Marvelous in Our Eyes

HT_hope_for_haiti_eric_kruszewski_1_thg_120111_wblogThis post was written by our son John. It was cross-posted at his website,

It is stiflingly hot as I write this from my bedroom, which means I must be in Haiti and it must be about to rain. I flew back to the island on Monday choosing to go through the Dominican Republic this time (half as expensive) and stay the night in Santiago with some missionary friends of mine I knew from my high school years. I took the bus over to Cap-Haitien the next day.

While riding over, I was reminded of the last time I drove from the D.R. to Haiti, after a Christmas vacation about ten years ago. I was simply amazed at how much had changed in the meantime: The bridge across the river separating the two countries, once a crowded one-lane affair, has been replaced by a much nicer, wider span. The immigration office on the Haitian side, which used to be one policeman with a desk and a pistol is now staffed by three efficient, professional border agents. The highway from the border to the city, which used to be unpaved with huge ruts, is now paved the entire way without interruption. Halfway to Cap-Haitien, a new university rises from the arid landscape and gleams in the sunlight. Where once there were only huts made of packed mud, there is now a huge housing project painted bright pastel colors, ready to house new workers for the brand-new industrial park just up the road. At a busy intersection known as Carrefour la Mort (Death Crossing), a freshly painted Baptist hospital, replete with a center for helping paralyzed children maximize their lives, now occupies a lot that ten years ago was mostly grazing land for cattle. Outside of Cap-Haitien, the international airport, whose plywood terminal was burned down in the coup ten years ago, prepared to receive daily flights from American Airlines in October. Ten years ago, my heart broke as I compared burned-out, broken-down Haiti to its wealthier next-door neighbor. On Tuesday, although far from naive about the challenges that still lie before Haiti, my heart began to pulsate with hope.

My hope for Haiti is not based on external signs of progress. It is based on the promises of God. “If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray…I will heal their land.” (2 Chron. 7:14) There have been so many Christians praying for Haiti for so long that this cannot be a prayer that will go unanswered. Several years ago, in our church, a brother from Trinidad prophesied that the Lord would turn Haiti into the “breadbasket of the Caribbean.” I have believed since the earthquake that the Lord was going to restore Haiti, which had gone about as low as any country could go, back to good health. Over the last decade, my family has seen a coup, a kidnapping, and a quake. I think we are about to witness a comeback. This will be the Lord’s doing, and it will be “marvelous in our eyes.” (Psalm 118:23) I love Haiti. It’s my home — physically, emotionally, and spiritually. I’m happy to be here, and I can’t wait to sow into the leaders of the future this year; if you listen carefully, in the distance it sounds like rain.


Prayer at Home and Abroad

  • 10246743_745983485442262_9169053273424571389_nHaiti has been suffering from a terrible drought in the Northwest. This has affected the overall supply of food as well as prices. Please click here to read more about it — “Drought, poor harvest to worsen Haiti food crisis.” Also, we ask for your prayers for Haiti and to be able to continue the feeding program for our students.
  • Prit’s mom is still in rehab. She was making great progress until Sunday afternoon. As she was trying to arrange the covers on her bed, she slipped out of the bed onto the floor. Unfortunately, she fractured her rib. This is a setback, but we’re asking for your prayers for her to be able to mend quickly.
  • 551We salute Keith Starkey for the legacy he has left behind. Keith and his wife, Clara, were the founders of Agape Flights, Int. This ministry to the missionaries in Haiti was started in 1980. We have benefited from it from the time we arrived there thirty-one years ago until today. Thursday is one of the highlights of our week, for this is when the Agape plane flies in letters and cargo. The Agape workers in Venice, Florida, work tirelessly buying supplies which range anywhere from batteries for a radio to huge tractor tires. Agape is literally our lifeline to the States and it’s all because Keith and Clara Starkey had a vision from God and obeyed it. Keith passed away on April 23 at the ripe old age of 87. If you wish to know more about the Starkeys or Agape Flights, visit They provide such a wonderful and vital ministry!

Agape Flights Picnic

If you should ask me or several other missionaries in Cap-Haitian, “What’s special about Thursday?” you would probably get the answer, “Oh, Thursday’s when Agape flies in!” Agape Flights is a ministry based out of Venice, Florida, that serves several countries in the Caribbean. Fortunately, Haiti is on that list! The Agape plane flies in once a week bringing precious mail and cargo for the missionaries. Letters from home and boxes of food from caring friends bring great joy to our hearts. Orders made directly to the Agape personnel in Venice bring us anything from cartridges for our photocopier and materials for our Bible school to personal needs like shampoo or soap. Sometimes there’s just the longing for bagels or chocolates and they gladly bring that too. Agape has been a lifeline between us and the States now for the thirty-one years we’ve spent here on the mission field!

On Saturday, February 22, Agape flew in hamburgers and hot dogs for the missionary community in the north of Haiti. Prit and John attended the picnic and immensely enjoyed a day of fellowship with other leaders in ministry that they don’t ordinarily get the opportunity to see. It was one day where they could forfeit their usual fare of rice and beans and enjoy some American food for a change.

Thank you Agape Flights for being true servants to us who are laboring in foreign lands. You make our job so much easier, plus your willingness to serve is such a wonderful example to others. If you would like to know more about this ministry, check out They are doing great things for the Kingdom.

His Mysterious Ways


Edrice and Marie-Solange Lefort

We’ve seen some incredible things during our thirty-one years on the mission field. Now, we can add another item to the list. Edrice Lefort is a student in our Bible institute. His wife went to the hospital in town recently to deliver twins. When she went into labor, there were complications. She delivered two twin baby boys, but one was said to have cerebral damage. The doctors said they couldn’t do anything for little Ederson.

Ederly and Ederson Lefort (Ederson looks very content!)

Because of continued negligence from the hospital staff, Pastor Lefort urged his brother to bring the babies home and pray for a miracle. (Often a child will no longer receive the care he needs if his case appears hopeless.) We believe Ederson, at some point, received a divine touch, for there is now no indication of any cerebral damage. His vital signs are all normal and he’s nursing with no problems.

Maybe you’re trusting God for a miracle today. Let this encourage you. Reach out and believe, for there’s plenty of grace to go around.



A Homecoming, a Wedding, a Desire Fulfilled, and a Challenge

A Homecoming

homecomingGreat news! Prit’s mom was released from the rehabilitation center on Thursday. Her greatest wish was to be in her own home for Christmas and her desire has been granted. We thank all of you again for your heartfelt prayers and ask that you would continue to lift her up until she has regained her needed strength and weight.

A Wedding

IMG_0612Gary and Magdaline St-Vil are a happily married couple as of Friday. They are a very special couple that have served in our church for years. Gary asked John to be his best man and to share some words at their reception

Gary and John were close friends when John was growing up in Haiti. Their friendship has been a special one throughout the years. You can read about it on John’s blog.

It was a joyous occasion for all.

A Desire Fulfilled

Proverbs 13:19 tells us, “A desire fulfilled is sweet to the soul…” Pledges for $1,500 have been made towards our kitchen renovation project. We are looking so forward to having the opportunity to enlarge our little kitchen.

Thanks so much to all of you who pitched in so that we could get started on this goal! If you would still like to give, we would be happy to receive your help. The $1,500 was for buying the needed materials. It will actually cost around $2,000 by the time we pay for the carpentry work as well as remove the kitchen counter and lay tile in the kitchen area.

A Challenge

The clock is ticking and soon 2013 will be history. We have received the incredible challenge of raising $20,000 from one of our supporters by January 31, 2013. If we can raise the sum total of $20,000, our donor will match the funds. The $40,000 will be used to help build our main church facility in Petite-Anse. If you would like to help us reach our goal, you can click the PayPal button on the side of this page (or at if you’re reading this in an e-mail) or mail a check to our address in North Carolina and earmark it $20,000 Construction Fund Challenge. Perhaps, you’d like to make a Christmas gift donation for this cause to make it our best Christmas ever!

It Feels Like Christmas

cap-haitien-streetlife09“It sure doesn’t feel like Christmas,” I told my son as we crept along L Street on Saturday. We were on our way to pick up a friend at 12th Street for choir practice and this busy artery of Cap-Haitian was overrun with people. Many were spilling out of the backs of tap-taps while others hurried to fill them. Motorcyclists weaved in and out of traffic. Others stood on street corners yelling and arguing at each other above the deafening sounds of street life. It was just another typical day in Haiti.

John pointed out a few decorations strung up high on one storefront and Christmas lights on another. I did see someone wearing a Santa cap. But to me, it didn’t feel like Christmas. After seeing photo upon photo of beautifully decorated Christmas trees and wreaths on friends’ Facebook pages, not to mention all the mouth-watering desserts they planned to make, I admit a little bit of self-pity began to creep into my heart. I envisioned pictures of families gathered together drinking eggnog and munching on fruitcake or brownies. But the blaring horns and dirty streets quickly jolted me back to reality. Christmas is probably one of the most lonely times of the year for missionaries living abroad. Memories from our home country still call out to us after all these years.

All of a sudden, through the midst of the mayhem, the most beautiful song burst forth from someone’s loudspeaker. The well-known Christmas carol, “O Come, O Come, Emmanuel” seemed to take command of the airwaves around us, encircling and greeting us like an old friend. Something about those old Christmas carols stirs up familiarity in one’s spirit. John and I looked at each other and laughed at the irony of it all. Into the midst of the mundane had come the timely message of Emmanuel coming to earth. Nothing had changed the noise level in the street. People were still haggling with each other and we were still moving at a snail’s pace. Some people were just trying to get home, away from all the confusion, but our spirits had been changed and somehow, in a small way, it felt like Christmas.

Far away, in another country and at another time, the same frantic pace of life was going on. Caesar Augustus had just implemented a new tax. The market streets overflowed with merchants, hagglers, and beggars. Out in the countryside, shepherds were busy guarding sheep. Elsewhere, a woman was giving birth to a son, as so many women throughout the ages had done before her. I wonder, though, if there were some who sensed a stirring in their spirits? Perhaps as they gazed upon the unusual star, which seemed to light up the whole sky, they were keen enough to know something was afoot. Maybe, (although it didn’t yet have a name) they too felt like it was Christmas.

The “A” Team

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We are falling into another rhythm here in Haiti after hosting a nine-member team that came to spend 10 days with us. (Now, you know the reason I haven’t posted in a while!) Our time with the Trinity Church Short-Term Missions Team from Tacoma, Washington, has been incredibly rich in so many ways. Five women and four men came with their sleeves rolled up and ready to work.

Our conference room has been tiled and painted and is well on its way to being opened for business. Day after day, these wonderful men and women labored together to make our dream come true. A special surprise came when they turned their attention our our front porch and painted it as well. Eventually, the porch will become our den and it’s amazing how a fresh coat of paint can lift your spirits.

Pastor Steve Allen ministered in our church in Petite-Anse as well as our third church plant here on the compound. He also met with our leaders Saturday morning sowing precious seeds of faith into them. The team members shared their personal testimonies of how they came to the Lord as well as what touched their hearts the most while they were here. Each night they gathered around our table on the porch and took turns sharing a devotional.

We have been so blessed by all the hard work that Pastor Steve and the team accomplished, but also by the rich fellowship and laughter we enjoyed together. They have truly made us feel special and are already planning a second trip. The Lord has left a rich deposit here by their coming and we know that they each returned with a tug on their hearts for world missions.

The pictures provided are a smorgasbord of the many activities that took place while they were here, whether it was handing out gifts to our school children and helping with the feeding program or visiting the many beautiful tourist spots like the beach and the Citadel.

Trinity Team, we have given you a new name. You are the “A Team” because we can only give you the highest grade for your hard work, stellar character, and great love that you have shown to us and to our Haitian brethren. Thank you again, Pastor Rollie Simmons, for sending us the best that you had!

Forward Movement

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It’s a busy time in the Kingdom of God! Since our return from the States, we’ve shifted gears to adapt ourselves once again to Haitian life. It seems every day has its own busyness and there’s a steady stream of people entering or leaving our house for one reason or another. Our Bible institute has been back in full swing since August. John is finding his niche and loves his classes. When he’s not in class, he can be found in the study room with his head buried in a book. Both he and Prit are busily involved with their classes and the task of molding future leaders.

September seems to have been construction month. Our new depot is almost completed and we finally have somewhere to put our belongings … well, most of them. Our house has been running over with everything from boxes to books. What a relief to have somewhere to put the ironing board other than on our front porch!

Back to School

October is just around the corner and will bring its own joys and frustrations. The Haitian schools will start back up and many people are already showing up at our door asking for help with their children’s tuition costs. Our feeding program for over 1,300 students, staff, and cooks will recommence as well and some wide-eyed kids will be looking for a decent meal to carry them through the day. We still have a long way to go. Will you please pray with us that this goal will be met? We know that all things are possible with the Lord’s help. (Click on the Projects tab at the top of this page.) Thanks to all of you who have been giving faithfully. Heaven bears witness to your generosity.

Trinity Church Work Team

On October 25, we’ll be hosting a work team from Trinity Church in Tacoma, Washington, for 10 days. The team be laying the tile for our future conference room as well as other various projects. We are very excited that they are coming. For some of them, this will be their first mission trip. For others, this will be a real sacrifice budget-wise. Yet, they have felt very stirred to come and we will be very grateful for their help, not to mention their fellowship. Our construction has continued from our depot to the little mission house next door where our team will be staying. There is much work that needs to be accomplished before they touch ground exactly a month from today. We are working furiously to get the house in a livable state, i.e., putting in electricity, replacing the old dilapidated ceiling, adding three new doors and renovating the back porch. Again, we ask your prayers for us as we tackle these tasks.

MFI East Coast Conference

Before the team flies in from Tacoma, we will have already returned to the States for our annual MFI Conference. This time, however, we’ll be traveling to Reston, Virginia, instead of Portland, Oregon. MFI is now hosting two separate conferences on both the East and West coasts. This will be much more cost-effective for us to not have to fly across the country. Our only regret was that we would not be able to see our son, Gabriel, in Portland this year. But our disappointment has turned to joy after learning that Gabriel will be traveling with the worship team from City Bible Church in Portland. What a treat to be able to see our son again for a whole week!

We’ll arrive back in Haiti just a few days before the work team arrives.

Thank You

No forward movement would be made in this part of the Lord’s vineyard without the generous support of our wonderful supporters. Thank you again for enabling us to be God’s messengers in a land that has been full of darkness for centuries, but upon which a great light is beginning to shine forth. This is definitely not the same Haiti that we came to thirty years ago.

Living in Limbo

IMG_0416Limbo (n.): a place or state of restraint or confinement

Living in limbo is the best way I can think of to describe our tiny kitchen in its present state. It is so small that two people cannot stand side-by-side together, let alone try to work in the same space. As you can see in the picture, one of our Bible school graduates (Jean-Philippe) is touching our stove with one hand and the kitchen counter with the other. This gives you a clear idea of how tiny our kitchen is. Marie (our cook) and I do a sort of dance when we’re trying to work together. Frustrating? Beyond words! What would normally take 20 min. prep. time to make a batch of muffins extends to 40-50 because we’re working around each other searching for all the items we need.

Our goal is to knock out the counter and extend the kitchen. We also need to lay tile over the concrete floor which will cover both the kitchen and the den area. Later, we intend to close in our front porch and use it as a den, turning the present den into a dining area.

We are very blessed to have work teams coming down to labor with our ministry. In fact, we have a team coming in October. We desperately need to make more room so we can have a place for everyone to sit when it’s time to eat. Therefore, we hope to be done with this goal BEFORE they arrive. We have a great work team of Haitians here that are willing to do the job for us.

The initial phase of removing the counter and laying tile will cost $1,500. Can you help?

Prayers All Around

My last post included a vital prayer request for rain. Yesterday morning, we looked outside and the rain was lightly falling. We were so excited, we ran outside only to discover it had already stopped. The light shower only lasted for 5 minutes! It didn’t take long for the merciless heat to catch back up. Fortunately, our AC was installed in our bedroom yesterday. Now, we’re pricing AC’s in town, hoping we can get a few more installed. On that note, we continue to ask for your prayers for more rainfall.

John’s first few days in Haiti were rough. For some reason, he couldn’t keep his food down. Fortunately, he’s feeling much better today. We’re thankful for that, especially since it’s his first day teaching in the Bible institute. Perhaps adapting to the heat, the stress of preparing his first 3-hour class in French and Creole, and eating foreign food conspired together to break him down. Happily, he’s teaching as I type and I know he would appreciate your prayers for him.

Our house has been a bustle of activity since we returned. Desperately needing room for storage, we have a team of 8 behind our house constructing a much-needed depot. One of our Bible school teachers is on the front porch using the photocopier to make books for Bible school classes. There’s just no room inside for him to work. Anuz is outside plucking the poor, unfortunate chicken she just killed. This will be tomorrow’s lunch.

Next door, part of the construction team has gone ahead and started tearing down the back porch of the smaller mission house. In time, they will reconstruct a beautiful place where our teams can gather together to pray, strategize, fellowship, and eat. In the meantime, it will be a sort of “holding tank” for many of our belongings we brought with us from our previous house. After the needed work is done on the inside, we can begin to move furniture and other items inside.

Do you have a work team that would like to come to Haiti and help our ministry? We have many projects that need attention, both on this compound and on the other church plant sites. If you’re not able to come to Haiti, perhaps you would like to help fund one of the projects. This would serve the two-fold purpose of keeping the work going as well as providing people with jobs. There is nothing like seeing the face of an eager dad showing up for work, knowing he’s going to have something in his pocket at the end of the day to take home to his family.

I’m continually amazed at the willingness of our brethren to work hard for their pay. The Haitian people are not lazy and only want a chance to put their hand to the task. You have probably figured out by now that it is our passion to provide them with employment.

Thank you for your continued prayers for us and, of course, for rain!