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Our God is MORE Than Enough!

        I am so excited to report to you that last weekend, we moved six more families in to houses on the Hill at Hope Center. It is always a glorious day when these families move out of those nasty, dirt floor tents that are crammed in the middle of the noisy city. The moment they walk into their new house, they become overwhelmed with thanksgiving. It’s such a blessing to be a part of it. It’s such a blessing to be a part of EVERYTHING God is doing at Hope Center because He is doing SO MANY amazing things!!

Daniel, our new pastor at Hope Center, takes a picture of Stan Buckley and one of our new residents on the Hill at Hope Center as she receives the keys to her new home. Thank you Lord for Your provision!!!

Daniel, our new pastor at Hope Center, takes a picture of Stan Buckley and one of our new residents on the Hill at Hope Center as she receives the keys to her new home. Thank you Lord for Your provision!!!

          When Tony told me they were scheduled to move last weekend, I said, “Oh how I wish I could be there to help!!” The next morning I had an email from him with a flight he had put on hold for me. I knew that because he took the time to find a flight that would have me there to help but get me back in time for Jacob’s first round of the playoffs, it was important to him that I be there too. Saying “ok” to booking a last minute flight was a bit scary, but I stepped out in faith that God would provide and I booked it. I am SOOOOO glad that I did. I’m so glad that I have learned not to cramp God up in a piggy bank either!  I know He wanted me to go, so I know He will provide me with the funds to cover the expense. I have told so many people that if they are called to go on a mission trip, and they say they are going to go when they can afford it, Satan is going to see to it that they can never afford it!  That’s one area of faith I am so glad I have learned obedience in. Anyway, I am very glad I went!!
Miss Marthe, age 82, climbed up in the cab of the JAC truck and waited with a smile, for the move to her new home on the Hill in Galette Chambon.

Miss Marthe, age 82, climbed up in the cab of the JAC truck and waited with a smile, for the move to her new home on the Hill in Galette Chambon.

At the tent city in Delmas loading up the JAC truck for the first trip back to Hope Center.

At the tent city in Delmas loading up the JAC truck for the first trip back to Hope Center.

Moving the families in took two trips, the first of which had us sitting at a stand still on the road for an hour because a large truck had overturned and was blocking traffic…nothing new in Haiti. Then after they finally got the truck out of the way, a guy with a bulldozer decided it was time to do some road construction, so he held up traffic another 30 minutes while he scooped and shoved muddy rock around up and down a 40 yard section of the highway. We finally got through after roasting in the sun for a while, but all of that couldn’t suppress the smiles of the families sitting on top of all of their personal belongings piled up on the back of our JAC truck. It was the first day of a new beginning, and everyone was very excited to get moving.
Truck overturned on the road.

Truck overturned on the road.

Bulldozer working the road after truck overturned.

Bulldozer working the road after truck overturned.

Tony meets with Yonnell Hyppolite and his family while neighboring children come to welcome the new family to the Hill.

Tony meets with Yonnell Hyppolite and his family while neighboring children come to welcome the new family to the Hill.

  I also got a chance to work with the two new Hope Center cooks and housekeeper. After they were hired, we discovered not only do they not know a lick of English, but they also do not read or write! We are slowly but surely overcoming those obstacles though, and the fact that they are so appreciative of the work they have been given, the opportunity they have to be a part of God’s work AND make income for their families, and the knowledge they are gaining is so refreshing. They are so eager to please and do their absolute best. Saturday evening, after dinner was done and the kitchen was cleaned, they washed their aprons, hung them to dry, then headed home – a short walk up the hill. I went into the kitchen to check things out, and the first thing I noticed was that it was SPOTLESS. There was not one thing out of place, the counters were completely clean, and food for Sunday was placed strategically on the top shelve, neatly and covered, ready to prepare when they returned. We have had our moments of miscommunication at times, but huge progress has already been made.
Sainte-Vierge and Marie Therese, our new Hope Center cooks are so thankful for their jobs at Hope Center. When they first received their new aprons, they didn't put them on until AFTER they cooked dinner because they didn't want to get them dirty. Now they know that they are designed to help them keep their clothes from getting dirty so they wear them with pride! They wash them out in bleach water every night and hang them up to dry for work the next day. Thank you Lord for leading us to these two women. Please pray for continued understanding and clear communication as they learn so many new things required with their job. Before working at Hope Center, they had never used a stove, refrigerator, dishwasher, or washing machine and dryer. Life suddenly went from hard but simple, to complicated yet convenient. It was a lot to learn in a short period of time though. They have thanked God over and over again for giving them so much new knowledge....things you and I take for granted. :)

Sainte-Vierge and Marie Therese, our new Hope Center cooks are so thankful for their jobs at Hope Center. Thank you Lord for leading us to these two women. Please pray for continued understanding and clear communication as they learn so many new things required with their job. Before working at Hope Center, they had never used a stove, refrigerator, dishwasher, or washing machine and dryer. Life suddenly went from hard but simple, to complicated yet convenient. It was a lot to learn in a short period of time though. They have thanked God over and over again for giving them so much new knowledge….things you and I take for granted. 🙂

As a gift for their hard work, we gave all three of them a pretty shower bag equipped with towel, washcloth, and soap so that they could come in and get a nice hot shower before working each day. You would have thought we had given them all keys to their own brand new Mercedes! They hugged and kissed me on the cheek and thanked me over and over again. Sometimes it’s easy to take for granted simple conveniences like a hot shower with not just any soap but “pretty soap” to clean with. People here have to carry their bath water up a hill in a 5 gallon bucket and find a way to bathe in privacy behind their houses. This is sometimes an impossible task.  Realizing this, we decided to bless them with these shower bags and tell them that they are welcome to use the Hope Center facilities. The next day they all showed up early, got their showers, and began their day refreshed. By Monday, when I was preparing to leave, the ladies were busy cooking dinner in the kitchen. When they realized I was going to have to leave before dinner, they grabbed me by the hand and pulled me into the kitchen where four pots of food were bubbling hot on the stove. They scooped out a serving from one of the pots and put it in a bowl with a fork for me to take with me on the way to the airport. It was delicious!! They were so proud, and I was so relieved to confirm in my mind that my husband will not starve during this kitchen transition. Ha!
This is Joresse. He has a huge burden for the education of the young people in his village. He is a translator for Hope Center, and on the weekends, he teaches English, music, and computer at a school in the village. He does not get paid a thing for his time, but he knows that as he helps educate children in the village, their lives will improve.

This is Joresse. He has a huge burden for the education of the young people in his village. He is a translator for Hope Center, and on the weekends, he teaches English, music, and computer at a school in the village. He does not get paid a thing for his time, but he knows that as he helps educate children in the village, their lives will improve.

Before leaving Monday, we made a quick trip back to the back of the village to a little school where one of our translators teaches English on the weekends. His name is Joresse and he teaches young Haitians English, music, and  computer classes for free in his spare time. He has such a heart for the educational progress of the children of his village. His recent request for English Picture Dictionaries was miraculously met when he received exactly enough books from people ordering them through Amazon and sending them to But God Ministries. We delivered them on Monday before I left, and the students were thrilled! He is pretty sure the classes are going to grow now that God has not only provided books but He has opened the door to send American missionaries to the school often to help with classes. Joresse did ask me to get the word out that they need laptops for their computer class. Right now they teach a class of 15 on one very old desktop computer. They not only teach the basics of computer usage, but also Word, Excel, and Powerpoint….but again, on that ONE computer. I told him that I would get the word out and then pray that God would move to provide more computers. If you know of anyone who has a laptop they would like to donate to us to take to their school, please let me know. Of course, it needs to work and have decent battery capacity since they don’t have constant, reliable electricity. I know that God will provide for their needs as we pray, and Joresse knows that too. I am so very thankful for his servant’s heart.

We put out the word that Joresse's school needed textbooks and God moved people to respond. We received enough books to give every current student a book. We presented the new textbooks to Joresse and some of his students and they were so thankful. More books will be needed as more and more students begin taking the classes.

Presenting the new textbooks to Joresse and some of his students. They were so thankful. More books will be needed as more and more students begin taking the classes.

Thank you once again for your prayers and support as we continue on this journey. As I have been writing this post, a song by Lincoln Brewster has been in my head that says, “You’re amazing – More than amazing – Forever our God – You’re more than enough.” Our God is indeed more than enough. We have cried out to Him, and He has heard our prayers. As we have sought Him with everything we are, He has kept his promises, and he has been faithful to provide for all of our needs. Words cannot describe how amazed we continue to be by the love the Father has for his children…He is indeed enough.

Walking in His Steps,

Tony, Mickie, Jonathan, and Jacob West

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The Start of Something New

Well, the new year is underway and there are so many new things going on at Hope Center! To start the post off, here’s a picture Tony took of Hope Center from up on a nearby mountain. He and Bicly went for a walk today and they took this picture. Isn’t it beautiful? Our Father is an amazing artist, and the majesty of his creation is a constant reminder of His love for us!

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So, as the new year begins at Hope Center, there are many new faces and things happening in our midst! First of all, God has blessed us with two new cooks at Hope Center. These two ladies are from two of the families who moved to our village from the tent city, and now they are employed!! Hallelujah! Barbara came down to help them learn all about cooking for the teams who will be constantly visiting Hope Center in the coming months. Barbara certainly had her work cut out for her! She not only needed to teach them healthy cleaning and cooking practices, but simple things like how to use an oven, refrigerator, & dishwasher! But they are enthusiastic about their jobs and are eager to learn! Please pray for these two ladies. Their names are Saint-Vierge and Marie Therese.

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Another new thing going on around Hope Center is the building of the church/school! Here is a picture of the beginnings of the foundation being prepared. Tony sent this picture to me last week. You won’t believe what all they have accomplished since then! I will upload a video of them working on the foundation as well. It is amazing how quickly they get the job done! There are several exciting things about this church being built. First of all, it will provide ministry, evangelism, and discipleship to countless Haitians in our village. I cannot wait to start having baptism services in our church! We already have at least 100 new believers to baptize once we get it ready! Secondly, the building of this church has provided jobs for many men in our village who had no income before this project began. This means healthy, happy families! Thirdly, this church represents yet another partnership in the ever-growing But God Ministries family. God asked First Baptist Church of Brandon to adopt this project, and in obedience, they are teaming up with BGM to get it done. It’s so exciting to see God expand the ministry He has begun through But God Ministries. God is meeting so many needs in our little village of Galette Chambon, and it is such a blessing to be a part of it! And what’s doubly exciting is to know that He is just getting started!!

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Another something new is God’s provision of food. The families who moved into the houses on the hill have been harvesting fruits and vegetables from the gardens they planted after moving in. Tony decided to get in on the fun and he has been growing some vegetables of his own! Here is our tomato plant that has now reached over 5 feet tall and has been producing beautiful tomatoes. He also planted some black beans that he had left over from a bag of dried beans we bought a few months ago. He planted these beans last week, and now he has over 100 plants already! The soil here is amazing! It is so exciting and rewarding to be able to grow your own food. We are so very thankful that God has blessed the soil in our village and that people are able to provide sustenance for their families.

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As we begin this new year and this new life for our family, we are learning that our God meets ALL of our needs, and He is faithful. As He blesses these beautiful people in Galette Chambon, Ganthier, Haiti, He also blesses our family, and we are excited to be walking with Him on this amazing journey. It is our prayer that as He continues to move in this village, the people here learn to trust His promises more and more and know His deep, abiding love for us all. It’s a new day in Galette Chambon, and our loving God is moving in a mighty way. Please continue to pray for our family as we serve  and our friends in this village as they continue to experience the Father’s love for them. We have many, many teams preparing to come serve at Hope Center in the coming months. Please pray that God will provide for their needs as they prepare to come serve, and pray that God will prepare the hearts of those who will be blessed by their visit here. Most of all, pray that our great God is honored and glorified in each and every thing we do. Thank you all so very much for your faithfulness to give and serve and pray.

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January 13, 2013 · 2:34 am

Creole to English Dictionary

Creole to English Dictionary

Many of you have asked me, “What can I do to help you in Haiti?” So I try to let people know when I know of a need! There is a local English school that needs books! Here’s the book they need. Amazon.com has it for anywhere from $15 to $31. We need at least 15. One of our translators, Jorese, teaches at this school, and he is very concerned about the education of young people in our village of Gallet Chambon. He talks with Tony often about how he would like to see them learn English to better their options in the future. Jonathan, Jacob, and Tony actually went with Jorese to his school while we were there at Christmas and Jonathan taught them a song in English. It was “Lord I Lift Your Name on High.” After going to the school, Jonathan became burdened for them too. Of course, I like to look for God’s hand in everything and how He moves things to happen in order to bless people, so when Tony told me about this book Jorese said they needed, I immediately realized the reason God had the boys go to the school over the holidays! God wants to use people here to bless these students by buying them books! Wow. That is so exciting!

Above  is a picture of the dictionary/textbook they use in the English school down the road from our house. Send me an email if you feel led to purchase one (about $16-20) and I will let you know where to send it!! If you want to just go to Amazon.com and buy it without emailing me, that’s fine too. Just make sure you have it delivered to our But God Ministries office. Here’s the address:

c/o Stan Buckley

But God Ministries

1440 North State Street

Jackson, MS  39202

Stan is going down there near the end of January and he has said he can pack some extra things. Wouldn’t it be exciting for him to show up and give Jorese enough textbooks for his students each to have one?! Oh my, I can hardly stand it, I am so excited. We have an AMAZING Father who knows our needs, and He is constantly working in our lives to meet those needs.

Thank you!…and be led!

Walking In HIS Steps,

Mickie

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January 10, 2013 · 9:13 pm