Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Photo Update from RMI...

This week's Haitian proverb...Anpil men chay pa lou. Translation: Many hands make the load lighter. Meaning: Even though the job may be big and the workload heavy, people can do things more quickly and easily when they work together. If many people cooperate, work that would have otherwise been very heavy for one person becomes light to each participant.

from Reciprocal Ministries International

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Brighten Someone’s Night









These portable solar-powered lanterns can be purchased through RMI

and delivered to your Sister Church in Haiti. 

$36 a pair - including delivery.

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Electricity is scarce in Haiti and nonexistent in most Haitian homes. Children either cannot study at night or they use a candle fueled by kerosene, which is dangerous. Our portable lantern is a reliable lighting source for children to read and study. The lamp weighs only 4 ounces and collapses to one inch thin. It contains a solar charged lithium ion battery; making it a convenient and efficient lighting source - anywhere, anytime, any weather.

Lantern Features:

  • Safe & reliable
  • Waterproof & shatterproof
  • Solar-charged battery
  • Great for reading
  • Offers security lighting

You can make brighten someone’s night by donating HERE.

Wednesday, August 09, 2017

New, Revised Manuals and Team T-shirts!

front covers of leader's and team manuals

We’re excited to announce that the new, revised Team Training Manuals and Team Leader’s Manuals have arrived! 

It went through extensive revising, editing, and condensing.  A blank journal to make keeping a record of your trip much easier was added at the end.

The manuals are plastic coil bound, making it much more user friendly…it is easy to lay flat or fold over to study, read and take notes in.  They are much more compact as well.

The Leader’s Manual is now a stand alone unit – it doesn’t contain a Team Manual as it did in the past.  A team leader needs to make sure he orders both for himself.

Other Exciting News…

The Team Leader’s Manual, the Team Training Manuals and the companion devotionals are all now included in a team’s in-country MED (Ministry Enablement Donation) fee.  You do not have to pay for them separately.

Because of these changes we are asking teams to order new leader’s manuals for each team leader.  New team manuals should also be ordered for  every single person on your team even if they’ve been on a previous team. You should order 1 Team Training Manual and 1 devotional for each person as well as 1 Team Leader’s Manual for each leader.  For example, if you have 10 people on your team (including you as a team leader), you should order 10 manuals, 10 devotionals and 1 leader’s manual.  Make sure you order them as soon as possible since it takes time to ship them to you.

Please discard the previous manuals you have used since they are no longer in use

RMI firmly believes that in order to have a successful, life transforming short term trip to Haiti, the team must have comprehensive preparation beforehand.  These manuals and devotionals, as well as the supplemental one-time materials (the Pimsleur Creole language course, the Creole-English dictionary and the Creole-English phrasebook, all 3 of which are purchased separately and should stay as the property of your church for subsequent teams to use) are the resources that you need in order to go through this preparation and orientation time.

Both colors, front and back collage.pngMore Exciting News…

Team T-shirts are now available! 

And 1 T-shirt per person is now a part of a team’s in-country MED fee!

Ordering for these shirts should be done through the team leader.  The form can be found HERE.

Additional T-shirts can be bought in our store on the RMI website, www.RMIbridge.org (there’s a store button on the home page).

The green is great for group identity in an airport.  The gray is a light gray and just as nice.

We know you’ll enjoy the new manuals…and this is the first time RMI has provided team T-shirts!  It’s also the first time these things are included in a team’s in-country MED fee.  All good changes that will enhance your trip experience! 

Photo Update from RMI...

This morning Rob Thompson shared, "Singing and Praying with the RMI team this morning. We made it through together by God's grace." So happy to see them back home!

from Reciprocal Ministries International

Tuesday, August 08, 2017

Photo Update from RMI...

The Thompsons made it home!

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Photo Update from RMI...

News Flash! The Thompson family is returning to Haiti today!! God has done great things in their lives and we're so thankful that they are now going home. Earlier this morning Rob wrote, "Haiti here we come! Kids woke up doing the 'today we see Jersey (our dog) dance!' After 14 months, we are thrilled to be going home!"

from Reciprocal Ministries International

Monday, August 07, 2017

Photo Update from RMI...

Haitian proverb of the week: Di m kisa our renmen, ma di ou ki moun ou ye. Translation: Tell me what you love, and I’ll tell you who you are. Meaning: What you are interested in says a lot about who you are.

from Reciprocal Ministries International

Tuesday, August 01, 2017

Photo Update from RMI...

RMI's growth spurt in continuing! We’d like to introduce you to Jeff and Christina Speel. They live in Absecon, New Jersey where they have served at Beacon Evangelical Free Church in Galloway, NJ since 2010. They love pouring themselves into the lives of teen and college students as Director of Student Ministries. In addition to caring for their two children, Elle (4 years old) and Hutz (1-year-old), Christina helps out in various ministries of the church. They have both been to Haiti for short-term trips, but cannot wait for the opportunity to return and serve full-time in whatever capacity is needed. Jeff and Christina are official RMI appointees and currently raising support to go to Haiti full-time. Their arrival date depends on when they are able to get all of their monthly support needs (besides salary, this includes health and medi-vac insurance, taxes, social security, a Board mandated 401k and a modest business account) as well as their one-time needs (household set-up costs, shipping their goods, their flights, visa costs, transportation needs, and many other expenses). Pray for them as they begin their support raising. They are needed in Haiti as soon as possible. If you would like to be a part of their ministry, you can do this online at http://ift.tt/2gFklbP. You can contact them at jeff.speel@rmibridge.org or christina.speel@rmibridge.org to arrange for them to speak at your church or small group.

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RMI’s Growth Spurt is Continuing

Prayer card pic 2017We’d like to introduce you to Jeff and Christina Speel.  They live in Absecon, New Jersey where they have served at Beacon Evangelical Free Church in Galloway, NJ since 2010.  They love pouring themselves into the lives of teen and college students as Director of Student Ministries.

In addition to caring for their two children, Elle (4 years old) and Hutz (1-year-old), Christina helps out in various ministries of the church.  They have both been to Haiti for short-term trips, but cannot wait for the opportunity to return and serve full-time in whatever capacity is needed.

Jeff and Christina are official RMI appointees and currently raising support to go to Haiti full-time.  Their arrival date depends on when they are able to get all of their monthly support needs (besides salary, this includes health and medi-vac insurance, taxes, social security, a Board mandated 401k and a modest business account among other things) as well as their one-time needs (household set-up costs, shipping their goods, their flights, visa costs, transportation needs, and many other expenses).

Pray for them as they begin their support raising.  They are needed in Haiti as soon as possible.  If you would like to be a part of their ministry, you can do this online at HERE  You can contact them at jeff.speel@rmibridge.org or christina.speel@rmibridge.org to arrange for them to speak at your church or small group.

Monday, July 31, 2017

Photo Update from RMI...

A Haitian proverb for the week: Avan ou monte bwa, gade si ou ka desann li. Translation: Before you climb a tree, look to see if you can climb down. Meaning: Make sure you know what you’re getting into. A wise word for all of us!

from Reciprocal Ministries International

Friday, July 21, 2017

Pillowcase Dresses–a Project Idea for Ladies

dresses 1Pillowcase dresses - A fun and easy idea to get gals of all ages in your church involved in doing something for your C3 partner church! They are simple and don't take an experienced seamstress to create. Here are some samples of pillowcase dresses that were recently made for little girls in Haiti. It's easy to find patterns online (search "pillowcase dress pattern" in either Pinterest or in your internet search bar). You can collect pillowcases (preferably pretty designs and/or bright colors) in standard and king sizes, obtain fabric pieces for the ruffles, print the instructions and you're good to go. Make some samples for folks to see. Prepackage them in Ziploc bags, and have ladies sign up to take them home to make or perhaps have an old fashioned sewing bee to make the dresses as a group.

dresses 2The dresses are intended for young girls, approximately 3-8 years old. Contact the RMI field at partnerships.haiti@rmibridge.org to find out how many little girls they estimate there are in the church so you have an idea of how many you would need. Always add 15 or 20 more to the number just in case you need extras.

They would need to taken down to your C3 partner the next time you visit them - so plan ahead...and be creative! (They can be mailed to your C3 partner church, too. Contact the Haiti field to find out the best way to go about this and the costs involved.)

We'd love to see pictures of your creations.

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

The RMI Family is Growing!

We are excited to introduce you to the newest additions to our RMI family…
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Joslynn Stakes - 2017-18 School Teacher

Joslynn is serving with RMI for the 2017-2018 school year where she will teach 6th-7th grades at Cite Lumiere Christian School. She taught 5th-12th grade Health and PE for 5 years at Highland Baptist Christian School in Louisiana, her native state. She has visited her sister church Petit Trou through RMI four times.  It was during these trips that God laid it on her heart to serve in Haiti as a teacher.






Janae 1Janae Stork - 2017-18 School Teacher


Janae has been living in Les Cayes since March 2015 and spends her summers with her family in Illinois. She plans to move up to high school with her students at Cite Lumiere Christian School (CLCS) this coming 2017-18 school year. She has previously taught language arts in 2nd and 7th grades in 2015-16 school year. Janae also taught 5th and 6th grade language arts for half of the school year while being the main 8th grade teacher during the 2016-17 school year at CLCS.  She is looking forward to spending time in the Sister Church communities as her school schedule allows and joining teams on weekends when they are near the Les Cayes area.



They join another RMI teacher…
Courtney 1Courtney Westcott - 2017-18 School Teacher
Courtney is a native of New Jersey, and has previously served in Les Cayes, Haiti during the 2014-15 school year where she taught First Grade at the Cite Lumiere Christian School.  She is looking forward to returning to Haiti for the 2017-18 school year where she will teach her former students as they transition to Third Grade.  Courtney also accompanies teams out to their Sister Churches when possible.






Josylnn succinctly explains the importance of school teachers in the lives of missionaries.  She shared, “On my first visit to Haiti where I learned of Cite Lumiere Christian School and its importance to RMI, I thought of Aaron holding up Moses’ arms during a battle and how he was critical to the victory even though he was a background player.”  It’s a great analogy.  These gals’ ministries directly affect the Rob Thompson and Lee Nunemaker families as well as several other missionary families.

They are currently raising their support and are asking for your prayers as they need their funds to come in quickly since they need to be in Haiti to start classes at the end of August!  You can donate to their support HERE.

Thursday, June 29, 2017

Child Sponsorship Makes a Difference

One of the most effective ways to make a difference in a child’s life...to be able to truly transform their lives, is sponsoring them through RMI’s Hope for Kidz Child Sponsorship Program.  It seems so simple yet has such a profound effect on his or her life!  It’s something that you can do without leaving home - you don’t have to go to Haiti to do it.  You can do it as an individual, as a family project, a project at your work place, a church, a Sunday School class, a home school group, a school class project, or even as a civic organization (like Kiwanis or Rotary Club) project.  You can support one child...or 2 or 3 or even more!  There’s no limit.

Yes, a sponsorship CAN make a difference in a child’s life!  Here is one example of a young girl who began to be sponsored several years ago.  It’s not a scientific study, of course, but it shows that, over the years, she made a dramatic improvement!  It’s such an encouragement to know that this is a result of her being able to attend school thanks to her sponsor.

Before and after 3 pics

Now is the time to renew your sponsorship for this coming fall school year.  Don’t delay!  Go to www.RMIbridge.org/child-sponsorship to renew.

If you don’t yet support a child, now is the time to get started!  Go to www.RMIbridge/child-sponsorship to get started.

Saturday, June 24, 2017

Photo Update from RMI...

Our missionaries Rob and Becky Thompson and family packed food for Haiti last night at Feed My Starving Children in Chicago with a group of supporters. Thank you everyone!

from Reciprocal Ministries International

Tuesday, June 06, 2017

Photo Update from RMI...

Children in the communities surrounding Picot received goats from their sister church, Trinity Bible Church (LA) today. One goat provides tremendously for a needy family in Haiti.

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Monday, June 05, 2017

Photo Update from RMI...

Trinity Bible Church (LA) and Picot churches are reaching out and ministering to other churches in the Picot district today.

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Welcome to the RMI Family

We are excited to welcome 3 new C3 Partners to the RMI family.  Each one have already sent teams and been involved in life-changing ministry.  Here are the US churches and their C3 Partners.

Wellspring and Aux Coteaux

Lifehouse Church of Townsend, Delaware is now partnering with Aux Coteaux Baptist Church (they are currently enlarging the sanctuary, thus the temporary structure in the photo).

McGregor Baptist and Cote de Fe

McGregor Baptist Church of Ft. Myers, FL is now partnering with Cote de Fe Baptist Church.

Wellspring and Boyer

Wellspring Church of Egg Harbor Township, New Jersey is now partnering with Boyer Baptist Church.

Welcome aboard Lifehouse, McGregor and Wellspring!  We look forward to many years of service together and many lives in both churches transformed.

Saturday, June 03, 2017

Photo Update from RMI...

The Zanglais Ministry Center was buzzing with activity this morning with Teens For Christ youth team (NE/KS) and Trinity Bible Church (LA) as they prepared for their week of ministry.

from Reciprocal Ministries International

Monday, May 22, 2017

Photo Update from RMI...

All of us have Mountain peaks and Valleys, but how do we handle them? A great message by Ron Cook (FL) as he shared with the people of Port Salute Haiti, who walked in the valley during the aftermath of Hurricane Matthew.

from Reciprocal Ministries International

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Lights! Camera! Action!

In this digital era it is vital that we are able to tell RMI’s story with quality videos, promotional material and pictures.  We are finding that it is difficult to get the word out about RMI’s unique concept and programs without these things.

Using a professional studio means paying for a videographer and photographer (who sometimes have to rent their equipment) to make a week long trip to Haiti - which entails housing and feeding them, providingvideo package transportation and a translator - to get the needed shots and footage.  After the trip is over, the production typically takes 40 hours at $60 an hour!  You can see it’s not a cheap endeavor.  Since RMI has quite a wide variety of programs and ministries, we really need a number of videos.  While the week of shooting in Haiti can result in great footage for a variety of videos, the production costs run the same for each separate one.

Also, we need to keep our videos and photography fresh and up to date.  Our staff in Haiti have sent us with a basic supply of photographs, but it is not their primary focus.  They are stretched thin but have made great efforts to get us what we need.

God has given us a new missionary candidate, Dawn Shoemaker, to do just this for us.  One of her job descriptions will be to help us tell RMI’s story through videography and photography.  Having her there, going out with teams, being directly involved in the ministry will give her direct access to getting the shots AND getting material for fresh, up-to-date stories.  We will be able to get more for far less money by having her on the field.

This is the urgent challenge before us.

We need to raise $6,000 to buy the audio/video package that is capable of producing quality videos, sound and pictures as well as the computer and software that has editing capabilities.  This is an urgent need.  Even though Dawn is still raising her funds to get to the field, she was in Haiti last month beginning to get footage and shots for RMI.  She needs this equipment as soon as possible.

  Dawn Shoemaker's prayer card
Dawn grew up in Haiti and has experienced God’s call to serve Him as a missionary ever since she was young.  She is a 3rd generation missionary (her parents are Dan and Debbie Shoemaker who served in Haiti for 25 years, and her grandparents on both sides were missionaries, each for 30+ years) - how often do you hear of a young person feeling that call on their lives?!  She is excited to be going back to the land of her birth and be vitally involved with what God is doing there in Haiti.  She is actively needing monthly support to get her there as soon as possible.

What would God have you do?  Can you help us with a special gift toward this special need for RMI’s audio/video package?  Would you consider becoming a part of Dawn’s support team?  This is a unique opportunity to be involved in the future of both RMI’s “digital footprint” as well as be instrumental in getting a new, passionate missionary to the field.


Give online at HERE.  Give to Dawn Shoemaker’s account and include a gift note stating “A/V package”.
Or, send a check using the enclosed return receipt, noting that it is for the audio/video package.

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Dawn in action on her trip to Haiti last month.

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Tuesday, May 09, 2017

Photo Update from RMI...

RMI is grieved beyond measure at the recent tragic loss of one of our missionary partners within the MEBSH community in Haiti. Janella Zimmerman, David Zimmerman's wife, Orrin and Cassia's mom, passed away from injuries sustained in a car accident while on vacation with her family in the Dominican Republic. Please join us in praying for the Zimmerman family, the HarvestCall family, and the entire Haiti missionary community.

from Reciprocal Ministries International

Thursday, May 04, 2017

Life Transforming

When we use the phrase “Life Transforming”, we usually think of lives in Haiti being transformed…but lives of team members  are transformed as well.  This was brought home afresh as RMI’s President, Dan Shoemaker, and his wife attended 2 funerals (in 2 different churches and cities in Florida) in April.  Each of the people had been to Haiti many times over the last 20+ years.  Their families shared that God touched their hearts as a result of their involvement with their sister church in Haiti and RMI.  In one case, it changed the entire course of one man’s life resulting in he and his wife going to Italy as missionaries.  While they visited with folks before and after each of these services, they heard that same story many times.  They met folks who had gone when they were in college.  Now, as adults they are active in their church’s mission outreaches and take their own kids on mission trips.  Dan and Debbie heard that one young lady who went to Haiti as a college student went on to become a mid-wife, ministering to Bedouin tribes in Saharan Africa.  They were amazed as people introduced themselves and reminded them what year they visited – some of them in the 1980’s!  These folks recounted events of what happened to them as if it were yesterday.  Each of them expressed how their trip was a spiritual turning point in their lives and how God had worked as a result. 

One such transformed life from one of the above mentioned churches is Bartow McDonald.  He went as a college student.  There he met the Shoemaker family.  Here are pictures from that visit. 

Bartow with Devon and Dawn 1991

(Yes, that’s the same Dawn Shoemaker who is now an RMI missionary appointee, raising her funds to return to Haiti soon.) 

His trips have had a profound affect on his life. Bartow in Haiti 1991

Bartow shares  “Little did I know how a week long trip with RMI almost 30 years ago would adjust the rudder and trajectory of my life for so many years to come.

It's no secret the lives often most transformed are those who travel from the states.  I'm no different.

Seeing and experiencing Jesus in a totally different culture provides glimpses of our mighty King at work, doing what no man or government could ever accomplish.  This is thrilling.  Yes, we follow Him here in Florida and see His hand before us, but there is something powerful, something all together wonderful about seeing Jesus operating beyond our language, customs and systems.

Our Haitian brothers and sisters also testify to the deep and wonderful joy found only in the transaction of deep trust between our hearts and Jesus.   Our Haitian brothers and sisters are all together inspiring.

And somehow the Kingdom often seems to be a bigger part of our Haitian brothers and sisters deepest desires. Their level of commitment and passion for Jesus redefines what ‘all in’ looks like.  Perhaps the blessing of no such thing as a 401k or Roth IRA.

I've also seen my desires change as I spend time in Haiti.  The things I want, plan for and pursue have changed.  And hopefully those look a lot more like Jesus than Bartow.”

His involvement with RMI continues today as he serves as an RMI Board member.  He’s pictured below with his wife, Laura.

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Bartow took his whole family to Haiti on a Vision Trip in 2015.

Bartow in Haiti with his family 2015

Lives transformed – in the past, in the present, and in the future.  It’s truly exciting and humbling to know that God is using RMI in such an impactful way. 

Wednesday, May 03, 2017

Photo Update from RMI...

Happening right now in Les Cayes, Haiti. Moving food boxes so we can begin to stack more containers. This gives us more capacity to distribute food to the needy in southern Haiti!

from Reciprocal Ministries International

Sunday, April 30, 2017

Photo Update from RMI...

Paul from Lifehouse Church, (DE) was practicing the power of prayer today in the town of Aux Coteaux. What a blessing he has been!

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Saturday, April 29, 2017

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Photo Update from RMI...

Another exciting development this week...Pump test # 3 as Water Mission Haiti makes final plans for getting our desalination system up and providing good drinking water for our Zanglais Ministry Center. 😃

from Reciprocal Ministries International

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Photo Update from RMI...

Check out this new tool that God dropped off at RMI in Haiti this morning. Grateful to the donor who gave this totally rebuilt Case 590 Tractor! Praise the Lord!

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Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Photo Update from RMI...

The men's meeting in Petit-Trou, Haiti is in progress!!! Pray for great fellowship between the Haitian church and The Bayou Church from Lafayette, LA.

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Monday, April 24, 2017

Photo Update from RMI...

The Bayou Church from Lafayette, LA leading a meeting with the school kids of Petit-Trou Haiti this afternoon.

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Sunday, April 23, 2017

Photo Update from RMI...

Evangelistic service happening at a park in Petit-Trou right now. Pray that the seeds that will be sown tonight will fall on fertile soil.

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Photo Update from RMI...

The Bayou Church ( Lafayette, Louisiana) had a great time showing God's love to some kids in Petit-Trou, Haiti this morning after church!!!

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