“I was blind but now I see” ~ Dreams Realized in Jolivert

 

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The skillful hands of Dr. Mick Vanden Bosch while performing the first-ever  eye surgery (cataract removal) at the MOL Eye Clinic in Jolivert, Haiti on Oct. 15, 2016.

 

Making History …  “I was blind but now I see!”  ~  John 9:25

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In the midst of the tragedy and loss of Hurricane Matthew, Dr. Mick Vanden Bosch made possible the accomplishment of a long-dreamed of goal of the eye ministry by bringing the blessing of sight to seven Haitians and the possibility of continued sight to another.  Despite the withdrawal of our sole American dentist and the absence of modern conveniences, God provided extraordinary Haitian dentists, and Dr. Mick worked like a skilled missionary surgeon in very basic conditions. Working for a Jewish carpenter named Jesus is true job security.                                            ~ Dr. Asa Talbot

Dr. Asa and Dr. Mick

Dr. Asa and Dr. Mick

Hurricane Matthew Relief Update

beans-rice-corn-and-oilAlong with the ravishes of Hurricane Matthew came the torrential rains, flash floods and mudslides of the “Rainy Season,” and all too quickly the spread of malaria and cholera in Haiti. However, MOL being a constant feet-on-the-ground mission, did what it does on a daily basis and quickly put Hurricane Relief Funds to work providing quality healthcare, safe water and food to those in need. As a result, dozens of mountain people have been coming to the Jolivert Clinic daily to receive free medical care, Gayden D’lo (safe water treatment) and a portion of beans, rice, corn and oil.

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The results have been families regaining strength, stability, and a healthy restart. Here’s how your dollars have been used…

Jolivert Medical Clinic Healthcare Treatment (consultation, lab tests, and needed meds) Average Cost: $7 per patient

Food Portion (beans, rice, corn, and oil) $5 per family

Gadyen Dlo (safe water treatment) Cost: 35 cents per family

A little about our Safe Water Program.  Although cholera, a water-borne illness, has been spreading throughout Haiti in record-breaking numbers following Hurricane Matthew, the nucleus of Jolivert and other areas serviced by the Gadyen Dlo project (an in-house project of MOL Jolivert) have had NO cases of cholera to report! Here’s a little more to smile about…One bottle of Gadyen Dlo will purify 185 gallons of water. One bottle of Gadyan Dlo cost only 35 cents (U.S.) Therefore, $1,000 can supply safe water for 2,857 families.

October Team Follow Up

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While in Haiti this past week, Barbie, Ralph, Asa, Nancy, Blaud and Christophe has an impromptu Directors meeting to discuss the needs in the community and hurricane relief.  This is a brief note from their meeting.  Barbie has also been posting pictures and notes on Facebook about her trip.  Check them out here!  We will also be posting a more in-depth report from the team in the coming days.

“Hurricane Matthew Relief

The “Rainy Season” continues to follow Hurricane Matthew contributing to flash floods and the spreading of Cholera throughout Haiti. However, MOL is doing what this Mission does best… Being the feet on the ground mission providing quality healthcare, safe water and food to the poor and needy of Haiti.

In an effort to be good stewards of Hurricane Matthew Relief Donations and to ensure that the Mission is taking care of REAL needs, Christophe has asked that the Hurricane/flood victims of the mountainous areas surrounding Jolivert be brought to the MOL Clinic to conduct needs assessments then dispense with the heart of caring through Christ Jesus.

As a result, dozens of people from the mountain communities have been coming to Clinique Jolivert daily to receive free medical care, Gayden D’lo (Safe Water Treatment), and a portion of beans, rice and oil.

Cost Breakdown:

Medical Consultation and Care: Approximately $7 (U.S.) per person
One bottle of Gadyen D’lo costs 35 cents (U.S) will purify 185 gallons
Beans, Rice and Oil: Approximately $5 (U.S.) per family

Hugs and Blessings,
Barbie Porter

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

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.

Appreciation Dinner in Jolivert

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Merci,”or “thank you,” were the spoken words of the heart at the Missions Of Love Jolivert, Haiti Conference Center on February 19, 2016 as several Haitian staff members, pastors and friends of the Mission gathered to express gratitude to Dr. Asa and Jean Talbot, Founders of the MOL Eye & Ear Clinic and Nancy Bukovnik, Founder of the MOL Adult Literacy Program for the difference they and these programs have made in their lives over the last few years.

“It was my conception to do that for them in 2016 for the impact their work do for us here in Jolivert and in Haiti specially,” wrote Blaud Mondesir, Haiti MOL Director

“We all feel that Dr. Asa, Jean and Ms. Nancy have made a difference in our lives, so we want to say ‘thank you’ and let them know we love them.”

Music was provided by Solid, “Soldiers of Christ”

Message of Honor was given by Pastor John Robert