Serving with Baptist Mid Missions
Grand Goave, Haiti
We are excited to join the BMM staff for morning devotions. This conversation almost turned me into a shouting old time Methodist but I was a shouting Baptist in stead.Earlier this morning I spoke directly with Pastor Dieupie, (rhymes with Chirpie) Cherubin, pastor of Hosanna Baptist Church in Jacmel, Haiti. Ruthie and her mother reared this young man from the time he was 8 years old. Ruthie sent him to Bob Jones University and helped with his tuition expenses plus Dieupie was on the university's Timothy Program. Last Sunday he was still not recovered completely from the physical exhaustion of previous weeks and considered having another man to preach for him. Gedeon, an unusually talented trumpet player, was with him. When Pastor D indicated he might not preach, Gedeon expressed extreme disappointment because he had invited a friend who needed to trust in Christ. He pled with Dieupie to preach because he believed the time was ripe for her conversion. This young preacher said, "I will do it." He then told me he had never preached with such a knowledge of the unction of the Holy Spirit and this lady made a profession of Christ as did a host of others.Next we talked about the evangelistic campaign which began Monday night. Dieupie had approached the mayor and asked permission to use the town square for his church to preach the gospel. This area would in regular times been the main site for the town's world famous Mardis Gras Celebration. Permission was granted and God began to work. My friends, Tom and Sarah Bennett of Mission for Haiti, were contacted. Jan Milton of Operation Renwed Hope also participated by sending equipment, transporting my friend of many years, Dr. Frank Garlock, Shelley Hamlton plus Sarah and two other ladies who would join in the special music. Monday night rain threatened to spoil the meeting but Dieupie urged the crowd of 2500 people to wait because he was convinced the Lord would stop the rain-AND HE DID! That evening 40 persons made professions of faith in Jesus Christ. The crowds grew the next night and another 20 responded to the invitation. Last evening between 4 and 5 thousand people were in the public square to hear the gospel and again 20 responded. A woman was there whom many knew was under deep conviction. She explained that today, (as I write), she wanted the pastor and the deacons to accompany her as she burned her fetishes in the presence of her father. This takes real courage but is proof of the reality of her coming to Christ. One night remains and I expect God to work again. I have always been skeptcal of conversions which were connected with some emotional event and later were forgotten. But there is a moving of God everywhere on this side of the island of Hispanola. Haitians have stared death in the eye ball and now understand what James meant in the 4th chapter: "for what is your life? It is even a vapor which appeareth for a little time and then vanisheth away." Many hearts of people have been prepared for the presentation of the saving gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ. They are responding to the wooing of the Holy Spirit. On Friday of this week one of our Seminary staff will begin discipleship meetings with these who have made decisions to follow the Lord. Intensive followup will be done by the Hosanna Baptist Church.Pray for the days ahead for this church and pastor. Historically mountain top experiences are often followed by valleys of defeat. Our prayer is that this is just the beginning of revival among God's people and a great influx of new believers in Jesus Christ our wonderful Lord.Join us in praising the Lord our God!Dr. Roy and Ruth ShelpmanBaptist Mid Missions missionariesto Haiti.
> Praise God—another miracle! Susan Jones now has her passport in hand
> ! With the snow snorm in Washington, D.C. and government offices bei
> ng shut down—we were told nothing would be happening before next Tue
> sday. God intervened—as only He can do—and Bob Inglis' office in
> D.C. as well as the Passport office opened yesterday with a two hour
> delay. The Passport office had a tremendous backlog of work to do—b
> ut were willing and able to find Susan's passport in time to process
> it and send it out by 4:00 yesterday, to be picked up by Federal Ex
> press. Susan had to jump through hoops because of unbelievable roadb
> locks getting the passport to the Greenville Fed. Ex. office since;
> but God is faithful and it was found and she was able to go pick it
> Pray for the people of Haiti. The Haitian government has declared
> this week-end as days of prayer and fasting for all of Haiti. This
> is unheard of there. The Haitian authorities are asking all of the
> world to join them in prayer. We have reports that even witch
> doctors are accepting Christ as Savior. The witch doctors are saying
> they cannot get contact with the evil spirits since the quake. They
> believe the evil spirits have left the island and are in chaos.
> Praise be to God!
> Many Haitians are getting saved—with over 100 professions of salvati
> on at the Hosanna Baptist Church alone. Please pray for Pastor Dieup
> ie of Hosanna. Pastor D has contracted malaria, and is very ill. He
> is to be the preacher at the crusades next week. The crusades will b
> e from Monday thru Friday evenings at 6:00, Feb. 15-19. WE NEED THE
> PRAYERS OF GOD'S PEOPLE. May God be glorified in our evangelistic ef
Out today from the UN in Jacmel-- statistics ON Jacmel, which is a city of 34,000...
- 1,785 homes completely destroyed
- 4,410 homes partially destroyed
- 87 commercial businesses destroyed
- 54 schools destroyed
- 24 hotels destroyed
- 26 churches destroyed
- 5,730 families displaced
- Death count approaching 3,000 (nearly 10%)
I have appreciated getting the updates about your dad. I am a BMM missionary who worked in Haiti in the early 90s, and now work with Haitian immigrants in FL. I appreciate the friendship and occasional fellowship that I get with your dad and Ruthie.
When I read that you had no news about the school in Jacmel, I felt I ought to forward this email to you, from another friend who was teaching in the seminary at the time of the earthquake. He also attached some pictures of the damage in Jacmel.
We continue praying! Thanks for what you are doing.
Dear prayer partner,
It is with great grief and sorrow that I write you today to let you know how I and my folks are surviving through the earthquake that beats upon my country this past January 12, 2010. Haiti has never been damaged in such a heavy way. It is by God’s grace only we came out alive from that terrible catastrophe.
I was in Hinche, my hometown, just to spend Christmas with my mother. Classes at the seminaries resumed on Monday, Junuary 11 both in Port-au-Prince and Jacmel. So, I have been back to Jacmel since Sunday evening (10th). Everything went well on Monday. Tuesday was just another day of work. It was about 4:50 pm while I was teaching a class when the earthquake began. From the first three second I understood it was an earthquake, but I thought it would not have lasted. But after 5 to 6 second I realized the seriousness of it and immediately tell m students to rush outside. The building where we met was being shaken so harshly that I thought it was going to fall flat. The earthquake lasted for about 15 to 18 seconds. It amazed me that the earthquake came about as I was explaining to my students the necessity of showing the atheists (people who say that God does not exist) how and why they are wrong and are heading to hell. Fortunately everybody got out safely and there is no big damage done to the building and the church which is right beside. However, it was during the aftershocks that we started to realized how God Almighty has spared our lives and the church building: Jacmel’s downtown is almost completely destroyed, two young men from the church in Jacmel (pastor Dieupie) died. Many people lost their home, several hundreds of them poorly sheltered in the little aerodrome in, Jacmel, the road from Jacmel to Port-au-Prince is blocked big rocks are found all over the road. It may take several weeks, even months for that road to be repaired.
Then we heard about Port-au-Prince. When I try to call some of my folks from the Seminary in Port-au-prince, I could not get hold of them. Finally I got a little bit of news: at least two building are seriously damaged, pastor Pierre-Pierre came safely miraculously and the worst is that two students died and several others are injured. According to the government’s estimate 100 000 people die, corps are laid along many streets of the capital city. In fact more than half of the city is destroyed. There still are people who are crying for help from under the fallen houses and walls. This morning, I got news from my Pastor in Port-au-Prince about my church: a deacon with his daughter (about 8 years old) were killed in the earthquake; a Sunday school teacher (a young lady) dies as well. We will know more about people who die from the disaster later on.
I thank God that everyone in my family came out safe. Now the big question is how we are going to survive these difficult days. The Lord knows all about it: we have very little access to food, water and gas. Even when Port-au-Prince would have some of those things, trucks cannot get to the regional cities to bring them to us. I need much prayer: it has been already hard to live in Haiti and unless God steps in and do something, it will be even harder in the days to come.
By the way Dr. Garlock and Sarah Bennett are fine.
Please, pray that God might have mercy on my country and help my people see the necessity of living a life for God, receiving Christ as their Savior. Please take sometime to look at the pictures taken in Jacmel.
God bless you and God bless Haiti!
|Dear Keith & Tana,|
URGENT CALL FOR PRAYER
We received word from Pierre this morning that the situation in the orphanage is becoming dire. We would like to ask EVERYONE that receives this to use this information to get on your knees before our Lord and ask Him to provide.
We have one nanny that is deceased and the orphanage needs her body to be removed.
The orphanage has no drinkable water.
In addition they need:
Others are beginning to rob them of what supplies they do have.
There are helicopters flying over the orphanage and they have made a sign on the roof that says they are an orphanage and need help.
The staff is also working to get together all the paperwork for each child that has an adoptive family in a way that it can be attached to their body if there is an opportunity to evacuate.
For His Glory is doing everything we can on this end to contact people who may be able to help. Please pray. Currently, that is the best thing you can do to help. Kim is doing everything she can, and respectfully requests that adoptive families do not call her at this time. We realize this is a very difficult time, however she needs her phone and time available to do everything she can to make contacts to try to help the children and staff at the orphanage. We will give you any updates we have as soon as they are available.
Trusting in Him,
For His Glory
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