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.

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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.

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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.


Dawn in action on her trip to Haiti last month.


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.

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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.


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!

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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. 😃

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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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Saturday, April 22, 2017

Photo Update from RMI...

After a rainy start to the day, The Bayou Church (LA) has arrived safely in Petit Trou to spend a few days encouraging their Haitian brothers and sisters in the love of Christ.

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Friday, April 21, 2017

Photo Update from RMI...

It's been a great week of work. Great job Beacon EFC! Our next team arrives today from The Bayou Church (LA).

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Thursday, April 20, 2017

Photo Update from RMI...

Food distribution this week in Haiti... "Then the King will say to those on his right, 'Come, you who are blessed by my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world. For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me." Beacon EFC Morency.

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Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Photo Update from RMI...

Hard work has begun again today. The Beacon EFC team is accomplishing great things at the pastor's home in Morency.

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Monday, April 17, 2017

Photo Update from RMI...

Working side by side with their brothers in Morency (Haiti), Beacon Church (NJ) is making progress on their new wall!

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Sunday, April 16, 2017

Photo Update from RMI...

We love when we bring believers together, worlds apart in many ways, but still ONE FAMILY. Beacon and Morency together. He is Risen!

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Saturday, April 15, 2017

Photo Update from RMI...

Beacon Work Team (NJ) is off to a great start! After starting their journey with prayer, they are on their way to Morency Church (Haiti).

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Friday, April 14, 2017

Photo Update from RMI...

Beacon EFC team is on the ground in Haiti! Looking forward to a great week!

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Photo Update from RMI...

The work team from Beacon EFC is on their way to Haiti to work at their Partner church in Morency, Haiti.

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Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Photo Update from RMI...

MISSION:Accomplished. Praise the Lord! We are excited to thank all of our donors who were pressed upon to answer the call of our Ministry Opportunity presented not even 4 weeks ago. All 2500 cases of food are spoken for and deliveries are in the works. Additional food and water aid continues to be available on our website as well.

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Wednesday, April 05, 2017

44 Goats

In February Bob Davis went to Haiti for the first time with his Ft. Myers, FL church.  They mixed and poured concrete for a school floor.  They put a new tin roof on the school 4-seater outhouse.  They held an open air service one evening.  They played with the kids.  They painted school benches.  They worshiped and fellowshipped with national believers.  They developed relationships.  And in the process Bob fell in love with Haiti and the people. 

When he returned home he felt burdened to continue helping Haiti in anyway he could.  That’s when he remembered hearing about RMI’s Goats 4 Haiti Program.  He had seen first hand how much having a goat meant to families in Haiti and what a difference it could make it their lives.  He felt this was something that was very “do-able” as far as raising the funds.  So with his mission pastor’s blessing, he put together a power point presentation and presented the project to not one but several Life Group classes in his large church.  Gathering the funds for 10 goats was his goal.

This week, Bob came to the RMI office with the checks and presented them to RMI President, Dan Shoemaker.  His total?  Forty-four goats.  Enough to bless families in not only the church they visited in February but several other churches.

Just one man and a burden.  Forty four goats.  Think what you could do.  What a challenge!

You can find out more about Goats 4 Haiti HERE.

Bob Davis, McGregor gift for 44 goats 2017

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Tuesday, April 04, 2017

Fond Farewell

Goodbyes are never easy yet this month we have to say goodbye to Greg and Star Harvie.  They are moving on to the next phase in their lives in their home area of Nebraska.  They fly to the US on April 8.  No, farewells are not actually fond, but they have made many fond friends and fond memories during their 4 years of service with RMI in Haiti.

They have been a real asset to RMI and a key to our growth in southern Haiti.  Greg has done a great job of organizing and upgrading RMI’s garage as well as our fleet of vehicles.  He helped to acquire several needed specialty vehicles, as well as a great generator for the Zanglais Ministry Center, among many other things.  Star has helped to lead our Hope for Kidz team and all the myriad of details that this program requires.   They will be missed by both the missionaries and the RMI national staff.

Pray for them as they re-settle into life in the US.  HERE is their latest e-newsletter, which gives more details of their plans as well as their phone number.  You can always find them on Facebook as usual, too.

harvie blank prayer card photo cropped for 8 X 10  
Thank you for your faithful service, Greg and Star!!

Sunday, March 26, 2017

Photo Update from RMI...

Pastor Greg from Calvary Bible Fellowship, PA sharing the word of God this morning at Vieux Bourg Church Haiti.

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