Last year I was in Haiti about once a month. I would fly on a plane that was filled with wonderful people going to serve in Haiti. Some were digging wells. Some were planting churches. Others were building houses while others worked in orphanages. Most of them were doing great work that was focused on one area of ministry.
At BGM God has led us down a different path. Instead of focusing on one area, we take a holistic approach to ministry as we seek to minister to the basic needs shared by all people. We work in certain areas, or SPHERES, and we believe every one of these SPHERES is necessary to have a healthy community regardless of where that community is located. What are these SPHERES?
S – spiritual. We share the Good News of the Gospel of Jesus Christ through our full-time Haitian pastor, worship services, Bible studies, Bible Schools, distribution of Bibles, and the two church buildings we have built that are used weekly for worship and discipleship.
P – physical. We seek to meet physical needs through our medical clinics and dental clinics. The clinics are operated weekdays by our full-time Haitian doctors and our full-time American Medical Directors. Tens of thousands of patients have been treated a tour medical-dental clinics.
H – H20.We have dug five water wells thus far.
E – education. We currently sponsor over 400 children in local schools. In addition to tuition, books, uniforms, and school supplies, the sponsorships provide a meal every day at school.
R – roofs. We have built over 90 houses, including 44 houses for people who were living in tent cities as a result of the earthquake. We work with the Auburn College of Architecture, Design and Construction in our major building projects.
E – economic development. We have created dozens and dozens of full-time and part-time jobs. Currently, we employ51 Haitians on a full-time basis and we are partnering with the Univ. of Alabama School of Business to equip Haitians to start their own businesses.
S – soil. We have a training garden in Galette Chambon and we distribute goats and chickens in Thoman.
One Extreme to the Other
Have you ever thought you were too young or too old to serve God? Turns out, you’re not!
Right Person, Right Time
We had a great team from Meridian, MS at the Hope Center in Thoman recently. One lady on the team was doing her best to teach a Motherhood Class to some of the new moms in the village. Due to language and cultural differences, she was making no headway.
Suddenly, there was a knock on the gate of the Hope Center. They opened the gate and there stood an American missionary. She and her husband and baby had been driving by the Hope Center when their car broke down. Turns out she was a nurse who taught motherhood classes throughout Haiti and she was fluent in Creole. She walked right in and immediately began teaching the class and everything came together for those new mothers.
Once again, God provided the right person at the right time. We’ve only seen that happen about six million times since we started working in Haiti. God is so good!
Love These Smiles
Reading is Fundamental
Sharing the Hope that is Within Us
It is a great joy to share the hope of the gospel with those who have never heard it. Sometimes we forget, but the gospel of Jesus Christ really is Good News!
Recently, Pastor Mickenson led s series of revival meetings at our church in Galette Chambon. He reported that 245 people heard the gospel, 12 people committed their lives to Christ, and 25 people renewed their faith in Him. Now, because Pastor Mickenson and his family live at the Hope Center, he will be able to disciple the new Believers on a regular basis.
Let the Little Children Come
There are countless beautiful children in Haiti. Last week in Thoman, a medical team from First Baptist Jackson, MS saw hundreds of patients at our clinic and then spent the afternoons doing check-ups for about 500 children at the school where we sponsor village children.
And finally . . .
As you can see, God is using But God Ministries in marvelous ways. Also, as you are aware, it takes a great deal of resources to do what God has called us to do. Would you please consider financially supporting BGM and our work in Haiti? Your gift will go a long way in helping us share the love of Christ in very tangible ways in that poverty-stricken nation.
You can give online HERE or send a check to: But God Ministries, 400 Fontaine Place, Suite 103, Ridgeland, MS, 39157.
In addition, I ask for your prayers for wisdom and energy for our Haitian staff, our American staff in Haiti, our staff in the States, and our Board of Directors.
Can’t Wait To See What God Does Next,
But God Ministries