We are so thankful for each of you that helped us accomplish incredible things in Haiti this year! We have one more week for giving in 2015! We ask that you would prayerfully consider sending a year end donation to help us get closer to meeting our budgeted goals for this year. Any amount helps us reach our personal budget and ministry goals. Thank you to all of our friends, family, and supporting churches that have faithfully supported us through prayer and financial support this year!
Our biggest personal upcoming financial need is the $8,000 yearly rent due on our Haiti Hospitality House. This is due in April. It is difficult to save up this amount when we are not able to meet our minimum budget. We currently are now meeting 68% of our personal family budget to live and serve in Haiti. We are very encouraged as God has brought us many new partners this year! God has always provided what we need and we are blessed to continue to serve with the resources with which we have been entrusted. Thanks again to our ministry partnership team! If you would like to join us in giving as 2015 comes to an end we would love to share our hearts for ministry and answer any questions you may have.
Please read about the ministries you help support by supporting us! You can also listen as our Executive Director of Heart of God Haiti shares in depth about our ministries HERE as well!
The following are ministries we are privileged to work with directly in Haiti. We have included the financial ministry goals that we need to help meet in the upcoming year. If you would like to give toward any of these specific needs you may do so through our mission Heart of God Haiti and write what you are giving towards in the notes/memo section.
(Montrouis International Fellowship)
Eric enjoys serving as one of the elders at MIF.
Our children on a Sunday morning in front of our church building at MIF.
Church building – $2000/year
Gas for generator -$20/month
Maintenance Paint – $500
Total = $2,740/year
El Shaddai Learning Center School
Our four children attend this school where Eric has served as the volunteer principal for 3 years for over 100 students Pre-K through 12th grade. (Eric receives no salary as the school runs on a very low budget, but our children do attend free of charge which helps our budget).
Eric sharing ESLC’s theme that God gave Gary Walker (the school’s founder) for this school year, “I am again in pains of childbirth until Christ is formed in you (Gal 4:19).
A future student who recently trusted Christ as his Savior.
God uses us to share Him with others. Recently our daughter Esmée led her schoolmate to Scriptures sharing how she can know Christ as her Savior. Heaven rejoiced as she did!
Another girl’s life recently changed for eternity. We praise God for forming Christ in us!
We would like to put an enclosure (safety net) over an open second story to create a playground area (23ft x 36ft x 20ft) as currently the kids have no other space to play at the school.
Total for net is $1,000 + 150 shipping to Haiti ($1,150)
School sponsorships for local Haitian students from poor families ($80 per month/per student to attend ESLC Christian English school)
Kofael (women’s micro loan ministry)
Several of the Kofael women in front of the new Port au Prince Kofael meeting house with our Haitian directors, their daughter and Elisabeth.
Thank you to everyone who came together quickly to help us rent this house when we unexpectedly lost our former Kofael meeting house in August. The new location is home to our Haitian Kofael directors Frantz and Julienne and their baby Jo as well as the interview/meeting/classes location of Port au Prince KOFAEL. We also have a guest room that sleeps 5 set aside for our Kofael partners wishing to visit and help serve!
Kofael House Rent (partial/50% shared responsibility)- $3000/year (due Oct. 2016)
Snacks/drinks for monthly meetings and special events – $250/year
New Office Computer – $250
Printer Ink – $125
Medical Insurance for ladies (50%) – $375/month to help an estimated 75 women in the next year (20 currently enrolled and paying the other 50%)
Part-time Salary for a new KOFAEL group Haitian Director-$150/month
*Kofael loans have already been raised for a new group of 25 women! We are just praying for a godly, trustworthy Haitian director in the new area in order to begin!
Total = $15,925/year
*To read more about this program and/or donate directly to KOFAEL (also tax deductible through Heart of God) just click HERE.
Heart of God Haiti Children’s Center in Godet
Heart of God Haiti sponsored kids at the center
Our mission’s center is located in the rural mountains of Haiti which is a 5-6 hour round trip drive from our home in St. Marc.
Church and Children’s Center
Transportation and lodging for us to commute part time and oversee/accomplish our mission’s current needs for the children and workers (a responsibility we share with our housemates/ministry partners so we often take turns traveling). – $300/month.
Other needs and info. regarding the children’s center can also be found at: https://heartofgodhaiti.org
Total for our personal travel expenses to work on goals in the best interest of the staff and children on a consistent basis this next year = $3,600/year
New Ministries Currently in Progress
Training Haitian Pastor’s/Planting House Churches
We recently attended a wonderful Leadership Conference for Pastors and Teachers! A big THANK YOU to Louie Constantino and his small group in Kansas who worked hard to send us and our Haitian leaders to this two day/overnight conference!
Literacy Program Supplies- $150/year
Learning to read and write is a luxury in Haiti.
New Area Kofael Group (need $150/mo. for new Haitian director)
School Sponsorships (helping Haitian families keep kids in school)
We love that many children from our neighborhood love to come play at our house. This has opened doors for us to get to know them and their families and identify/work towards the best ways to help them. These boys were not able to attend school a few weeks ago but are now back in school thanks to sponsors!
This is one family we have been getting to know. Mom would like to do community service (in lieu of a handout) so that her kids will see she has contributed to their school fees with dignity. Mom and Aunt are also excited to attend the upcoming literacy classes!
8 children including Nahum and his 3 siblings are back in school thanks to willing sponsors! They attend the Baptist School in our neighborhood. We still need a few more sponsors for more children.
Haitian Schools – $40 – $175 per yr./student (future sponsors needed)
We love connecting sponsors personally with kids and families that we know as we watch their lives and understand their needs first hand. This is a great privilege and joy to see how God brings people together across the world to meet the needs of others and answer prayers in many different ways.
One of our friends has sponsored this sweet family from our neighborhood and has researched and found doctors trying to help with a lifesaving surgery for their daughter. Please pray for this family as they face many difficult obstacles. It has been an honor to pray with them and see their daughter smile again.
Last year at this time many responded to help Djo’s kids. This year a friend helped with backpacks and school supplies. Djo’s family is doing well and has been able to add on/repair their house more this year!
Thank you for caring! Thank you for helping us serve! Thank you for making a difference and giving hope to Haitian families!
Exciting Upcoming Travels/Summer Ministry Opportunity!
Heart of God Israel Ministry (June 4 – June 16)
Eric will be a hosting a group for the tour and leading an extension mission trip. If you would like to join us the cost is $4,600/person (partnering with Heart of God Israel and World of the Bible Ministries – 10 day tour with Dr. Randall Price and 2 day extension trip with Heart of God’s ministry to drug addicts and prostitutes). You can join the World of the Bible tour (plug for Dad who leads this awesome tour-and this will be his 100th trip to Israel!) without joining the Heart of God Israel team as well. Here is the link to view the info and itinerary for just the tour. http://www.worldofthebible.com/IsraelTours.htm
If you are interested in the Heart of God Israel extended mission trip led by Eric just ask for details! You will be shocked, encouraged and challenged to pray for Israel and for the freedom of many who are in bondage.
We know our crazy lives are hard to keep up with but thank you for trying! We always want to know how we can pray and serve your family as well! Our family and friends mean the world to us! Please keep in touch in 2016!
Happy New Year with Love from The Ream Team!