Clinic Seeing More Patients Since Hurricane

Blaud Mondesir, our Haitian Mission Director, is reporting that numbers are increasing every day at the clinic due to the effects of hurricane Matthew.  Travel is difficult in remote villages that surround our community.  Many of the people can’t afford public transportation to get to the clinic and end up walking very long distances to reach help.

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Our Haitian Staff is there to serve those in need and assist however they can.  Clean water and food needs are assessed and aid is provided as made possible.

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Once Barbie, Ralph and Asa return from their trip and get settled back in, we will have a more complete report to share with everyone about the exact needs and what we can do to help our friends in the communities we serve.  Keep the prayers coming!

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The Gate at the Compound with a fresh coat of paint and the new logo!

 

Hurricane Update

We’ve been posting updates on our Facebook page and will continue to try and keep everyone informed as information comes in to us.

MOL Vice President, Nancy Bukovnik is safe in Gonaives, Haiti.  Her text this morning – “Rain all night. No wind. Safe. House full of children from the orphanage. They slept on floor. Pastor wanted them on a second level in case of flooding. Thank you, jesus . Not raining now.”

Blaud is in PdP and his text this morning “Everything is ok here in Port de Paix,rain all night long,wind but no damage except in the area of Biary and Tante.”

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Photo from Blaud in PdP.

Pastor Jean Robert has reported to us as well that Biary has sustained a lot of damage.

MOL will be updating you just as soon as we get further information from those in Haiti.  Please keep praying for them, especially the southern tip where they are cut off and communication is almost zero.

 

Louisiana Mission Trip Follow Up Report

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The trip one way was a 14 hour trip. (So worth it!) My van with 7 passengers and a truck with 2 passengers pulling a Uhaul trailer full of food and supplies.  God surely did show his beauty and personal touch in each aspect of this trip.
I could write a book for you about all that HE made happen while there but I will just hit the highlights:)

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We went not knowing where we would be sleeping for sure and what our arrangements would be. We arrived and met our wonderful leader Brian ( from OurSaviors Church) who bless his heart had just accepted his position (as operations manager in his church) the Thursday before we arrived. He did an excellent job and his heart truly was apparent to the needs around him. He arranged for our group to stay at OurSaviorsChurch Broussard Campus in their dorms.

Arriving one day later than us was an amazing group from Omaha! The Omaha Rapid Response Team consisted of 3 women and 4 men. God truly blessed us by crossing our paths with this amazing Christian group and we worked alongside them for two days. Our men worked with them in home reconstructing. (Insulation and drywalling) Myself, my three children,(Kostin 10yrs, Kahner 7yrs, and Abby 5yrs) Lori Clark, and Malaina Hickey, all from Reflections of Christ church and Jan Peach from Ohio County also worked out of a supply warehouse unloading supply trucks and boxing up food, toiletries, and cleaning supplies.

img_3083One of our tasks was to deliver these boxes to homes in need. That was amazing, I mean guys being the hands and feet of Jesus gets no better than this! We were led to a very physically poor neighborhood (Duke Street) that every house had been affected by the flood. This is a neighborhood that had not yet been touched by FEMA or any other volunteer outreach. We delivered boxes of supplies to several of the houses and were able to pray as a group with one lady and one gentleman.

We later returned to Brian, our fearless leader, and told him of the neighborhood and he handed us gift cards to Home Depot, Walmart, and McDonalds! We went back to Duke Street and we able to bless them once again. They were so appreciative of all that was given. The lady we prayed with showed her appreciation by the tears that ran down her face. Praise God that HE was there with us and that they felt his love in that very moment!

As a parent, seeing the hearts of your children being consumed with serving others is a blessing that triumphs no other. God showed up on this mission in so many ways but one huge way was the giving hearts that shared financially to make this trip possible. I want to personally thank you for being obedient and being such joyful givers. Our Missions of Love donors donated a total of $1350.00 towards this Louisiana mission trip!! I have included a few pictures of my family purchasing supplies at Lowes with that money before leaving for LA! Also a few pics while in Louisiana. Praise be to our Lord for the love that HE is providing for our friends in Louisiana!!

~ Meghann Phelps, MOL Director

From the Desk of Dr. Bob ~ Christophe’s Role at MOL

Dr. Bob’s note on Christophe’s role in our medical program.

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One of the most significant and personally satisfying results of our long years of serving in medical missions to Haiti has been the happy and gratifying witnessing of several young people who have crawled out of the poverty and ignorance surrounding them to make something of themselves.  With a little help from Betty and I, along with several others who have lent financial support to such youngsters through their association with MOL, we’ve been blessed to have watched as many of these kids grew into mature adults to become medical technologists, nurses, and even doctors.  More importantly, they’ve become leaders in a new and modern Haitian culture where voodoo and black magic have been replaced by the saving grace of Jesus Christ and a Christian ethic which is gradually changing the face, the future, the very destiny of Haiti.  by young leaders such as these.  Christoph Velcine is a perfect example.

We first met Christophe at his mom’s small and very modest home in the sleepy little village of Dufaille, high in the mountains above Port-au-Prince.  He was, as I recall, a shy and modest, gangly— even downright skinny— young teenager. He, his mom and his twelve-year-old sister, Yvrose, invited us to sit down to dinner with them when we’d dropped by for a visit at Yvrose’s request.  It consisted of a single bowl of a gruel made from boiled “piti-mi”—a local grain similar to milo, the grain we use to feed our livestock.  His mom, with pained expression, apologized for that being all she had to offer.

Long story short: we eventually sent Yvrose off to nursing school which she graduated from near the top of her class, and ultimately came to work for us at Clinique Jolivert.  She proved to be an exceptionally well-trained R.N., highly skilled in all aspects of medical care including the suturing of wounds and the delivering of babies.  While serving as our nursing director under Betty’s supervision, she met an American missionary, Kendall Johnson, also serving at Jolivert at the time; fell in love with him, married him, and returned with him to his home in Winchester, Kentucky where he died prematurely of liver disease, and where she then resided as an American citizen.  But the intense needs of her people led her to return to Haiti where she now runs a small medical clinic and a Christian church school of her own, with help from one of the Christian churches in the Lexington area.

Christophe himself won the heart of one of our lady missionaries from the Pleasant Ridge area who committed to putting him through lab school.  Soon thereafter, he became an employee of our mission clinic at Jolivert, and the rest, of course, is history.  A man for all seasons, Christophe juggles about as many programs and projects as any health professional I have ever met.  Apart from his many duties as clinic director, he has headed up our outreach program for sick children in the remote mountainous areas surrounding Jolivert, and is also the director of our highly successful safe water program, now being touted by WHO and other leading relief organizations as being one of the most cost-efficient, yet simplistic water purification programs to be found anywhere in the Third World.  It now brings clean and potable water to tens of thousands of homes all over Haiti. He is a devoted Christian family man with a lovely wife—who is also a medical technologist and MOL employee– and three delightful children.  We simply could not possibly be any prouder of him.

~ Dr. Bob Johnson

Ministry Spotlight – Medical Clinic

Nearly 25 years ago, Dr. Robert Johnson and his wife/nurse, Betty, of Hartford, KY, purposed it in their hearts that they would serve The Lord through their gifts, talents and careers in the rural Artibonites of Haiti along the Les Trois Rivieres. Although they began their humble mission providing medical care and sleeping outdoors while on brief mission trips, within a few years, along with the support and generosity of others, they had acquired land and built a metal building to house Jolivert’s own Missions Of Love Medical Clinic.

Christophe training a lab tech in 2003

Christophe training a lab tech in 2003

In 1992, a young man named Christophe Velcine had been touched by the love, dedication, and hard work of The Johnson’s and became a member of Missions Of Love staff. “Dr. Bob and Miss Betty inspired me to become a missionary,” said Christophe Velcine as to why he began working at the then-newly developing Christian medical mission. By 2000, Christophe had completed his studies and began working full-time at the MOL Medical Clinic as a Medical Lab Technician.

As more American medical teams continued to visit the MOL campus bringing with them advanced medical education, technology and supplies, and sharing the love of Jesus, the Haitian community began to trust and respect Dr. Bob and Miz Betty, the visiting missionaries, and Missions Of Love.

The Mission continued to grow…

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As did Christophe’s responsibilities. In addition to being a Lab Tech, Christophe also began helping MOL Director, Blaud Mondesir, earning the title of Assistant Director. When the Mission grew to include many more programs, ministries and mission teams, Dr. Bob offered the position of MOL Clinic Director to a now-experienced Christophe. “I was so pleased to receive it!” Christophe recalled, “I had been well-training and had been helping Blaud for a long time, so I was ready.”

“My role changed,” explained Christophe. “When I was a working as a Lab Tech, I just focused on lab works. But, now as Administrator of the Medical Clinic I supervise all the sections, Consultation, Lab, Pharmacy, oversee equipment, perform weekly inventories, control the Clinic finances, conduct staff meetings, maintain constant relationship with community leaders, the MSPP (government health minister) and others who intend to work with MOL. Now, I must be open to in order to make it all work effective.”

Five reasons Christophe loves his job…

“The Medical Clinic has made a huge difference in Jolivert, because of these reasons,” said Christophe.

1.) Physical: Now, the community is healthier. No children die at age three or before because of lack of medical care or no education on preventable diseases.

2.) Education: More children go to school and university. That helps them to be independent and to help themselves and their families.

3.) Socially: Because of the years of working with the government, Jolivert is well known by the government and the International Community, which it was not before. (It is good to work with the government in Haiti.)

4.) Spiritually: Because of the gospel (brought through Missions Of Love and its missionaries), more people get out of the darkness (of Voodoo) and superstition and now have freedom to experience the life and hope that Jesus give.

5.) But, for me, I work for Missions Of Love because as the primary mission of MOL is to serve and show the love of Jesus Christ, so MOL gives me the opportunity to serve and show the love of Jesus Christ.

24 Years of Positive Change

“When we first started working full-time at the Jolivert Clinic in 2000, we saw an average of 70 – 80 patients a day,” recalled Christophe. “The studies showed that most of the patients had preventable diseases, so we began to start prevention programs like Safe Water, daily health education, and home visits for follow up care. That reduced completely the number of our patients. Today, we average about 20 patients a day, treating common things like thyphoid, malaria, parasites, high blood pressure, blood sugar, anemia, UTI, STD’s, HIV testing, counseling and care. And, we only charge a small fee for those who can pay, to help us to maintain the clinic and keep it sustainable.”

Looking Ahead

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MOL Jolivert Medical Clinic

“I hope in the future to be able to give better care to community,” said Christophe as he shared his wish list. “We hope to one day have X-ray available, be able to perform all lab tests, have a full-time dentist, equipment to keep the yard clean and safe, an incinerator to properly dispose of medical waste, an ambulance for emergencies, and to have medical and dental teams come in frequently to continue to share their knowledge, love and wisdom. And, I know that with God all this is possible.”

Prayers for MOL President Greg Seelig

It is with heavy hearts, yet hope in Christ, that we write to inform you of the current health situation with our dear friend and Missions Of Love President, Greg Seelig. As many of you know, Greg has been undergoing treatment for cancer for several months. Last Wednesday, August 3rd, he went to Cincinnati, Ohio for Stage Two and a promising new treatment.

However, within the last few days Greg has taken a turn for the worse. His wife, Marilyn, reported that he is experiencing kidney failure and his doctors have placed him in hospice care.  Please keep Greg and his family in your thoughts and prayers.

 

Greg Seelig, MOL President

Greg Seelig, MOL President

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MOL President Greg Seelig with Pastor Julian

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Greg fixing a shoe with duct tape!

 

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.