Dear Praying Friends,
Our USA construction teams are working faster than I can get these updates written!
First, I want to update you on the Chicago medical team that served in and around Les Cayes. They saw well over 1,000 patients last week and saw many come to know Christ. To God be the glory! Team returned safely this past Sunday.
The Solar Team, made up of men from Spanish River Church and The Avenue Church, did a superb job in getting solar-powered electricity on the ESMI/UJ Campus. What a blessing to have solar energy! Like vehicles, the cost of operating and maintaining generators in Haiti is unbelievably high! Many thanks again, Solar Team! They too, returned safely to the USA this past Saturday.
One of the buildings that now has electricity is the dorm. The dorm is also the “Transitional Home” for 16 of the Lundi Village older children. Here in the dorm, they begin to learn how to live on their own by preparing their own meals, getting a stipend to purchase their personal items, allowed to do as many vocational classes offered at the UJ Trade School while completing their high school studies. ESMI knows that not all our 900+ children will be ready for tertiary studies, but for those who are, the University of Jeremie is there for them. For those who prefer not to continue their studies, they are encouraged to finish at least high school while graduating with several trade/vocational skills. The environment on the UJ campus has proved to be a mature setting for them as they are around university students and more of ESMI staff. We count on your prayers for this ESMI HQ/University campus and the outreach there in providing vocational and tertiary studies.
On Sunday, November 13 and Monday, November 14, it was time to welcome the Rebuilding/Construction teams from Long Hollow Church and 127 Worldwide, respectively. Both teams have been hard at work clearing the medical clinic, breaking down the eastern concrete wall of the Lundi Church and re-roofing the Lundi Cafeteria. Here are some photos of their hard work:
Today, the team is back at the Lundi Children’s Village. They hope to finish this before they leave on Friday and Saturday. Pray for their safety in doing this kind of job.
The next rebuilding project is the school. Even though the Ministry of Education asked that school be reopen on November 7, this has been difficult. Pray that these buildings can be finished quickly so that the children can return and not lose the school year.
Special thanks to all those who made the rebuilding/re-roofing of Vivianne’s home possible. Here’s her home today:
Pastoral Conferences in Jeremie: November 22-23 and Les Cayes: November 28-29
Pastor Bresile St. Germain, the “young” 82 year-old father of Dony and Louis will head to Jeremie and Cayes for a time of encouragement for the pastors. The recent hurricane has left many of them discouraged. They too lost their homes, family members, their land, their church buildings, and their church members. If the pastors are discouraged, who will encourage their members and their communities to keep looking to the Sovereign Lord for help? ESMI will be leading in organizing this time with several denominations in the Grand’Anse and the Sud (South) Departments/States. Pray for Pastor Bre as he is preaching a conference every night this week until Sunday. This conference is one hour drive away from his home and he makes the trip daily. Then he will fly out early next Tuesday morning from the US into Haiti. Pastor Bre is passionate about getting to ground zero of Hurricane Matthew so he can encourage his co-laborers in the Lord.
A team from Life Song Church, LA, will make the long journey and then drive to Jeremie this Saturday, November 19. Pray for their travels and their ministry week. The team is planning on continuing the work at Lundi Children’s Village and assist ESMI in encouraging some of our “behind the scenes” co-laborers.
We end with the two theme verses from Pastor Bre’s upcoming seminars:
“Who can speak and have it happen if the Lord has not decreed it?
Is it not the mouth of the Most High that both calamities and good things come?”
“If one part suffers, every part suffers with it;
if one part is honored, every part rejoices with it.”
1 Corinthians 12:26
I, Sharon, travel to Haiti with the girls on Friday, so not sure if we’ll get to do any more updates until after Thanksgiving. A Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family! We continue to count on your prayers as we see God moving in unimaginable ways. As the song-writer at the recent Give Hope Gala/Fund Raising event said, we are seeing God do the impossible!
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