Haiti for Christ

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very much.” As I said this, I wondered why the Haitian man who had once stolen from us offerered such a sacricial gift. I lifted potatoes, turnips, spinach and watercress from the piled high basket and admired each o ering; it was a beautiful and expensive gift for a poor truck driver with a family. “

Charles nodded and grinned, “When a man is healed he must go back and say, ‘Thank you for what you did for me. Thank you for healing me.’”

Immediately I knew Charles was referring to the ten lepers in Luke chapter 17. Jesus heals the ten lepers but only one comes back to thank Him.

One of them, when he saw he was healed, came back, praising God in a loud voice. He threw himself at Jesus’ feet and thanked him—and he was a Samaritan.

Jesus asked, “Were not all ten cleansed? Where are the other nine? Has no one returned to give praise to God except this foreigner?” Then he said to him, “Rise and go; your faith has made you well.” Luke 17:15-19

Charles lives in a two room concrete house with a tin roof on the Kenscoff Mountain. His brothers and mom have similar homes nearby. On Thursdays, peasant merchant women with heavy hand woven baskets balanced on their heads walk for miles to the market near Charles’ home. With the help of another merchant, the women lower their baskets to the ground and arrange lettuce, tomatoes, potatoes and other produce on a burlap sack or piece of carton spread on the packed earth and then they squat in a deep knee bend behind their wares as they wait for customers.

Charles drives a Mack truck up and down the mountain delivering sand and gravel for concrete construction projects. His salary provides for his children’s education and daily needs; the family is healthy and well fed. For ve years before his job as a truck driver, Charles drove a pickup for our mission Haiti for Christ. His happy go lucky, jovial face was always a welcome sight at the mission of ce; unfortunately his exuberance was a mask hiding a dis guring and deadly leprosy. (Leprosy is often a symbol of pervasive, addictive sin in the bible.)

One day my husband Joel left the mission checkbook on the pickup dash while he went into the of ce; Charles was in the driver’s seat. Hours later Joel discovered an entire page of checks missing from the checkbook! (Employee theft is rampant in Haiti.) We knew

our only option was to dismiss Charles immediately and pay his severance with no accusation or charges. Haitian law is Napoleonic Code thus to accuse someone without absolute proof, the checks in his hand, would jeopardize our mission. Since we did not have that eyewitness proof we knew the process was to send him home without explanation and stop the missing checks.

When Joel red Charles later that day, the driver did not object
or question the action; he knew why even though it was never mentioned. We did not see Charles for years after that but we often thought of his smiling face and warm greeting. Our forty years in Haiti have taught us to be wary of thievery but our hearts are always pained for the sin that enslaves Haitians.

Charles knows the gospel; he knows what we stand for as does all of Haiti. We host and produce Haiti’s favorite television show, a Creole Christian travelogue shot on location; it is our powerful pulpit to the nation. We lm a different Haitian village in each episode and show the beauty of the country and her people and then Joel ministers

a word from the Lord often about repentance from leprous sin. To date we have produced eighty-six shows and La Bonne Nouvelle, The Good News, is aired on eighty stations throughout Haiti, the Caribbean and Haitian markets in Montreal, Boston, New York

and South Florida. Our estimated viewing audience is two million Haitians every day!

Last month as we sat down to dinner, the doorbell rang; after years of not seeing him, Charles was at the gate. Joel went out to speak with him. Charles greeted him and said, “I have been watching your television show every day and it has changed me.”

Joel came to get me. “Yvonne, come and see this!” I went to witness the wonder my husband was so excited about.

Charles sat on the low wall beside our driveway, next to him
was a basket over owing with produce; he greeted me with his customary wide smile and strong hug. “Charles,” I said, “Look how fat you are!” (In Haiti, weight gain is a sign of prosperity and to notice it is a compliment.)

Charles beamed and pointed at the basket, “This is for you and Pastor Joel!”

I asked about his wife and children. “Everyone is ne; God is blessing us,” he happily assured me. Charles helped us carry the heavy basket into the house and then he again shook our hands.
“I am healed because of what you did for me.” He said, “Thank you.”

As we returned to our dinner table, Joel asked, “Can you believe what just happened? God healed him of his sin and he came back to thank us for it.”

I agreed. “It makes it all worth it. If he was the only one that got right with God, he just made it all worth it. Forty years of praying and preaching I would do it all for one soul, glory to God.” But to myself, I thought, “Were not all ten cleansed? Where are the other nine?”

Yes, Christ is using us; yes, souls are being saved every day but until we get to heaven and see Jesus face to face, we cannot imagine the transforming power of the gospel – The Good News – that we practice and preach every day. We cannot imagine the convicting impact of our soul winning television show watched by young, old, rich, poor, voodooist, drug dealers and even politicians, but on that day we will see them in Heaven!

Our driver Charles was a thief, but now he is a blood- washed saint with his name written in the Lamb’s book of life. He is brand new, born again; old things are passed away and all things are new. I have often told friends, “When you get to heaven, I will be sitting in the Haitian section!” Now we are assured that happy go lucky, once leprous Charles will be there too!

Submitted by: Yvonne Trimble of Haiti for Christ

AMAZED

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I am amazed at the year Mission: Mobility had in 2015! Looking back at 2015, we are so thankful for all the hard work of everyone – the physical work and especially all of the prayers. The two have a direct connection! From our origins of a few Wayland area folks scrounging wheelchairs to the ever growing nationwide network we are seeing today, much has been accomplished.

The majority of our team consist of clusters of people across the country who have served on mission trips with Bethel Ministries International (BMI) in Chimaltenango, Guatemala. It is with prayerful obedience that this team of volunteers has continued to increase the collection efforts.

One exciting new twist is happening in Kentucky. After collecting equipment through a local hospital, the management of that hospital system approached our Kentucky team. They saw the constant need of used medical equipment and also understood the end result of the collections for Guatemala so they requested a meeting. Saul Chopen from BMI happened to be visiting at the time and he was excited to be a part of this meeting alongside our Kentucky friends! As a result of the meeting, this hospital system would like to formally partner with Mission: Mobility to provide chairs and other equipment exclusively. This system consists of 9 hospitals plus clinics and medical centers scattered across the state of Kentucky! PRAISE GOD!

Although connections like this are very exciting, containers also get filled collecting one chair at a time. Some volunteers have contacted local nursing homes or hospitals. Others even purchase chairs at local auctions or garage sales. Every donation counts—everyone’s efforts are awesome!

Once a location has gathered enough equipment, the preparations begin to send it on to Guatemala. With the help of the shipping company, a date is set and the labeling and counting begin. Each piece of used equipment includes a sticker that says “Mission: Mobility” and the location from where it was sent. Many volunteers are needed to make this a success!

Container history: 

2012: 1 container: Iowa

2013: 1 container: Iowa

2014: 4 containers: 2 – Iowa, 1 – Kentucky, 1-Pennsylvania

2015: 6 containers: 2–Iowa, 2–Kentucky, 1–Pennsylvania, 1–California

In the six containers of 2015, we sent approximately 700 chairs, 700 walkers, 500 sets of walkers, 250 canes plus hundreds of boxes of wheelchair parts and other mobility related items– that is double the equipment we shipped in 2014! On His Path also included over 60,000 Kids Against Hunger meals in 2015.

What does God have in store for Mission: Mobility in 2016? At this time, various groups have equipment accumulating in their warehouses! We expect a new shipping point in Jacksonville, Florida as they have accumulated a mountain of wheelchairs in a short time. They will ship in the 1st quarter. We wait to see what else God has in store for new areas and new partnerships. Please continue to pray for Mission: Mobility for efficiencies in collections and logistics.

Mission: Mobility Mission It may appear that our mission is singular: collect wheelchairs for BMI but our mission is much more than that! “It’s not about the wheels!”

• Mission: Mobility focuses on collecting used equipment and helping those who need mobility but also support the mission of BMI.

• BMI’s mission is to provide an opportunity to share the Gospel through the dispensing of wheelchairs.

• So as we collect the equipment, it becomes our mission field here. As we collect, it provides us an opportunity to share with those we meet why we do it and by explaining BMI’s mission, we have the opportunity to share the Gospel as well.

This is why the cross is the center of the wheel in the Mission: Mobility logo! Looking back at the growth in 2015, I am AMAZED, but not surprised! When God is in control… ALL THINGS ARE POSSIBLE.

Submitted by: Rick Fulton, Mission: Mobility volunteer

Bible Donation

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The Muscatine County Jail received a gift of English and Spanish New Believer’s Bibles in time for the Christmas season. This donation was made possible, in part, by contributions received by On His Path to the Bible Giveaway Fund.

Prison Chaplain, Steve Russell, conveyed his heartfelt gratitude for the gift and said the Hispanic population was especially happy to receive the Bibles and the recipients are enjoying the easy to understand New Believer’s Bibles (NLT). Pastor Russell holds a weekly Bible study. Lessons are read out loud by prisoners so that everyone hears the Good News, whether or not they can read. On His Path plans to replenish the supply as needed and is blessed to have the opportunity to bring peace and comfort to those in need.

“My comfort in my suffering is this: Your promise preserves my life.” Psalm 119:50 NIV

Changes for 2016 and Beyond

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We have been prayerfully considering many items this first month of 2016 and feel led to rededicate the focus of On His Path primarily to the advancement of clubfoot treatment in developing countries around the globe. MD Orthopaedics and the devices manufactured to train, promote, and maintain the Ponseti method are the driving force behind the funds available to On His Path. Without MD Orthopaedics and the success of the Ponseti method of clubfoot treatment, On His Path would not exist. We have been presented with additional opportunities to help advance the treatment of clubfoot around the world and feel led to answer the calling.

On His Path will be partnering with CURE International to place a new clubfoot clinic in Andhra Pradesh, India; a region without a clubfoot clinic. This will allow ALL children the opportunity to receive first-class clubfoot treatment regardless of their place in India’s caste system. Jesus is the reason for this care – his name is elevated and placed above all gods. In a land where the Christian population is only 2.3%, sharing the Story of Jesus is an essential part of the treatment and counseling process; ensuring all peoples know the saving love of Jesus.

We would like to take this opportunity to thank you for all of your support for ALL of our initiatives. Every dollar sent, whether $1 or $1,000 is given as directed to ease the suffering of those in need; helping those who cannot help themselves. When a child or widow learns they have been sponsored or someone across the globe cares about them by making a donation, it means a lot to them and brings them joy. This support creates a bond and a sense of pride that someone cares. This not only changes their life, but yours as well.

Sincerely,

John and Jean Mitchell

“Make level paths for your feet, so that the lame may not be disabled, but rather healed.” Hebrews 12:13 NIV

2015 Year In Review El Salvador

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Clubfoot Program in El Salvador

A child living with untreated clubfoot in a developing country will likely live in extreme poverty and be unable to be productive. If we can treat a child, all of that changes. That child can run, walk, play and attend school. He or she can eventually get a job and be self-sufficient. We have a great satisfaction from having a long term impact in our country.

Thank you so much for your partnership in On His Path’s ministry. We are honored that you entrust us with your support. Please know that you are truly changing the lives of children in El Salvador and sharing the hope of Jesus. We hope it brings you great joy to see the difference your support has made!

This was a great year for On His Path; we were able to serve children in the five clinics.

• 179 new children enrolled in treatment

• 619 casting visits

• 219-foot abduction braces distributed

• 343 follow-up visits

• More than 100 doctors trained at the IV Annual Ponseti Training and Congress in Santa Ana facilitated by Dr. Sequeira and Dr. Rosales

• More than 300 families received counseling and the opportunity to receive the good news of the Gospel

• Clubfoot program promoted in different spaces such as TV interviews in TVS in Santa Ana, TVR in San Miguel, Health Units, and meetings with Neonatology and Pediatrics Units in Santa Ana hospital

On His Path’s ministry is all about providing hope and help to children who so desperately need it. This is the result of the incredible generosity of the donors; we couldn’t have done any of this without the support of donors, doctors, and physiotherapists. On behalf of El Salvador staff and every child and family we help, thank you; wishing that you are filled with bounding hope, joy and peace. Because of God’s faithfulness and your dedication, children are receiving life changing care. What a privilege it is to transform lives together, in the name of Jesus! Submitted by Mayra Arteaga, On His Path Clubfoot Clinic Coordinator

On His Path’s ministry is all about providing hope and help to children who so desperately need it. This is the result of the incredible generosity of the donors; we couldn’t have done any of this without the support of donors, doctors, and physiotherapists. On behalf of El Salvador staff and every child and family we help, thank you; wishing that you are filled with bounding hope, joy and peace. Because of God’s faithfulness and your dedication, children are receiving life changing care. What a privilege it is to transform lives together, in the name of Jesus!

Submitted by: Mayra Arteaga, On His Path Clubfoot Clinic Coordinator

Though you have not seen him, you love him; and even though you do not see him now, you believe in him and are filled with an inexpressible and glorious joy, for you are receiving the end result of your faith, the salvation of your souls. 1 Peter 1:8-9 NIV

Sierra Leone Clubfoot Brace Shop

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Since May 2013, On His Path has been supporting the Sierra Leone Clubfoot Brace Shop through grant funding and, most recently, supplies for brace making. The original funding was provided to allow the brace makers to secure the rental of a workshop, equipment, and supplies.

One of the challenges faced was procuring good quality leather at an affordable price. Most of the time, they found themselves using ladies handbags to make the braces. This is another example of how Americans are so blessed; we have the ability and means to buy whatever we need, whenever we need and without difficulty. Once On His Path heard of this challenge, we went to work communicating with the brace makers to determine exactly what was needed. The leather was sent to England to be hand delivered by a visiting physician to alleviate any issues with customs and potential theft. Upon receiving the supplies, the brace makers were able to produce 175 braces of different sizes as requested by the national clubfoot coordinator. They were also able to produce three abduction braces for difficult cases as requested by the specialist for the clinics.

“God is our helper, we have incorporated some orthopedic work in producing Ankle Foot Orthoses (AFOs) for bigger children with clubfeet and an orthopedic boot for an adult with high shortening which was well fitted. We have also continued in normal shoe making work.”

The workshop has also recruited two street boys who are willing to learn and who are now in training for the production of braces and orthopedic devices.

Tutoring Schools Guatemala

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Through our tutoring schools, many children have benefited. Bethel Ministries International has three tutoring schools which are located in the area of Chimaltenango and Técpan.

The first tutoring school located in El Tejar, Chimaltenango has 26 children attending. Maynor Castillo is the teacher of this area and he has been able to help these children with their homework and by answering questions in the different subjects. He is in charge of grades Preparatory through 9th grade. Every child that is attending tutoring school is getting better grades than before receiving tutoring classes. The children’s parents are very glad to have a person that supports their children in their studies.

The second school is located in Técpan and has 14 children that come four times in the week. Mrs. Flory is the teacher that helps these children with their homework, crafts, and also by answering questions in the different subjects. Mrs. Flory has children from 1st grade to 9th grade and things are going well in the school. Children that are attending come from poor families and some have to walk around 25 minutes to be able to receive help with their homework; Bethel also provides computer and internet access for these students for free.

Our third tutoring school is at Panabajal, Técpan which is located 30 minutes from the main road. Mrs. Sara is the tutor who is helping 15 children with their homework and by answering questions in the different subjects. Panabajal is a village where very poor people live and many children don’t have the opportunity to attend school or pay for someone to help them with their homework. Currently, children receive tutoring classes from Monday to Friday evenings and this has been a great help to the children. Thanks to this help, they are improving in their studies, have good grades and above all, they will continue achieving their dreams to become professionals in the future.

Bethel is so privileged to continue helping with education and tutoring school for many children that come from poor families around Guatemala. Now these children have the opportunity to have someone help them with their homework because sadly, most of the parents of these children can’t read or write due to never having the chance to attend school.

Submitted by: Donna Mooney, Bethel Ministries International