I just returned from Haiti this past Saturday. It was a great trip with an awesome group that included an incredible amount of ministry in the name of Jesus Christ. God continues to bless our work more than we ever dreamed possible.
Big, Big, News About The Orphanage
August 25 is the date we receive our first children in our new orphanage! Construction by FBC Pensacola and Hillcrest Baptist in Pensacola has been completed. We will begin with 6 children and eventually house as many as 32.
We saw countless patients last week with our 6 nurses and 2 dentists. Hundreds of hurting, rotting teeth were pulled and we saw lots of very sick people. The following stories and photos took place last week:
This precious girl had chicken pox and her mother took some leaves and bark from a tree, made some kind of paste, and rubbed the paste on the chicken pox. She was doing the best she could but it only made matters worse. Our nurses cleaned the sores and gave her some medicine.
This little guy has cerebral palsy and we were able to minister to him and to his mom. Life in Haiti is very difficult, but even more difficult for those with special needs.
Tony is sitting in front of a dear Haitian man cleaning his wounds. Reminds me of the time Jesus sat in front of the disciples and washed their feet. He did so to give them, and us, an example of how we are to serve one another. Pray for this man. We can’t determine the cause of his horrible wounds. Some type of skin disease. Very painful. Deep holes. Some toes missing. Several dermatologists have looked at photos and cannot determine cause. And, he has 7 children. His wife left him and also left 3 or 4 of their children with him. He is constantly asking for a job for when his feet heal.
This one month old had fever and an ear infection and was spitting up. So glad our volunteer medical folks were there to love and give appropriate medicine.
Dr. Jimmy Hollingsworth (above) of Lake, MS and Dr. Aimee Kelly of Petal, MS worked tirelessly last week treating patients and pulling hundreds of teeth.
Praying with patients before they see the doctors and nurses.
Jesus and Backpacks
Job training and job provision are top priorities. Thanks to some enterprising Christian businessmen, we are setting up several people with a business to sell backpacks that will make it much easier to transport water from wells. Instead of carrying water in buckets on their heads and causing great physical strain, people can carry their water in a backpack.
Rusty teaching Junior much-needed business principles
One day last week, Rusty and Junior were making house calls attempting to sell some backpacks and get Junior’s business off the ground. They came to a hut and found a man who was skin and bones and had terribly disfigured legs. The man said one of his desires was to be able to attend church, but he had no way to get there.
The man with the bad legs
Rusty and Junior came back to The Hope Center and told us about the man. Rusty thought that if the man had a wheelchair he could go to church. Tony said he had a wheelchair in his closet that he had been waiting to give to someone. We took the wheelchair to the man.
The man in his new wheelchair
The next day, Rusty and Junior went to check on the man. They couldn’t find him. The reason they couldn’t find him is because he was at church praising God! The Bible says in 2 Cor. 9:11, “Your generosity will result in thanksgiving to God.” It surely did this time!
We have had 6 or 7 babies delivered at The Hope Center the last few weeks. One day last week, around midnight, a lady tried to make it to The Hope Center to deliver her baby. She didn’t quite make it and gave birth about 500 yards from our gate. Tony went to the lady, carried the child to the clinic while she was still attached to the umbilical cord, and cleaned both mother and child.
Location where Tony found the lady who had given birth in the dirt to her child
One of my favorite things to do in all the world is move families into their new houses. Last Thursday we moved a lady who had lost her home in the earthquake. She had lived with one family for a year until they forced her to leave. She then lived over a year with another family until they were ready to kick her and her 6 year old son and 9 year old brother out of their house. We moved her into one of our houses and I told her no one would ever be able to kick her out of this house.
The mud hut with canvas on one end where she was living with her son, brother, and another family that could no longer allow her to stay
Presenting her the key to her new house
It’s almost school time in Haiti. Last year we sponsored over 200 elementary age children. They went to school and learned reading and writing and math and science. Their lives were enormously blessed.
For $25 you can pay the tuition of a Haitian child for one year. You can send your check to But God Ministries at 1440 North State Street, Jackson, MS, 39202 or give online HERE.
Please continue to pray for our work in Haiti. God is blessing in countless ways as we see lives changed both now and forever. Also, please know that it takes many resources to do the work we are doing. In addition to the tuition mentioned above, if you would like to participate in our work, you can send your check to But God Ministries at 1440 North State Street, Jackson, MS, 39202 or give online HERE.
Can’t Wait To See What God Does Next,
But God Ministries