Haitian Island Ministries

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

Christmas 2017

It’s hard to reach this time of the year and not think about that first trip to Haiti in December 1994. It’s impossible to get here and not think of all the people who have made all those years possible.

Obviously, all of you have been very important to the ministry and us personally, but there are two people you may not know about. In late October 1994 they decided to pray that God would open more doors for Steve to be more involved in missions than he was. Working in three area hospitals, he would save discarded supplies that were still usable, and had converted our two-car garage into a “warehouse,” complete with inventory system. International Aid, an organization in Spring Lake Michigan, would send a truck to our house in Wentzville to pick them up.

Within 48 hours after the two started praying, Steve was asked he if could be a member of a team going to La Gonave, an island off Haiti’s west coast. Steve would replace a person who had committed to going, but with just six weeks to go, he had to drop out. Steve’s name came up, and the rest is as they say “history.”

At first, we were just trying to provide free medical care to those would had no money to pay for it anyway. Schools and nutrition programs were nothing more than dreams. We weren’t ready for that and God knew we weren’t. Then, fifteen years ago, we had the money to start the first nutrition program, then the first school. Now hundreds of kids get to go to school free each day and receive a good hot meal along with daily vitamins.

We know you have seen this picture before, but it sums up all we work for and do: providing those things for kids. What child doesn’t want to learn how to read and write, not to mention eat?

Thank you for providing the ability to do these things for the kids in our villages. We hope your Christmas is blessed with the knowledge of what you given to these children. It wouldn’t happen without the gifts you give each month and year.

Merry Christmas!

Steve and Terry

P.S. Terry’s next visit to the bone marrow clinic is December 7th. Remember that date.

Thanksgiving 2017

Hi Everyone,

The ministry certainly has a lot to be thankful for this year; All its programs have been funded because of your giving, and those who benefit from it are thankful as well: those who attend one of the schools, those children who eat at one of the feeding programs, or those who attend one of the churches. We are sure, without being told, everyone in Haiti is thankful that none of the big storms hit them this year. Storms yes, but nothing like we have seen here or in other places that are still trying to recover from them.

Beaubrun

Beaubrun

Of course, Haiti doesn’t observe Thanksgiving but they know we and other countries do. So those who know about it celebrate the holiday to a point, although nothing as we do. It’s somewhat like Christmas — it is a day they celebrate the birth of Jesus, without all the presents, but obviously the food.

We are thankful for all our friends in Haiti and two of those are shown in the pictures — Beaubrun and Prophet. Both men have been friends of ours for over twenty years.

Prophet

Prophet

Beaubrun is someone many of you know or have heard about. He has been through many things with us, and pretty much runs everything there now.

You may not know Prophet. He operates the school just on the outside of Port Au Prince near the river shown in one of the recent pictures we sent. His school is the one we combined with Joe’s school. Over 200 children attend his school.

And then we are very thankful for all your prayers for Terry. We feel that one of the reasons her treatments have gone so well is our prayer base and support. Both of us feel very blessed for your doing those things and for the notes you send.

Thank you for everything you have done for our friends in Haiti this year, and all the things you do for us.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Steve and Terry

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