January 2021 Newsletter Update

It sure has been both an eventful and uneventful year. We pray that the presence of our Lord and Saviour removes all fear and that you are blessed with His joy and peace during these uncertain times. We pray believing that the New Year will see us reunited. We greatly miss Pastor Belade and our many Haitian brothers and sisters since we could not travel this past year.

Words cannot express how much we appreciate your continued support of this ministry. Though heavy rains destroyed crops and the pandemic cancelled our visits, the Haitian people are resilient and continue in their great faith to reach out to those in need both spiritually and physically.  Schools have been able to stay open, pastors have been able minister and to support their families and conferences have organized all due to your generosity and your heart for Haiti.

The glue of MEPHISH, Pastor Belade’s ministry in Haiti, is his truck. The rugged terrain and the miles between the communities he supports puts great demands on a vehicle. I’ve been in the truck as we bounced over boulders, through dry river beds to communities that can only be reached during the dry season and been jostled along washed-out sections of mountain roads to deliver necessary fuel and supplies. Most importantly the truck carries pastor Belade who always provides encouragement and hope when it is truly needed. Unfortunately, his existing truck can no longer be repaired. He has found a low mileage Toyota Land Rover that is for sale. This sturdy vehicle would provide him with years of safe travel.  We have set some money aside as we had foreseen this large expense however the cancelation of our annual fund raiser this year has not allowed us to raise the remaining funds needed.  We ask that you prayerfully consider donating to this much needed cause.

I recently read this scripture focusing on the Joy of the Lord giving us strength but just this evening realized the significance of the entire verse.

 “Go and enjoy choice food and sweet drinks, and send some to those who have nothing prepared. This day is holy to our Lord. Do not grieve, for the joy of the Lord is your strength.”  Neh 8-10

Again, we cannot thank you enough for your heart, prayers and faithful generosity for the people of Haiti. May the joy of God be with you and bless you.

Sincerely,

Donna McDonald 

Board Member

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