“I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is the power of God
for the salvation of everyone who believes…
for in the gospel a righteousness from god is revealed,
a righteousness that is by faith from first to last.”
The best way to have the gospel proclaimed is through church planting and leadership development. Why church planting? Because you are building the new church, the body of Christ, by evangelizing the community. Why leadership development? Because you are teaching men how to rightly divide God’s word as they proclaim the gospel. This has been ESMI’s strategy for the past twenty years both in the US and in Haiti.
With a challenge from my brother Dr. Hegeman of MINTS (Miami International Seminary), we have been intentionally assisting our pastors and seminary students in their church plants by providing a building. If you have been to Haiti, church buildings as you know them in the US are not the same. Below is a photo of where one church plant met for almost two years. This church plant was started by one of our seminary students, Marc Antoine, and in order for any of our students to graduate from the Theological Seminary at the University of Jeremie, he must do a church plant.
Thanks to Dr. Hegeman’s assistance, this church plant now has a building and was able to have services there on Resurrection Sunday. That same afternoon, the church had a community outreach concert. This is just the beginning of how they plan to fully utilize this building. What a blessing not only to the church members but the community for soon there will be a pre-k4 school.
In downtown Jeremie, the second 2016 church plant building project began in early March. Evangelism teams have been going out since January and an average of 17 people come to know the Lord weekly. This is how the church is growing in downtown Jeremie. Here are photos of what the building looked like last year June and the building this past Sunday, April 17th.
With only thirty percent of the country being literate, educating the populous is also the responsibility of the church in Haiti. ESMI is very involved with over 40 elementary schools, two vocational schools and its first university, the University of Jeremie. The latter began three years ago. This past Sunday, April 17th, the Nursing School had its “Prise de Coiffe” ceremony. This ceremony celebrates the second year students being given their “special nursing hat” and recognition that they have started their practicum in the hospital.
ESMI is glad to have Mme. Marie Concepia Pamphile lead this program. Not only is she the director of the General Hospital in Jeremie, but she began the very first nursing school in Port-au-Prince after completing her studies in Belgium. She was director of the school in Port-au-Prince for over 20 years and wrote most of the curriculum that the nursing schools across the island now use. The University of Jeremie is honored to have her on board as the dean for the School of Nursing.
Praise and Prayer Requests
January 10th marked 5 years since we moved as a family to Jeremie, Haiti. We stand amazed to see all that God has done in drawing many to Himself, in strengthening the churches to form presbyteries in three states, the establishment of a university in Jeremie with six fields of study, the addition of two children villages to care for 183 orphaned and/or abandoned children, seven new church plants, and…well, they can’t all be named. You have to come and see so you can praise God with us!
Praise God for the strength he continues to give my young father of 81 years, Bresile St. Germain. This April, he was invited to speak at the annual conference for the Baptist churches in southern Haiti. Over 12,000 were present nightly for these services. Louis St. Germain also had the privilege of welcoming the interim President of Haiti to the Sunday morning service on the last day of the convention.
Praise God for new church planting partners. This year we hope to assist 12 pastors and seminary students in their church plants. This cost between $12,000-$15,000. So far, we have seven such committed buildings. Trust God with us to provide for the other five church plant buildings.
May 16-20, we will have host our annual pastor’s retreat/conference in Jeremie. We anticipate over 300 pastors will attend. Pray for safe travels as some will travel 15-20 hours to get to Jeremie. Pray that it will be a refreshing time for these men.
This past January, we had professors from two universities conduct seminars at the School of Agriculture. One of these US universities, in partnership with “Farmers without Fences” has invited 6 of the top Ag. Students to participate in their summer seminar. Pray that these 6 students and the UJ Ag. Professor, who will accompany them, be granted the required US visa to participate.
With well over 200 ESMI employees in Jeremie, our monthly shortfall is about $10,000. Some months, God sends these resources on time and sometimes late but He continues to provide. Pray and trust God with us to meet this monthly need.
All of us as full-time missionaries with ESMI are experiencing shortfalls in monthly support. Would you consider giving a one-time gift or begin supporting monthly Louis, Bresile or myself? This can be done online at www.esmihome.org, or check sent to:ESMI c/o The Keyes Company, 2121 SW 3rd Avenue, Miami, FL 33129.
Thanks for your partnership in the ministry of the gospel…a gospel that we need not be ashamed!
In His Service,
Dony, Sharon, Gracianna and Sarah Joy
PS This semester for homeschooling, the girls and I are reading George Mueller. Pray with us for the above just like George Mueller would–trusting and waiting upon God’s provision in unusual ways. To Him be the glory!