An Unexpected Thank You

I wanted to share this video with you. It was done on a cell phone by a young Haitian man I met in Haiti several months ago. On our most recent trip, I hired him to be one of our translators. Because it was a medical missions trip, we needed more translators than usual.

His name is John 8. I’d love to tell you he received his name because of the Bible; however, that would be far from the truth. In actuality, he is the 8th child born to parents who struggled to live. He has spent most of his life homeless. Despite the adversities in his life, John 8 taught himself English. He reads anything he can get his hands on about the world. The words you see in the video are his words – incredibly, self-educated person. I laugh because he knows more about the election between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton than I do.

In his entire life, he had never left Port au Prince. You can only imagine what it was like for him to travel to Deyemone, Haiti with us – some 8 hours away – where The Torch Compound is. While in Deyemone, his eyes were opened to the severe needs of the people of Haiti. In comparison to Port au Prince, he was overwhelmed by the poverty and struggles. This coming from someone who has spent most of his life homeless, says it all.

John 8 loves the Lord – like deep, sold-out, committed, loyal – loves the Lord. I received this video when I returned home from Haiti in my email. You can imagine how much it touched my heart. And, I wanted to share it with you. Because in reality, it is to all of you for all that you do for the people of Haiti.

Thank you!

News from Haiti

Our Medical Mission Team arrived safely in Port au Prince and traveled to Deyemone. The two main objectives for the team are to work in the medical clinic seeing patients daily and help facilitate the starting of the school year. At the compound in Haiti, there is always a great deal of work that needs to be done.

Pastor Mike met with parents of the students as well as the teachers. We are excited about this new year for The Torch Christian Academy in Haiti. Not one of the 500+ students attending the school pay tuition. In Haiti, children must pay for an education – and parents are still overwhelmed with the blessing of free education.

Because of the faithful donations and sponsorships, children are able to receive school supplies, a free education, one meal per day, medical care, and water.

The clinic has been full daily with people needing medical assistance. With the help of our full-time nurse and on-call physician, our team has been able to assist many people with health issues, to educate them for a more pro-active healthy life style, and to provide necessary medicines to each patient as needed.

It all comes with a cost, and we need your help. Currently, only 1/3 of our students are sponsored. Please help us to carry the burden by telling others of the opportunity to help someone in Haiti. You can visit our website http://www.thetorch.net/Haiti. It is easy to choose a child to sponsor either with $30 a month/$60 a month/or $90 a month. Change begins by a simple act of commitment to bless another. Be the change in someone’s life.

And They’re Off!

Please be in prayer for our Medical Mission Team leaving today for Haiti. There is much to be done and we are believing God’s Hand upon them as they administer to the community of Deyemone. We are asking God for healing; for guidance; for Divine Intervention; and a renewal of hope for the people.

This week, I will update you as often as I hear from this great team of Disciples for Christ. How awesome is our God to use ordinary people to do extraordinary things on His behalf.

Also, prayer for their families who will be living life here while they are living life there. It is a sacrifice for both.

Remember – There is Power in the Name of Jesus Christ. Speak His Name over this Team and their families.