Ministering to the poor is a recurring directive from God throughout His Word. As we reach out in His name, we pray that His will be done among some of the poorest and most forgotten folks in His world. Please join us in prayer that He will lead us and touch lives for His Kingdom.
Providing medical and spiritual care to the more than 50,000 individuals and families of rural northwestern Haiti, the main ministry of International Missionary Fellowship continues to be Hospital Evangelique de Bombardopolis.
Life in Haiti is hard. It is especially so for the matriarch of the family. She has birthed the babies, cared for the babies, and raised the babies in hopes that they will care for her in her old age. She has cooked, cleaned, toted water, raised a garden, gone hungry, seen her children go hungry, and seen her children grow up with little or no opportunity. She has raised a garden and seen gardens fail from drought. She lived a life that included none of what we in America have for years considered basic necessities — electricity and all that comes with that, running water, free schooling, grocery stores, money to buy groceries. There is no waiting for retirement — the golden years; there is no vacation. Add to that your husband has died and your children are unable to care for you. This is the situation of the ladies who we are able to provide basic comfort and housing in their later years. God’s word tells us that this is pleasing to Him.
A way we seek to address the chronic problem of hunger in our area is by supplying food bearing trees to the folks of the community. The benefits of this method are several. It involves the recipient in their own welfare. Though it is fairly labor intensive for us, it is low in cost to maintain. It does not engender dependence. It does not introduce an alien model, as food bearing trees have been utilized here for centuries. It shows the love of Christ in a tangible and sustainable way (James 2:15 & 16).
One way we directly share the God’s Message is by showing a film called The Hope (Lespwa in Creole). The film does a remarkably complete job of presenting who God is and His plan for the redemption of mankind. We discreetly distribute Bibles in Creole as we travel showing this film. It is our desire to see as many people as possible come to a true, saving, growing, sanctifying relationship with Christ as Lord. We distribute Creole Bibles in the area, mostly through the Haitian church with which we are involved, Eben-Ezer. We plan to continue this and to further equip local pastors in their study of the Word with French Study Bibles and various Bible study books in French. These are resources that we Americans take for granted but will surely be treasured and utilized by these folks. It has become evident to us over the years that by far the best people to share the plan of salvation with Haitians are Haitians, thus our effort to better equip them.