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.
Wednesday, January 26, 2022
I wanted to start with a praise report on the high volume agricultural wells for the Farmers Association.
From Mike, "We had a Farmers Association meeting. The man with the orange t-shirt is one of the directors. He says they have not had adequate water since the hurricane in 2004. Then, no rain till the hurricane in 2008,(I was there). Then drought till 2012. Then, they dredged the river to get gravel to build the road. Now the river is lowered so the beginning of the irrigation canals sit high above the water level. They are in extreme poverty. They are barely surviving.
We are starting the second, high capacity well near the canal heads next week. We are designing a solar system with submersible pumps for day use. No power needed, no batteries needed.
These wells will directly effect over 350 families and indirectly thousands.
Just hearing that we are doing this project has brought me one very interested owner of the Louisiana Hot Sauce Co wanting these farmers to grow Habanero peppers. And another wanting us to grow Soybeans for them. Its hard to contain the tears of joy as I report this to you. Praise the Lord." "God has brought us life again."
This is so huge for so many families, please Praise God and pray for the drilling to be successful.
Another praise report is for the Poteau church, they baptized ten people. Most churches in Haiti discourage baptism until after a few years of being a Christian, but then some fall away. So we offer a short class and then encourage them to be baptized. Please be praying for them.
And, yet another praise report. The update for Larry is, " The procedure went well, they ground away the calcium in three of his arteries, and put three stints in his descending aorta. He didn't have to have a double bypass, there is no balloon, or impella in his heart, so it's pumping on its own. Dr. said good blood flow, good everything. They are going to move him to a different place to start the recovery process." "There will be some elective surgeries to be had, but as right now we are finished and hopefully by next week Larry will be coming home." Praising God, He is good.
So, a bit long for a prayer partner but so many things to Praise God for. Thank you so much for coming alongside of us and helping us help the people of Haiti. Thank you for helping to usher in the KINGDOM.
Monday, January 24, 2022
I wanted to update you on yesterdays prayer request for Larry our website manager. We received this update from NCCTK a few hours ago:
"The cardio team thinks that Larry is in good shape to handle the procedure. Apparently, Larry’s heart somehow created a bypass on its own and that is likely how he had been surviving up to this point. They are going to attempt another bypass and also clear two of the blockages. They seem to feel confident. They gave a 10 to 20% failure risk chance. He heads into surgery between noon and one. They estimated a 2 to 3 hour procedure. Please continue to pray."
The surgery will be tomorrow, Tuesday. We really appreciate your prayers, and are so thankful for you.
I also wanted to share a story from the Poteau church. It is a testimony from Renald, he is 18 years old. He shares that it has been one month since his mother and father brought him to church to meet Jesus. He says "he feels comfortable in the Lord" and that he regularly goes to church now. He shared that before coming to Jesus he used to dance Rara (which is a moving street party involving voodoo) and in his words "run after pleasure and drink alcohol". He says that fortunately God has changed him and that he understands His word. When he was asked why he had not come to church before, he replied it was because "I had no shoes or clothing". He requested prayer because "I dropped out of school when I was in 5th grade, I felt I couldn't study and I felt desperate, incapable and forsaken". He helps his mother and father in the garden. He has not been baptized yet, but would like to be and he would like a bible. He says his parents are very poor, but they love Jesus. Please lift Renald up in prayer. And please continue to pray for the nightly crusade at Denonville. Nathan is leading worship and Mike will be preaching tomorrow, Tuesday, and again on Wednesday night.
On Sunday Nathan and Mike also had a community meeting regarding the Market Place. They addressed the different opportunities that would be available and talked about the training for finances, safety, cleanliness and community spirit.
Sunday, January 23, 2022
We wanted to thank you for your prayers. They have been such a blessing. Please read through to the end as we have some important prayer requests.
The pastor’s conference went really well. Mike shared with them his vision of the different parts of the ministry fitting together to reach all people, especially addressing poverty in a holistic manner. He also shared that he sees the ministry becoming more of a transformational movement. This really excited them. They want to have meetings to get all aspects of the ministry involved in reaching more of the community and doing more than just their job or ministry, but transforming Haiti. They are asking questions like "How can the Market Place demonstrate the love of God and love of others". It is such a blessing to see them grab hold of what God is doing in a bigger picture way.
Dr. Ralph, who has been with us since the beginning has family in America and so do two other leaders, Lemeque and Fedler. Each of these leaders have had opportunities and offers to move to America, but all three have turned the offers down over the years. They have each come to a place where they look at what they do in the ministry as the calling God has placed on their lives. It is really incredible when you think of it, they are definitely choosing to live a life of sacrifice. God has blessed us with some amazing, and incredible leaders.
So I will share about church and then some prayer requests. Mike said there were 2 salvations in Pass Rein's church this morning and 2 salvations in Bout Nat. Mike taught in Myan's church. He said that an older lady, who was a guest asked him a question in church. She said that every night she was tormented with demons and battles. Mike explained that if you are a Christian Jesus gives us authority over darkness and that satan has no power over Christians, that he is a liar and full of deception. Mike then asked if anyone else had this problem. Twenty other people came forward. They prayed for them and they were set free. Praise God! Mike then shared that they came from a dark place and they had become accustomed to think this was a normal thing to be harassed in the night. He shared that they had the authority to tell the enemy to go, that the enemy has no authority over them because they belonged to Jesus. He said some of them had huge smiles on their faces.
Tomorrow Nathan and Mike will hike up Prayer Mountain and spend a good portion of the day praying for direction and vision for the ministry. They would appreciate your prayers.
Tonight the crusade started, we would love it if you would join us in prayer for salvations, healings and miracles. Mike will be preaching Tuesday and Wednesday evenings.
We also would appreciate prayer for a friend named Larry Phlaum, he designed our website for us and volunteers to help maintain it. He also is over the website for NCCTK in Lynden. He is in desperate need of prayers, he has had a heart attack, and is in the hospital, they have found he has 95% blockage and if I understand right, they are trying to get him stable so that he can have surgery this week. Please partner with us in praying for Larry, he has been such a blessing to this ministry.
Thursday, January 20, 2022
Today, Mike spent most of the day in planning and meetings. One of the more major events coming up will be a crusade in Denonville. This is the village we have a school in on the outskirts of Gonaives, so it is rural but not mountainous. The crusade will start this Sunday evening the 23rd and go for 8 evenings, concluding on Sunday evening the 30th. Please be praying for eyes to see truth, ears to hear and hearts to turn to Jesus. Please also be praying for healings and miracles. Mike will be preaching on Tuesday and Wednesday evenings. Some of our other pastors will be preaching on the other nights and Nathan will be leading worship.
Another event we would love for you to partner in prayer with us for is our Pastor's Conference, which will be this Saturday. Mike will be teaching at the Pastors conference. Please pray for Mike to be sharing what the Holy Spirit puts on his heart and for the pastors to hear and understand what Jesus has for them specifically.
We want to thank you for praying for Mike's back. He is still having back pain though and would appreciate your prayers for more healing in his body, so that he can do what he is called to while he is in Haiti.
When Mike talked with me this evening he shared some vision God has been showing him. I wanted to pass it on to you, because I believe it casts vision on where we are going with God.
"On the way over here (to Haiti) and the first days of my trip, God has been showing me how all the different parts of this ministry fit together to reach all the people.
That poverty must be addressed in a holistic manner.
1. Good relationship with God and others.
2. Good, Godly education
3. Good economy for individuals, families, and communities
4. Good access to health care.
Each and every part of this ministry can work together to bring this kind of transformation to communities, to be repeated over and over again.
We are leaving the stages of ministry and becoming a transformational movement."
God has had bigger dreams than us since the very conception of New Generation Ministries. I know it is because of His delight in the people of Haiti. Jeremiah 29:11 says, "For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you a hope and a future." I believe this is just the beginning. Thank you so very much for coming along side of us and the people of Haiti.
Saturday, January 15, 2022
Hope that you are managing well through this crazier than normal winter we are having.
Just a quick note to let you know that I, (Mike) will be going to Haiti again. I leave late tomorrow night,(Sunday) and will return on the first of February. We would appreciate your prayers for safe travel, health, and for God to move through me, communicating God's love to His impoverished and oppressed people.
I will be overseeing the final plans and preparations for the opening of the Marose Market Place, a multifaceted sustainability project that will lift up hard working Haitian families with jobs, and job training, and many new entrepreneurial opportunities.
YES! Haiti does have the will and motivation to turn their nation back to God, and to a higher quality of life, and together we are helping them do it. Thank you.
Blessings, Mike and Chris