Guest Ministry Coming!

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  Pastor Dick and Roxy en route for Haiti

Great news! This week we are gearing up for some very special guest ministry. Pastor Dick and Roxy Iverson will be here with us for almost a whole week. It is their first trip to Haiti and we are so honored to have them as our guests. Pastor Dick will be the commencement speaker this year for our Bible institute’s graduation ceremony. Meanwhile, our eighth promotion graduates have finally rested from their four years of labor and are eagerly looking forward to receiving their diplomas next Saturday.

Pastor Dick founded three very important entities with which we are closely affiliated — (Bible Temple Church, Portland Bible College and Ministers Fellowship International) of which we are members. He is the author of several books concerning Church Leadership as well as his own biography, The Journey.

Our son, Gabriel, is on the worship team of what is today City Bible Church pastored by Pastor Frank Damazio (formerly Bible Temple.) Both our sons, John and Gabriel, graduated from Portland Bible College.

Pastor Dick’s wife, Roxy, served as the MFI Secretary for several years. Today, she and Pastor Dick show no signs of slowing down. They travel all over the world to strengthen and encourage International MFI Pastors. We are so humbled to have such high-caliber people coming to impart riches from a lifetime of ministry into our students, professors, pastors, and church assemblies. It’s going to be a busy week!

We can hardly wait for your arrival, Pastor Dick and Roxy!

Umbrellas Are For Outside!

NFullSizeRender-35.jpgormally, umbrellas are for use when the rain is pouring down – outside. The members of our second church plant in Sainte-Philomène need to keep theirs’ on hand in case it’s a rainy day – inside. Since the church roof leaks so badly, they know they’ll probably need them. Who wants to sit on a wet bench and have water dripping from the roof while one’s listening to a sermon? Yet, these folks walk for miles in the rain only to sit under a dripping tin roof.

We have received a generous check to start the work of replacing this roof, plus the members of the church have been taking up their meager offerings to help pay the remaining costs. Unfortunately, it’s not enough. We are still short $1,700 US. Once the work has begun, it can’t stop until it’s finished. For this reason,  we can’t begin until all the money is collected. Can you help? You can make all the difference in our members getting to choose between a wet spot or a dry one!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Raising the Roof!

Restoration of IBAG Office

We are so grateful to the kind individuals who helped us restore the main office and adjoining bathroom for our Bible institute. Our students were so excited that they kept peeking inside to see the work that was going on. They are very proud of the change and it’s great for our institute’s esprit de corps. In a nation where there is so much devastation and filth, I believe the Haitians may appreciate order, restoration, and beauty more than one can imagine.

I wish I had thought to take a before picture so you can see how the look has totally changed. Our own workers from our main church in Petite-Anse were responsible for the transformation.

Many thanks to these skilled laborers!

Micanor Joseph: Wiring and new fan installation

Rodelin Fleurimond: Ceramic tile installation

Wesley Colas: Carpentry work and lock installations

Girard Moise: Paint Job

We also say a big “thanks” to Bos Nord for the installation of the sink, medicine cabinet, and toilet.

Anyone who has visited us knows that the entire building where the office is located is in great need of repair. The Lord has given us something to work with and we plan to eventually present a building for God’s glory.

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Raising the Roof

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The Northwood Temple Medical Team holding clinic in   Pastor Lefort’s church (July 2015)

Our second church plant in Sainte-Philomène is  part of the building just mentioned above. We have received a generous gift from a donor and Pastor Lefort (who pastors the church) has mobilized his church members to give as well towards the project of  replacing their roof. The roof has leaked for some time during the rainy season. They also want to raise it higher to let cool air flow through during the incredibly hot months. Despite all that, we are still short of $1,700 US. Can you help us meet our goal?

 

His Name Is David

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         David Lindor – 2016 Graduate of IBAG

Merinor wept. As she pushed the baby along with her contractions, she prayed, “Lord, if you let this child live, I’ll dedicate him to you and revenge the devil.” After the heartache of losing six of her eight children in childbirth, the thought of losing another one was more than she could bear. Her prayer was answered and number seven survived. Merinor named him David. David would grow up to be a source of unspeakable joy and a great comfort to his mother. He would also one day lead his wayward father to Christ.

From the get-go, it was evident that grace was upon this covenant child. His mom had given birth to David at home. Unable to go to the hospital to register his name, she asked a friend if she would take the baby for her and her friend complied. Upon arrival, the Catholic nun in charge asked her, “What is the baby’s name?” Startled, the friend said, “Oh my, I forgot to ask!” The Catholic nun said, “Well, we’ll assign him a name and if the family doesn’t like it, they can come back later and have it changed. His name is David.”

Growing up in the small town of Dondon, David gave his life to the Lord at the age of seven. He would spend hours reading and studying God’s Word. Excelling in his schoolwork, he was also actively involved in his local church. At one time, his youth group consisted of 400 young people. David loved to teach and evangelize. It seemed everything he touched prospered.

One day, David’s pastor sat down with him and said, “David, it is so evident that the hand of the Lord is on your life, I think you should go further in your studies and seriously consider studying Theology.” Another friend, Pastor Vern (a former graduate of Grace Covenant Bible Institute) recommended that he enroll in our school. He did. Now, in a few short weeks, David’s four-year course of study will come to a close. David, along with six other young men, will be graduating on June 4th.

Today, David pastors his own church and says his studies at the Institute have far surpassed anything he had anticipated and have thus equipped him to be a stronger leader and a better shepherd of God’s flock. David’s joy and humility are two things that mark his life. We are so delighted that he chose IBAG and we can’t wait to meet the mother who first paved the way with her tears so that he could become the man of God that he is today.

IBAG (Institut Biblique de l’Alliance de Grâce) means Covenant of Grace Bible Institute

 

Counting Your Blessings

“Count your blessings, name them one by one,
Count your blessings, see what God has done!
Count your blessings, name them one by one,
Count your many blessings, see what God has done.’’ – Hymn (Count Your Blessings)

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Prit – still going strong!

“I’m going to town to price a windshield for the jeep and then to Petite-Anse to find the man who installs them.” I gazed at my husband for the thousandth time in wonder. There was a season when I would have shuddered if Prit even left the room a-l-o-n-e. If I couldn’t see him in the flesh, that old, familiar panic would rise up within me and threaten to paralyze me with fear. If he lingered a little too long in the bathroom, my imagination would run wild with visions of him blacked out on the floor. After all, it was on the bathroom floor he was found after suffering from an almost fatal brain aneurysm in July 2010.

It is now May 2016 and we’re moving quickly toward July. July 4th will mark six years since that harrowing time in Canada when it looked like I just might return to North Carolina with my husband in a box — or at least (as the Haitians say) “kokobé.” *

I nodded my head to him in acknowledgement. As I watched him gathering together his things, I recalled the day he woke up from his 26-day coma. Prit couldn’t even remember my name. He couldn’t even remember his name – although his furrowed brow showed he was desperately trying to recall it. And, here he was on his way alone to take care of business across town which meant driving through insane traffic that operates by jungle rules.

“Ok, honey, I’ll see you later,” I said. A rush of joy surged through my being. Watching him exit the room, I thought to myself, “We’ve come a long way….”

Of all the things that have wearied, irritated, and exasperated me today, I find that when I look for a reason to count my blessings, I can usually discover them right in front of me. We all have things that threaten to sabotage our peace. For me, here are just a few. An insanely slow internet at home. An even slower one at the hotel. The Haitian heat returning with a vengeance as if to say, “Ha Ha, and you thought you were rid of me!” Yet, when I rein in my thoughts and return to what one author calls her “happy place,” I’m reminded of how much worse my life could have been if the summer of 2010 had yielded a different crop.

You can read the rest of the story in my book, Into the Storm. What are you thanking God for today? Are you counting your blessings…. one by one? You’ll find something for which to be thankful….

*kokobé: crippled; to the point of not being able to care for one’s self; incapacitated

Digital Book Project

e-bookEvery semester, at our little Bible college in Haiti, the toughest task we face is simply putting books into students’ hands.

The biggest obstacle is cost. Most of our students can’t afford to spend twenty dollars for a new book. As a result, we contract with a local printer to have copies made that sell for seven dollars, which is still a lot of money to most of our students. Over the course of four years, students spend an average of $280 on books. That might not sound like much, but the average annual income here is $800. Imagine being married, with children, and having to spend 10% of your budget for everything this year on books.

The other big obstacle that we face is time. The printer often returns our books with pages that are missing, crooked, faded, or blurry. Sometimes, the political situation in the country complicates things. In January, rioters threw a brick through the print shop window and blocked the road leading into town for weeks. As a result, books that had been dropped off in late January ended up not being delivered until early March. There has to be a better way.

The Solution

By going digital–scanning our library and pre-loading it onto tablets–we could deliver books to students not in a matter of weeks or days, but seconds, and we could cut their book fees by over 80% to boot. The solution involves three steps:

  1. Scanning the Books
    All the books we assign will be transported back to the United States and scanned into e-books. This part won’t cost us anything.
    Cost: $0
  2. Buying the Tablets
    The Amazon Fire, which costs $50 and comes with free shipping, lets you hold a library in the palm of your hand. Its seven-hour battery life gives students lots of time to read before recharging, an essential feature in the Third World where electricity is erratic. Once we sell the tablet to students at-cost, they won’t have another book to buy for four years. Book fees will drop from $280 to $50.
    Cost (initial stock of 20 tablets): $1,000
  3. Clearing Customs
    Customs fees in Haiti can be unpredictable. We will budget for at least 20% of the cost of the tablets. Any and all leftover funds will go to providing scholarships for students.
    Cost: $200TOTAL PROJECT COST: $1,200

Will you partner with us to turn this dream into reality? Make your checks out to “The Lord’s Table” and earmark them for “Haiti – Digital Book Project.”