Boy Scout Uniform
Project Marches Forward
Stuart Michelson and his Boy Scouts of America team have developed a wonderful expansion of our Boy Scout exchange effort which involves providing complete uniforms for our Haitian Scouts. The program is designed to connect Boy Scouts, Scout Leaders, Scout parents, and anyone interested in assisting Haitian scouting with a means to meet the urgent need for uniforms. The way this new uniform initiative works is that for a tax deductible donation of $40, donors provide one complete uniform for a Haitian Scout. In return, the donor is provided with a typical Haitian Scout patch. For those who choose to give $100 (which provides for two full uniforms) the donor receives a complete set of Haitian patches as a thank you. We appreciate our Boy Scout partners and all of us at Reformation Hope urge you to consider a gift to this worthy cause. The Scouts in Haiti are used much as auxiliary police, handling crowd control, event security, and search and rescue work. They are widely respected and are among the most positive influences on Haitian culture and community. Learn more at haiti.troop8880.org.
A Fruitful Meeting (from left to right: Rev. Martin Hawley Executive Director of Reformation Hope, David Youssi, President of Irrigation Without Borders, Rev. Bill Ratliff of Irrigation Without Borders, Rev. Jean Paul of Reformation Hope, and Bernadeau Bertrand; not pictured: Herve Toussaint.).
Harvest of Hope Agriculture Project Takes Another Step Forward
The farming team in La Plaine, Haiti has begun plowing the farmland for our Harvest of Hope project. Eight acres have already been prepared, and as soon as the ground has properly drained after the hurricanes and tropical rains, the first seeds will be planted for plantain and corn. At the same time, Pastor Paul and Pastor Hawley met with David Youssi, the President of Irrigation Without Borders, and one of his board members, Pastor Bill Ratliff. This meeting finalized the start-up timetable for installation of the pilot irrigation project on the farmland. The new target date for beginning of operation of the system is the first week in December of this year. Everyone at Reformation Hope and at Irrigation Without Borders is excited about the potential of this project for boosting crop productivity and for its future multiplication on our larger acreage, as well as other locations in Haiti.
Your Help Is Always Needed
As always, we want to express our deep appreciation to those of you who partner with us in the work in Haiti and the Dominican Republic through prayer, giving, and going in person. As we approach the busy holiday season, we'd like to remind you of our ongoing need for financial giving to support our established work in La Plaine, our church expansion and ministry in Jacmel, and the various micro-finance, farming, medical and educational projects we are pursuing at this time. With your continued support we are making a real kingdom difference among the people of Haiti and the Dominican Republic. Thanks to you, many Haitians and Dominicans are being reached with the Gospel of Jesus Christ and are being equipped to transform the island.
Pastor Paul Visiting U.S. This Month
Jean arrived in the United States in September and continues his visit through the middle of October. He has already reported on the mission in Haiti and the Dominican Republic, as well as preached, to the congregations of Midway Presbyterian, Hope Presbyterian, Westminster Chapel, and Good Shepherd here in Georgia. Pastor Paul will also be speaking at Grace Church in Rochester, N.Y., and Church of the Messiah and Smyrna Presbyterian in Georgia before he returns to Haiti. These visits are also wonderful times of refreshment for Jean, spent with his family as much as possible. All of us at Reformation Hope would like to thank the congregation of Grace Church in Rochester for providing additional time for Jean and his wife to vacation and rest in beautiful upstate New York.
Jacmel Church Plant Update
The new church in Jacmel is doing well thanks to blessings of the Lord and the faithful Gospel labors of their church planter, Charlot. We anticipate much kingdom growth in Jacmel and have created a separate line item in our projects budget for 2013 to support the new congregation in this very strategic Haitian seaside community. Thanks to the support of partners like you, we have already been able to move Charlot and his family to the field in Jacmel and help them get established.
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