“We proclaim him, admonishing and teaching everyone with all wisdom, so that we may present everyone perfect in Christ.”-Colossians 1:28
What a great privilege we have at ESMI to participate in the work that God is doing in Haiti! We see lives changed! We see churches planted! We see Christian leaders and pastors excited about learning and teaching God’s Word! Below is just a brief summary in words and photos of what has happened since our last e-newsletter. How we wish we could stop to share more frequently, but ministry in Haiti is constantly going…never a dull moment with the blessings and challenges of serving others for Christ glory!
The University in Jeremie/Seminary was blessed with the strong teaching of several PCA pastors. Pastor Jordan did an intensive class on Pneumatology. You can imagine the vibrant discussions related to this topic! At the end of the week, one of the pastors, who is also an MA student at UJ, stood up with his appreciation speech written out. He explained the importance of this teaching and thanked ESMI for being a “bridge” between the two countries, USA and Haiti, to bring this needed
teaching to them as pastors, Christian leaders and seminary students.
In September, over a period of three days, a hundred plus pastors and leaders were trained in: worship, marriage, and homiletics. This was the first time the classes were done as a rotation and it worked very well. Everyone was blessed! A few of the wives also participated in a Bible Study luncheon.
Church Planting-Emmanuel Church Building
We praise God for our ministry partner who raised resources to build a church in Chateau. This site is the home of the Emmanuel children. This building, like most others, will not only be used as a place of worship but
also as a school for the children and those in the community. We wait to see all that God will do.
ESMI’s First Professional Schools: Cayes and Jeremie
God has blessed ESMI with the opening of two professional schools- one in Cayes and the other in Jeremie. These schools are important to help our children in the nine Children’s Villages to have a skill before they leave. Our children, fifteen years and older are enrolled in classes such
as: tiling, pastry-making, computer repair, etc. These schools also serve
the surrounding communities. We have adults who are pastors, merchants, construction workers also attending these classes to learn new skills to increase their viability for employment or self-employment.
Buses for the UJ Campus
The UJ campus, the site for the School of Joy High School, The University of Jeremie/Seminary, and the professional school is about 30 minutes drive from the city or a 90-minute walk. How grateful we are for God’s provision of these vehicles, and of course, for the ministry partner God used to purchase them! Another church heard about these vehicles and
packed one stuffed with clothes, toys, desktop computers, etc. We were able to distribute these between Gonaives and Jeremie.
School of Joy 9th Graders and the National Exams
In Haiti, all students, private and public must do the National Exams at 6th, 9th and “Philo.” The last grade, Philo, is similar in some ways to pre-college classes in the US. Failure to pass any one of these exams will not allow a student to move to the next level. We praise God for the School of Joy teachers, who after having these 9th graders since 7th grade, were able to see 90 % of them pass. When the results came out, the word around Jeremie is that the students at the School of Joy did the best! Thanks to our ministry partners who continue to give so we can provide only the best teachers for these students who come from very poor communities.
University of Jeremie-Testimony
On October 6th and 7th, well over 70 prospective students attended orientation. Several first year students were present. One young lady, an agricultural major, stood up in the gathering and shared her testimony. She did not know Christ when she came to UJ. Her home life was very challenging with her experiencing abuse from a father deeply involved in voodooism. He was a witchdoctor. The Gospel is shared openly at the university and after her coming to Christ, she was put out of the home by her father and whatever financial support she may have received was stopped. The UJ leaders, who are also pastors, helped her through this difficult time. She herself has gone on to lead another friend to Christ and both attend the church plant in Lundy, Jeremie. To God be the glory!
Thanks to all our VBS and medical teams who came over the summer to partner with us in serving the communities in Cayes, Gonaives and Jeremie. The Chikungunya virus, spread by mosquitos, was certainly a challenge during those months and our medical teams served well.
-Praise God with us for the recent donation to start another business to assist the ministry services of ESMI. We will share more later but hope that you will be in prayer that this business will meet the intended goal.
-At the last board meeting, the ESMI directors approved a young missionary couple to come aboard for the next two years. The husband will assist in structuring this area of the ministry, while his wife is open to teach English at UJ. We want to give them the opportunity at a later time to introduce themselves to you, our ministry partners and ask that you be in prayer as they prepare to make the transition to Jeremie next January.
–The School of Joy is now in its third year of operation and the University of Jeremie in its second year of operation. It remains a challenge to know where the needed resources will come from. But continue to trust God as we seek funding in different ways.
-The entire ESMI staff in Haiti, over 600, always covet your prayers as they serve as pastors, care-givers, teachers, support staff, etc.
-In 2015, ESMI hopes to assist 5 of the “Preaching Points” in having a small building for worship. The first is Parroti which is the daughter church of the congregation that meets at Dr. David Nicolas Chapel on the UJ campus.
-And thank you too, for remembering our family in your prayers.
Gracianna and Sarah Joy turned seven this past September.
Thank you for your faithful support and we close with this link that shows the excitement of these children at the Fayeton Village when a ministry partner installed solar lights. Pray with us that this will be the same excitement across the island of Haiti as the Gospel is preached and lives are changed.
To God be the Glory!