Betty’s Summer Update

Dear friends, prayer partners and ministry partners,

Much has happened at Jolivert since last I reported to you.  MOL has been very busy with construction of our new dental clinic, installation of our new diesel generator, and upgrading and enlarging our solar grid in an effort to sharply reduce our monthly expenses on diesel fuel.  All of these projects, of course, were only made possible through your generous support and gifting.   While construction and other costs continue to escalate each year in Haiti we always strive to get the best bang for the buck for those precious gifts that you continue to give so sacrificially. God bless you all for hanging in there with us!

Our new clinic building was designed to house far more than just a dental clinic. It will include a new pharmacy, an office for patient registration and medical records. They have already moved into the new office.

Ralph and Barbie Porter brought in our very first dental team in April of this year. Their dentist and assistants cleaned and filled many teeth and there were some extractions as well.  It is our plan to have the dental clinic completely finished by October of this year, and we have other dentists who have expressed an interest to come down to see patients.  The Haitian Ministry of health is also now searching for a dentist among their ranks to work out of our clinic on a regular basis.  Always looking ahead, we are now striving to identify students from the Jolivert area to place in dental school and to train as dental hygienists as well.

Our own clinic chaplain, pastor Jean-Robert Louis Sez, has formed yet another new congregation at Biara, a heavily populated area high in the mountains.  The people are very poor and badly enslaved to voodoo practices. In addition, MOL has begun a new medical outreach clinic there and will send a nurse and possibly a doctor there each month.  We’ve already added two new outreach clinics making a total of eight adult clinics and seven for pediatrics. Our latest new pediatric clinic is in the mountains above Chantsolm, a town about 10 miles north of Jolivert.  The adult clinics are designed primarily for the elderly that cannot travel by foot or donkey to our main clinic.  Many of these patients are on daily medications for hypertension, arthritis and the like and need regular monthly follow-up.

The membership in our churches are growing steadily and new congregations are being started each year, thanks to the evangelical fervor of pastor Jean-Robert, Pastor Julian Louth, and the evangelical team of young men we’re supporting known as the “Soldat Valiante” (valiant soldiers for Christ).  We have relieved Jean-Robert of his administrative duties in the clinic so he can devote full time efforts to evangelism, at which he is doing a great job.  Child First Ministries of Franklin, Texas continue to furnish our pediatric medications for the mountain clinics, although this has been sporadic due to enormous shipping problems in getting them from the Netherlands to Haiti.

The two physicians we have helped to train over the years are Drs. Louissaint Louis Sez and Daniel Louth (a son of Pastor Julian).  Louissaint will be working at Jolivert this summer and Daniel will work at Jolivert after completing his internship on December 1st.  Our deepest thanks to all who have contributed to the costly education of these fine Christian men.  We’re now seeking supporters for a third medical student, Wilgan Belizaire (whom many of you know).

On my last trip to Haiti in March of this year, Bill Gallo and I attended a celebration in honor of Madame Evelyn, a key employee of our safe water program called Guardian Dlo (water guardian).  She has worked diligently for this program over the years and is responsible for much of its huge success all over Haiti. The celebrations at both Jolivert and  Port-au-Prince was sponsored by Emory University who honored and awarded her as the first Haitian ever to receive such an honor.

Please know that all our programs at Jolivert continue to minister to  hundreds of people daily throughout the region.   Clinic Jolivert has indeed become a major health center in the northwest of Haiti.  Our partnership with the Ministry of Health(MSPP) has added an HIV clinic to our compound employing a full-time social worker who counsels families with HIV and teaches its prevention.  There will be two additional employees added next year and their salaries will be paid by the MSPP with funds made available through such organizations as WHO, UNICEF and donations from many other countries.

Our most critical needs for the present are additional funds to finish applying stucco to our new clinic building (about $2800 US), and either building or shipping in a special incinerator to deal with the constant stream of refuse at our busy compound.  We’re also soliciting funds for bibles, medicine and a shelter for our new congregation at Biaria.  It is our prayer that you will continue to partner with us as we continue reaching out with the love of Jesus Christ and the sharing of his gospel to the sick, lost, and dying which still numbers in the tens of thousands in our region.  Our work is never done.

One final note:  our Haitian director, Blaud Mondesir,  is taking to wife a lovely nursing student from the Okap area this summer.  Please join us in wishing him God’s richest blessings on his coming marriage.  Dr. Bob and I send our warmest wishes to you all.  While we’re not getting any younger we’re still holding on…. Thanks to the Grace of God.

Betty Johnson, RN, president MOL.  15 July, 2014

 

EMERGENCY APPEAL BY DR. BOB AND BETTY

* UPDATE*  As of March 5th – we have reached our financial goal and are in the process of purchasing the generator.  A work team is scheduled to go to Haiti midMarch and oversee the installation of the new generator.  Thank you to all our loyal supporters to responding so quickly to our appeal.

 

In a report I shared with you nearly two years ago I had appealed to you for help in purchasing a new generator, as our old one had already performed far beyond its usual life expectancy. Well…. Because of more pressing needs at the time, that need was kicked down the road, as we are so often forced to do. The result is: we are now faced with a true emergency: the old one has finally given up the ghost. It threw a rod through the motor block and is now beyond repair, and we are faced with an emergency need of around $10,000 to replace it. Meanwhile, the clinic and all our other operations on the compound at Jolivert are essentially shut down. It is therefore imperative that we approach all our supporters immediately in hopes of scraping up that $10,000 in a few days. To avoid the shipping costs and great delays involved in shipping one down from Miami, We are searching diligently to find one in- country and we can send our truck to pick up, or have it shipped up by bus. There are several companies in the Port-au-Prince area that sell diesel generators in the kilowatt range that we require and Blaud is down there currently seeking prices as I write these words.
I cannot too fervently express the deep gratitude that I and all the other directors at MOL feel toward all of you, both churches and individuals, for your gifting in our cause over the past 30 years. And yet it is with a deep sense of urgency that I now ask you to open your hearts and wallets or purse strings to help us once more through this crisis situation. While we do have a dedicated solar system in our lab to operate the chemistry machine, microscopes and like, we have been delayed in installing an adequate solar grid for the remainder of the compound by shipping and customs boondoggles over which we have no control. This means our fans, computers, electric lights, water pumps, and optical equipment in the eye clinic will remain shut down until a new generator is installed. Thus without electrical power, most of our operations at Jolivert are kaput for now, affecting the lives of hundreds of persons until we’re up and running again.
So we’re asking you to search your hearts, dig deeply, and mail us your gift to the address below immediately or as soon as you possibly can. Thanks and God bless!
Dr. Bob and Betty
15 February, 2014

Walking – by the Grace of God

Does this lady in the above video look familiar? She was in our November Newsletter, shown sitting in a wheelchair.

Jimmy Carter, the physical therapist, had worked with Mdm. Gessner after she had suffered a stroke. Jimmy’s wife was able to give Mdm. Gessner injections in her knees.  They fitted her with a walker before they left last July.  She was up using her walker and now…..just watch the video if you haven’t already!

When you support Missions of Love and mission trips such as Jimmy and his wife, you are the hands and feet of Jesus!!!

Read the July article here.

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Pledge Drive for General Fund

When you support Missions of Love you are sewing a seed that continues to multiply. We are starting a pledge drive for our General Fund at Missions of Love!!  We’re good at raising money for special projects, but without the General Fund, we cannot pay our Haitian employees, tuition for students as well as licensees and fees to be a registered NGO in Haiti.

Our current goal is to have 100 people commit to a $25.00 a month pledge for 12 months! That’s only $6.25 a week – .83 cents a day!!!  We can do this!

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Triplets! Needing Support to Thrive

During the monthly MOL Medical Outreach Program in Bernard, this family was discovered to be in dire need.  This family of 13 is under-nourished and they are not using safe drinking water.

The triplets are surviving but they’re not thriving.  MOL will be ensuring that the family is enrolled in our our Safe Water Program and that the mother is put on the Manba Program.  By providing the Manba (fortified peanut butter) to the mother, she can continue to nurse the babies and they will be able to grow and thrive.

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Jean and Asa’s Report April 2013

What a busy, lively time we had on this trip! We are thankful for all the dedicated and talented people who were there with us, both staff and short-term missionaries. They certainly had an impact for good on the mission and surrounding area.

The first week, a 16-year-old and her father, whom we have known for years, were with us. Besides helping Charlotte, Keith also made repairs around the compound, something that is always needed, and assisted Asa in doing measurements for the projected surgical building and the surrounding grounds.

Charlotte teaching crafts at the pre-school.

Charlotte teaching crafts at the pre-school.

Charlotte’s purpose was children’s ministry, and she spent most of the daylight hours with the area children, showing God’s love in all she did. She visited Vanessa’s pre-school, and helped them make plastic net and yarn crosses. Continue reading

Mosaic Lexington KY June 2013 Mission Trip

Members of the team: Brandon Embry, Jimmy Carter, Carrie Carter, Susan Davis, Desmond Littles, Alyssa Telang, Phillip Thompson, Ravi Chilukuri.

It’s always difficult to put into words the experience that one has on a trip to Haiti. There are so many ways that God reveals Himself to each and every individual. Most always a short term mission trip is more life changing and life giving for those that go than those that are being served. Our trip was no different. Our Purpose was to be available as God’s servants, His hands and feet, to every Haitian we encountered that week. I pray that seeds were sown and lives were touched in Jolivert as much as Jolivert touched our lives and our hearts.

Each day started with a devotional over coffee and breakfast that Blaud and the ladies so graciously prepared. Susan and Phillip would then go to the hospital where 75 children would receive dental treatment for cavity prevention. A local dentist in Winchester KY kindly donated 300 treatments for us to take with us. These treatments have been shown to reduce dental caries by 55% in the local schools. Continue reading

NEW Project! Agricultural Seed Project

The seed project, detailed below, will be attempted in the following two communities: Biscaille and Marotier. It will utilize 650 packets of seed (seed types are listed below) in our school at Marotier involving 130 students. At Biscaille 250 packets will be utilized by 50 students. In addition, each teacher will receive the same five types of seeds for their own personal gardens which will act as a control garden.

The seeds for the seed project are provided by Child First Meds of Franklin, Texas.

a teacher at Biscaille with sample pkg seed given to each student

a teacher at Biscaille with sample pkg seed given to each student

Each teacher will oversee his/her students and administer the project.
The teacher must keep notes on the progress of each student. Continue reading

Betty’s Trip June 2013

My group included Tiffany Quisenberry, Meghann Phelps, and Nancy Bukovnik who with myself, accompanied Dr. Louissaint Louis XVI who went in to be installed in his role as staff physician at Clinic Jolivert in Haiti. We had a wonderful week working together, and were excited to announce Louissaint’s installation on the clinic staff…a long-awaited event. He graduated from medical school this past May and has now returned to Haiti to work for the next couple of years under the supervision of Haitian doctors from the Ministry of Health. It is extremely gratifying to us that the ministry now considers Clinique Jolivert to be one of the major health clinics in the Artibonite department of the Haitian government. Not only do they send some of their young physicians to serve on our staff Continue reading