JANUARY 24, 2013

I returned home Tuesday night after having been in Haiti for several days. The trip included a civil engineer, two owners of construction companies, one of our Board members, the new Administrative Assistant for But God Ministries, the wife of our nurse, an electrician, and me. Much was accomplished on this trip:   -Moved 6 families from the squalor of a tent city into their new homes at But God Ministries
  -Developed a plan to fix the road leading to The Hope Center
  -Hired a Haitian pastor for the community
  -Interviewed a caregiver for the orphanage
  -Continued the training of our new cooks and cleaning lady
  -Checked on the construction of the church/school and house #23.

Moving Day
One of my favorite activities in Haiti is helping move the families from their tent city into their new homes. There is great anticipation and excitement when we arrive at the tent city, load their belongings onto the truck, and drive to our community.

Outside the tent city loading the belongings of the families who were moving.
We looked like the Clampetts before it was over!

Her name is Marthe. She is 81 years old and had been living in
this pitiful tent for 3 years.

Handing Marthe the keys to her new home

Marthe opened the door to her new home, walked in, threw her arms
into the air and began chanting, “Praise Jesus! Praise Jesus!”

Young couple, Junior and Asephie, receiving the keys to their
new home. They have a small baby.

Tony and Michael of Petal, MS helping Lusane move her
belongings into her new home.

Nearby School
There is a “professional school” in a nearby village in which they teach English, computers, and music. We have committed to send some of our team members to help with these subjects whenever possible.

Presenting workbooks that help teach English to those who
speak Haitian Creole

Lots of Children
Many children are part of the 18 families who have moved into our houses. I am thrilled that they are no longer living in the filth of the tent city. They are now living in a place that is good and safe. They have clean drinking water, clean air, and medical care. In the evening, from The Hope Center, we can hear them playing and laughing and having fun together.

Tony and Mickie surrounded by children

After we unloaded most of the belongings of the new families
who were moving in, these children climbed into the back of the truck,
laughing and giggling and having a great time.

Ongoing Medical Care
Tony West continues living at The Hope Center full-time and providing quality medical care. We are the only medical clinic for a large population of people. This past Monday the clinic was not open because Tony was helping us with all the things we needed to accomplish. Nonetheless, a Haitian man showed up with an arm that looked deformed. He had fallen and the arm seemed to be broken. Tony opened the clinic, examined the man, and gave proper treatment. I was so glad the clinic was there to bring care and relief to this older gentleman.

Tony examining the man with the broken arm

And Finally . . .
God continues to do great things through the work of But God Ministries. However, as you can imagine, it takes significant resources to do this work and to continue making a difference in the lives of long-suffering Haitians.

If you would like to partner with us in this work if and you trust us to use your gift wisely, you can click here and give a one-time contribution or you can sign up to give automatically each month. You can also mail your gift to: But God Ministries, 1440 North State Street, Jackson, MS, 39202.

Thank you for your prayers, financial support, and your love for the people of Haiti.

Can’t Wait To See What God Does Next,

Stan Buckley
Executive Director
But God Ministries

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