March 26, 2013

Why do we do what we do in Haiti? One reason is because of the incredible poverty and suffering and hopelessness. A few weeks ago I was in Haiti walking through a tent city where 30,000 people still live. The needs are tremendous. They human suffering is enormous. The lack of hope is suffocating. The photos below were taken with my camera.

Little boy with no clothes squatting in the dirt outside his shack in the tent city

A family’s kitchen in the tent city

Inside that doorway is a space of about 10 feet by 8 feet. There are a few pots and pans in that space and a few rolled up mats. Seven people live in that space.

So Much Hope
Our goal is to bring the light of God and the love of God into the lives of hurting Haitians. We seek to bring hope and opportunity – hope for a better tomorrow and opportunities for that hope to become reality.

A Local Church
One ray of hope is in the form of a local church we are building in our sustainable community. Construction is moving along nicely and we hope to have the roof on by the end of this week.

Love the crosses in the bars!

Jobs -Another ray of hope filled with great opportunities comes in the form of jobs. We believe economic development, involving job training and job creation, is a key component of our work. Dozens and dozens of Haitians have received jobs through our work in Haiti.

Jacques is a Haitian young man. Due to God’s grace, a group called Thirst No More, and But God Ministries, Jacques now has his own construction company. It’s a great economic development success story. Jacques is a Haitian owning his own company, hiring Haitian workers, buying Haitian materials, building Haitian houses and Haitian churches, all in Haitian communities.

Jacques and new American friend

Macquil making and selling beautiful baskets

Ladies from nearby villages who have been trained to make and sell ornaments, nativity sets, and paintings

Two ladies who have full-time jobs as cooks. Neither can read or write and neither had ever had a job where they were paid every month. For two and a half years they lived in the filth and squalor of a tent city. Now they have a job that matters, they get paid every month, and they are having a blast! Plus, their food is delicious!!!

Teaching the Children
Sharing the Good News of the love of God with the next generation is another way But God Ministries is bringing hope to a hopeless world.

Coloring as Bible school begins. They love to color!

Teaching the Bible story of David and Goliath in a remote village

Warming up with Duck, Duck, Goose. So many smiles and so much laughter!

Groups of children making salvation necklaces

Professional School
A different way of bringing hope and opportunities is through volunteering at a nearby “professional school” where they teach English, computers, and music. Those in Haiti who speak English tend to get better paying jobs. We are sending mission team members almost every week to help the Haitians practice their English and sharpen their skills.

Helping this young man practice his English

A true ray of light has come in the form of electricity to the new houses we have built. Until a few weeks ago, the people who moved into our new houses were in the dark each night. Now we have placed power poles and 4 street lights among the houses. Next week, 2 electricians from Newton County, Miss. will wire the houses.

Children enjoying the new street lights

Housing and Health Care
We continue bringing hope by meeting the basic needs of life: housing and health care. Everyone in the world needs shelter and medical care.

One of the houses in our community

Waiting outside to see a doctor/dentist

Dental work

Pharmacy stocked with medicine

Precious Children
While we hope to impact everyone with our work in Haiti, our long-term vision includes making a lasting difference in the next generations. Through the Gospel of Jesus Christ, a good education, proper housing, clean water, job creation, medical care, and quality food production, we hope to create opportunities where Haitian children can grow up to excel, soar to never-before-seen heights, and live good and godly lives.

Precious child of God enjoying Family Night at The Hope Center

Beautiful child carrying water for her family

So Many Opportunities
As you can see from this report, God is blessing our efforts and allowing us to make a significant impact in the lives of countless hurting Haitians. Would you join us in this call to share the Good News of the Gospel and the love of our God?

As you can imagine, all of this work takes significant resources to accomplish. If you would like to partner with us in this work and if 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, your trips to Haiti, and your financial support.

Can’t Wait To See What God Does Next,

Stan Buckley
Executive Director
But God Ministries

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