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.
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
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!
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!
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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,
But God Ministries