Sowing Fruitful Seeds for Five Years and Counting!
With the Christmas Celebration Comes the End of 2012!
This year God has blessed Reformation Hope's kingdom efforts in Haiti and the Dominican Republic in amazing ways. We want to thank all of you for partnering with us in King Jesus' unfolding redemptive story in the West Indies. In this issue of the Ref Hope Report you will find many encouraging reports about what the Lord has been doing during recent days. As you read along, we ask you to consider Reformation Hope as part of your year-end giving plans. Perhaps there is a project underway near to your heart. Or, perhaps you'd like to make an undesignated investment in our regular, ongoing orphanage and school expenses. And as always, we covet your faithful prayers and your sharing the good gifts of this ministry with others you love. May the Lord give you a blessed Christmas season and a happy and prosperous new year in 2013.
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Harvest of Hope Farm Project Sees First Seedlings and Irrigation Start
What a great joy to report to you that the corn seed planted recently is sprouting corn plants and we expect to have our first harvest in late February! Also, the first week of December, the farm team planted the first potato (patat) sets. Eventually our 52 1/4 acre site will provide our orphans and for resale in the local market, such items as bananas, plantains, tomatoes, okra, beens and yucca. In addition, Irrigation Without Borders has been on our farm site training our agriculture team on installation of a pilot irrigation program. After three long years of prayer, planning, and preparing the ground, we are now beginning to see a true harvest of hope. Praise God from Whom all blessings flow!
Medical Clinic Construction Moves Forward
The foundation work for the medical clinic compound wall is now underway with completion set for the beginning of February. The wall will feature security bars and overhead lights and a decorative metal gate. We expect to begin ground breaking on the clinic building in February. Thanks again to the Invisible Hand Foundation for their support for this project, which we believe will minister life and health to the community in which our ministry is based. There will also be expanded possibilities for hosting visiting mission medical teams.
New Church in Jacmel Seeking Permanent Site
Recently a team of Haitians from Souls Winning, along with RHI Executive Director Martin Hawley and Pacific Crossroads missionary Jaclynn Balas, visited our new church plant in Jacmel, along the southern coast of Haiti. Jacmel was badly ravaged by Hurricane Sandy and so the ministry load there has been very demanding for our church planter, Charlot. Currently, the church has in excess of 200 in attendance on Sundays, and they often hold worship on other weekdays as well. The challenge is that this large group meets on borrowed land and in an inadequate tent. The team from La Plaine that went to encourage Pastor Charlot were shown some exceptional property ideally located on the main road between downtown Jacmel and the beach tourist area. The land comprises eight or more acres and is listed at $64,000. We believe that one of our short-term goals for the church in Jacmel should be to raise the funds to purchase this future building site. If you would like to help with this project, please use our PayPal link and designate your gift "Jacmel." May the Lord bless, provide, and multiply His church in Jacmel!
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