What We Do
But God Ministries is a 501(c)(3), non-profit organization, that shares the love of Jesus Christ through building sustainable communities around the world. We are currently building two sustainable communities in Haiti and one in the Miss. Delta.
The first Haitian community is in Galette Chambon which is about 17 miles east of Port-au-Prince near Ganthier, Haiti. The second Haitian community is called Thoman and is about a two hour drive east of Port-au-Prince near the border with the Dominican Republic.
The community where we are working in the Miss. Delta is Jonestown, MS which is located in the northwest part of Mississippi about 12 miles northeast of Clarksdale.
How We Do It
But God Ministries operates in certain areas or SPHERES as we build sustainable communities in both Haiti and the Miss. 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 will 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 our full-time American Medical Directors. 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 addition, a beautiful playground has been built in Galette Chambon for children to play and exercise. In Jonestown, MS have a dental clinic, and we will open a medical clinic in the fall of 2019.|
|H – H2O||We have dug five water wells thus far in Haiti.|
|E – Education||We currently sponsor over 950 children in local schools. In addition to tuition, books, uniforms, and school supplies, the sponsorships provide a meal every day at school. We began a secondary school in Galette Chambon in 2014, a secondary school in Thoman in 2015, and an elementary school in Mathias in 2017. In Jonestown, MS we will partner with the local elementary school.|
|R – Roofs||We have built over 160 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 are prepared to place new jobs in the community in 2019.|
|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.|
GALETTE CHAMBON, HAITI
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 are hosting over 50 American teams each year in Galette Chambon and Thoman that includes approximately 900 people. These teams engaged in medical/dental work, construction, VBS activities, Bible Studies, worship services, pastor training, recreation, agriculture work, and other activities.
From the beginning of our work in Haiti, we planned to one day begin sustainable community development in Mississippi. In 2017 we completed our 6,000 sq. ft. Hope Center in Jonestown, MS, The Hope Center is the headquarters of But God Ministries in the Mississippi Delta. The Hope Center includes:
- Dorms for visiting missionary teams (40 beds)
- Great room for meetings and social activities
- Conference Room
- Community Manager office
Many mission teams have been involved in our work. Teams engage in a variety of work such as construction, dental care, evangelism, vacation Bible school, and sports ministry. We are partnering with the community to provide increased educational, job, housing, and healthcare opportunities for the citizens of Jonestown.