2016 Year In Review – Thank You for Your Support

MEDICAL CLINIC This year, Clinic Jolivert continued its role as a major health center directed by a Haitian physician and fully-staffed with Haitian health personnel.  The Clinic was able to provide quality healthcare and education, government-provided immunizations for children, free chloroquine and mosquito nets (provided by MALARIA FINI) to all malaria sufferers, as well as provide HIV testing, education and consultation. Because of our in-house lab, we were able to provide pregnancy tests, complete blood counts, blood sugars and urinalysis. Likewise, Clinic Jolivert was able to dispense prescriptions from our government-approved pharmacy.

GO PROGRAM This year the GO program, an orphanage alternative ministry, supported eight grandmothers who are raising and caring for their orphaned grandchildren, great-grandchildren and other youth in their family, as well as one pastor in the program who cares for orphans in his home, and one family with toddler triplets as well as three other children.

SAFE WATER for FAMILIES Gadyen Dlo, our Safe Water for Families program, is installed in over 25,000 homes in our immediate area and now in countless thousands of homes throughout Haiti since the Haitian Ministry of Health has adopted our methods and are encouraging them throughout the country and thus contributing to healthier lifestyles.

ADULT LITERACY 258 Creole Bible were awarded to students who completed the Adult Literacy Course 2015-2016 under the direction of Jackson in the Jolivert area. On Sept. 29, 2016, Jackson trained 12 new teachers for the 2016-2017 session. In Gonaives there are currently 17 Adult Literacy Classes, varying in size from 4 -12 students, under the supervision of Pastor Juanito Genada. 110 Creole Bibles have been awarded to graduates of the Adult Literacy Course in this area for 2015·2016.

This year, Nancy Bukovnik, founder of the MOL Adult Literacy Program was privileged to present a Creole Bible to an 85-year-old graduating student in Gonaives!

EYE and EAR CLINIC ln 2016 the Eye Clinic saw 2,345 patients of whom 356 were found to have cataracts, 1,098 glaucoma, 1,748 had either infection or allergy/irritation/dryness and 127 were referred for more definitive care. In October alone, thanks to Dr. Mick Vanden Bosch, 994 patients were seen and seven received cataract surgery at MOL and one had a pterygium removed from her eye.

MANBA for MALNUTRITION The Manba program is a six to eight-week nutritional program dedicated to children one to five-years old who suffer from moderate to severe malnutrition. Nutritional education, medical care plus a Gayden Dlo bucket and clean water education are included. This ministry employs one worker and purchases peanuts from local farmers to produce a fortified peanut butter paste. This year 14 children graduated the program and 10 more are currently enrolled. The estimated cost to treat a child for malnutrition is approximately $99.

MEDICAL SUPPLIES for CHRIST In 2016, through the wonderful partnerships of TECH, Midmark Corp., Supplies Over Seas (S.O.S.) and individuals like Dr. Mary Gebhardt, Dr. Ann Ayre, Dr. Joe Geico and Kentucky Mountain Mission, costly and crucially needed laboratory, medical and dental equipment and supplies have been provided.
DENTAL CLINIC “The new kid on the block” in Jolivert is growing strong! With the blessed partnership of respected Haitian MSPP Dentist, Dr. Scott Rousseau, who worked alongside our American Dentist Dr. Mary Gebhardt and the rest or the dental team this Spring and headed up our very first all-Haitian dental team this Fall, we were able to provide dental care to 302 patients! Will you please help us pray that 2017 will open the door to full-time dental care at our clinic?

EMERGENCY/DISASTER RELIEF In October, $5,000 came from the U.S. to assist victims of Hurricane Matthew. This benevolence provided: $3,000 for 7,680 families to receive Gadyen Dlo safe water treatment: S 1,500 for 276 patients to receive medical care at the Jolivert Clinic, including consultations, lab tests and medicines: $500 for Bush Clinics where 560 patients were given medical attention in various affected villages.

PLANTING NEW CHURCHES Beyond practicing faith within the confines or the practical, medical. and humanitarian efforts, initiating Pastors’ and Women’s Conferences, MOL walked alongside our Haitian brothers and sisters this year via support of local church programs and the evangelical group Solidat who has helped to lead many to Christ Jesus as well as recently opened a church and a school in Belair and a church in Drijon.

OUTREACH CLINICS MOL outreach teams visited remote rural villages continuing education of community health care workers, diagnosing and treating common life-threatening illnesses (i.e. dehydration, malnutrition, malaria and parasites) as well as provided safe water for families – touching the lives of hundreds this year.

“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

Tributes to Greg Seelig

Greg Seelig, MOL President

Greg Seelig, MOL President

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.

A REMEMBRANCE OF GREG SEELIG  by Dr Bob Johnson

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 wgreg-shovelingas 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.

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A REMEMBRANCE OF GREG SEELIG by Pat Duarte

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!

Greg was always ready to lend a hand on whatever project we were working on, I will always remember him as a kind and gentle man.~ Warren Mattingly

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

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 Relief Update

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-dloGadyen 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.

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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.

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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!




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