Evangelism and Education…Hand-in-hand

Although often cloaked in deeds and services such as providing beans and rice to the hungry, mamba to the malnourished, literacy to the illiterate, safe water to those inhabiting a land filled with contamination, or veiled within the provisions of much needed medical, dental, and eye care, evangelism is alive and well on the campus of Missions Of Love.

But, beyond practicing faith within the confines of the practical, medical, and humanitarian world, Missions Of Love has also been faithfully partnering with our Haitian brothers and sisters since making its home in Jolivert.

Sometimes, this journey beside our Haitian counterparts has been through the sharing of The Word, sometimes its taken on the form of lending much-needed support to assist the Haitian churches with construction needs, radio broadcasts or even revivals.
But, there’s more good news… Just as iron sharpens iron, (Proverbs 27:17) The Church sharpens the community.

In Haiti, the role of the church goes beyond Sunday morning worship services. Haitian churches are one of the primary forms of social infrastructure. The building itself is typically used as a community center and/or a shelter and often becomes a school run by missionaries or church leaders, thereby impacting the community as whole.

Marotier Before

Marotier Before

Marotier After

Marotier After

Looking back to when MOL first began, Miz Betty shared the heart of the Mission: “When Missions Of Love first began in Jolivert, Haiti government schools with affordable education wasn’t available in that area. So, we made it our goal to help educate local people so they could find employment and eventually one day help take care of, work for and operate the Mission.”

Thus the MOL journey of sponsoring Haitian students had begun. Soon, through the sponsorship of MOL supporters, area students were being sent to mission-supported primary schools, government higher education schools and even professional schools.
It was during those early days that Dr. Bob and Miz Betty realized that evangelism and education go hand-in-hand. “One of the best places to do evangelism to make a permanent change is in the school and with the kids,” Miz Betty stated. “As the children are being taught in the Christian schools everyday, they also have prayer and learn Bible verses, so they are not only being taught life skills, they are also being set free from the bondage of practices of Voodoo.”

Since making that decision to invest in the education of the young people nearly 25 years ago, the Jolivert area has reaped the benefits of a community which now employs teachers, preachers, businessmen and women, lab techs, nurses and doctors.
Continuing in the quest of uniting evangelism and education, a faith-filled, spirit lead, devoted team of 12 Haitian men known as Solidat (Soldiers for Christ) are the feet-on-the-ground team who have been carrying the gospel message by song, Word and deed into the mountainous regions surrounding the Jolivert area.

As a result, Solidat has helped to lead many to Christ Jesus and have been faithful to provide follow up discipleship that often includes the pooling together of their own resources to provide food, clothing, and shelter to the very poorest of the poor.
Their continued acts of love have fostered the planting of two churches; the first in Belair, where they have also opened a school, and the most recent in Drijon. Both villages are found in the high mountain areas where even most Haitians do not dare to go.

When asked why they would give so much of themselves and their resources to not only plant a church, but to also take on the challenge of starting a school for the children, Solidat member, Wesner Marcelus, one of the teachers at Belair who gets up at 5a.m. every morning and travels three hours by foot to teach every day, quickly responded, “I teach with all my heart so one day a student can be a doctor, or a teacher, or a pastor… So, one day the kids can replace us and do the work we do when they get older.”
Evangelism and Education: Investing in others. Investing in the future. Investing in the Kingdom.

Merry Christmas Letter From Christophe in Jolivert

Dear Directors and Supporters,
In the behalf of all employees at MOL Jolivert,I want to wish you a very Merry Christmas and hope this Christmas season brings you hope,peace,joy and happiness.

At the end of this year,we want to thank you for your efforts and sacrifices you have been made to support our ministries in Jolivert,Haiti. I want to tell you your help touches many and many hopeless people and is really meaningful for them. Praise God,despite of all troubles and difficulties Haiti has been through,our Mighty God is still on our side and enable us and strength us to accomplish our daily and monthly tasks during this year.

This year,about 3000 patients have been treated at clinic Jolivert for different kinds of illness like malaria,Typhoid,intestinal parasites,high blood pressure,skin infections,respiratory diseases and so forth. In the Lab,we have been testing about 700 patients and about 295 among them are positives. Lots of thanks for Malaria Fini who help us to distribute free Chloroquin at jolivert and at the remote mountain and so many people can be relief from Malaria. About 300 patients among the so many testing,has been treated for Typhoid. More than 5000 Albendazol has been distributed. Continue reading

Before and After

This is a photo of Ludy, her two sons and her father.  The house that you see behind them is where they were living before the hurricane destroyed the small hut.  Can you imagine 4 people living in that small space?

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This is Ludy’s new home.  Thanks to your generous contributions to the MOL Hurricane Relief Fund, we were able to construct her this new home.

hurricane house photos

Updated Photos: Hurricane Relief

This is an update from Blaud, our Haitian Administrator in Jolivert.  Included are photos of just a small portion of the work that was done for hurricane relief.

Dear Betty and Bob,

I would like to thank you for all you have done for me and for the people in Marotier. I send you a lot of compliment for that. I pray for God to continue to bless you all.

The roof on the church was a successfull job,everybody there feel happy and pride for the church.

Blaud

These are a few of the people that have been helped with your generous donations.  Click on the photo below to go to the photo album to see all the photos.

Paul Etienne with his new mule.