Haitian Island Ministries

Medical and Evangelical Missions Touching Haiti, Reaching Out to the World Since 1994

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February 2018

Hi everyone,

We thought we would give you a look inside one of the churches. This is the combined school/church where our friend Prophet is the pastor and operates the school as well.

The area where they have children’s church used to be outside, but because of the additional kids from Joe’s school, we put a roof over it and almost doubled the size of the building. Doing so also gave us more room for classrooms. We said in one letter there are 200 kids that attend school there but it’s closer to 300. The man doing the teaching is also one of the school teachers. And as you can see, everyone in Haiti still dresses up for church.

The second picture is of the book being used, by Max Lucado, just for children.

All the material things you see — benches etc. — are things you helped buy or have built in one way or the other. From the materials, to expanding the building, to the book, it’s all there because of you. It’s worth noting that Haiti has 15,200 primary schools like this one and 90% of them are non-public, which means they are managed by religious organizations or other non-profits. Just that one figure tells you what you are helping do.

Next month, we’ll go inside to give you a look at the adult church.

Since the last letter Terry has not had a good start to the new year. From bad colds to pneumonia, she’s had it. The MRI’s did not take place either, because of the implant. We were told numerous times having it would not be a problem if a MRI were needed. But the hospital won’t do that, and to date our insurance won’t approve a different test. Any treatment will start after she regains some strength. That’s the plan.

Thank you for helping our friends in Haiti and thank you for keeping Terry in your prayers.

Steve and Terry

January 2018…. A New Year!

We hope everyone had a great Christmas and is ready for 2018. Really, it seems like not that long ago we WERE 18 and thinking how old we would be in 2000. And now, it doesn’t seem quite so bad.

The results from Terry’s last appointment were not what we wanted to hear. The cancer is back, and she had a bone marrow biopsy December 21 which confirmed that. January 3rd and 5th she will have MRI’s done to see if it is in any area of her body yet. After that the chemo treatments will begin and then another stem cell transplant. In addition to this, she has had pneumonia for well over a week and is slowing getting better.

There are some good points this time. We know it was seen as soon as it appeared in blood tests. Stem cells are already waiting since they took enough for two transplants, so she won’t have to go through that again. We know one of the reasons she was in so much pain the last time, so they can avoid that medication, and the fact that we know what is coming next. That doesn’t make it any easier on Terry but at least we know what the next step will be.

But, not lost in this is the fact we are moving into a new year and with that comes new possibilities, not just here but in Haiti as well. So, when you pray make sure your prayers include our friends in Haiti, each other, our country, and for Terry’s treatment and health.

Thank you for all you did in 2017, what you have done in years past, and what we can do together in 2018.

We love you. Happy New Year!

Steve and Terry

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