A Haitian Creole Proverb: “Your smile is your passport!” This sweet Haitian man always comes to try to find us when we do Mobile Medical Clinics! Years ago, he was suffering from a bad front tooth that needed to be pulled. Bobby was in the village that day and he told the man “I can pull it!” Bobby tied a cord around it and gave it yank, and out it came!! He gave the man $20 Haitian for being a good patient! Since then, this man always says, “Pastor Bobby Bon Dentist!” (Bobby is a good dentist!) Remember today that “your face is your passport!” Sherry
We had a great Mobile Medical Clinic in Lastik, treating 1,288 patients, 90 for eyeglasses, and 79 in wound care with 22 salvations. We also gave out 7,269 medicines to help heal and provide relief. In January, we will be traveling to a village much higher up in the mountains, and much more difficult to get to and there will be even more people. Thanks to those of you who sponsor Mobile Medical Clinics, as well as “Family Medical Packs.” “You” become the “Good Samaritan,” when you give! Bobby and Sherry
The Psalmist said, “Defend the poor and fatherless: do justice to the afflicted and needy.” Psalms 82:3
James said, “Pure religion and undefiled before God and the Father is this, To visit the fatherless and widows in their affliction, and to keep himself unspotted from the world.” James 1:27
Paul said of his meeting with the original disciples, “Only they would that we should remember the poor; the same which I also was forward to do.” Galatians 2:10
“And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me.” Matthew 25:40
This is an update on one of our Sustainability Outreach Programs from Rad Hazelip, Assistant Executive Director, Love A Child:
One of our most successful sustainability outreaches is the Poul Mirak chicken co-op. This program helps Haitians help themselves. It has now been operating for more than three years. Poul Mirak continues to meet all of its objectives of providing enterprise and employment in Fond Parisien and providing local, healthy meat protein to the community and soon we anticipate extending these benefits to other areas of Haiti by starting our “chicken school.”
Thanks to the vision and the big hearts of Mike Welch, Larry Guest, and the World Poultry Foundation, this model program is demonstrating the value of using business as missions.
The four co-op members first learned how to raise meat chickens in Haiti, even under tough conditions there. They are now better than the averages for Haiti at raising their flocks. During the past year, they have been developing into good businessmen, learning to plan ahead, adjust to market conditions and market their chickens to get higher prices.
Without the vision, commitment and support of Mike Welch and his associates, this opportunity would not have been available for these men to contribute to their community. We thank all the donors whose sacrifices make these programs available.
Crushing News: At 2:00 AM this morning, we received the sad news that this little baby, who was brought to our clinic, had died. The good news is that he is in the arms of Jesus now. He suffered so much. Our clinic had sent him to another Malnutrition Clinic. They called at 2:00 AM to say that he had died. He was 19-days-old. We thought we could save him. So sad. Sherry
One of the best ways to “Help Haitians help themselves,” is through our sustainability outreaches. Haitians really want to work to improve their lives and take care of themselves. Through our Agricultural Training Programs, we teach them ways to improve their land so they can have bountiful gardens to raise food for their families, and even have extra to sell in local markets. We are having great success with our programs including a two-year training program and a three-week program. These programs bring Haitian men and women from surrounding villages to our Agricultural Training Center to learn hands-on techniques for erosion control, composting, organic fertilizers, pest control, irrigation, and other sustainable methods of Farming God’s Way. Thank you, partners, for showing faith in our programs and wanting to help improve the lives of Haitians by teaching them sustainability. Bobby and Sherry
Our wonderful volunteer Mobile Medical Clinic team left for the U.S. this morning at 5:00 AM. They did one great job helping the Haitian people, especially the children! Left to right: Dana from Tennessee, Evie from Florida, Debbie from Texas, Bonnie and Vicky from Missouri, Janet from Montana, Gabby and Lourdes from California and Dr. Debbie and Dan from New Jersey. Thank you! Love is something you do! Bobby and Sherry
“Timing is Everything…”
Have you ever prayed and not seen the results? Maybe the timing is not right, yet. God has a time for everything… “But when the fullness of the time was come, God sent forth his Son…” Galatians 4:4 — Jesus could not have been born a day later. He was born in “God’s perfect timing.” God has a “time clock” in Heaven for everything. “To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven…” Ecclesiastes 3:1 — So, “hang in there!” God hasn’t forgotten about you. When the time is right, the answer will be there. Have a great day and never give up! God has not forgotten you! Sherry
Everyone who came to our Love A Child Mobile Medical Clinic received excellent care from our volunteer doctors and our Haitian doctors. They received lots of medicines and prayer, and afterward left with baseball caps donated by World Vision! “Love Is Something We Do!” Sherry
A severely malnourished baby was just brought to our Jesus Healing Center. He is just 19-days-old, and his name is Joshua Loradin. He has a huge abscess on his bottom. Poor baby, he looks like he has been neglected. The mother is totally “clueless” about taking care of a baby, but our doctors and nurses are going to help her. Sherry