This Momma & her twins were underweight in Jan 2012. After eating Manba for the last 3 months, she is much healthier and the twins are chubby at 7 months.
A Team from Blue Grass UMC in Evansville spent 10 days in Jolivert. Three of the team members were first-timers to Haiti! Here’s some of what they did on their trip.
Lacie LaRue, Brandy Buttram and Jennifer Phillips all got to experience Haiti for the very first time in January. Here’s their thoughts on the car ride on the way to Jolivert.
Pat Duarte and her team went to Haiti January 2013. This is one of the great videos that we have posted on our facebook page. Come visit and “like” our page to stay up to date.
To Haiti with Love
Where could I begin to tell you the love that I have for you,
In song, in dance, in laughter,
You stole my heart,
I cry for your needs and I pray for your spirits,
Never will I forget what I saw or how you endure,
Soon I hope to return to you and share in the love of our LORD,
You are my brother, you are my sister, my friends that I hold dear,
My heart will never be the same,
I long to return to you my friends and share in simple life,
May blessings abound and peace be plentiful until the day of our LORD,
Where we ALL will feast, in love, in health, and joy, as ONE.
What a wonderful way to start a new year with visiting our friends in Haiti. 2013 is is off to a great start, our team of seven missionaries were off and running as we arrived in Port Au Prince. Christophe was waiting for us at the air port as well as our Bus. We arrived in Jolivert 5 hours later, tired and ready for bed. Blaud had our sleeping quarters ready with candle light, since the generator was not working. It was really quite cozy.
The next morning we were greeted by our friends at the compound. The weather was around 80 degree and perfect. Our team consist of: Bishop Darrell Cook of Evansville, IN, Evangelist Johnnie Blount of Wilson, NC, Pastor Willie Wright of Memphis, TN, Donnis Blount, Wilson, TN, Kem Lutz, Wilson, NC, Barbie Porter, Beaver Dam , KY (Secret Pavilion Director) and myself, Patricia Duarte, Hartford, KY (MOL Director).
The 2 day Pastor/leadership conference was a great success with more than 110 attending. The Secret Pavilion Women’s Conference had 135 women in attendance. The women of the churches cooked for the pastor/leadership conference along with Ms Carlene and Ms Mona, the food was excellent. For the Women’s Conference the Americans cooked the food ( I really should that our Chef was Pastor Darrell who did all the cooking). A virus brought in with group made its rounds with our team (except me), I don’t know what we would have done without Pastors Darrell’s help. There were 135 women in attendance. The theme was the Fragrance of Christ and the conference room was decorated with pink bowls, pink napkins and white table clothes, beautiful hats and scarfs (which were given away).
Our second night the Soladat ministry gave us a party, what a time we had with singing and praising God. The church was decorated by the youth with hanging flowers. What a wonderful welcome it was. Our American Pastors were kept busy praying and encouraging the people. The also helped with some of the work on the church building project at Pastor Jean Roberts church.
Here’s a short Video of Pastor Darrell preaching!
I want to thank every one who helped me buy Bibles for the conference, I was able to purchase 60 Bibles and much more needed. My goal next year is to have 300 Bibles, enough for each conference. I can get these Bibles for $5.00 each. If you would like to help with this ministry please send to Missions of Love and note your donation BIBLE $5.25 if you use Pay Pal. We also gave out 200 Bible study work books. Some pictures from our trip has been posted on Facebook Missions of Love page. The sickness didn’t stop what our group was sent to do and neither did the Voodoo drums that played all night and all morning each day…God Word still went forth.
MISSION REPORT OCTOBER-NOVEMBER 2012
Greetings to all and wishes for a joyous Christmas and many blessings in the New Year!
This is a somewhat belated report, mainly because Asa had knee replacement surgery on November 12, and all our efforts and thoughts have been directed toward that since our return in late October. He is progressing well and our hope is that he will be fully recovered by April and be able to return to Haiti once more.
We had a very busy three weeks in October. While picking up eye medicines from a warehouse in Port-au-Prince, we learned that a team of ophthalmologists were at a clinic near Gonaives, so we stopped there on our way to Jolivert. They were doing cataract surgeries and they gave us the necessary referral paperwork to send people to them. On our arrival at Jolivert we did our best to notify people with cataracts to come in and get their preparative work done. We only had a three-day window of opportunity available and are excited and thankful that three people were able to have their surgery and are happy.
We had two first-timers, J C and Melanie., with us and Donah returning from last year. It is always interesting to see the first impressions of people, and to see people return a second or third time. Their enthusiasm is energizing for all. JC set to work fixing things that were out-of-order – a full-time job in the mission field. It seems there are always things (plumbing, electrical, structural) that have broken down since the last group was there. Donah and Melanie busily sorted glasses that had arrived and needed to be organized. We are blessed that we have a fairly good supply, even though the barrels we took to the dock in July have yet to arrive in Haiti. Reliable shipping has always been one of our biggest problems.
Asa and Guerby stayed very busy in the Eye Clinic seeing patients and trying to make arrangements for patients to get cataract surgery in Goniaves and at Northwest Christian mission when their team arrives in February. We also prepared for four meetings – two for people to learn inductive Bible Study, one for ladies where a lesson on hope was taught, and one for the children. Twenty people attended the Inductive Bible study taught by Donah and each one received a Bible, a study guide and an embroidered apron. There was interest in learning more. About 50 women came to the ladies meeting on hope which Melanie taught. Christophe and Edlin also presented some films on health and each lady received a toothbrush for herself and family members – thanks to generous donations from churches in the U.S.
The children’s meeting drew about 90 children with lots of adult help – thanks to the Maestro (a pastor who teaches the children chorus and marching), Misses Yvette, Altina, Christophe’s wife Carmel, Karlene and the entire American group. It was birthday party for all the children who, of course, had a birthday during the year. Few children in Haiti have birthday parties and most do not know when their birthday occurs. The Maestro’s choral group put on a delightful program of singing and skits and he followed with a devotional talk. A short health film was shown, a birthday cake for all complete with candles was brought out and some of the younger children blew out the candles. Everyone sang the “Birthday Song”, and another film with a devotional message was shown while refreshments were given out and consumed. The each child chose a small gift from a long table of toys, books, and hair adornments. On departure each child got a balloon and adults and children all had a fun afternoon..
Then the rains began.- we did not know at first that it was Hurricane Sandy – and that pretty much stopped normal activities as heavy rains keep people from clinic, visiting, and the schools closed for a couple of days. Blaud and Christophe were on the phone a lot trying to arrange transportation for us to PAP on Friday, October 26. The driver who was brought called and said he could not come back for us due to the bridges out, high water on the roads, and even the airport was closed on the 25th. It was decided to take the big army truck with a tarp over it and Widson driving. We give a lot of credit to Widson and Christophe for getting us there safely. We made it, a bit damp and bedraggled, but safe and thankful.. People in PAP were wading in water above their ankles in the streets but God was with us all the way. Did He not say, “When you pass through the waters, I will be with thee, and the rivers, they shall not overflow thee”. – Isaiah 43:2
Jean and Asa
Dr. BOB’S FALL REPORT
5 November, 2012
I think Missions of Love has earned some bragging rights. I know, it’s said that one should not blow his own horn, but I’m not blowing it for me. I’m blowing it for our “dynamic dozen” officers and directors who just keep on keeping on after all these years of trials and difficulties to bring God’s Word to the Haitian people and to relieve their seemingly never-ending suffering and strife through medical, public health and educational interventions as well. They do this without pay or recognition of any kind and “great is their faithfulness.” Kudos to you, my dear friends! I blow a horn also for our dedicated Haitian staff of thirty-five, whose lives we first helped to change and are now changing lives of tens of thousands of their countrymen through the Christian examples they make, the testimonies they share and the hard work they endure at Jolivert to God’s glory.
It is by no accident that our safe water project, “Gadyen Dlo,” is now installed in over 25,000 homes in our immediate area and now in countless thousands of homes throughout Haiti since the Haitian Ministry of Health has adopted our methods and are encouraging them throughout the country. It is because seeds were sown around our little clinic in Jolivert only ten-year ago. And now even the WHO (World health Organization} have recognized our efforts and have recommended our process around the globe.