Monthly Archives: November 2012

Latest Newsletter from Stan Buckley – GREAT STUFF!!

I just read Stan Buckley’s latest newsletter about Hope Center in Haiti, and I just                            HAD to share it with everyone who reads our blog. Many of you probably already                               get Stan’s newsletter, but if you do not, please, please take some time to read                                   over the exciting things happening at Hope Center in Haiti!! I am so excited that                                     God continues to move in Gallet Chambon and it is such a blessing to be a part of                                              this!! Please continue to keep this ministry in your prayers and support our                                        ministry if God is leading you to do so. Read on and be blessed………    ~Mickie

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Sharing the love of Jesus Christ through building sustainable communities around the world . . .
November 30, 2012

He Walked Five Hours

His teeth were killing him but what could he do? He lives in a tiny village in the mountains of Haiti with no medical care anywhere close. Day after day he lived with the ever-present pain. Then, one day he heard about a medical clinic. A free medical clinic. But it was a long way from his village in the mountains and the only transportation he had were his two feet.

So, last week, he left his house at 2:00 a.m., walking in the dark to the medical clinic of But God Ministries. There, he saw a medical provider who pulled five, rotten, aching teeth. Within minutes his pain was gone. His life improved instantly. He was pain-free for the first time in months.

Pediatric dentist, Drew Middleton, from Hattiesburg, MS
Dentist Leigh Kuyrkendall from Hattiesburg, MS pulling a tooth

6,000 and Counting

The story of the man who walked five hours is just one of many. Almost every day men and women and boys and girls come to our clinic. So far, over 6,000 have come. They come with fevers, stomach aches, rashes, high blood pressure, rotten teeth, pregnant bodies, and countless other challenges. And every day, Tony West and our visiting medical-dental teams become the hands of Jesus and demonstrate the love of Christ to hurting people.

Nurse Stacie Hood from Jackson, MS holding a sick child. We ultimately transported this child to a hospital in Port-au-Prince.
Recent Teams

The month of November saw two medical teams from Mississippi. The first team was from First Presbyterian Church in Hattiesburg. Their team included a dentist, a pediatric dentist, a dermatologist, and an OB-GYN. They treated over 500 patients in the medical clinic and over 100 dental patients.

The second team was from both First Baptist Jackson and First Baptist Hattiesburg. This team included an internist and two nurses. They also saw over 500 patients. In addition, members of this team built a house, conducted Vacation Bible School, and showed the Jesus Film every night.


Dan Mitchell, dermatologist from Thomasville, GA

Best Part

For over a year we have been sharing the gospel of Jesus Christ with countless people in Central Haiti. We have shared it in Bible studies, worship services, Bible schools, the Jesus Film, at the medical-dental clinic, and during one-on-one encounters. Lots of sowing has taken place.
But last week there was some reaping. There was a glorious harvest as almost 100 people professed faith in Christ. These were not merely groups of people raising their hands, but individuals making strong decisions to follow Jesus. To paraphrase Jesus in Luke 15:10, there was rejoicing in the presence of the angels of God when those Haitians repented and turned to Christ last week.

Children at VBS hearing the gospel and doing fun crafts

Sharing Jesus with people waiting to see the doctors

Getting an Education

Because so many Christians in America sponsored children for scholarships, we have children at two different schools. I was able to visit these two schools this week and see the children.

Children on break at Pastor Joel’s school

Teacher leading her class at Pastor Joel’s school

Students learning at Salomon’s school. They are trying to build a new building because this one is in such bad shape.
The Importance of a Job

I was talking to a Haitian man earlier this week about his job as a security guard at the orphanage. He was very excited to be working. He said to me, “When you are working your home is happy.”

He’s right. Our homes are happy when we can work and provide food and shelter and clothing and the basics of life. That’s true in America and it’s true in Haiti.

This past Tuesday I was able to announce that 11 men from the area would be hired on Monday to make blocks using the brick press. The blocks will be used to build the church we will start building in January. Eleven families will be greatly blessed as a result of the opportunity to work. Eleven homes will be much happier!

Beautiful Children

Everywhere we look in Haiti we see beautiful, smiling children. While we are seeking to provide opportunities in Haiti today, ultimately our work is for the futures of these children and their children.

Their names are Tessie, Ernise, and Mirline. You have to
love their smiles!
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Christmas Giving Made Easy

Anyone stressed out over Christmas shopping? If you want a stress free way to shop and, at the same time, make a difference in someone’s life, you can give a contribution to But God Ministries in the name of a friend or loved one. If you do, we will be happy to send a beautiful acknowledgement card informing them of your gift.

All you have to do is click here and give online. In the section that says, “Add special instructions to the seller,” give us the name and address of the person to whom you want us to send the acknowledgement card. Your shopping will be done, we’ll handle the rest, and the work in Haiti will continue. Or, you can give online and then email us the name of the people to whom we should send the acknowledgement cards. You can email us at cynthia@butgodministries.com.

Also, if you want to give automatically each month, all you have to do is sign up one time. Just click here to give each month ($25, $50, $100, $200, or any amount you choose) or to give a one-time contribution. You can also mail your gift to: But God Ministries, 1440 North State Street, Jackson, MS, 39202.

Can’t Wait To See What God Does Next,
Stan Buckley
Executive Director
But God Ministries

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What It’s All About

Today I sit anxiously awaiting the return of one of the teams that has been at Hope Center this week. It’s a team from Jackson, and not only do they have the remainder of the clay orders, but they have PICTURES from this week’s mission events!!! I can’t wait to see them and share them with all of you!! I have many stories to tell, but I want to put pictures with the ones I share. Stay tuned…..I

In the meantime, there is one story I cannot withhold from you because it completely melted my heart. This week has been a very tiring week for Tony, both physically and emotionally. It was his first week back (seems like an eternity to me), and he set foot back on Haitian soil with a team from Hattiesburg, Ms, there to run a medical clinic and dental clinic in tandem. This is exciting because we have seen soooo many people who desperately needed dental attention. On top of that, Tony has looked forward to learning many things from the dental team so that he can continue to meet the dental needs of the people of our village. We have a very nice dental clinic with tons of supplies and such, but he had no idea what we had and how to use it. He looked forward to being schooled this week…..and that is exactly what happened. Well, that and much, much more of course. Tony is so excited to know how to pull teeth now, and he can do it without causing pain to his patients, so that is really exciting. Thank you, Lord, for once again for Your provision!!

In addition to getting to learn in the dental clinic, we had a rather extensive medical team at Hope Center that included several doctors, including a dermatologist. Isn’t it amazing to know that God is providing not just general medical care to the people of this village, but specialty care….and FREE! These are people who get up early in the morning, many before daylight, and walk for hours in the dark with only the light of kerosene in a vegetable can to try to see a doctor. They will wait not just for hours, but some will wait all day long to see a doctor about a need that they have been having to ignore for months because they could not afford to get medical attention anywhere else. There are many unusual skin conditions in Haiti that need medical attention, so having a dermatologist there to see about these specific needs is such a blessing!! And here’s the biggest blessing….in just four days, this medical team saw over 500 patients and the dental team treated about 150 patients. Now THAT is exciting!!

Needless to say, for Tony, who is not only helping with the medical teams now, but he has also taken on many more administrative tasks now that I am not there, is very tired today. There have been meetings upon meetings upon meetings all week long with groups and individuals as we take care of other needs in the village besides medical care. There have been meetings about the orphanage, meetings about the school, meetings about a church BGM is helping to build, and meetings about general activities going on around Hope Center. It’s a lot to take in and a huge load to carry. I have prayed and prayed for my precious husband as he has flexed his administrative muscles this week. He is so compassionate, yet very detail oriented, and that is what makes him so good at what he does, but it can also be very tiring. Well, our God is a loving, compassionate God, and He knows that Tony needs a fresh touch from Him on a daily basis. God uses so many people and situations to do just that….every day. I am so thankful that my husband is in the hands of such a loving and personal God. This leads me to the story I want to share with you….

Yesterday, Tony and Vladimir went into the village for yet another meeting at one of the schools there. It was a difficult meeting, but God led the meeting and God provided the needed words to communicate what Tony needed to communicate. Hallelujah! After the meeting, Tony and Vladimir were walking along the dusty pathways through the village on their way back to Hope Center, and they were having a conversation about why we do what we do. He began to share with Vladimir about the scripture in Matthew 25, verses 31-40 where it says,

“When the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, he will sit on his glorious throne. All the nations will be gathered before him, and he will separate the people one from another as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats. He will put the sheep on his right and the goats on his left. Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father; take your inheritance, the kingdom prepared for you since the creation of the world. For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.’ Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you? When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?’ The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’”

After sharing this passage with Vladimir, Tony said, “When we take care of the sick; when we give people water; when we give them clothes to wear and food to eat; when we love on the lonely and give hugs to the hurting, we don’t do it for our own glory or to gain points with God or anyone else. When we do these things, we are sharing the real love of JESUS. We do these things because the love of Jesus is INSIDE of us, and in our love and reverence to Him, His Love pours out of us to others. THAT is why we do what we do.”

Just as Tony was saying this, an elderly woman came running across an open field towards where Tony and Vladimir were walking. She was waving her arms in the air and yelling something they couldn’t understand. They stopped and awaited her approach because they knew she was coming to them. When she reached them, she began to hug on Tony, kiss his cheeks, and tears were streaming down her face. He understood some of what she was saying as she cried out, “Mesi Jesi, mesi Jesi!” (Thank you Jesus) Vladimir began to interpret to Tony what she said after this. She was saying, “I came to you in the clinic, and I was sick and you prayed with me and gave me medicine, and now I am well. I was so thirsty and you gave me a drink of water. I was hungry and you gave me some crackers to eat while I waited. Thank you, thank you, thank you Jesus for sending this man to our village.” Oh my goodness, I can hardly type right now for the tears filling my eyes. The screen goes blurry and my fingers shake. God sent this precious woman to assure Tony that what he was explaining to Vladimir was right on point. God assured Tony and Vladimir both through this woman that His Word is ALIVE, and His Word is being acted out every single day at Hope Center, and He DOES bless it. As if this wasn’t enough to knock their sandals off, they continued on their journey back to Hope Center and a middle aged farmer approached them as they were nearing the soccer field. He went to Tony and shook his hand in the usual Haitian fashion. Theirs is not a casual shake of one hand to another. They take your hand in theirs, then touch your arm or hand with their other hand as if to say, “I want to bless you with BOTH hands.” As the man shook Tony’s hand, he asked about Jacob. Tony explained that Jacob is not in Haiti right now, but he is coming back in a few weeks. The man proceeded to tell Tony and Vladimir that he misses seeing Jacob in the village. He said that Jacob would always stop and talk to him and practice his Creole with him and teach him English words so they could communicate better with one another. Then the man said, “One day I was hungry and Jacob went to his house and got some food for me. I was also thirsty and he also brought me something to drink. God used Jacob to bless me, and I appreciate it very much. I really do miss that boy.” Tony and Vladimir were both just amazed at what they were hearing. It wasn’t that they were surprised that Jacob ministered to this man and we never even knew it; it was that once again God sent someone to confirm His Word to them….”Whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.” God was once again confirming His blessings upon our work there and assuring Tony that He has used and will continue to us ALL of us in His plan.

Tony and Vladimir continued on their journey to Hope Center with a renewed and refreshed spirit. God sent these people along the pathway to bless them in return for their blessings to His people. His blessings are fresh and new every single day. We praise Him for being ACTIVE in our lives and taking care of every single detail. We praise Him with all that we have, all that we are, and all that we do. Oh how He loves us!!

Stay tuned for pictures of the week!!!

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