But God Ministries operates in certain areas or SPHERES as we build sustainable communities in both Haiti and the MS. Delta. These areas include:
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, the Jesus Film, distribution of Bibles, including solar-powered audio Bibles, and one-on-one witnessing at our medical-dental clinic. In addition, we have built two church buildings that are used weekly for worship and discipleship. In Jonestown, MS, we partner with already established local churches.
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 staff. In addition, we host medical-dental teams from America for week-long visits. Tens of thousands of patients have been treated at our medical-dental clinics. In Jonestown, MS, we have opened a dental clinic and will soon open a medical clinic.
H – H20. We have dug five water wells thus far in Haiti.
E – education. We currently sponsor over 1,800 children in local schools. In addition to tuition, books, uniforms, and school supplies, the sponsorships provide a meal every day at school. In Jonestown, MS, we operate the local Montessori School, run an after school educational program, and partner with the local elementary school.
R – roofs. We have built over 200 houses, including 44 houses for people who were living in tent cities as a result of the earthquake. In Jonestown, we will seek to bring affordable housing to those residents who are living in less desirable circumstances.
E – economic development. We have created dozens and dozens of full-time and part-time jobs. Currently, we employ over 150 Haitians on a full-time basis. Job training and job creation are top priorities. Road construction and road repair have been undertaken to help with travel and economic development. In Jonestown, MS, we built an Economic Development Center to create new businesses in the community.
S – soil. We have a training garden in Galette Chambon as well as a chicken and egg business. In Jonestown, MS, we will work with Mississippi universities, local residents, and area farmers to produce fruitful gardens.
The Hope Center is the headquarters of But God Ministries in Galette Chambon, Haiti. The Hope Center includes:
– Medical clinic and dental clinic
– Air-conditioned dorms for visiting American teams
– Missionary house for American nurse and family
– Guest house/meeting house for visiting missionaries
In addition, an orphanage has been completed that has the capacity to house 32 children. We currently have 14 children living in the orphanage.
In January 2015 we finished construction on a second Hope Center in the mountainous village of Thoman. This village is located about an hour’s drive from our current community. Approximately 6,000 people live in or near this village that has primitive housing, limited electricity, no running water, few jobs, and no medical care.
The new Hope Center, like the first one in Galette Chambon, has a medical clinic, dental clinic, housing for an American medical missionary family, dorms for visiting mission teams, kitchen, laundry facilities, two rooms for visitors staying several weeks or longer, and eating/meeting space for mission teams. In addition to the medical-dental services, we are able to work with the Haitian people to provide new housing, jobs, increased educational opportunities for the children, clean water, enhanced agriculture production, and, of course, the Good News of the gospel.
We have hosted many American teams in Galette Chambon and Thoman that include hundreds of people. These teams have engaged in medical/dental work, construction, VBS activities, Bible Studies, worship services, pastor training, recreation, agriculture work, and other activities.
In 2017, we finished construction on a Hope Center in Jonestown, MS. Jonestown is located in the northwest part of the state about 12 miles northeast of Clarksdale and an hour’s drive southwest of Memphis. Jonestown has a population of 1,200 with many more people living in the county.
This MS Delta Hope Center has accommodations for visiting missionary teams, a large kitchen and great room for meetings and social activities, a conference room, and our community manager’s office.
Many mission teams have come to visit and serve with us in Joenstown. Read more about the work we are doing HERE