Sept/Oct 2016 Newsletter
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Sept/Oct 2016 Newsletter
President, fellow laborer and friend called home on August 13, 2016
Greg Seelig’s vocation in life was that of an attorney, and just as he strove to bring justice within the walls of a courtroom, likewise Greg worked diligently for impartiality for the sake Kingdom of God. While upon this earth, Greg enjoyed distributing Bibles via the Gideon Ministry, helping to place at least 1 million Bibles through local and U.S. Scripture Blitzes at schools, colleges, nursing homes, hospitals and hotels.
In like manner, Greg gave of himself to the work of Missions Of Love for 14 years helping to further the gospel through building relationships with our Haitian brothers and sisters as he conversed in French, help to build and maintain structures on the MOL Campus, lend a helping hand wherever needed, and became an integral partner of Missions Of Love to maintain legal integrity.
We hope you enjoy the tributes to our beloved and greatly missed President intentionally interwoven throughout our website, for that was how Greg lived his life for God, quietly , uniquely, and purposely intertwined with the “things” closest to his heart.
On the 13th day of August, 2016 our Lord called a faithful servant home. His name was Greg Seelig. He was an attorney-at-law and still working at that profession when he was diagnosed with a rapidly progressive malignant tumor from which he mercifully was spared a prolongation of suffering only a few months later. But more importantly, he was a kind, compassionate, yet valiant man of God. He was also, for most of his adult years a
devoted husband, father and churchman. It was, in fact, at his church–Beaver Dam Baptist Church–that I first met Greg many years ago when I appeared there one Sunday evening to encourage volunteers to go into Haiti with me on a short-term mission trip with a goal of building a residence for visiting missionaries at our then new clinic site at Jolivert.
I was then president of Missions Of Love, the office Greg held as his untimely death took him from us. Greg was no carpenter, but he joined our building team on that, his first trip in. But he was eager to go with us on that trip so long ago, feeling that God could put him to some use, even though his lawyerly talents were certainly not required in Haiti. Like many professional people I know, Greg enjoyed the opportunity of working with his hands in some endeavor entirely removed from that of his day-to-day occupation. He took to carpentry and a variety of other construction-related tasks that blossomed over the years as he was to return time and time again until he had become a truly skilled builder, helping to build most of the twelve buildings we now have on the compound at Jolivert.
But reminiscent of another carpenter in Judea a couple of thousand years ago, Greg was “more than a carpenter.” He had a Christ-like heart for the poorest of the Haitians he had
come to serve and with whom he so gently and patiently shared the good news of our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ. He was especially blessed to have a working knowledge of French, and so could converse with them to a great extent….especially with the children. This is how I will always remember Greg: sitting beneath a shady tree or down by the river bank while on a break, surrounded by a cluster of laughing and energized children, sharing some bible story or simply trying to answer one of a thousand queries they had for him.
Enjoy your heavenly passage, dear friend; dear “good and faithful servant.” Save a place for us….and know that you were much loved and will be sorely missed.
Greg will be greatly missed ~ I had only been in Haiti with Greg three times, but know he was a hard worker and seemed to enjoy being on the Mission compound. On one trip, the airlines hadn’t put all my boarding passes in my ticket. I had to rush to the ticket booth, which was under construction, sending me outside and into another building. It was a long way. I told the group to go ahead and I would catch up one way or another. I made it to the ticket line, waited my turn, and got my boarding pass, knowing I would never make it back in time. I turned around and there was Greg with a cart waiting to take me back to boarding. He said, “I didn’t want to leave you by yourself.”
Another time, I had brought letters from the kids of Reflections Of Christ VBS for a Haitian family whom our church had built a house. I had the letters in hand, but my interpreter had disappeared, leaving only Greg and I when the kids came to visit. Greg so graciously took the letters and with his ability to speak French, was able to relay the messages to the children. The kids befriended Greg and followed him around. He got them busy helping with the concrete walkway from the Conference Hall to the Mission House, and they were glad to be doing it!
Missions of Love is on the ground in Haiti – 365 days a year – and we have been for the last 20+ years. We’re not just there for the hurricane relief, we’re there to help making a lasting impact in the communities we serve.
Gadyen Dlo is manufactured at our compound in Jolivert, Haiti. A bottle like the one pictured costs only 35 cents and will purify 185 gallons of water. Now that cholera is spreading in Haiti due to hurricane Matthew, water purification is essential to saving lives.
As families effected by the hurricane come to our clinic in Jolivert, we will give them each a bottle of Gadyen Dlo and explain to them the dangers of cholera.
This morning, Nurse Edline reported over 20 families effected by the storm came to the clinic for assistance and more will continue to pour in over the next days and weeks.
MOL has been treating patients from the heavily affected areas of Biarry and Busan Cache free of charge, as well as providing food. These are two areas have a working relationship with MOL through Pastor Jean Robert.
Vice President Nancy Bukovnik is in Jolivert with Directors Asa Talbot and Barbie and Ralph Porter. They are assessing the needs of the community and how MOL can best help in this tragic situation. Relief funds donated to MOL will be used to purchase medicines and food for families such as these.
Missions of Love is setting up a special Hurricane Relief Fund that will be used to help these areas that we serve that were destroyed in the high winds, rain and flooding.
Know that 100% of your donations will reach the Haitian people!
You may also mail a check to
Missions of Love
PO Box 292
Hartford, KY 42347
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:)
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.
One 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
Missions of Love Director Meghan Phelps and her family are headed to Louisiana to help with clean up efforts. They will be part of a team from Reflections of Christ Church (ROC) out of Hartford, Kentucky. ROC is where the home office for MOL is located and they have supported MOL for 25+ years.
The team is leaving Sept. 5th and will stay in Louisiana for 4 to 5 days. During this time, the team will assist homeowners with cleaning up their property and showering them with God’s love. The group will assess the needs of the people they are there to serve and hope to plan a follow-up trip in the near future.
Working with a local group in Louisiana, the team is carrying in cleaning supplies and can use financial donations to purchase additional supplies. Donations need to be at ROC/MOL by Sept. 3rd. You can make a donation online via papal or mail a check to MOL. Please specify Louisiana Clean Up with your donation.
Missions of Love
PO Box 292
Hartford, KY 42347
July/August 2016 Newsletter
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.
May/June 2016 Newsletter
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