Wednesday, July 25, 2007

New Letter from The Church at Tiburon

The following is a letter we recieved from the Church Committee at Tiburon.

From : Tiburon Baptist Church July1st, 2007
To : Crossroad United Methodist

Dear collaborators,

We greet you all in the precious name Jesus Christ. How are the pastors and all the members of your church doing?

We are doing fine here with Jesus Christ our Savior. The church activities are working well including the groups and the members of the church. In the school everything is working well because all the students passed the final exam. We end the year with a relaxing day where we met with all the students on a beach. We played together, we ate together, and we talked to them about the word of God. It was very excited for all the kids to be there. We want to take this opportunity to say thanks for all your help in order provide education in Haiti.

At the beginning of June we started working with the different construction projects we have here in the church. The Christians collaborated to help us with all the work. They carried sand, rocks, gravel and water. They have been very motivated to do their part in the work. We already finished laying the blocks, except for the very the front side of the church. We would like you to keep us in your prayer so that we can finish with all the work before you come in November.

I have left the front of the church because it is a really big project that will cost lot money. We have a technician who wants to start working on the electric project in the church. Once again we ask you to pray that God will supply the means to finish this project.

The Christians of Tiburon Baptist Church are praying for you everyday. They are looking forward to seeing you again. Also I would like to let you know that you are in the heart of our church. Thank you very much for all your help and your favor.
We send a lot of greeting to all the pastors, all the members, all the groups, and finally to all the kids of Cross Road Bible Church.

For the committee: Pastor Oland Lundy.
Deacon Ernest Berlus.
Deacon Ednol Moise.
Deacon Corila Romelus.
Deacon Daniel Cherisme
Deacon Ceromme Denize
Deacon Carilus Beaucejour.
Deacon Celeste Clairjou.

New Letter from The Church at Aux Coteaux

This is a new letter from Pastor LuisJean at Aux Coteaux.

From : Coteaux’s Baptist Church.
To : Grace Lutheran.
Subject : Information and News.

May the peace and grace of God be with you? You can’t understand how my heart is sad today while I’m writing you this letter because I heard from director Billy Moses that sister Suzie has cancer. I also heard from Billy that the team has canceling this year because they don’t have enough people to come. I did a lot preparation to have you here, but unfortunately you can not come this year.

After, the sickness of Sister Suzie, how is it going for the rest of the members of Grace Lutheran? I know it is hard for you because a team is considered as a whole body and if one of them sick, I know that the whole body is suffers too, we find this in the book of Roman chapter 12.

Here in Coteaux Baptist Church we doing fine, except my wife, as she was at Port-au-Prince for 25 days just to see a doctor. Praise the Lord she is doing fine now that she is back from Port-au-Prince. We have has many activities in the church for the last two years. We have had many weddings and a new deacon committee who has work hard with me in the church for the glory of God. Also, we want to take this opportunity to say thank you for all your help, especially for those of you who contributed to The Hope for Kids program.

This year we will two revivals in the church and a regional convention where we will have 30 churches that meet together in Coteaux Baptist Church to praise the Lord. Please pray God will supply the means to fix our generator. At the end of July we will have a week of revival in the church, and at the same time we will have an evangelism time for the community of Coteaux. The week of July 23rd we will have the summer school for all the kids in the church. About the pastor’s house everything is working fine, we already have the cement roof done.

Even though you are not here this year I know our relationship is still firm and I will keep praying for you so that God can continue to send his blessing upon your church.

Pastor Louisjean Cevedieu

New Letter from The Church at Port a Piment

The following is a letter I received from Pastor Leon at Port a Piment. As he is leaving MEBLH and Haiti I have requested a letter of introduction from the new pastor. Once I receive this letter, I will post it here.

From : Port-a-Piment Baptist Church July 7th, 2007
To : Second May Cape Baptist Church
Subject : Information


Dear brothers and sisters in Jesus Christ.

We greet you in the name of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. I would like to take this opportunity to say thank you for the debt you helped us pay. Paying this dept has been a great joy for us.

How are things for your church? We hope that everything is working fine for you. When we received the letter from you that told about all the different activities you have accomplished in your church we realized that it is important to keep praying for your church.

In Port-a-Piment we have had different kinds of activities too. We had a member convention, a reflection day with the youth, and we just finished Summer School for the kids. About 179 kids received a certificate and many of them received a gift from us. This month, we will have a regional convention too. This convention will happen at The Coteaux Baptist Church. I ask you to pray for me because at the end of this month I will leave for United State and I won’t back to Haiti anymore.

Once again, I would like to say thank you for all the help you gave me personally and the help given to the Port a Piment Church. I would like to share a verse with you found in the book of Philippians 3:16. “Nevertheless, to the degree that has already been attained, let us walk by the same rule, let us be of the same mind”.

Pastor Leon Lacouture.

New Letter from The Church at Morancy

Here is a letter that I have received from the MEBLH pastor in Morancy.

The MEBLH Church at Morency June 24th, 2007

We are very happy to write you these few lines just to greet you in the precious name of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

How are your activities doing? I hope that everything is going well for your church.
In our church here in Morency, we are doing good by the power of the Lord. Also we are preparing for the annual revival and the summer school we have here each year.

We bless the name of God for the relationship he has put between The MEBLH Church at Morency and Sunrise Community Church. Also we would like to say thank you for everything you have done to make our church growing in a positive way. We are praying that God will change the hearts of people who do not want to follow him. Please keep us in your prayer.

We love you very much and may the Lord send hid blessing upon you and your church.

Pastor Daniel Elliassaint

Aux Coteaux Parsonage

The Aux Coteaux Parsonage project is coming along nicely. They have continued to work to make it available to your team and to the pastor's family. I have included 2 pictures of the parsonage. There is much to still be done with plastering, finishing the floors, and putting in windows and doors. Thanks to the Grace Lutheran Church for enabling your family in Christ to continue with their project.

Another New Truck?

Praise God for His answered prayers. We have struggled for many years with vehicles that have constantly needed mechanical attention. A great deal of our financial resources have been expended to keep these vehicles running. God provided the funds for a new Toyota that has recently arrived. He has also provided the funds for a new Ford that we trust will arrive in the near future.

Bill Moses is one of our supporters in Texas as well as my father. He has been in the wholesale used car business for many years. He put out the word that we needed a new Ford 4-door, 4 wheel drive, diesel vehicle to several people that he does business. Last night, July 25th, 2007 I received a call from Dad telling me about a Ford truck fitting the description of what we are needing here. After several conversations with Dan Shoemaker, who was driving in the Carolina's as mountains and loosing cell signals we decided that this was the truck for us. It will take some time to get it to Haiti, and then some more time to get it past the Haitian Customs song and dance, BUT IT IS COMING.

Many years ago Deb Shoemaker related serving in Haiti to being on a lonesome prairie with no one to help with the ministry here in Haiti. Then one day a wagon appeared on the horizon and along with it appeared hope. I feel as if a new wagon has appeared on the horizon in the form of this new Ford pickup. Please pray that it arrives in a timely manner for the much needed help of handling teams.

Again, praise God for his provision!

Tuesday, July 24, 2007

Work on the Church at Tiburon

I just saw Pastor Lundy from the MEBSH Church at Tiburon,

He told me that they have been doing a lot of work on the church building. He said that they have been laying block but have run short of funds so have stopped for the time being. They hope to have made a lot of progress by the time your team comes in the fall.

New letter from the Church at Baradere

Hello to everyone at the Creekside Community E Free Church. I hope everyone is doing well.

I just got this letter translated and want to share it with you.

Baradère, July 2007

From: Baradère Church
To: Gainesville Church.

Dear Brothers and Sisters.

May the grace and peace of God be with you. I greet you in the name of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. How are the activities in your church? I hope you are doing fine.

In our church in Baradère, we are working very hard, for the glory of God. Last month we baptized 4 people and had 1 baby dedication. Many people have accepted Jesus as their savior. We have had two funerals in the church this year. The church has grown spiritually.

We would like to say thank you for everything you did for us. Especially the way you helped us with the school project. We have many kids in our school here and we had many activities on May 18th, 2007 which was the flag day. This year we had 89 kids that took the official exam.

For the church we had a convention for the region that started on July 20th and continued through July 23rd 2007.

We are looking forward to seeing you soon and we hope that God will keep each of you safe.

May God bless you,

Pastor Leon

New Letter from The Church at Abricot

I received the following letter from Pastor Yves Remous at the Abricot Church.

From: Pastor Mathurin Yves Renous.
To: The sister church. Pastor Dee
Subject: Heartfelt Thanks

Dear brothers and sisters.
How are you doing? I hope you and your church are doing fine. I greet you in the precious name of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. I am very happy to write you these few lines to say thank you for all the support you gave us for the 25 kids in Abricot Church. All the parents send their best regards for that, and they say thank you very much also.

We keep you in our thoughts and prayers so that God can provide to you all that you need to take good care of yourself..

This year we have had a lot of rain in the Abricot area. As a result the mountain side collapsed and there has been no road for cars or motorcycles for 6 months. They have finally repaired the road now so it is getting better. Now cars and motorcycles can easily cross to town and we say thanks to God for that.

Thank you for the new generator that you sent for the church. I would like to inform you that, the church is working very well now. During the last 6 months we had 25 people that accepted Jesus as their savior and 17 people were baptized. 21 kids attended the official exam this year and we are waiting for the results.

We are praying for you and we hope to have you here in Abricot in October if God is willing. I hope you will keep us in your prayers.

Pastor Yves Remous.

Agape Flights Shipping

This is an update to give you the rules and regs for shipping items to your sister church through our account here in Haiti.

You can use Agape Flights to ship to us items for your sister church. They fly into us on the first Wednesday of each month. Here are the rules for using Agape.

  1. The cost to you is $3.00 per pound. This covers shipping, handling, customs and storage. This is the cost at this time and could go up if things like fuel costs continue to change. This rate will go into effect on September 1st, 2007.
  2. You will need to pay us here in Haiti. Please pay with cash or check.
  3. You will need to ship 3 months prior to your visit to Haiti.
  4. Let me know ASAP before you ship how many pounds you plan to send so we can notify Agape of extra items.