Our Story

Our Story

In the fall of 2010, as the Senior Pastor of First Baptist Church Jackson, MS (FBCJ), Stan Buckley led his church into a mission project in Haiti whereby they would build a sustainable community for those still living in tents as a result of the devastating earthquake that took place in January of 2010. In May of 2011, they began construction of this sustainable community on 17 acres of land. The land is located in a community called Galette Chambon, in the region of Ganthier, that is approximately 18 miles east of the airport in Port-au-Prince. The sustainable community includes:

  1. medical-dental complex
  2. 42 houses
  3. church
  4. water wells
  5. soccer field
  6. agriculture plots
  7. orphanage
  8. playground
  9. house for nurse missionary and family
  10. house for agriculture missionary and family
  11. air-conditioned dorms for visiting American teams

 

Transition

The construction of the sustainable community went so well, so quickly, that Stan resigned from FBCJ effective August 14, 2011 to form But God Ministries to continue this work. But God Ministries is a non-profit, tax-exempt, 501(c)(3) organizaiton.

Spiritual Component

In addition to meeting physical needs, our goal at But God Ministries is to share the Good News of the gospel of Jesus Christ. That Good News is that God so loved Haiti that He gave His one and only Son that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life. But God Ministries seeks to share the hope and love that are found in a relationship with Jesus Christ.

Progress

The Hope Center was completed in February 2012. It includes 6 buildings. Two of the buildings are used for medical-dental purposes, the third building is a dorm for visiting teams, and the fourth building contains bathrooms, showers, and a kitchen. The fifth building is a missionary house for the American nurse and his family who operate the medical-dental clinic full-time. The sixth building is a missionary house for the American agricultural missionary and his family. In addition, a water well, security fence, and septic system are part of the medical-dental complex.

44 houses have been built and familes have moved from the filth and hopelessness of a tent city into our new village. A second well has been dug and is used daily by the people to receive clean water for drinking, cooking, washing, and bathing. Dozens and dozens of mission teams have been to Haiti and worked on the project, involving hundreds of volunteers and numerous dental and medical teams. Over 430 American Christians volunteered on a mission trip with us in 2013. Over 20,000 patients have been seen at our medical-dental clinic. Hundreds of children have attended Vacation Bible Schools. Countless shoes and items of clothing have been distributed. Dozens and dozens of jobs have been created. Over 200 children have received scholarships for school. Numerous gardens have been planted and have provided food for the families from the tent cities.

In August 2012, an American nurse, his wife, and youngest son moved to The Hope Center to live and work on a full-time basis. Tony West, his wife Mickie, and youngest son Jacob operate the medical-dental clinic daily and host mission teams that come to The Hope Center. Tony and Mickie have an older son, Jonathan, who is a college graduate and is getting married in November 2013.

Orphanage

In the spring of 2012, we partnered with two churches in Pensacola, FL to build an orphanage on our property. First Baptist Church Pensacola and Hillcrest Baptist Church have buildt and are supporting an orphanage that will house up to 32 children. Children will begin moving into the orphanage august 25, 2013. The orphanage consists of 4 buildings: two dorms, one caretaker's house, and one building containing a kitchen, bathrooms, and dining area.

Partners

Shortly after beginning the work in Haiti, other churches from around the country joined our effort and began sending teams to help build the sustainable community. In fact, a significant portion of the funds raised came from outside FBCJ. When FBCJ broadcast the sermon in October 2010 in which Stan set forth the vision, people who watched the national broadcast as well as the state broadcast responded in an amazing way.

 

Mission trips taken in 2011:

  1. February 18-23 (Land survey)
  2. February 24-28 (Dental)
  3. April 24-28 (Land survey)
  4. May 21-28 (Construction of Medical-Dental Compound)
  5. May 28-June 3 (Construction of Medical-Dental Compound)
  6. June 18-24 (Construction of Medical-Dental Compound)
  7. June 24-28 (Medical Exploratory)
  8. July 2-9 (Construction of Medical-Dental Compound)
  9. July 30-August 5 (Construction of Medical-Dental Compound)
  10. August 6-13 (Construction of first residential house)
  11. September 3-9, 2011 (First Baptist Church, Jackson, MS)
  12. September 10-17 (Park Place Baptist Church, Brandon, MS)
  13. October 8-15, 2011 (First Baptist Church, Jackson, MS)
  14. October 22-29, 2011 (First Baptist Church, Pensacola, FL)
  15. November 14-20, 2011 (But God Ministries - Variety of Churches)


Mission trips taken in 2012:
  1. February 19-25, 2012 (Hillcrest Baptist Church, P'cola, FL; FBC P'cola, FL; FBC, Brandon, MS)
  2. March 3-9, 2012 (Great Bridge Baptist Church, Chesapeake, VA)
  3. March 10-17, 2012 (Vineyard Baptist Church, Petal, MS)
  4. March 17-24, 2012 (First Baptist Church, Pensacola, FL)
  5. April 7-14, 2012 (But God Ministries)
  6. April 26-May 1, 2012 (Dental Trip - First Baptist Church, Jackson, MS)
  7. May 26-June 2, 2012 (First Baptist Church, Jackson, MS - OPEN TRIP - contact Barbara Gladney for more info.*)
  8. June 2-9, 2012 (But God Ministries)
  9. June 9-15, 2012 (Highland Baptist Church, Meridian, MS)
  10. June 15-21, 2012 (First Baptist Church, Jackson, MS - OPEN TRIP - contact Barbara Gladney for more info.*)
  11. June 30-July 7, 2012 (First Baptist Church, Rayville, LA)
  12. July 14-21, 2012 (First Baptist Church, Jackson, MS - OPEN TRIP - contact Barbara Gladney for more info.*)
  13. July 21-28, 2012 (First Baptist Church, Brandon, MS)
  14. August 4-11, 2012 (Great Bridge Baptist Church, Chesapeake, VA)
  15. August 21-24, 2012 (But God Ministries)
  16. September 8-15, 2012 (Park Place Baptist Church, Brandon, MS)
  17. September 22-28, 2012 (Jackson County Baptist Association)
  18. September 29-October 6, 2012 (Greater Mt. Bethel Church of Christ (Holiness) U.S.A.)
  19. October 7-14 (First Baptist Church, Pensacola, FL)
  20. October 14-20 (Hillcrest Baptist Church, Pensacola, FL)
  21. October 24-30, 2012 (First Baptist Church, Pensacola, FL)
  22. November 12-17, 2012 (First Presbyterian Church, Hattiesburg, MS)
  23. November 17-24, 2012 (First Baptist Church, Jackson, MS- OPEN TRIP - contact Barbara Gladney for more info.*)


Mission trips scheduled in 2013:
  1. January 16-21, 2013 (Vineyard Baptist Church, Petal, MS)
  2. January 19-22, 2013 (But God Ministries, Jackson, MS)
  3. January 31-February 5, 2013 (First Baptist Church, Jackson, MS)
  4. February 9-15, 2013 (Highland Baptist Church, Meridian, MS)
  5. February 24-March 2, 2013 (First Baptist Church, Pensacola, FL)
  6. March 2-9, 2013 (Life Church, Laurel, MS)
  7. March 9-16, 2013 (Grace Chapel Presbyterian Church, Madison, MS)
  8. March 16-23, 2013 (Great Bridge Baptist Church, Chesapeake, VA)
  9. March 30-April 6, 2013 (But God Ministries/Decatur, MS)
  10. May 19-24, 2013 (New Zion Baptist Church, Crystal Springs, MS)
  11. May 25-31, 2013 (Vineyard Baptist Church, Petal, MS)
  12. June 1-8, 2013 (But God Ministries, Jackson, MS)
  13. June 8-15, 2013 (First Baptist Church, Jackson, MS)
  14. June 15-22, 2013 (First Baptist Church, Jackson, MS)
  15. June 22-29, 2013 (First Baptist Church, Brandon, MS)
  16. June 30-July 6 (First Baptist Church, Jackson, MS)
  17. July 5-11, 2013 (First Baptist Church, Brandon, MS)
  18. July 13-20, 2013 (First Baptist Church, Gautier, MS)
  19. July 20-27, 2013 (Dawson Memorial Baptist Church, Birmingham, AL)
  20. July 27-August 3, 2013 (Broadmoor Baptist Church, Madison, MS)
  21. August 3-9, 2013 (Great Bridge Baptist Church, Chesapeake, VA)
  22. August 10-17, 2013 (Park Place Baptist Church, Brandon, MS)
  23. August 17-24, 2013 (Fellowship Baptist Church, Meridian, MS)
  24. September 7-12, 2013 (Broadmoor Baptist Church)
  25. September 14-20, 2013 (Jackson County Baptist Association)
  26. September 20-23 (Auburn University/Brasfield & Gorrie)
  27. September 28-October 4, 2013 (Fondren Church, Jackson, MS)
  28. October 13-19, 2013 (Hillcrest Baptist Church, Pensacola, FL)
  29. October 20-26, 2013 (First Baptist Church, Pensacola, FL)
  30. October 27-November 2, 2013 (First Baptist Church, Pensacola, FL)
  31. November 2-9, 2013 (Jimmy Hollingsworth Dental Team; Lake, MS)
  32. November 11-16, 2013 (First Presbyterian Church, Hattiesburg, MS)
  33. December 14-21, 2013 (Mt. Zion Baptist Church, Huntsville, AL)
  34. December 21, 2013-January 4, 2014 (STAFF BREAK. NO TRIPS)


Mission Trips Scheduled 2014
  1. January 6-9, 2014 - BGM
  2. January 11-17, 2014 - OPEN
  3. January 18-24, 2014 - OPEN
  4. January 25-31, 2014 - OPEN
  5. February 1-7, 2014 - OPEN
  6. February 8-14, 2014 (Highland Baptist Church, Meridian, MS)
  7. February 15-21, 2014 (First Baptist Church, Pensacola, FL)
  8. February 22-27, 2014 (University Medical Center School of Dentistry/First Baptist Church, Jackson, MS)
  9. March 1-7, 2014 - OPEN
  10. March 8-14, 2014 (First Baptist Church, Jackson, MS/Phi Delta Theta, Miss. State Univ.)
  11. March 15-21, 2014 - OPEN
  12. March 22-28, 2014 (Life Church, Laurel, MS)
  13. March 29-April 4, 2014 - OPEN
  14. April 5-11, 2014 (First Baptist Church, Brandon, MS)
  15. April 12-18, 2014 (Great Bridge Baptist Church, Chesapeake, VA)
  16. April 19-25, 2014 (Crossgates Baptist Church, Jackson, MS)
  17. April 28-May 2 - OPEN
  18. May 3-9, 2014 - OPEN
  19. May 10-16, 2014 (Brasfield & Gorrie, Birmingham, AL)
  20. May 17-23, 2014 - OPEN
  21. May 24-30, 2014 (Palmetto Baptist Church, Palmetto, GA/First Baptist Church, Brandon, MS)
  22. May 31-June 6, 2014 (First Baptist Church, Summit, MS)
  23. June 7-13, 2014 (Broadmoor Baptist Church, Madison, MS)
  24. June 14-20, 2014 (First Baptist Church, Jackson, MS/First Baptist Church, Summit, MS)
  25. June 21-27, 2014 (First Baptist Church, Jackson, MS/New Heights Baptist Church, Summit, MS)
  26. June 28-July 4, 2014 (Marvin Gavin team, Laurel, MS)
  27. July 5-11, 2014 (BGM team from Decatur, MS and Natchez, MS)
  28. July 12-18, 2014 (First Baptist Church, Pensacola, FL)
  29. July 19-25, 2014 (First Baptist Church, Petal, MS)
  30. July 25-August 1, 2014 (First Baptist Church, Lake, MS)
  31. August 2-8, 2014 (First Baptist Church, Pensacola, FL /First Baptist Church, Gulfport, MS )
  32. August 9-15, 2014 (Calvary Baptist Church, Starkville, MS)
  33. August 16-22, 2014 - (Fellowship Baptist Church, Meridian, MS/First Baptist Church, Vicksburg, MS)
  34. August 23-29, 2014 - OPEN
  35. August 30-September 5, 2014 - OPEN
  36. September 6-12, 2014 (Park Place Baptist Church, Pearl, MS)
  37. September 13-19, 2014 - (Pinelake Church Small Group, Brandon, MS)
  38. September 20-26, 2014 - STAFF RETREAT
  39. September 27 - October 5, 2014 (Freedom Christian Fellowship, Escatawpa, MS)
  40. October 6-10, 2014 - OPEN
  41. October 11-17, 2014 (Hillcrest Baptist Church, Pensacola, FL)
  42. October 18-24, 2014 (First Baptist Church, Pensacola, FL)
  43. October 25-31, 2014 (First Baptist Church, Pensacola, FL)
  44. November 1-7, 2014 (First Baptist Church, Jackson, MS)
  45. November 8-14, 2014 - (Brashfield & Gorrie, Birmingham, AL)
  46. November 15-21, 2014 - OPEN
  47. November 22-28, 2014 - OPEN
  48. November 29-December 6, 2014 (Medical Team, Salem, Oregon)
  49. December 7-12, 2014
           Galette Chambon: (Central United Methodist, Meridian, MS)
           Thoman: - OPEN
     50. December 13-19, 2014
           Galette Chambon: OPEN
           Thoman: (First Baptist Church, Pea Ridge, AR)
      51. December 20, 2014-January 3, 2015 (STAFF BREAK. NO TRIPS.)

 


Mission Trips Scheduled 2015
2015 Trips should be scheduled from Sunday to Saturday.
2015 Trips can be scheduled for either Gallete Chambon or Thoman.
 1. Jan. 4-10, 2015
     Gallete Chambon: OPEN
     Thoman: Baptist Collegians N.E. Oklahoma State
 2. Jan. 11-17, 2015
     Gallete Chambon: OPEN
     Thoman: OPEN
 3. Jan. 18-24, 2015
     Gallete Chambon: OPEN
     Thoman: OPEN
 4. Jan. 25-31, 2015
     Gallete Chambon: OPEN
     Thoman: OPEN
 5. Feb. 1-7, 2015
     Gallete Chambon: OPEN
     Thoman: OPEN
 6. Feb. 8-14, 2015
     Gallete Chambon: OPEN
     Thoman: OPEN
 7. Feb. 15-21, 2015
     Gallete Chambon: First Baptist Church, Jackson, MS
     Thoman: OPEN
 8. Feb. 22-28, 2015
     Gallete Chambon: First Baptist Church, Pensacola, FL
     Thoman: OPEN
 9. Mar.1-7, 2015
     Gallete Chambon: OPEN
     Thoman: OPEN
10. Mar. 8-14, 2015
     Gallete Chambon: New Zion Baptist Church, Crystal Springs, MS
     Thoman: Broadmoor Baptist Church, Madison, MS
11. Mar. 15-21, 2015
     Gallete Chambon:  Todd Buchanan Group, Tampa, FL; (16 spots avalable)
     Thoman: OPEN
12. Mar. 22-28, 2015
     Gallete Chambon: Brasfield & Gorrie, Birmingham, AL 
     Thoman: Brasfield & Gorrie, Birmingham, AL
13. Mar. 29-Apr. 4, 2015
     Gallete Chambon: OPEN
     Thoman: OPEN
14. Apr. 5-11, 2015
     Gallete Chambon: OPEN
     Thoman: OPEN
15. Apr. 12-18, 2015
     Gallete Chambon: OPEN
     Thoman: OPEN
16. Apr. 19-25, 2015
     Gallete Chambon:  Crossgates Baptist Church, Brandon, MS 
     Thoman: OPEN
17. Apr. 26-May 2, 2015
     Gallete Chambon: OPEN
     Thoman: OPEN
18. May 3-9, 2015
     Gallete Chambon: OPEN
     Thoman: OPEN
19. May 10-16, 2015
     Gallete Chambon: Broadmoor Baptist Church McMullan Medical Lifegroup, Madison, MS
     Thoman: OPEN
20. May 17-23, 2015
     Gallete Chambon: OPEN
     Thoman: OPEN
21. May 24-30, 2015
     Gallete Chambon: Palmetto Baptist Church, Palmetto, GA/First Baptist Church, Brandon, MS
     Thoman: Shannon Rainey and Friends, Petal, MS (18 SPOTS AVAILABLE)
22. May 31-June 6, 2015
     Gallete Chambon: OPEN
     Thoman: First Baptist Church, Summit, MS
23. June 7-13, 2015
     Gallete Chambon: First Baptist Church, Brandon, MS
     Thoman: OPEN
24. June 14-20, 2015
     Gallete Chambon: First Baptist Church, Jackson, MS
     Thoman: OPEN
25. June 21-27, 2015
     Gallete Chambon: Beersheba Cumberland Presbyterian Church, Columbus, MS
     Thoman: OPEN
26. June 28-July 4, 2015
     Gallete Chambon: Reserved
     Thoman: Reserved
27. July 5-11, 2015
     Gallete Chambon: First Baptist Church, Citronelle, AL
     Thoman: OPEN
28. July 12-18, 2015
     Gallete Chambon: First Baptist Church, Pensacola, FL
     Thoman:  First Baptist Church, Jackson, MS
29. July 19-25, 2015
     Gallete Chambon:  First Baptist Church Brandon, MS
     Thoman:  First Baptist Church, Petal, MS
30. July 26-Aug. 1, 2015
     Gallete Chambon: OPEN
     Thoman: First Baptist Church, Gulfport, MS
31. Aug. 2-8, 2015
     Gallete Chambon: First Baptist Church, Pensacola, FL
     Thoman: OPEN
32. Aug. 9-15, 2015
     Gallete Chambon: OPEN
     Thoman: OPEN
33. Aug. 12-22, 2015
     Gallete Chambon: OPEN
     Thoman: OPEN
34. Aug. 23-29, 2015
     Gallete Chambon: OPEN
     Thoman: OPEN
35. Aug. 30-Sept. 5, 2015
     Gallete Chambon: OPEN
     Thoman: OPEN
36. Sept. 6-12, 2015
     Gallete Chambon: OPEN
     Thoman: OPEN
37. Sept. 13-19, 2015
     Gallete Chambon: OPEN
     Thoman: OPEN
38. Sept. 20-16, 2015
     Gallete Chambon: OPEN
     Thoman: OPEN
39. Sept. 27-Oct. 3, 2015
     Gallete Chambon: OPEN
     Thoman: OPEN
40. Oct. 4-10, 2015
     Gallete Chambon: OPEN
     Thoman: OPEN
41. Oct. 11-17, 2015
     Gallete Chambon: OPEN
     Thoman: OPEN
42. Oct. 18-24, 2015
     Gallete Chambon: First Baptist Church, Pensacola, FL
     Thoman: OPEN
43. Oct. 25-31, 2015
     Gallete Chambon: First Baptist Church, Pensacola, FL
     Thoman: OPEN
44. Nov. 1-7, 2015
     Gallete Chambon: OPEN
     Thoman: OPEN
45. Nov. 8-14, 2015
     Gallete Chambon:  First Baptist Church, Petal, MS
     Thoman: OPEN
46. Nov. 15-21, 2015
     Gallete Chambon: OPEN
     Thoman: OPEN
47. Nov. 22-28, 2015
     Gallete Chambon: OPEN
     Thoman: OPEN
48. Nov. 29-Dec. 5, 2015
     Gallete Chambon: OPEN
     Thoman: OPEN
49. Dec. 6-12, 2015
     Gallete Chambon: OPEN
     Thoman: OPEN
50. Dec. 13-19, 2015
     Gallete Chambon: OPEN
     Thoman: OPEN