Ministry Receives Offer of Handicapped Accessible Van Donation from HDS Vans and Mobility!
Michael Dresdner, President of HDS VANS & MOBILITY met recently with Pastor Jean Paul, RHI board President Alan Lutz, and Executive Director Martin Hawley in Marietta, GA with the generous and wonderful offer of a handicapped accessible van donation. Mr. Dresdner is going even further in seeking donations of additional spare parts, tires, wheelchairs, and even free lettering to customize the HDS van gift for RHI in Haiti! We are so excited with God’s grace and provision in replacing our burned-out van through the kindness of President Dresdner and his staff at HDS. This new van will also add another dimension to our ministry in Haiti, allowing us to serve the needs of those who are physically impaired.
The HDS gift began as a divine appointment arranged between Pastor Alan and President Dresdner on a flight to Indiana. Michael allowed another air passenger to use his original seat in order to be with family. When Michael moved into the other passenger’s seat, he made Alan’s acquaintance. As they say, the rest is history!
Haitian Ministry Leader/Musician Gets First Micro-finance Funding
Mr. Dieuli Peterson Brun, a music ministry leader at our La Plaine compound, is also a successful small business owner. Peterson approached our Pacific Crossroads Church micro-finance management team about his desire to purchase new equipment and supplies to respond to the rapidly increasing demand for his business’s services. Peterson founded and operates Kay Zouk-Zouk, a beverage company located in Lathan, Haiti. The loan received from Zafèn (the Haitian organization who handles the funds in our micro-finance program) will allow Peterson to finance the acquisition of a freezer, a portable generator, three tables, 12 chairs, 25 additional empty beverage cases, and a down payment to the Brasserie National d’Haiti S.A. (BRANA S.A.) to secure a credit line and fill up the empty beverage cases. Peterson provides cold drinks and is well-situated on a major highway, sharing frontage with a Haitian woman who sells fried foods. Both businesses build upon the others’ referrals. In November, we anticipate that three more micro-finance participants from our ministry leadership will be approved by Zafèn and receive their loans to start new businesses.
Pastor Paul Visits Cherokee Christian School, Receives Orphan Gifts from Kirby Kindergarten Class
For the third year, the kindergarten class of Martha Kirby at Cherokee Christian School has broken open its piggy banks and worked hard to put together gift packages of school supplies, toys and other items for our orphans in Haiti. One of Pastor Paul’s favorite things to do when he is in the United States is his annual visit to Martha Kirby’s classroom. The generosity, compassion and love these young children show for our RHI orphans in Haiti moves him greatly. It is such a joy to see the looks on the children’s faces when they see Pastor Paul come into the room. Many thanks to Martha and to all the children of her kindergarten class this year!
Church of the Messiah in Canton, GA Takes on $20,000 Kitchen Project!
Another blessing recently for our ministry in Haiti happened in the immediate aftermath of a short-term mission trip to our compound. The senior pastor and members from the Church of the Messiah in Canton, Georgia ministered to our orphans and neighbor children, providing soccer camp and vacation Bible school. Upon their return to the U.S., the Lord moved among them and among the entire congregation of this partner church to commit themselves by God’s grace to raise $20,000 worth of kitchen appliances, materials, and other items necessary for us to finally have a high-capacity, sanitary kitchen facility for our orphanage, church and school. We give thanks to God for Church of the Messiah and their commitment to the Gospel mission of RHI in Haiti and the Dominican Republic!
Check out Messiah’s Haiti mission trip video here: www.youtube.com/watch?v=kCXJr0uHQeM
New Kitchen Means We Can Increase to Three Meals Per Day — If We Have Our Farm Project Going That Is
Now that a new kitchen will be built and equipped at our orphanage and school, we will have the capacity and faster production capability to increase the children’s meals from two per day to three per day. This is an important improvement we have wanted to make for a very long time. Only one thing is left standing in our way. In order to provide an extra meal per day for our orphans and staff, we must move forward with our Harvest of Hope agriculture project. To get our land lease from the government, acquire seed and supplies, install some irrigation, and pay our farm workers, we will need about $22,000 by January 2012. That gives us less than three months to reach our target. Would you help us today by partnering with us on this crucial project?