We want to say THANK YOU to Child First Meds for providing seeds for our Community Seed Program. These wonderful photos were sent to use from Gaby Papouloute in Jolivert. This is Gaby and his family proudly showing off the fruits of their labor!
Evangelism – Pastor Julien Loute has been associated with Missions of Love for over 20 years. He had been doing evangelism in the homes of the people surrounding Jolivert. During these years he has taken missionaries under his wing, taking them to remote places in Haiti to spread the Gospel of Christ. Over this 20 year period, Apostle Julien has planted 20 churches, some of which he has taught young men how to build churches, installing pastors and teachers in place. Many time American Missionaries has taken of up the mountain in the Army Truck with Apostle Julien to see what is needed for different churches. Most of the time Pastor Julien has walked to many of these places, which some are many days walk.
Two years ago, one mission group decided to present the Apostle with a motor bike. Missions of Love helps our pastors with conferences and revivals. This money comes out of our General Fund. If you would like to help with the Evangelism program, any amount would be greatly appreciated. It takes about $2400 to set up a church, with walls and roof and wooden benches. There is no padded seats.
This was the first site of a church Apostle Julien planted in the mountains of Haiti, there now stands a large block church with many members. This was mostly Voodoo country and now because of the work of people like our missionaries and pastors like Apostle Julien, Christianity is on growing rapidly.
From Barbie Porter – I have a special prayer request I’d like to ask you to take upon your heart in agreement prayer with me. As most of you know, The Lord allowed Ralph and I the honor of seeing a new dental clinic built in the sands of Missions Of Love in Jolivert, Haiti, a mission we dearly love and believe The Lord has sent us to. From the time of the first round of dental donations, April 28, 2012, till the start of the new building in Haiti, January 10, 2014, till the last coat of crippie (stucco-type finish) was on December 19, 2014, it seems God has commissioned this project by providing countless provisions, timely shipments, a quick build and a beautiful building.
However, it breaks our hearts to see this new dental clinic sitting idle. Will you please help us pray that The Lord will send godly, caring, mission-minded dentists, hygienists, and dental assistants to comprise dental teams for Missions Of Love dental clinics in Jolivert, Haiti for this year? And, likewise, that God will provide a godly Haitian, Cuban or other, dentist, hygienists and assistant, as local staff for ongoing, dental care?
The residents of Jolivert area truly need dental care and have suffered long without it. Thank you so much for your prayer support. God Bless You!
Thank you to Nancy Bukovnik and her group of friends from Ohio!! Tonya and her family have a house to call their own. Tonya has been blind for many years and it’s difficult for her to find work. Her husband Neville does yard work for the mission.
Her original house leaked and was starting to fall over. Tonya was frequently sick and it was believed that was in part due to the mold and mildew from the leaking roof.
The family did not have adequate shelter until Nancy and her group of friends stepped forward and help sponsor this new home. What a blessing for this family!!
MOL’s Adult Literacy Program is headed up by our dear Ms Nancy Bukovnik, who is a retired nurse . God has given her a deep love for the Haitian people, and in return they love her also. God has used Nancy to do a mighty work in Jolivert and surrounding mountain areas.
Nancy Bukovnik Literacy Class Report
Jackson and Blaud have reported that 12 adult literacy classes began in September. These classes are scattered throughout the northwest of Haiti, using teachers who live in the villages. As people learn to read and write in Haitian Kreyol, they are also taught about the Lord Jesus. At the end of the year of study, each student will receive a Kreyol Bible. 2014 marks the 8th year of this outreach.
Five additional literacy classes have recently begun in Gonaives under the supervision of Pr. Juanito Genada. There are approximately 50 students and 10 have surrendered their lives to Jesus.
It is a privilege to be involved with Sharing the Gospel in Haiti.
Nancy B., MOL director
This is one of the literacy classes. Some of the lady’s here were fitted with glasses from Dr. Asa’s Eye Clinic free of charge, so they would be able to see to read.
Being able to read and write is a great blessing to those who were never given the opportunity of education. Many wanted to take the class so they could read their Bible. If you would like to donate Bibles for the literacy classes, they are $8.00 each. We will also inscribe a message to the graduate if you like.
Eight Year Progress
- 1200 Graduates
- 320 Saved
- 75 Teachers Trained Students
- 17 Adult Literacy Outreach Programs
Fall Clinic Report
If you are one of our ministry partners, prayer partners or have gifted MOL in one way or another over the years, you deserve to know how certain prayerful goals of our mission have come to fruition over the years, thanks to you and to the Grace of God. In this issue, I’m happy to report on one of our most sought-after of these goals: the education and job-opportunities afforded many of our neighbors in and around Jolivert. One of the earliest obstacles we encountered in developing our hugely successful clinic at Jolivert was the local citizen’s complaints that we were not hiring locals, but were bringing in Haitian professionals from other areas. The problem, of course, was that there simply were no trained medical professionals in the area at that time. We immediately saw the need to make the education and medical training needed to operate such a clinic available to as many of our neighbors as possible, so this became a priority long-range goal for our directors.
I’m most pleased to report that we’ve now put two young men through medical school and several men and women through nursing training. Our first graduate to get his medical degree was Dr. Louissaint Louis-Sez, who has now worked at Jolivert and has himself become one of our directors. He is temporarily in the States working on his licensing and credentialing needs and has devoted himself to being a major player in the operation of our clinic and leadership with MOL for years to come.
Our second graduate is Dr. Daniel Loute, a son of our good friend, Pastor Julian Loute. One of his daughters, Julie has also received her RN degree. Both of these fine young Christian professionals are currently employed at the clinic.
Another neighbor next door to our clinic, Jelines Lazard, is an especially bright young man who has received his RN degree and is now the nurse in charge of our medical outreach in the surrounding mountain communities where MOL serves hundreds who due to age or disability cannot come down to the clinic. He and others from our clinic make regular visits to these remote areas. We have great expectations of Jelines due to his exceptional leadership potential. Another outstanding “local product” is Guerby Odin,a trained and certified lab technologist who also operates our Eye clinic under Dr Asa Talbot’s supervision. He treats hundreds of eye problems each month. All of these young folks will be contributing to the health and welfare of their people for many years to come.
Our latest project is helping Wilguens Belizaire through med school in Port-au-Prince. I should note here that a medical degree can be obtained in Haiti for a tiny fraction of what similar training would cost in the U.S..
His annual tuition, for example, amounts to only about $1500 in U.S. dollars.. Still, this is $1500 we don’t have in our General Fund, and Wilguen’s future in Medicine depends entirely on help from folks like you. If we had a few more partners willing to donate $25 to $50 per month toward that goal, we could draw a huge sigh of relief. But of course, any gift no matter how small, is always hugely appreciated. Thanks, God bless all and have a wonderful coming holiday season!
Dr. Bob and “Miz Betty”
One of the first things that I, with Christophe, Dr. Louissaint and Dr. Joe did on our recent trip to Haiti was to visit this family that MOL has been supporting. This family was brought to our attention by our Outreach Clinic workers.
Living in a very poor, rural area of Beard, this family had 10 children and then the mother gave birth to triplets! The father was injured and could not work and could not feed his family. The children were not in good health. Medical treatment was immediately given and is ongoing.
Thanks to Reflection of Christ (ROC) life group, we have been able to commit to 2 years of support for the triplets. In these pictures the triplets are 13 months old. We have fed them, gave medical care and now on this day we were able to introduce them to a Living God, the one who made it possible for their children to have food.
The father told us of the god he served and all the sacrifices (food, chickens, goats or anything that will bring in money) that he had to give that god. In return this god might give him a number to play the lottery. The four of us began to witness to him and his family about Jesus Christ and how he was the sacrifice for all man kind.
We prayed with all the family including the grandparents and uncles. Around 20 people live in 2 small mud huts. The babies are covered in mud and the other children do not have clothes. As we were leaving the man said to us that he wanted to learn more about our God, and would like to go to church on Sunday. Christophe contacted a pastor in the area and I talked to Soldat (Disciples of Christ) who will visit them and find some clothes and shoes for them.
Much is still needed for this family. MOL can help by sending Haitian workers, but without the help of our supporters we cannot. Donations are needed for Evangelism. We have Haitian teams that are able to get into the mountains in places where Americans cannot go. They will spread the gospel, give Bibles, health care, clothing, and build churches. All this takes money to send these evangelist and pastors out to tell the good news. If you would like to help with our Evangelism Program, please contact me or send a donation to:
Missions of Love
P.O. Box 292
Hartford, KY 42347
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
* 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