Asa & Jean 2014 Report

Regrettably, we were unable, for the first time in 15 years, to make our regular trip to Haiti and Jolivert this past fall. It is with great pride that we cite the dedication and effort put forth by our sterling staff in keeping the clinic not only going but teeming with people needing medical help.
Guerby and Jerome Louth have filed a report for 2013 which can only be described as astonishing. Keep in mind, this is only two men.

2023 patients seen; 243 cataracts identified; 839 cases of glaucoma found and treated; 513 cases of conjunctivitis found and treated.

1023 instances of minor irritations dealt with; 81 farsighted and 168 nearsighted (mostly aging) people given needed glasses.

Currently MOL is adding a necessary building to the campus. It will house a modern pharmacy, dental clinic and office space as required by the the Haitian government and the needs of the community. Vital repairs are also being made to the existing structures. Our buildings and senior staff are getting older and will need replacing soon. There is a need for more, younger workers to come on board. On the trestleboard are plans for a surgical pavilion and its supporting utility building. The above mentioned 243 new cataracts diagnosed loudly proclaimed the need for a quality facility in which to do specialized surgery. At this time no other mission in the Northwest is able to do this.

On a less somber note, we are so happy to welcome Guerby’s new baby boy, Asaph, into our mission family. He is about 3 months old. Here is a picture of the whole family. (Mamma Geurda, “Prince” Asaph and big brother Nehemie–two years old and hard to keep still). Nehemie (Nehemiah) is having problems with his vesico-cutaneous fistula (leaking urine from his belly). He gets infected and may have to go back to PAP for more definitive care. We are still waiting for important letters of agreement from the hospital in the U.S. which has agreed to treat him for free. These are necessary to get him a medical visa. Please pray for this wonderful child of God. It can only be God’s love and the prayers of many that has brought him this far.

At this time we are working on getting things ready to ship into Haiti. Shipping is always a chance event but we work for a great God. We plan to go into Haiti on or about March 14 and stay until about April 4. So many things are happening and we are getting slower in our response time. We hope to give you more information on shipping and plans in the next web site note. Also, more about Jerome’s activities, school and church work. We continue to praise God for all the progress we have seen at the mission and in Haiti over the past 15 years.

In His Love and Grace,

Asa and Jean

Asa and Jean’s End of the Year Report


Greetings to all and wishes for a joyous Christmas and many blessings in the New Year!

This is a somewhat belated report, mainly because Asa had knee replacement surgery on November 12, and all our efforts and thoughts have been directed toward that since our return in late October. He is progressing well and our hope is that he will be fully recovered by April and be able to return to Haiti once more.

We had a very busy three weeks in October. While picking up eye medicines from a warehouse in Port-au-Prince, we learned that a team of ophthalmologists were at a clinic near Gonaives, so we stopped there on our way to Jolivert. They were doing cataract surgeries and they gave us the necessary referral paperwork to send people to them. On our arrival at Jolivert we did our best to notify people with cataracts to come in and get their preparative work done. We only had a three-day window of opportunity available and are excited and thankful that three people were able to have their surgery and are happy.

We had two first-timers, J C and Melanie., with us and Donah returning from last year. It is always interesting to see the first impressions of people, and to see people return a second or third time. Their enthusiasm is energizing for all. JC set to work fixing things that were out-of-order – a full-time job in the mission field. It seems there are always things (plumbing, electrical, structural) that have broken down since the last group was there. Donah and Melanie busily sorted glasses that had arrived and needed to be organized. We are blessed that we have a fairly good supply, even though the barrels we took to the dock in July have yet to arrive in Haiti. Reliable shipping has always been one of our biggest problems.

JC and Melanie Young lovers dominating the world

Asa and Guerby stayed very busy in the Eye Clinic seeing patients and trying to make arrangements for patients to get cataract surgery in Goniaves and at Northwest Christian mission when their team arrives in February. We also prepared for four meetings – two for people to learn inductive Bible Study, one for ladies where a lesson on hope was taught, and one for the children. Twenty people attended the Inductive Bible study taught by Donah and each one received a Bible, a study guide and an embroidered apron. There was interest in learning more. About 50 women came to the ladies meeting on hope which Melanie taught. Christophe and Edlin also presented some films on health and each lady received a toothbrush for herself and family members – thanks to generous donations from churches in the U.S.

Donah teaching her Inductive Bible Study with Jean Dort translating.

The children’s meeting drew about 90 children with lots of adult help – thanks to the Maestro (a pastor who teaches the children chorus and marching), Misses Yvette, Altina, Christophe’s wife Carmel, Karlene and the entire American group. It was birthday party for all the children who, of course, had a birthday during the year. Few children in Haiti have birthday parties and most do not know when their birthday occurs. The Maestro’s choral group put on a delightful program of singing and skits and he followed with a devotional talk. A short health film was shown, a birthday cake for all complete with candles was brought out and some of the younger children blew out the candles. Everyone sang the “Birthday Song”, and another film with a devotional message was shown while refreshments were given out and consumed. The each child chose a small gift from a long table of toys, books, and hair adornments. On departure each child got a balloon and adults and children all had a fun afternoon..

The children’s birthday party.

Donah Greiner fascinating the school children with their photos on her I-Pad

Then the rains began.- we did not know at first that it was Hurricane Sandy – and that pretty much stopped normal activities as heavy rains keep people from clinic, visiting, and the schools closed for a couple of days. Blaud and Christophe were on the phone a lot trying to arrange transportation for us to PAP on Friday, October 26. The driver who was brought called and said he could not come back for us due to the bridges out, high water on the roads, and even the airport was closed on the 25th. It was decided to take the big army truck with a tarp over it and Widson driving. We give a lot of credit to Widson and Christophe for getting us there safely. We made it, a bit damp and bedraggled, but safe and thankful.. People in PAP were wading in water above their ankles in the streets but God was with us all the way. Did He not say, “When you pass through the waters, I will be with thee, and the rivers, they shall not overflow thee”. – Isaiah 43:2

Jean and Asa

Port-au Prince in the grip of Hurricane Sandy as we struggle to get out of Dodge.


Many Hands and Many Deeds

Asa & Jean’s Trip — April 14 to May 2, 2012

Our trip was very busy and full of people arriving and departing—going on medical clinic calls to mountain villages, and reporting on their adventures. We, personally, stayed at the mission compound in Jolivert and endeavored to keep up with the eye clinic and its people and needs.  Taken together, we were always occupied.  Meals were always lively, with people getting acquainted, planning the next activity, or describing the previous one.  We are thankful that in all of the traveling no one was injured seriously, though there was an occasional accident.  Several lives were saved, many ministered to, and God’s name was glorified.  We commend our Haitian staff, from cooks and cleaning people to nurses, doctors, and administrators, who make everything run smoothly and make it possible for groups to accomplish their goals.  Groups come and go, and they faithfully carry out their duties in all areas to keep the work going on.

The first group, whom we joined in Miami, consisted of dieticians and nurses, led by Karen Becher.  We all piled into a van with a lot of baggage, and stopped at LIFE ministries in Port-au-Prince to pick up some Kreyol literature and Bibles before proceeding to Jolivert.  Everyone cheerfully carried boxes of Bibles, books, and tracts to load on our already heavily loaded van.  But it stood up to the challenge and we safely reached our destination.  Jean took on the job of sorting the literature and distributing it to local pastors and storing some to give out at the mission.  After a trip to one of the villages, the group put on a 2 day seminar for Health Outreach Workers and student nurses, covering various aspects of health care and nutrition. Everyone did an outstanding job, and the participants were very appreciative. Continue reading

Asa & Jean’s Update Dec 2011

” Let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds….Let us us encourage one another.” Hebrews 10:24

This verse was carried out during our trip in so many ways and by so many people. God truly has His hand in the work of the mission, from the Haitian staff to the short term workers. The ladies who came with us this time (you may read their reports elsewhere in this web site) were so energetic and enthusiastic that it spread to all around them. They cheerfully worked at all sorts of tasks – cleaning and reorganizing several areas, sorting large amounts of eyeglasses, teaching and preparing refreshments for a group of about 100 children and another group of 100 ladies. Continue reading

Asa & Jean in Haiti March 2011 Update

View Asa’s Photos HERE

As almost anyone who has traveled to any destination in Haiti will attest, the traveling days are often the most strenuous and stressful of all the trip. As we get older, we sometimes feel anxious about the trip, Will I gracefully endure the long day? (it usually begins in the wee hours of the morning and ends after dark). Will we have trouble with the usually long walks between flight concourses? Especially in Haiti, where the “commuter flight ” from Port-au-Prince to Port-de-Paix is so unpredictable and unreliable, will we make the connections needed? As we thought about these things, our attention was brought to a card that had been given to us which said, “Don’t worry that you’re not strong enough before you begin. It is in the journey that God makes you strong,” with this verse from Isaiah 28:11— “The Lord shall guide you continually and satisfy your soul.” And, not surprisingly, we had strength and guidance for the day, including the negotiations necessary to get a flight to Port-de-Paix the same day. Continue reading

Asa and Jean in Haiti March 2011

In their recent newsletter, Brian and Laurie Winzenried mentioned some WONDERFUL folks from MOL ~

Photos of the Feb/March 2011 trip…
John Prosper stands with Dr Asa Talbot and his wife Jean. Their medical ministry in Jolivert is called Missions of Love. They invited us to conduct our Bible study, Pawol Bondye Nan Finans to a large number of Haitian churches at their place over 4 weeks. With the help of the Talbots and the Friends of Seedtime, the seed of God’s Word was planted and the soil worked thoroughly. Thanks for the invitation and hospitality Asa and Jean!

Asa and Jean’s Nov. 2010 Update from Jolivert

Asa and Jean’s Report – October 25 to November 15, 2010

“Lave men ou� (wash your hands) and “Bwe dlo pwop� (drink clean water) –these phrases were used in many conversations during our recent time in Haiti.  Preachers were heralding them from the pulpits, teachers in their classrooms, medical people to their patients, and mothers to their children.  Christophe has a DVD from the CDC that proclaimed the message in a graphic and fun way which he showed to the patients in the clinic and the Children of God group.  One of our biggest impressions from this trip was that the “Gadyen Dlo� (Safe Water) program has been of infinite worth to the people who are enrolled in it.  The area that immediately surrounds our mission has had significantly fewer cases of cholera compared to other areas, and less deaths among those who were infected.  We asked a local pastor with a church of about 200 people how many of his congregation had contracted cholera and he replied, “Two, and they are well again now.�

Many people have come to recognize that this is effective, and the Gadyen Dlo staff have been working steadily to facilitate enrollment and the making of hypochlorite solution for distribution. The demand for new buckets has been phenomenal.  We praise God that our mission started and has supported this program that makes such a visible difference in the people’s quality of life.  Often missionaries can feel, especially in a relatively new work, that they may not be accomplishing much.  However, in this case we could see the impact the mission’s safe water program has had.  From a medical point of view, the positive impact on typhoid and cholera of a sound water purification program, and the reduction in malaria cases due to the mosquito netting program, give a lift to our spirits.  It seems the government has also recognized this, as they are requesting the hypochlorite solution for use in other places.  There is always more to do in continuing our efforts toward education in general hygiene and sanitation—there are still many who don’t have outhouses on their property, for instance.  And there is our goal of winning people to the Lord and helping them to grow spiritually. Continue reading

Asa & Jean March 2010 Report

Photos are uploaded from Asa and Jean’s Trip – view them here.

The Lord will guide you always; He will satisfy your needs in a sun-scorched land and will strengthen your frame. Isaiah 58:11

Now that we’ve recovered from the ordeal of the airlines (22 hours without sleep) and have achieved a modicum of order in our lives again, we want to share a story of what some would call coincidences, but we prefer to call “God appointments.”  You may know that our trip was postponed for almost two weeks due to a wind storm that hit the East coast on February 25 and 26.  We had driven to Washington D.C. in preparation to leave for Haiti at 6 A.M. on the 26th, when we heard the news and checked to find all flights canceled for the following morning. They could reschedule us to go to Miami on the 27th, but no connecting flights to Port-au-Prince were available until March 10.  We were frustrated, but forced to say “there must be a reason,” and went back home.

The people who were going with us were able to change their schedules to the new time, March 10, and one more was able to join us that hadn’t been able to make the February 26 date. A couple of days later, we got an e-mail from Steve Edwards, who had been the pastor of the congregation we had been a part of thirty years ago at then Parkland Christian Church in Tacoma, WA.  We had been transferred to another area, and had lost contact with him since then, though we did exchange cards and e-mails with his mother, Margaret.  He had met a Haitian man at the NACC the previous summer who was a doctor and a preacher in Haiti.  This man contacted him after the earthquake, needing help for the people he served in Haiti.  Steve wanted to help, and was talking to Margaret about it.  She told him that we were going to Haiti regularly and might know how to help.  Steve then e-mailed us, and Asa answered him to get more information.  We found out that two members of our mission board had taught this doctor in a Christian college in PAP some years ago.  Asa talked to them, and they spoke very highly of this Doctor Sule, so Asa e-mailed him to find out what his circumstances were.  His church had been damaged, and the people he ministered to had lost homes, loved ones, and were struggling to survive.

Well, we had ready to take with us the money that had been sent to us specifically for the relief of the earthquake victims, so we arranged to meet Dr. Sule Jean Marcel at the airport in PAP when we finally flew in on March 10.  He was there right on time, and we had a short conversation to get acquainted.  He is a very humble, soft-spoken man, with a heart for his people, and we gave him $500 for immediate needs and arranged to send him a barrel of medicines and supplies, and to meet him again on the way out.  We are sending you a report of his work.  Isn’t it amazing how God works? Continue reading

Asa and Jean’s Update For 2010

“Behold, the eye of the Lord is on those who fear Him, on those who hope for His loving kindness, to deliver their soul from death, and to keep them alive in famine. Our soul waits for the Lord; He is our help and our shield, for our heart rejoices in Him, because we trust in His holy name.  Let Thy loving kindness, O Lord, be upon us, according as we have hoped in Thee.�  Psalm 33:18 – 22

This is our prayer for all the people of Haiti and for those who are involved in aid and rescue efforts.

Though we weren’t able to go to Haiti in the Fall, due mostly to family obligations and the need to make a trip to the dock in Miami with supplies for Haiti, our minds and hearts are never far from the Haitian people.  During that time, we presented the mission to at least five different groups, not counting our own church family.  We were also able to accumulate funds to complete the installation of solar power on our mission compound.

One of the most fun presentations we made was to a Christian school in New Jersey where a friend of ours teaches.  There were about fifty children in grades 1 – 8.  They were so interested and so well behaved, we spent most of the day with them.  They gave us their assembly time to speak about the mission, and they gave us toys and donations for the people there.

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