“If a man shuts his ears to the cry of the poor, he too will cry out and not be answered.”
|Ken giving the new storage container some TLC|
The group consisted of Karl, Jerry, and George from the St Charles, MO area, and Ken, and myself from the frozen northland of WI & MI where we have had 142.5 inches of snow so far this season!
|Distributing food from the truck|
By late afternoon the second day, we found ourselves on the compound of 'Lemuel', just outside of the village of Anse Rouge, Northwest Haiti. We immediately started working on a storage container that will hold food. It just needed a little TLC in order to get it ready. In the evening, we were able to catch up with the friends at Lemuel that we have gotten to know.
|Village of Ti Paradise receives food|
The following day we headed over to the campus of Living Water Ministries to load the truck up with food from Kids Against Hunger. Global Compassion Ministries has two 20ft shipping containers located there to store Kids Against Hunger meals. There wasn’t much left in them but we were able to load up our truck 3 times and make distributions to two nearby villages, where we were met with great enthusiasm. The next day, two boats representing 3 villages along the coast came and picked up their allotment. We also delivered food to individuals and homes while traveling about the countryside. At one point, we stopped to have a sandwich for lunch, and was joined by a guy riding a motorcycle. He pulled up behind us and we asked if he would like to join us, which he gladly did! Before handing out food, Karl and George would present the gospel to those waiting.
Clinic In Boukan Patriyo
|Ken explaining to the pastor and the nurse where the new roof|
line will be
With that being said, if anyone has a burning and uncontrollable desire to help put this new roof on the clinic, we would enjoy your company! Ken Challis is in charge of the building project and is thinking that we could do this somewhere between the middle of April and the end of May. Final dates have yet to be determined. It may take up to two weeks, but if you can’t stay that long, we would do our best to accommodate whatever length of time you can be there. Just drop me an email.
Philadelphia Church and School
|Pastor in the doorway of his remodeled church|
|Church before the work was done|
|Church after the remodeling. New cement floor, shutters|
blackboards, trusses, and a lot of benches!
make the journey to get water, for not only his family, but for the ladies that make a meal for the school children. They have a cistern beside the church, but it hardly ever rains. I’m in the process of seeing if we can have a truck of water hauled to their cistern at least once every 2 weeks to help alleviate this burden. I’m not exactly sure of the cost, but from what I can recall, the cost for about 3,500 gallons of water was US $80.00. Will that last 2 weeks? Don’t know, but we have to start somewhere. These children should be in school. Which leaves us with yet another question, where will we come up with the $160.00 per month for the water? God knows, He just hasn’t shown us yet!
|Blind woman and her house|
The Need for Food
The need for food is increasing in all of Haiti, and even more so in the Northwest. The missionaries from Lemuel told us that people are starting to come by their compound who are willing to work an entire day just for a meal. It’s sad to see. Below is an excerpt from an article in the New Yorker stressing the need for food in Haiti.
The New Yorker, Feb 17, 2016
|Family that digs sand out of the hillside for a meager living|
We need to continue to do all we can to help alleviate this horrific condition.
In closing, we ask for prayers for workman that will join us in putting a new roof on the clinic. We trust the Lord will provide the workman, equipment and the financial needs for this project.
“Commit to the Lord whatever you do,
and your plans will succeed.”
|Little girl receiving a food packet|
In His Service,
Chuck & Gail Guerber
Grace Hill Ministries
P.O. Box 171
Ironwood, MI 49938