Every year at this time we have a push for a special project. One year it was for the new Hope Center in Thoman, Haiti. Thousands of lives have been effected through that Hope Center. Patients have been treated, houses have been built, the gospel has been shared, souls have been saved, disciples have been made, children have been sponsored in schools, a new school was built this year, and jobs have been created. God has done amazing things through that Hope Center and the future is brighter than ever. And it’s all because of the grace of God and the generosity of His people.
This year, I want to tell you about two very important ministries. The first is the Malnutrition Center in Haiti and the second is the Jonestown Family Center in the Mississippi Delta.
Earlier this year we began receiving our first little patients at our new In-Patient Malnutrition Center in Haiti. Children who are suffering from severe malnutrition receive round-the-clock medical care as they are slowly nursed back to good health. This past week we have had 10 children as patients who have received life-saving care from our team of 15 Haitian employees (nurses, cooks, laundry lady, security guard, and others). In addition, parents of these children have been educated, encouraged, and loved. We are very excited about receiving other children because the Malnutrition Center can treat up to 15 children at a time.
Rachel Charpie is serving as the Director of the Malnutrition Center and she has done a remarkable job. A few weeks ago, Katie Ethridge, a Registered Nurse who has worked in the NICU unit of Batson Children’s Hospital at the University of Mississippi Medical Center, joined Rachel full-time at the Malnutrition Center. Lives are being saved and we couldn’t be more excited!
Jonestown Family Center
Education is one of the keys to a successful life whether you live in Haiti or the Mississippi Delta or anywhere else in the world. Thirty-two years ago the Jonestown Family Center (JFC) was started in Jonestown, Mississippi by a group of nuns from Portland, Oregon. Today, it consists of a Toddler program, a Montessori (3-5 year olds), and a Fitness program.
Recently, the dear nuns who started JFC reached retirement age and moved back to the Pacific Northwest. Their work is continuing in Jonestown with a new director who is an African-American pastor from Mississippi. We have come to admire and appreciate the work of JFC and we believe, as does the JFC board, that the acquisition of JFC by But God Ministries will be good for all involved, especially the children of Jonestown. Thus, we are in the process of acquiring JFC.
Currently, the Montessori has 24 children enrolled and the Toddler program has 12. We want to expand this number to include every child in the Jonestown area so they can be as prepared as possible when they enter elementary school. Sadly, too many children go to elementary school unprepared. They may not know colors or numbers or letters. They are behind from the start and many of them never catch up. That needs to change. They need a fighting chance.
With our new 6,000 sq. foot Hope Center in Jonestown that is almost complete, the upcoming opening of the dental clinic, the future re-opening of the medical clinic, the revitalization of local businesses, and the revamping of The Park neighborhood, we believe Jonestown is headed in the right direction. The acquisition and expansion of the Jonestown Family Center will add to the great things happening there and will make a huge difference in the education of the local children.
Our goal is to raise $200,000: $100,000 for the Malnutrition Center and $100,000 for the Jonestown Family Center. Thanks to three generous donors, we already have almost $100,000. Would you help us match their gifts and reach the goal of $200,000?
How can you give?
* You can mail a check to: But God Ministries, 400 Fontaine Place, Suite 103, Ridgeland, MS, 39157. Be sure and write “Malnutrition Center/JFC” in the memo line.
* You can give online HERE. Give to the “General Budget” and then below that in the “Other Comments” line be sure and type “Malnutrition Center/JFC”.
Thank you for your support over the years. Thank you for praying about the Malnutrition Center and the Jonestown Family Center and for considering a gift as we move forward.
Can’t Wait To See What God Does Next,