Thursday, October 23, 2008

3 Laptops @ $1100 each

I don't really want to ask, but I need to...

RMI is immediately in need of 3 laptops.

  1. One for our Hope for Kidz child sponsorship "department" to translate letters and administrate the program.
  2. One for a missionary child for schooling.
  3. One for our RMI Haitian staff to work on in our Haiti Office to help.

I can't begin to describe your return on investment!

If you would like to make a donation to cover one or all of these, please contact me immediately.

Thank you.


Memories for NewChurch and Northhill Community Church!

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

theSlice, October 2008 Posted...

imageI have just emailed our (Rob and Becky Thompson) latest version of the "theSlice". If you didn't get it, you can see it here.

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Monday, October 20, 2008

Praying for Missionaries @ Starbucks...

Today, I was working on my computer at Starbucks. I had Chris Tomlin's latest piped through my head phones, negating the distractions of my fellow patrons. For whatever reason, my attention was drawn to the title of a novel on the shelf next to me... The Art of Racing in the Rain, by Garth Stein. I have not read the book and really have no idea what it is about, but it got me thinking... It got me praying, right there in Starbucks...

Missionaries on the field are always "racing in the rain". Everyday.

You may have heard RMI missionary Billy Moses singing the song he wrote upon arriving on the field, "Everything is Broken"... Same idea, "racing in the rain". A perfect metaphor, at least in my mind.

IMG_7199Their experience and existence necessitates our prayers. They are truly on the battlefield, dealing with the stresses of life in a third world context that we in the comforts of our home simply cannot fathom. Lack of finances, both personal and ministry are a constant burden carried. Relational strain, just like we encounter, within the context of team mates and colleagues from other agencies is of IMG_7201constant concern. Lack of spiritual input (church, small group, SS class, friends, even from books) has them weak and weary. Fellowship with others in general is limited at best. The absence of the felicities of life that we all enjoy must be disheartening (consider having no ice cream!). Equipment is always broken and in need of repair, with no Home Depot around the corner. The constant strain from IMG_7203the surrounding pain and despair must be overwhelming. The desire to help others, but a limited capacity to do so must wear them out. Time away from the family while traveling is the norm. This is only the genesis of their struggle.... They are stretched beyond their capacities. They are "racing in the rain".

Will you pray with me for our RMI Missionaries? For Billy and Debbie Moses? For Gary and Marilyn McLaughlin? For Jenn Rogan?


Sunday, October 19, 2008

Video of Haiti Flood Pictures

I just completed this PowerPoint presentation of some Haiti Flood pictures. Thought I would share it with you. Dan is out at Trinity Bible Church in Lafayette Louisiana for their mission's conference. He will also be doing some focused fund raising. He will also be sharing this slide show.


Monday, October 13, 2008

Introduction letter from Camp-Perrin,

From : Pastor Borgelin Melusme

To : Schuylkill Valley Bible Chapel.

Subject : Introduction letter.

Dear beloved,

I greet you in the name of the Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. It is a pleasure for me to write you and introduce myself and my family to you. Once again, in my name and my family’s name I want to greet you in the name of Jesus our savior. I want to thank you the information I received from you in the past few weeks. That shows you are thinking about us here and pray for us.

My name Pastor Borgelin Melusme, I have been Pastor for 40 years. During this time I have led 11 churches and have been the district director two times. As you already know I am the new Pastor of Camp-Perrin Baptist church and I am also the director of the district.

My wife's name is Josette Cherubin, she is working with the ladies ministry and kids ministry in the church. We have been married 32 years and God richly bless us and gave us 4 boys.

Pierre Harry Borgelin is 31 years old, Guedy Borgelin is 30 years old, Arold Borgelin is 28 years old, and Nehemy Borgelin is 27 years old.

I used to be at the MEBSH church at Astruk and was privileged to work with Reciprocal Ministries International in the Sister Church Program there. Now I am getting to know the church members in Camp-Perrin and the community. I see the people in Camp-Perrin are very friendly and I am looking forward serving with them for the glory of the Lord.

Finally, thank you for your prayers. Please pray specifically for those that have been touched by the different Hurricanes that passed through Haiti and for me as their new Pastor in Camp-Perrin.

May God bless you and your church abundantly!

Pastor Borgelin Melusme

Report: MEBSH Church at Camp-Perrin

October 13, 2008

The town of Camp-Perrin has the same problems as the other towns in Haiti. The Hurricanes damaged different places in Camp-Perrin. In our church we had some problems because the town was flooded bringing about six big trucks of gravel in our yard, even inside of the church we had gravel too. Many church members lost their gardens, animals and their homes were damaged by the hurricanes. Praise the Lord, there was no loss of life. Here there are the details for each church in the district.


· 15 damaged homes

· 58 gardens washed away.

· 26 animals died.


· 5 damaged homes.

· 10 gardens washed away.

· 4 animals died.


· 15 gardens washed away.

· 7 damaged homes.

· 6 animals died.


· 15 gardens washed away

· 10 damaged homes.

· 3 animals died.


· 6 gardens washed away.

· 4 damaged homes.


· 20 gardens washed away.

· 7 damaged homes.

· 15 animals died.

Ferme Le Blanc:

· 15 gardens washed away.

· 10 damaged homes.

· 12 animals died.


· 18 gardens washed away.

· 15 damaged homes.

· 4 animals died.

The main needs we have for Camp-Perrin district is home repairs and food.

Pastor Melusme Borgelin.

Friday, October 10, 2008

Conditions in Southern Haiti

The churches in our area are recovering slowly but better than some of the churches in other area. The difference is that things are more readily available due to being so close to Les Cayes. It is still difficult for them as many church members have lost gardens, animals, etc.

The further west you go the worst it is because the road out that way has been destroyed.

The main problem in our area is that the road to Port-au-Prince is still closed so we are cut off from Port and the goods that normally arrive here from there. For example, there is very little gas or diesel available here. This means that the electric department of Haiti is not running so there is limited power. Also we cannot get any fuel for our generators here on the mission center so what power we have will come to an end in about 2 weeks.

There have been reports that the road to Port is being worked on to allow trucks through but how soon that will happen is still up in the air.

Please pray that the flow from Port will be restored.

Below are some photos of the road west to Port a Piment, Les Anglais and other towns.


Mudslides on the mountainside were not there before the storms.


5 Houses were washed away in this area.

IMG_2657A place where the road is washed out.


A washed out road and a section of bridge that was moved by high water.

IMG_2665 Notice the high water mark on the wall at the door of this house.


The original road is on the left where the culvert is  sticking out.

Friday, October 03, 2008

Subscribed to RMI's E-NEWS Update?

We are preparing to periodically send out email updates to the “RMI Family”.

Therefore, earlier today I sent an email out to everyone with an email address in our database.

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Linking His Church,