don't think I have ever seen any man smile and beam as much as he did. He was so proud of himself. He had received a HAND UP not a HAND OUT. We worked with them for about 6 months, slowly transferring more and more of the responsibility over to them as they learned and grew.


A while later they said that they thought God wanted them to be married. So they asked Mike to marry them. Which he did with much joy. Now, about 5 1/2 years later, they run a very successful boutique and clean drinking water depot. They rent a home with multiple rooms, have a moto, so they do not have to pay tap tap (transportation) fees when buying their wholesale goods or when they go to church or take their children to school. And, they have both children enrolled school. They are a living God success story. We are so thankful to God for all that he has done for them.

Tomorrow will be the Pastors Conference. Please pray for open hearts, and that Mike is led by God as he teaches, models and imparts to the Pastors. Please pray they are encouraged. Thank you so much, we value your prayers.

Blessings, Chris



 

Kalano and Francesca

Francesca and her daughter

Francesca and Rye

Rye and I

 

Sunday, January 3, 2021


 

 


Good evening, 

We wanted to thank you for your prayers. Mike and Joey arrived safe in Haiti.


Tomorrow Mike will be going into Port-au-Prince to do paperwork. We would greatly appreciate your prayers for God's favor and safety. Thank you so much.

Blessings, Chris

Friday, January 1, 2021

Joey and Mike

 

 Hello and Happy New Year,


Hope this finds you well. I am excited to share with you that Mike and a friend named Joey will be traveling to Haiti tomorrow. They would really appreciate your prayers. Haiti is still very unsettled, but we feel the timing is right for a trip to Haiti. It has been ten months since Mike has been in Haiti, the longest we have been away from Haiti since we felt called to start the ministry. We feel like even though they are doing well in Haiti, some encouragement and some more teaching will go a long way.

I will be sending you updates, stories and prayer needs while Mike and Joey are in Haiti. Please pray for safe travel for the next few days. Your prayers make all the difference.

Blessings, Chris