Celebrating 10 Years of Ministry to Haiti
Rev. Alan Lutz, chairman
Sunday, October 31, 2010, marked the tenth anniversary of Pastor Jean Jacob Paul’s ministry in his homeland of Haiti! He held a special service to commemorate Reformation Day and this mile marker in ministry. We rejoice in the Lord with him for the remarkable things God has done. Let me share with you what Pastor Jean Paul wrote to us this week:
“Bless the Lord, o my soul and all that is in me bless His holy name! Friends and brothers, I am blessed today to remember that it will be seven years Sunday since I returned to Haiti, October 31, 2003 to October 31, 2010 — seven perfect years in the ministry in Haiti with you as partners and co-workers. I love it! I need you to remember to pray for the reformation of Haiti and we are about to have a big Sunday for the Lord. I love you and pray that your reformation Sunday will be the best in the Lord. Thanks for being such a wonderful instrument in the ministry. Our Lord King Jesus is with you.”
Our brother is back in the States November 1–17. Pray he gets needed rest and is able to enjoy the few days he has with his family. We praise the Lord for all of you faithful supporters! Blessings to you in Christ Jesus, the Lord of the Nations!
Rev. Martin Hawley, director of development
Orphanage Dining Hall Is Completed!
Thanks to many of you and to Mission to the World for supporting the Pavilion Project. Because of you, Reformation Hope achieved our goal for purchasing construction materials for the orphans’ new dining hall. And now we are delighted to report to you that the construction mission team from Village Seven Presbyterian Church in Colorado Springs, Colorado has completed building this wonderful addition to our orphanage and our Haitian ministry. And if that wasn’t enough, they also built a steel swingset for the orphans.
A Big Thank You to Pacific Crossroads Church!
Everyone at RHI and all our staff and children in Haiti send a big THANK YOU to the team from Pacific Crossroads Church, Santa Monica and Los Angeles, California. Their group painted many of the rooms of the new school building on a recent trip. Several of the team members have already stepped up to do much more for our Haiti ministry. And two weeks ago RHI received nearly $5,000 from a PCC family to build bunk beds for our children. Now that’s kingdom commitment!
RHI Exhibiting at Global Missions Conference
Reformation Hope is an exhibitor for the PCA’s tri-annual Global Missions Conference “The Hope of Nations”, held this year in Chattanooga, Tennessee, November 5–7. If you are attending this incredible conference, look for our booth in the exhibit hall and keep a sharp eye out for Pastor Jean Paul, who will be helping our U.S. team staff the booth and tell the story of all the amazing things that God has been doing in Haiti through this ministry. If you haven’t already registered for this event, it’s not too late. Just click on the Global Missions Conference icon at www.mtw.org.
Micro-finance Initiative Moves Forward
During my most recent trip to Haiti, I met with twelve of our Timothy Project participants about launching a new micro-finance program geared to empower each of them to launch their own businesses. Each young man had the opportunity to share his vision for a start-up business. RHI has committed to obtaining investors in the U.S. to fund each of these young men, and in effect, begin a tidal wave of entrepreneurial change among the people of Haiti. You can sponsor one of these young men in a sustainable business for $1,000.
Considering a Thanksgiving, Christmas or Year-end Gift?
Many people begin planning their charitable holiday and year-end giving at this time. We pray that you will include Reformation Hope in your plans. By way of reminder, we have several outstanding development projects that need your support in order to go forward:
• Water Pump
A pump is needed for the large well on our seventy-acre property in order to irrigate the fields before we can really move forward in developing the land. This item is crucial. Cost is $10,000. We have already received $1,000 toward this project. In conjunction with this need is another $5,000 for PVC piping for the irrigation system.
• Seeds of Hope
Our Haitian brothers and sisters will need to purchase large, commercial-size bags of seed in Haiti. The estimated cost to cultivate most of the seventy acres is $5,000.
A kitchen must eventually be constructed in order to provide more sanitary, more timely, and higher volume cooking capacity. We estimate that this project will take $50,000. This includes appliances and a small building.
• Diesel Generator
A 100-kilowatt diesel generator is another big need for the ministry, especially as it serves as a base for more and more short-term missionary and development teams. Diesel is half the price of gasoline in Haiti. Cost approximately $10,000.
Improved transportation for everyday driving for Jean Paul and his wife Jocelyn. This would reduce significantly wear and tear on the large van, while providing reliable transportation for smaller groups. A used, but well-maintained SUV with four-wheel drive will cost $10,000–$12,000.