Tributes to Dr. Bob

A Salute to Our Captain
By Dale Breedlove

Our beloved captain has sailed away,
On the gentle breeze of an eternal day.
He set a course true with great adventure,
Bound for the protection of the Lord’s deep harbor.

He beckoned and trained the crew to carry on,
As he went forth to the great beyond.
We mind the rudder, rigging and sails,
As our ship encounters many swails.

Our captain learned patience, forbearance and persistence,
And called us alongside to lend assistance.
That our sound ship would sail Jesus toward,
And, reach out a hand to invite many aboard.


In 2000, my husband Scott, our 8-year-old son Caleb and our 11-year-old son Sam and I all went to Jolivert, Haiti for a mission trip. I had been on to other mission trips but my family hadn’t ever been on one – they never been out of the country.

My husband and I are nurses. When we got To Jolivert, the first thing we saw was a young man who was bleeding,  profusely from a severed artery in his left arm. He had been cut with a machete! Dr. Bob and my husband rushed the man to the clinic.

Scott was wondering about exposure to all sorts of things as he assisted Dr. Bob as Dr. Bob saved not only the man’s life but his arm as well.  Dr. Bob sutured carefully, so the man would have full use of his arm.I’m sure after being a medic in Korea this was not really remarkable for Dr. Bob. But it was remarkable for Scott.

The love Dr. Bob showed the skill Dr. Bob showed and the risk Dr. Bob took to himself on a daily basis was displayed on this very first day in Haiti.

Many things on that trip are very remarkable. Dr. Bob loved both of our boys and treated them as a grandfather would treat his grandsons. Both of our boys love him to this day. Scott and I now go on from 4 to 6 mission trips a year. During every trip we are reminded of the impact Dr. Bob had in our life and his name almost always comes up. He has left a wonderful legacy for us. We will always love Dr. Bob and Betty.

Marcia Skelton
Friend and TECH Member


Twins Separated at Birth

I met Dr. Bob in 1998. My wife and I had served for six years with a different Haitian mission when we were declared unacceptable for reasons that were not stated.  It turns out Dr. Bob and Miz Betty had suffered the same fate (as had Dr. Jerry and Betty McKinney). It seems that particular mission leader tolerated no individualism and is reputed to have re-situated more missionaries in Haiti than any other person or force.

In any case, Dr. Bob and Betty had begun a work in La Hatte, just down the road from the present site of Missions of Love. He graciously offered us a place to serve and that began the almost 20-year involvement with MOL and a deep and abiding friendship with a remarkable man.

The first factor I discovered was that where I was a rough and tumble New Yorker who attacked problems head-on, Dr. Bob was a kind and humble man who served rather than directed although history shows how much he did do. It has always been my belief that God had a plan which called for our divergent personalities to supply what was needed. I have always demurred from any elected role in the mission (although I have been a director from the start). Dr. Bob could cast oil on the waters that I might stir up. He was a classic family doctor of the days when one man did it all in a small town, a peaceful person, deeply devoted to God and dedicated to the betterment of mankind. I was a high powered surgical sub-specialist (ENT). We had both served our country in peace and war; he as an Air Force Corpsman and I as an infantry officer, flight surgeon, and otolaryngologist. We had both seen more than we needed to see.

The second factor I discovered was that Dr. Bob and I had so much in common as well as in contrast. He was the product of rural Kentucky. I was a big city street smart. We both struggled with our childhoods, albeit for different reasons. He had a lifelong battle with the bottle, which he won, and I came very close to being an alcoholic save for critical people the Lord sent to save me from myself and my long family history of alcohol abuse. Our medical fields were different but we both wanted to help people and share Christ. Jean (my wife) and I used to stay with Dr. Bob and Betty at the farmhouse when there was a board meeting. Betty was much younger than we were, but Dr. Bob and I were only a year apart (he was the senior). We quickly found that they were identical to us as “old married” folks. They argued the same way and loved each other very much. Dr. Bob and I even had the same taste in flannel shirts and at breakfast one morning he appeared (Dr. Bob liked to cook breakfast) in an identical shirt to one I had in my bag. Naturally, a discussion ensued as to who owned what shirt. It was quickly resolved in mirth but that was typical of our friendship.

I could go on for some time but suffice it to say, Dr. Bob will be missed and never replaced. He was someone who you wanted to be like and he did so much good in his life –at home and abroad.

Time and age, the disintegration of the body and now death are taking away those who pioneered this work. However, the work continues and we have faith that God will send new workers into the field to lift the torch such giants as Dr. Bob has passed to them.

Dear Friend: May God welcome you when He returns and comforts you in sleep until that time arrives.

Dr. Asa and Jean Talbot


Like the Apostle Luke, Dr. Robert Johnson was a good physician. Known to be a good diagnostician, and great cardiologist (though he did not specialize in cardiology), his articles were published in nationally known medical journals and periodicals. Medicine was not just a profession; it was to him a calling. He could have enjoyed more lucrative practices in larger cities, but he chose to remain in rural Ohio County. He saw himself as a country doctor and aspired to be nothing more and our community was blessed because he did.

Like the Apostle Paul, Dr. Bob was a great missionary. I was privileged to accompany him on two trips to Haiti. He loved the Haitian people and quickly learned to speak their language and the Haitian people loved him. Approaching their communities, men, women, and children would run from their huts to greet him with smiles on their faces. The only part of their joyful greeting I could understand was: “Dr. Bob! Dr. Bob! Dr. Bob!”  Though he had no formal theological training, Dr. Johnson was the best missionary I have ever known.

Like Barnabas (Acts 11:24), Dr. Bob was a good man. He was authentic. There was not a pretentious or hypocritical bone in his body. What you saw was what you got. In his autobiography, The Calling, no effort was made to hide the warts or cover the flaws. He told it like it was. Yet, shining through those warts and flaws, like stars on a dark night, one could see a strong faith and a soft heart. Dr. Robert T. Johnson is a wonderful example of the change the love and grace of God can make in a person’s life, and the good that God can accomplish with imperfect people whose lives are committed to him.

Like the Great Physician, Dr. Bob was my friend. We came to Ohio County about the same time. I knew him over fifty years. I am grateful to God that our paths crossed and his life impacted my own in many ways. My life has been enriched for having known him. Thank you, Lord for this humble and good physician.

Pastor Glenn Armstrong


Dr. Bob and Sis. Betty are fellow soldiers and eternal friends! God Bless Them!

Joe and Hiawana Greene

 

Dr. Asa 2017 Fall Team Report

” For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.”  Ephesians 6:12

If I have learned nothing else after over twenty years of working in Haiti I believe that whatever project you went to do will not happen, at least not as you had planned. I also have learned that “I” can’t but “He” can. “Do not be afraid or discouraged …… For the battle is not yours, but God’s.” 2 Chron. 20:15

Our group started out with great plans and aspirations. Our friends from Tacoma who had built the incinerator shed two years ago were moved by the spirit to purchase the incinerator and come to Haiti to install it. Seven people formed a team and came to do that. Our arrival date was to be October 10.

The Evil One hates to see good people work for the Master and he goes right to work to try to thwart the plans we have for accomplishing God’s Will. The incinerator was scheduled to be on the dock in Port-au-Prince by October 2. Due to the hurricanes, the ship was rerouted and the date of arrival was postponed until October 18 – two days before we were to leave Haiti for home. Much prayer was raised and the ship came in from England on October 11. Still, there was the matter of customs charges, the bureaucracy of getting the item off the dock, the transportation of same to Jolivert, the inconvenience of a Haitian Holiday and intervening weekend preventing any action and our truck driver being too late to get on the dock one day. All of this required Blaud, our Haitian Executive Director, to remain in PAP for eight days with all the inherent unplanned costs.

While we worried and fidgeted in Jolivert the west coast team went right to work, helping Ralph Porter build shelves and cabinets for the dental clinic, assisting in the sorting and storage of materials that had been shipped in, helping out in the clinics, and doing anything that was needed to be done. One of the best children’s programs ever was put on, our evangelist preached in Sunday services and appeared on the church’s radio station several times, an outreach clinic was held for the first time as a medical/dental operation with 105 patients seen by our team doctors and nurses and 23 dental patients treated.

Duck, Duck, Goose

Additionally, Jonah, a thirteen-year-old boy who was there with his parents spontaneously crossed the language barrier and had the little children clapping, marching, running and learning “Duck, Duck, Goose”. This was a real ministry. Our Ophthalmology surgeon, in the meantime, screened patients and did 33 surgeries (22 cataract removals, seven removals of overgrown tissue and removal of a corneal foreign body that had been neglected for months). A number of other patients were cared for in the clinics by our visiting doctors and our visiting Haitian dentists.

Our Ophthalmology surgeon, in the meantime, screened patients and did 33 surgeries (22 cataract removals, seven removals of overgrown tissue and removal of a corneal foreign body that had been neglected for months). A number of other patients were cared for in the clinics by our visiting doctors and our visiting Haitian dentists.

We also began a renovation of the hill road and re-ditching for erosion prevention that was desperately needed. It was a large group – about 25 people at meals and our Haitian staff handled food, laundry, and transportation very well.

The Haitian government charged us the unconscionable amount of one-third the cost of the incinerator to get it off the dock but God enabled us to gather the funds and on the last day of work before departure the instrument arrived – as the shades of night were falling. Now that gripping question – how do we get 1200 pounds of machine off the truck and into the incinerator building without a forklift or crane? This is Haiti and God’s project! Boss Wilson, our longtime builder, mobilized his workers as has been done so often before. With the guidance of our team members, the brute strength of the Haitians inventive engineering and the Grace of God, it was moved off the truck, into the housing and now awaits another team trip to finish the task. In spite of the setback of completion, when you look at the overall trip, Satan lost and God won (AGAIN).

 

More than Expected

By Dr. Mick Vanden Bosch

Last year I went to Jolivert, Haiti for the first time.

I thought I was simply “scoping out the Eye Clinic” to see if we could do surgery. I ended up doing seven cataract surgeries, even though we had no Operating Room (OR) and limited equipment.

This year I hoped to perform 20 cataract surgeries or so. We brought everything we needed, but as I have found out many times before, on mission trips, not everything goes as planned. Not all of our equipment worked, so we improvised.

Although we still had no OR, we were able to set up a more sterile operating space.  I had a wonderful nurse, Jean Horner, an OB Nurse from Washington, who was also on our Mission team.  She committed to helping with the surgeries – pre-op set-up, circulating during surgery, and post-op clean up.

Cataracts in America are usually operated on when the vision drops three lines from 20/20 to 20/40, and it is difficult for the patient to maintain a driver’s license.  But, in Haiti, due to limited access to health care (and in younger persons probably a nutritional component that makes cataracts mature more quickly), the vision is much worse and the surgery has to be done in a way that is much more difficult.  The vision pre-op for our Haitian patients was at best 20/400 (the big “E” at the top of the chart). Most of our patients were unable to count fingers in front of their faces with a full one-half of the patients only able to see a light going on and off – not even able to detect motion. During our nine days of Eye Clinic service on this Fall trip, we were able to perform 22 cataract surgeries and 11 other various procedures for a total of 33 eye surgeries.

At the post-op visit the next day, although the communication barrier often made it difficult to ascertain just how well they were seeing, most of the patients were very grateful and praising God!

We saw at least six children on this visit that we could have helped surgically, but we didn’t have general anesthesia – Something to pray about and work towards.

Mick Vanden Bosch, MD specializes in Opthalmology and resides in South Dakota. For more information about Dr. Mick visit
http://www.sanfordhealth.org/find-a-doctor/mick-vanden-bosch

Global Medical Health Conference Report

During the weekend of Nov. 9-11, MOL Directors, Ralph and Barbie Porter, attended the Global Healthcare Honoring God-TECH Pre-conference and the Global Medical Health Conference in Louisville on behalf of Missions Of Love.

The following is the two-minute agency report given by Barbie Porter at the Global Healthcare Honoring God Conference…

You may have heard the phrase, “Little is much if God is in it.”
I want to share with you our special little story about love.

It started in 1994 when a Country Doctor named Bob and his Nurse Wife named Betty had just stepped into their retirement years and stepped out in faith to start a mission in a rural village in Haiti named Jolivert.

The oft over-looked community suffered from destitution, disease, illiteracy, drank polluted water and lived in the darkness of spiritual deprivation.

For nearly 25 years Doc and Betty poured out love to this pocket of people, giving of their time, talents and treasures, blessing them with the wonders of medicine, education, evangelism, love, and others.

Others, who came alongside them carving out slim slices of their schedules for 10-days to two weeks. Others who helped financially. Others who prayed. Others who shared their heart.

Little by little, the mission grew.

Today, the Mission, rightly named by its very acts… Missions Of Love, has a Haitian-directed campus that supports a Medical Clinic, Eye Clinic, Dental Clinic, an award-winning Safe Water Program and seven other ministries including… Adult Literacy, Nutrition, Medicine all under the umbrella of Evangelism.

Through the medical efforts… the infant mortality rate for that area, which was seven out of ten infants has now been transposed to three out of ten. Through the educational efforts… hundreds of children have had the privilege of attending school including the advanced education two doctors, seven nurses, three lab techs and two directors.

Evangelistically, the little Mission has helped to plant seven churches.

On June 28, 2017, Dr. Bob was called to his heavenly home. But, Missions Of Love continues to carry on the message of that One who was born in a manger in a tiny, little town called Bethlehem.

Feeding the Hungry Now and Helping them Feed Themselves Tomorrow

Food for the Hungry
“Feed the hungry, and help those in trouble. Then your light will shine out from the darkness.”
~ Isaiah 58:10

Because of the faithful giving to the Jolivert Feeding Program, commodities of rice, flour, cornmeal, macaroni, spaghetti, cooking oil and black beans were purchased, packaged and ready to be distributed to over 120 needy families.

Several boxes of garden seeds donated by NY Seed Programs International out of Asheville NC had been shipped to Dr. Bob and Betty Johnson recently, so Betty sent in several packages of garden seeds via February team member Warren Mattingly, enabling Blaud to package up and distribute several hundred packages containing okra, cabbage, tomato, beet, onion and eggplant seeds on Friday, Feb. 17th to nearby gardening families. Let’s join together in prayer that these crops will be blessed and grow abundantly!

Team: It’s all about HIM

February Team

Becky Baise
Cave City KY
Age: 50
Church: Coral Hill Baptist Church, Glasgow KY
Job: Compton Orthodontics, Bowling Green KY for 10 years as a Clinical Coordinator. Been in the dental/orthodontic field for 30 years.
”It is amazing to look back and see how the Lord had this whole trip planned… His loving hand on every detail months before it took place… how we saw Him touch so many people along the way, from the planning and still even with the memories and friendships He allows us to have with the Haitian people who touched our hearts. The worst part about this trip was the fact that we had to leave. I pray that the Lord will use our team and myself in Haiti again soon.”

Justin Crews
Glasgow KY
Age: 27
Job: Amneal Pharmaceuticals
Church: Coral Hill Baptist Church, Glasgow, KY

“Very humbling to be around the (Haitian) people working with them and learning their language. It was a blessing to be able to play soccer and share the gospel, and witness a young man being saved. It just showed me that He can use anyone regardless of where you are or who you’re sharing the gospel with… that is indescribable and a blessing.”

 

Jaycie Edwards
Glasgow, KY
Age: 18
Job: Hibbett Sports, babysitter and student
Church: Coral Hill Baptist Church

“Haiti is truly a beautiful country with beautiful people and beautiful hearts. I’ve left a big piece of my heart there and I am beyond blessed that The Lord provided me with the opportunity to share Christ’s love and experience his work happening right before my eyes. I pray I get to go back some day. Praise God!”

Warren Mattingly
Melbourne, FL
Age: 62
Job: Electrical Sign Contractor
Church: Christ Church of Hope

“It was such a blessing and honor to serve Christ in Haiti… to witness the love and kindness of our Lord Jesus Christ through the hard work of the Haitian dentis, the MOL staff, cooks, interpreters and our team. They were all such an inspiration. I still long for that sweet fellowship.

Dental Care… Because He Cares… We Care

Dental blessings did abound this February at Missions Of Love via the capable and compassionate hands of Doctors Ader Scott Rousseau, Eugene Hans and Marc Eli Vassor while assisted by Clinical Coordinator Becky Baise and student Jaycie Edwards (both of Kentucky) and Haitian Interpreter, Melinda Sainsurin.

The six-day Dental Clinic provided care to 142 patients, administering 386 patient services, including 53 cleanings, 101 fillings and 84 extractions. Please help us pray for more open doors to provide dental services on a more continued/frequent basis in Jolivert.

Stronger SMILES for STUDENTS
Armed With tiny brushes and thick, decay-fighting paste, Becky Baise, Justin Crews, Jayci Edwards and Ralph Porter, took too purposely coating each and every tooth in the mouths of pre-schoolers to high school-aged children who marched single file into the x-ray room-turned-dental triage. It also allowed for charting additional dental care as needed.
For two days, the foursome, along with the added assistance of MOL Vice-President, Nancy Bukovnik, and our interpreter, George Renaud, applied fluoride treatments to the teeth of 422 students from three nearby schools. Following the application, students were given a toothbrush and toothpaste to continue the fight for healthy teeth and gums.

Introducing our new MOL President, Dale Breedlove

dale-breedlove

In the early summer of 1992 Pastor Emmanuel Milhome from La Hatte, Haiti came to the U. S. to meet with people who had held outreach clinics around La Hatte. They wanted to begin a new mission work to minister first in his area and then to wherever The Lord led. My friends from New Life Church, Larry and Janet Lovell, were a part of the founders of Missions of Love, Inc. Pastor Emmanuel was staying with them, but because they were attending a college graduation for their daughter, they asked that I take Emmanuel to breakfast and entertain him until his appointment with our pastor.

During our time together Pastor Emmanuel asked when I was coming to Haiti. When I told him I really didn’t know, he said to pray strong about it. The way he said it caused me to be in a constant prayerful attitude about the question. Through The Spirit I heard, “Get a passport.” I got my first passport and learned that the first trip for Missions of Love was forming for January, 1993. That was the beginning of a trip that led to sometimes two trips a year since. After a few years, I was elected to the Board of Directors (since he keeps coming to the meetings, he will at least help make a quorum.)

I have been blessed to pray, preach, work and worship with our Haitian brethren over the years. I was privileged to accompany Dr. Bob Johnson when the land at Jolivert was purchased, to work on the foundation of our first building, to help get the army truck and trailer with roof trusses out of customs, and witness the first examination in the new dental
clinic.

To be invited to preach at various and sometimes remote churches has been an honor. To be present at some of the teaching conferences has been inspirational. And, to witness
some confess faith in Jesus Christ and be baptized is so fulfilling. To be elected president of such a dedicated group of servants of The Lord is humbling and challenging.
In His Power we press on in our calling.

Dale Breedlove

2016 Year In Review – Thank You for Your Support

MEDICAL CLINIC This year, Clinic Jolivert continued its role as a major health center directed by a Haitian physician and fully-staffed with Haitian health personnel.  The Clinic was able to provide quality healthcare and education, government-provided immunizations for children, free chloroquine and mosquito nets (provided by MALARIA FINI) to all malaria sufferers, as well as provide HIV testing, education and consultation. Because of our in-house lab, we were able to provide pregnancy tests, complete blood counts, blood sugars and urinalysis. Likewise, Clinic Jolivert was able to dispense prescriptions from our government-approved pharmacy.

GO PROGRAM This year the GO program, an orphanage alternative ministry, supported eight grandmothers who are raising and caring for their orphaned grandchildren, great-grandchildren and other youth in their family, as well as one pastor in the program who cares for orphans in his home, and one family with toddler triplets as well as three other children.

SAFE WATER for FAMILIES Gadyen Dlo, our Safe Water for Families program, is installed in over 25,000 homes in our immediate area and now in countless thousands of homes throughout Haiti since the Haitian Ministry of Health has adopted our methods and are encouraging them throughout the country and thus contributing to healthier lifestyles.

ADULT LITERACY 258 Creole Bible were awarded to students who completed the Adult Literacy Course 2015-2016 under the direction of Jackson in the Jolivert area. On Sept. 29, 2016, Jackson trained 12 new teachers for the 2016-2017 session. In Gonaives there are currently 17 Adult Literacy Classes, varying in size from 4 -12 students, under the supervision of Pastor Juanito Genada. 110 Creole Bibles have been awarded to graduates of the Adult Literacy Course in this area for 2015·2016.

This year, Nancy Bukovnik, founder of the MOL Adult Literacy Program was privileged to present a Creole Bible to an 85-year-old graduating student in Gonaives!

EYE and EAR CLINIC ln 2016 the Eye Clinic saw 2,345 patients of whom 356 were found to have cataracts, 1,098 glaucoma, 1,748 had either infection or allergy/irritation/dryness and 127 were referred for more definitive care. In October alone, thanks to Dr. Mick Vanden Bosch, 994 patients were seen and seven received cataract surgery at MOL and one had a pterygium removed from her eye.

MANBA for MALNUTRITION The Manba program is a six to eight-week nutritional program dedicated to children one to five-years old who suffer from moderate to severe malnutrition. Nutritional education, medical care plus a Gayden Dlo bucket and clean water education are included. This ministry employs one worker and purchases peanuts from local farmers to produce a fortified peanut butter paste. This year 14 children graduated the program and 10 more are currently enrolled. The estimated cost to treat a child for malnutrition is approximately $99.

MEDICAL SUPPLIES for CHRIST In 2016, through the wonderful partnerships of TECH, Midmark Corp., Supplies Over Seas (S.O.S.) and individuals like Dr. Mary Gebhardt, Dr. Ann Ayre, Dr. Joe Geico and Kentucky Mountain Mission, costly and crucially needed laboratory, medical and dental equipment and supplies have been provided.
DENTAL CLINIC “The new kid on the block” in Jolivert is growing strong! With the blessed partnership of respected Haitian MSPP Dentist, Dr. Scott Rousseau, who worked alongside our American Dentist Dr. Mary Gebhardt and the rest or the dental team this Spring and headed up our very first all-Haitian dental team this Fall, we were able to provide dental care to 302 patients! Will you please help us pray that 2017 will open the door to full-time dental care at our clinic?

EMERGENCY/DISASTER RELIEF In October, $5,000 came from the U.S. to assist victims of Hurricane Matthew. This benevolence provided: $3,000 for 7,680 families to receive Gadyen Dlo safe water treatment: S 1,500 for 276 patients to receive medical care at the Jolivert Clinic, including consultations, lab tests and medicines: $500 for Bush Clinics where 560 patients were given medical attention in various affected villages.

PLANTING NEW CHURCHES Beyond practicing faith within the confines or the practical, medical. and humanitarian efforts, initiating Pastors’ and Women’s Conferences, MOL walked alongside our Haitian brothers and sisters this year via support of local church programs and the evangelical group Solidat who has helped to lead many to Christ Jesus as well as recently opened a church and a school in Belair and a church in Drijon.

OUTREACH CLINICS MOL outreach teams visited remote rural villages continuing education of community health care workers, diagnosing and treating common life-threatening illnesses (i.e. dehydration, malnutrition, malaria and parasites) as well as provided safe water for families – touching the lives of hundreds this year.