Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Estero UMC “gets it”!

Even though their partnership is only 2 years old and they’ve only made 2 visits to their Sister Church, Cherette, Estero United Methodist of Estero, FL, “gets it”. They understand what the partnership is all about. Pastor David Harris shares that the partnership is getting to know each other, overcoming their natural differences, relationships deepen in their worshipping, witnessing and in their working together, ministering to one another and ministering together into the community. “This ultimately results in the spiritual enrichment of ALL to the honor of our Lord Jesus Christ.”

Their video (hot off the press) is a great testimony and example of this partnership, what it means to them and the effect that it’s had on the church.

Friday, August 13, 2010

Not necessarily good news

A previously unmapped fault was responsible for the magnitude-7.0 earthquake that struck Haiti on Jan. 12, not the fault originally blamed for the temblor, scientists announced Tuesday.

A 25-mile-long fault segment ruptured during the quake.

Read the whole article HERE.

Caribbean geological fault map

(This an “old” map, without the newly discovered fault.)

Wow! A new, unmapped fault. Put together with the previously known fault, which runs right through Port-au-Prince and right down the middle of the southern peninsula, makes for double trouble for Haiti. We pray that the earth stays still for a long time to come (like a couple of generations)!

$25 to Feed a Family for a Month!

It’s here and available. Let’s get this food to earthquake refugees! Food Packet tuned

1 case is $25.

Or…Sister Churches can provide food for their Sister Church district in lots of 50 cases for $1,250.

Simple ministry that has tangible effects to a large amount of people.

Donations made simple HERE. Deliveries begin the first week of September, so don’t delay!

Thursday, August 12, 2010

Food Has Arrived!

Being healthy enables people, especially children, to withstand such things as malaria, typhoid, dengue fever and the #1 killer of children in 3rd world countries, diarrhea. How can you stay healthy without good, nutritional food? How about now, after the earthquake when food is scarce?


RMI is able to help. We have just obtained several hundred cases of food aid! This food is undesignated and RMI would like to see it be used for needy, earthquake affected families. Each case contains 216 meals which would provide 1 hot, nourishing meal a day for a family of 6 for a whole month! These nutritious meals contain all of the nutrients and vitamins a child needs to grow strong and healthy, and has been scientifically created to help those suffering from scabies, malnutrition and other life threatening illnesses.

RMI would like to be able to distribute this food beginning the 1st week of September. However, we need help to cover our costs of shipping, customs, distribution, etc.! We need your help to make this possible. Each case is $25. (That is less than .12 cents a meal!) This is a great project with which to challenge your family, prayer group, Bible study, your deacons, pastoral staff, Sunday School class or church. How about your workplace? Can you get your favorite restaurant to put out a collection jar? Do you spend that much on Starbucks coffee in a month? How about feeding an entire family for a month instead? Your local Christian school can take on this challenge…kids helping to feed other kids!

Your contribution will enable RMI to provide this food to needy refugees in earthquake ravaged areas.

If you are a member of an RMI Sister Church, your church can provide food specifically for your own Haiti Sister Church district in lots of 50 cases for only $1,250. This is an enormous, tangible ministry into your Sister Church’s life, one that demonstrates that you know they are hurting and you are sending help that meets them where they are.

To provide these meals for a hungry family click HERE. Help make this food distribution happen!

Wednesday, August 04, 2010


Imagine for a moment….

Building a home in Leograne As the sky darkens, “Marie” looked up to see the clouds coming together for yet another rainy season downpour. She sighed and started pulling the family’s still wet clothes off the rope that her husband had put up to hold her prized pink sheets that now served as their only shelter. If only it wouldn’t rain for one whole day, she’d have the chance to get them dry. The kids played on the mounds of rubble that used to be their house. Had it really been 6 months since the earth shook so terribly? She thanked God again for the fact that her family lived through it, although some of her neighbors hadn’t been so lucky. She was so tired of first the dust, then the rain and mud, of huddling together at night, trying to sleep and not feeling safe and secure, of trying to fix meals and live under the little bit of protection that those pink sheets offered. How on earth could they ever get back on their feet and even think of rebuilding with things the way they are she wondered. The sound of a truck making its way carefully down their tiny road made her look up. She watched in amazement as, in 3 hours, a team of Americans and the national staff from Reciprocal Ministries International put up a transitional home on the foundation where her previous home had stood. Key to my new homeShe and her husband were thrilled when they received the keys to their new home. They couldn’t stop smiling. Tonight they would listen to the rain on a tin roof. Tonight they would sleep safely locked in their new home.

Can you imagine for just a moment if this were you?!

Can you imagine what it would mean to you?

Can you imagine how life changing it would be?

Dan in front of a finished home with banner This last week RMI President, Dan Shoemaker, and RMI Vice President, Kim Rose, led a Homes for Haiti team to southern Haiti. The long awaited windows and doors (which were stuck in customs) arrived, enabling the RMI national staff to be trained in their installation as they fitted them into the 4 homes that had already been built. The team was also able to put up 2 more homes. One was for a Baptist pastor and his family. Another (the one pictured above) was for a bookkeeper for Radio Lumiere, Haiti’s largest Christian radio station. These families AND the team were all smiles and moved to tears as each family was given the keys to their very own earthquake and hurricane resistant home. An interesting affirmation was received from townspeople who came to see the house. They said, “Of all the temporary houses being built, this is the one I want!” Wow. And this in a town where a number of organizations are building shelters. Which one would you choose?

The two on the left are made of a tarp type of material stretched over wood frames. RMI’s metal home is on the right, behind the truck. 3 house comparison What is the difference? RMI’s home is a transitional home not a temporary shelter. It is made of metal anchored in a cement floor. Our homes provide security, safety and dignity. They are built to last years.

You can change a life! $4,400 is all it costs to set a Haitian family on the road to recovery.

How can you help spread the word?? We need more sponsors. You can be an agent for change. Actually you can be our real estate agents! What a great ministry: being a “real estate agent” of sorts, helping RMI find sponsors for more homes in Haiti. Can you promote or do a fund raiser for a home at your place of business? Can your Rotary club sponsor a home? Three different friends of RMI are donating 10% of their profits from their businesses for the next 6 months to building homes. What other creative idea can you come up with to help us raise these funds?

Be sure to keep up to date with RMI’s happenings on Facebook and the RMI website, here. Or feel free to call us toll free at 866-RMI-5439 or 239-368-8390.

You can see more pictures of the first homes being built here and here. From start to finish, one home took 3 hours to build. Let’s work together to get these homes built!