From Sherry's Journal

For what we are thankful

November 25 – 30, 2014

“Make a joyful noise unto the Lord, all ye lands. Serve the Lord with gladness: come before his presence with singing. Know ye that the Lord he is God: it is he that hath made us, and not we ourselves; we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture. Enter into his gates with thanksgiving, and into his courts with praise: be thankful unto him, and bless his name. For the Lord is good; his mercy is everlasting; and his truth endureth to all generations.” Psalm 100: 1-5

As Thanksgiving approaches this week in the States, we look back at this past year in amazement at what the Lord has done in our mission to minister to the poorest of the poor in Haiti and work to spread the Word of God, showing Christ’s love by example. For this opportunity, we are so grateful.

The_ChildrenAll throughout Haiti there is hunger.

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2-starving-childrenTogether, we are feeding these hungry children and giving them a better life.

waiting-food-distributionA very special thanks goes to Feed My Starving Children for donating millions of meals to feed  hungry Haitians. Another huge thanks goes to our Love A Child partners for sponsoring the transportation of this food from the States all the way to Haiti.

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We brought much joy to many of the children and to those who care for them.

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Our Mobile Medical Clinics traveled throughout Haiti this year bringing badly needed health care to the Regions Beyond. With food distribution and medical care, we won many new souls to Jesus.

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Many of these Haitians would possibly die without the basic care so many of us take for granted.

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We  brought medicine to those who are unable to afford the badly needed medication,  and cannot travel the many hours down the mountain to a doctor or hospital.

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We are so thankful for all the volunteers and missionaries who come to Haiti to help Love A Child bring humanity back to the poor villages in the mountains and beyond. The team from Feed My Starving Children spent time with us giving them the opportunity to see how all their hard work goes to saving lives.

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The Dutch Navy Medical Team did a great job conducting four Mobile Medical Clinics in some very tough areas.  This team worked so very hard “day and night” to make this a successful week of healing the poor.

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The wonderful dental team of Dr. Sally Cooley, Barbara Forret, and Pam Moses came to Haiti from the States to care for the poor!

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A Love A Child volunteer medical team who ventured int0 Despeezo, a voodoo village that is becoming a Christian village, thanks to our feeding programs and mobile clinics.

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This Mobile Medical Clinic Team of:  Dr. Debbie Chen and her husband Dan from New Jersey, Karen McGivney from Mississippi, Nickie Wilson from Maryland, Barbara Ross from Alabama, Dana Burke from Tennessee, Heather Lacefield from Kentucky, Julie LaPorta from Indiana, Kaeli Fletcher from Texas, and Shelly Perkins from Illinois. Together they served 2,685 Haitian patients in four days in overwhelming heat. We can’t list all of the teams, but we thank each and every team member that came to Haiti to help on the “mission field.”

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This year we saw several new schools and churches being built throughout our regions, the latest in the old village of Le Tant. These precious children in this poor village of Le Tant now have a beautiful school, thanks to our partner David George and his friends.

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We are so thankful to Joyce Meyer Ministries – Hand of Hope for sponsoring the operating costs of our clinic each month! Special thanks also to our friend Jeff and his friends in Canada for the lifesaving ambulances provided to us! We humbly thank you all for saving many lives!

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Thank you to all of you who prayed for Baby Elijah after we found him abandoned outside our front gate in June. For all you who offered emergency medical services, to those who stayed by his bedside offering comfort in a world that we now believe he can neither see nor hear. He has a long road ahead and with your prayers and support you have helped all of us embrace this lost child. We just received some great news! We want to thank the Hotes Foundation, Richard Hotes, Carolyn Bishop and their team for finding a hospital and neurologist to care for baby Elijah. They have also found a host family. Carolyn and her team will leave with Elijah on Friday.

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The Grand Miracle Market was our biggest project of the year. We have many people to thank for seeing it through the many stages from the ground breaking to its dedication on December 9th when we will hand it over to the people of Fond Parisien as a Sustainability Project for the Haitian people.

We thank Roger Rinker who made many trips to Haiti to clear the land.

Roger-on-bulldozerWe thank Mark and Jesse Ostrander who were the construction project managers and their crew who put many, many hot days from sun up to sun down moving this project forward.

Jesse-Mark_Ostrander-crewA thank you goes to Nippers Construction for installing the beams and roofs.

Nippers-Construction Thank you Robert de Vries and our Haitian crew.

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A special thanks goes to Alisha Ballew and Lisa Rogers for teaching the new vendors how to sell and be successful in their new ventures.

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This project would not have been possible without Pastor Jentezen Franklin and his partners for committing a million dollars to build the Grand Miracle Market!

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We call this a “Food for Life” project because when you “teach a man to fish,” he can live for a lifetime!

GMM-night-fall2We have so much to be thankful for today, as so many of you, our friends, our partners, and numerous organizations who help support our mission to bringing a better opportunity for the Haitian people to realize their own dreams of sustainability. We thank you all for making a difference in Haiti and allowing us to be your hands and feet on the mission field.

God bless you all.

Sherry

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