Sisters from Jolivert in Tragic Accident

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Sunday night (June 5, 2016) two young sisters from Jolivert, Christmene and Jesula Belazaire, were struck by an automobile while walking home from church. The upper school students were living in Port Au Prince, Haiti to attend school. Following the accident, the sisters were taken to several different hospitals in search of care, only to find the facilities closed due to hospital employees on strike protesting the Haitian government’s withholding of employee wages. By the time an open faculty was found, Christmene had already died from her injuries. Currently, Jesula, who is blind, is fighting for her life at the private facility.

The Belazaire family have a long history with Missions Of Love.

Micha Belazaire, his wife, and his six children lived in a mud-hut just next door to the Mission Of Love Medical Clinic when the Mission began. Several years ago, one morning, after a heavy rain, Dr. Bob made a house call to the family. Upon entering the humble abode, his heart dropped when he saw the children arising from their earthen bed covered in mud. “No child should have to live like this,” he thought. Upon returning home from the mission trip, his heart was still heavy from that morning scene as Dr. Bob shared the MOL report at Beaver Dam Baptist Church, prompting him to share this heartbreaking story. That very night, the congregation took up a love offering to build a better house for this family. Their token of love returned to Haiti in the form of concrete and block house for the young Belazaire family.

Since then, many missionaries to Haiti have met the Belzaires and fallen in love with these precious neighbors to the Mission, and have even helped to sponsor their children in school. As a result, the four older children, Christmene, Crystella, Jesula and their son, Wilguens, a medical student on his way to become a doctor, are living in Port Au Prince for education, while the younger children’s future looking bright closer to home.

Unfortunately, the head of the family, Micha, passed away a couple of years ago. Now this tragedy.

Madame Micha, a hard-working, Christian widow who sells mud cakes to residents of the village of Jolivert, will now also be carrying the financial burden of burying her daughter and the added financial responsibility of providing medical care for her blind daughter, Jesula.

Will you please stand behind this family with prayer and with financial assistance?

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A Mutual Gospel by Dale Breedlove

May  2016 Evangelism Team lead by MOL Evangelism Director, Dale Breedlove

May 2016 Evangelism Team lead by MOL Evangelism Director, Dale Breedlove

When Missions of Love organized in 1991, the churches of the northwest mountains of Haiti were mostly small in size with the largest at LaHatte. Several congregations, of a dozen or two souls, were meeting in simple pole and leaf mat shelters. The presence of Americans was a novelty that would draw a curious crowd and the message was basic gospel of salvation by faith in Jesus Christ.

Some further instruction and encouragement would be given when the assemblies were mostly the established believers. Home visits, whether the initial reason was medical, food or shelter aid or other, have always been an opportunity to witness Jesus and encourage faith and conduct. The proclamation of the gospel and prayer for healing has been a part of the clinics from the beginning.

As people believed in Jesus and were pastored by local men like the late Emmanuel Milhomme, Julian Loute, Jean Robert Lewis and several others, the churches grew. Today, several congregations are blessed with solid concrete buildings to meet in. Julien Luthe and men he has discipled, including the young men’s evangelism group, Solidat, has taken the gospel further and higher into the mountains. With one of these to guide, along with an interpreter, several of us have been privileged to visit and witness in some of the more remote locations like the church at BelAir.

The faith and enthusiasm of our Haitian brothers and sisters have always impressed us Americans, and has been a source of refreshing and spurring on of faith in action to many. The Haitian Believers hunger for more meat (of The Word) has led to several conferences and teaching sessions over the years. The most recent American-led conference was in early May. Pastors Johnnie Blount and Willie Wright of Bridge the Gap ministries taught for three days to pastors and leadership men and women on “Your Blessings Are In Your Mouth,” lessons about having the faith to proclaim all the blessings we have been given that pertain to life and godliness and living in that expectation.

The five women of Bridge The Gap Ministries, Kayla Kenneda, Karla Rowland, Kim Watkins, Carolyn Jones and Valerie Kayanja presented teaching to the leading women from surrounding churches on a Sunday afternoon. The ladies also conducted two after-school sessions for children on being a special people for God, a Royal Priesthood (crowns included) assisted by Andrew Ramlal, who was on his first trip to Haiti.

All were strengthened in The Word and in worship with our Haitian fellow believers. In so many ways we are all sharing a mutual gospel to one another.

My Mission Trip – Breanna Young

Breanna Angie Young 1Breanna Young
Age: 13
Grade: 8
Ohio County Middle School
Hartford, KY

Q: Have you ever been on a mission trip before?
A: No.

Q: How did you hear about Missions Of Love?
A: Church

Q: How many days was your trip?
A: 12 days

Q: What was the purpose of this trip?
A: Bible School

Q: Where you able to accomplish that?
A: Yes, lots of children showed up!

Q: Did you visit anywhere else?
A: Yes, we visited orphanages.

Q: What did you think of the Haitian food?
A: Not as bad as I expected.

Q: Was there one experience that really touched your heart?
A: Yes, I got a shy little girl to dance with me on the last night.

Q: Would you like to return to Haiti some day?
A: Yes, because I loved it there.

*Breanna is the daughter of Jeremy and Angie Young of Hartford, KY. She was accompanied on this trip with her mother.

Evangelism and Education…Hand-in-hand

Although often cloaked in deeds and services such as providing beans and rice to the hungry, mamba to the malnourished, literacy to the illiterate, safe water to those inhabiting a land filled with contamination, or veiled within the provisions of much needed medical, dental, and eye care, evangelism is alive and well on the campus of Missions Of Love.

But, beyond practicing faith within the confines of the practical, medical, and humanitarian world, Missions Of Love has also been faithfully partnering with our Haitian brothers and sisters since making its home in Jolivert.

Sometimes, this journey beside our Haitian counterparts has been through the sharing of The Word, sometimes its taken on the form of lending much-needed support to assist the Haitian churches with construction needs, radio broadcasts or even revivals.
But, there’s more good news… Just as iron sharpens iron, (Proverbs 27:17) The Church sharpens the community.

In Haiti, the role of the church goes beyond Sunday morning worship services. Haitian churches are one of the primary forms of social infrastructure. The building itself is typically used as a community center and/or a shelter and often becomes a school run by missionaries or church leaders, thereby impacting the community as whole.

Marotier Before

Marotier Before

Marotier After

Marotier After

Looking back to when MOL first began, Miz Betty shared the heart of the Mission: “When Missions Of Love first began in Jolivert, Haiti government schools with affordable education wasn’t available in that area. So, we made it our goal to help educate local people so they could find employment and eventually one day help take care of, work for and operate the Mission.”

Thus the MOL journey of sponsoring Haitian students had begun. Soon, through the sponsorship of MOL supporters, area students were being sent to mission-supported primary schools, government higher education schools and even professional schools.
It was during those early days that Dr. Bob and Miz Betty realized that evangelism and education go hand-in-hand. “One of the best places to do evangelism to make a permanent change is in the school and with the kids,” Miz Betty stated. “As the children are being taught in the Christian schools everyday, they also have prayer and learn Bible verses, so they are not only being taught life skills, they are also being set free from the bondage of practices of Voodoo.”

Since making that decision to invest in the education of the young people nearly 25 years ago, the Jolivert area has reaped the benefits of a community which now employs teachers, preachers, businessmen and women, lab techs, nurses and doctors.
Continuing in the quest of uniting evangelism and education, a faith-filled, spirit lead, devoted team of 12 Haitian men known as Solidat (Soldiers for Christ) are the feet-on-the-ground team who have been carrying the gospel message by song, Word and deed into the mountainous regions surrounding the Jolivert area.

As a result, Solidat has helped to lead many to Christ Jesus and have been faithful to provide follow up discipleship that often includes the pooling together of their own resources to provide food, clothing, and shelter to the very poorest of the poor.
Their continued acts of love have fostered the planting of two churches; the first in Belair, where they have also opened a school, and the most recent in Drijon. Both villages are found in the high mountain areas where even most Haitians do not dare to go.

When asked why they would give so much of themselves and their resources to not only plant a church, but to also take on the challenge of starting a school for the children, Solidat member, Wesner Marcelus, one of the teachers at Belair who gets up at 5a.m. every morning and travels three hours by foot to teach every day, quickly responded, “I teach with all my heart so one day a student can be a doctor, or a teacher, or a pastor… So, one day the kids can replace us and do the work we do when they get older.”
Evangelism and Education: Investing in others. Investing in the future. Investing in the Kingdom.

April Ministry Spotlight – Eye and Ear Clinic

Dr. Asa exams patient

In the year 2000 MOL was blessed to have Dr Asa Talbot (Lieut.Colonel, US Army Medical Corps, retired) and his lovely wife, Jean, an RN, to join us. They offered to build and staff a much-needed  eye clinic in a joint partnership.  We would supply the grounds and infrastructure and they would develop, staff, and fund the eye clinic.

At the present, some 16 years later, I’m happy to report that these two highly-committed servants of our Lord have served thousands of Haitians with a multitude of eye problems and impaired vision.  They have supplied them with medication and eye drops for problems such as eye infections and glaucoma, and have fitted hundreds with glasses.  Thanks to this devoted couple of medical professionals many people of all ages have had their vision restored; many of whom are able to read the bibles we’ve given them for the first time ever.

May God richly bless Asa and Jean for their years of hard work and sacrifice on behalf of the poor, the halt, the lame and the blind of Haiti. 

Dr Bob and Betty, Palm Bay, FL.

Interview with Asa & Jean Talbot

What brought about the Eye & Ear Clinic?

Jean and I have been with MOL since 2000 and originally worked in the general medical field with Dr, Bob and Miss Betty.  Shortly after that we noticed the critical shortage of affordable eye care. Although my training is primarily in the field of ear, nose and throat, God apparently had a different plan for our work. Years before, during my Army service, I was trained as a Naval Flight Surgeon. Since these doctors serve for months at sea on carriers they are taught to treat and refract eyes as well as give other care to the aviators. An ophthalmologist friend came into possession of the office equipment of a deceased optometrist and needed to move it on. When asked if I could use it, I immediately saw how it could become a vital ministry in a land with great needs and people with few resources. We shipped it in and set up clinic in the Steel Building (where we also slept and was the only building on the compound then). Within two years we needed dedicated space and built and equipped the current Eye/Ear Clinic.

What about the Ear part of the equation?

There has never been as great a need for ear care as opposed to eye. We are equipped to do basic office ENT and see an occasional ENT patient but we have never had the operating room or staff to do ENT surgery. For the first few years we had an audiologist with us who tested hearing and supplied hearing aids and training for the hearing impaired .but her priorities changed. We still have that capability if the Lord moves someone to pick up the thread.

MOL Eye ClinicObviously God’s hand is on this work but how are you able to continue it?

We have received donations of used equipment and have generous pharmaceutical companies who see the needs of the Third World as a humanitarian  issue and provide medications. By the Grace of God, Jean and I have been able to receive generous support from several churches and close friends, and we have been blessed to have some of our own funds provided that this work could be continued without taxing the already burdened medical clinic and mission. At the same time generous printing ministries have supplied literature which allows us to have an evangelical aspect by passing out pamphlets, witnessing to patients, supporting the adult literacy program through free exams and supplying Bibles and literature to area churches. Of course, this ministry has always been involved in the general activity of MOL in spite of being a unique medical specialty.

What do you offer the Haitian people that makes your ministry relevant?  

It is a terrible thing to not be able to see well enough to sew, read your Bible or see the blackboard in school. We offer testing of vision (as well as minor office level eye care), test and treat for glaucoma, provide glasses for those who need them (again often donated by the Lions) and arrange for complex lenses for those who need them. While there are doctors and facilities in Haiti that offer these services,  the cost for the poor is prohibitive and they do not get what they need. We also detect cataracts and other blinding problems and are hoping to one day be able to interest ophthalmologists who would be able to offer surgical solutions.

What has been the impact of your ministry?

Because we show the love of Christ to people who would otherwise not have usable sight people come from all over Haiti and the surrounding islands to be seen and told that God loves them (Jesu remen ou). We are seeing over 1200 people a year, giving glasses to some 500 and holding back the progress of glaucoma in about 350 souls. We also served the general medical needs after the earthquake and through the cholera epidemic a year later. Dr. Asa preaches every Sunday the weather allows.

Guerby examinesAs you are approaching retirement from active mission work what does the future hold?

We are trying to attract younger people in all aspects of the mission work and this one belongs to God. Jehovah Jireh  (The God Who Provides) will supply our needs. We would go on as long as we can but, although the work has not been a physical burden, the travel to and from is taxing and we cannot do what we did when we were younger. It has been our mission goal from the beginning to equip the Haitian people to succeed on their own. In keeping with this we have trained Haitians as technicians to do the basic work and are in negotiations with a young Haitian ophthalmologist about part time participation. Our Haitian staff does a wonderful job and has learned well.

If He saw the need in the beginning, He will carry the good work to completion.

 

My Mission Trip ~ Tiffanie Quisenberry

Tiffanie Quisenberry

Name:  Tiffanie Quisenberry

Age:  31

Profession:  Teacher

Where do you live?  Pleasant Ridge, KY

 

Have you ever been on a Mission trip before?  Yes, to Haiti

How did you hear about Missions of Love?  I met Dr. Bob and Ms. Betty when I was a teenager at church.  They always spoke of Missions of Love and Haiti and what awesome things God was doing there.

Was this your first trip to Haiti?  No, this was my 4th trip to Haiti.  I went twice with Ms. Betty when I was a teenager, and I went 2 years ago with Ms. Betty, Nancy, and Meghann.

How many days was your trip?  10

Have you always had a desire to do mission work?  Yes, since I learned what it was and went to Haiti for the first time.  When I was younger, I thought I would be a teacher in Haiti!

What was the purpose of your Missions of Love trip?  We took youth in, allowed them to experience Haiti and lead some VBS in different areas.  I met with teachers at Morotier school we support to see how things were going.

What did you think of the Haitian food/culture?  I love the black beans and rice.  I am not a big fruit fan so that was a downfall.  And I was a little skeptic on the meat.  But I have no trouble at all eating in Haiti.  As for culture, I adjust, the hardest part is wearing skirts/dresses all the time, but I managed.

Were you able to experience Haiti outside the MOL compound?  Yes, on the way in we stopped in Gonaives and visited a mission and bakery.  Then we went to Dufailly and stayed overnight with Christophe’s family.  We visited many different places for VBS.  We went across the river to Fondu Roc.  We took the army truck two hours to Marochier.  We travelled to Bas-Berard, home to the triplet family my life group supports and taught a VBS and visited a small school there.  We went to Saint-Louis-du-Nord to market and Port-de-Paix.  On the way out of Haiti, we stopped in Carries, Haiti at Ocean View Resort and stayed for two nights.  This resort was very nice compared to what we were use to in Jolivert.  We got to sleep with air conditioning!!  It was also right on the ocean with a beach with sand!!  But what was most awesome about this resort was it was ran by people who also run an orphanage, elderly home, young girls home, school and so much more for the community.  It was so awesome to see others helping Haiti!

Would I like to return to Haiti some day?  YES!  I plan on returning to Haiti many, many many more times!