Being invited to speak at a school to kids about our ministry and what we do in Haiti was a real blessing. Their hearts were stirred and they had lots of questions. They even decided to do a bake sale to raise funds. So thankful for the heart of the students at BCS.
Need Your Prayers!
You are likely aware that Haiti is presently experiencing many difficulties. Following the assassination of the president a year ago the remaining government has not been able to
effectively manage the country. Gangs rule the streets obstructing the transport of food and
other necessities. People are unable to get to work, school or hospital unless they travel by foot or bicycle. Fuel is now $54 US per gallon, which is out of
reach for most people as the average income is $50-$100 per month. Charcoal is the main source of fuel for cooking but even it is no longer available. Without fuel to boil water there is an increase in illnesses such as cholera. Violence has spread
out of the main city to the rural areas as well.
However, we want you to know your investment in Haiti is helping. It has allowed Pastor Belade’s communities, even
during these troubling times, to have food as well as provide an income for teachers, pastors and those farming the land.
Due to the previous investment in land for crops and their
growing greenhouse operations his people have food for their
families. The work truck we were able to purchase earlier this
year allowed transportation of greenhouse product to supply
contracts that were made to ensure a steady income.
On behalf of these families, we cannot thank you enough.
For some of his communities which are located in the remote mountain areas, Belade has not been able to reach them, due to fuel costs and road congestion. He is hoping for a new motorcycle as his is not repairable, that would allow him to reach these families. Though the situation seems dire the resilient people of Haiti continue to pray for change and have shown a number of times their ability to overcome hardship. Please join us in continued prayer for our brothers and sisters in Haiti. If you could make a donation to provide Belade with a motorcycle and to help us with our commitment to support the pastors, teachers, and farming projects it would be greatly appreciated. You can go to the donate page for instructions.
Thank you so much for standing with Haitians in believing for a better future.
Board of Directors New Mercy Ministries
Year End 2021 and What’s Next
2021 Annual Report
It has been an unprecedented year for many at home and abroad however rest assured that God is good and his love endures forever. We are amazed by the gracious giving by you, our faithful supporters over the last year.
After ten years of climbing mountains the first truck we purchased for Pastor Belade finally wore out. So many of you came forward to donate $32,000 towards the purchase of a sturdy Land Rover. It has been such a blessing to have a reliable vehicle to reach these remote communities.
On August 14th, 2021 a 7.2 magnitude earthquake struck the Les Cayes area where Mephish ministry is located. Fortunately, many lives were spared but over 800 within the congregations were left homeless. Once again you gave, $11,300, which allowed individual homes at 5 of the MEPHISH communities to be rebuilt or repaired.
Water, a necessity of life, is still a daily struggle for many families. Through your donations we were able to pay $2900 towards a well that provides safe drinking water and saves hours of work transporting water from miles away.
Thanks to our donors even with these extra needs in 2021 New Mercy Ministries has been able to continue with monthly operations support and other projects such as replacing a church roof.
WHAT’S NEXT……We are excited about a new green-house project that will supply jobs and income. With coffee, cacao and fruit trees already growing well they will soon be ready to ship to waiting NGOs and government. We are requesting help to purchase a Renault work truck to be used for shipping plants. It will also be used to transport fertilizer to the field crops and useful in the harvesting process. Presently when purchasing sand for cement and blocks for building, the product is often poor quality. With his own work truck Belade will be able to purchase good quality supplies so building projects will be built stronger. The truck would also transport people to their conventions and could be hired out to generate income for maintenance of the truck. We ask that you prayerfully consider supporting this worthwhile project. We are thankful to say at this time to have collected $15,300 towards the $30,000 cost of this BIG TRUCK! Click on the donor button on our home page to see how you can give to help our Haitian friends.
Message from Belade:
Blessed be the Almighty one who knows how to carry the weakest. His ways are wonderful and amazing. It is really amazing how the Lord can take the hands of Christian Canadians to stretch them smoothly to Haitian Christians after the earthquake. So, us here, we are binded with you by the Holy Spirit. We thank you sooooo much for your help. Those with new homes join voices together to send a meaningful thanks. We pray for you all, so that you be increased in faith and numbers. Please count on our prayers always.
Psalm 126:5-6 5 Those who sow with tearswill reap with songs of joy.6 Those who go out weeping,carrying seed to sow,will return with songs of joy, carrying sheaves with them.
Your gifts are precious seeds and it is soon going to ripen. Love you all!
Materials for rebuild distributed
The video shows the first batch of supplies purchased to help rebuild some of the homes damaged by the earthquake. Belade is saying that he believes with the monies donated to this cause he will be able to help rebuild 15 homes. Please keep them in your prayers as transportation is difficult in some of the more remote areas.
August 2021 Earthquake
As a tropical storm floods the land on the heels of Saturday’s catastrophic earthquake it is with sadness and helplessness that I sat down to share with you. But then I was reminded by a song “What Faith Can Do.” The song by Kutless goes on to say, “I’ve seen dreams that move the mountains, hope that doesn’t ever end. Even when the sky is falling, I’ve seen miracles just happen. Silent prayers get answered, broken hearts become brand new. That’s what faith can do. Even if you fall sometimes, you will have the strength to rise.”
Pastor Belade has been able to reach us. His family is safe. Their home did sustain a
crack but is still standing. Two of his pastors and their families were pulled safely from their collapsed homes. At least one church building and the school at Boval have been badly damaged. He has not been able to reach all of the communities he supports in the mountains as even motorcycles can’t get through. He did receive a report that one home sunk into the ground. The first couple of nights everyone slept outside as the ground continued to shake periodically. However, the arrival of tropical storm Grace on Monday had people seeking shelter. Belade’s family
slept on their veranda. Tents and water are the greatest needs at this time.
Join us in prayer for a strengthening of faith for all of us, the peace of God to be on His people in Haiti and for healing and safety. We thank you for your continued support and prayers.
We will keep you updated when Belade can give us more information. See below a poem from a supporter after she heard about the earthquake…..
A Shelter in Haiti
Dedicated to Pastor Belade and his organization MEPHISH for their work with
the people of HAITI ..Meeting both physical and spiritual needs. (after a 7.2 earthquake hit Haiti Aug 14, 2021)
When the earth quakes under your feet in Haiti, look up to the City
on a Hill, there those who love Jesus will provide the shelter you seek.
In the name of Jesus a cup of compassion will be offered, refreshing
both body and soul. You will learn the Truth of God’s love and the
sacrifice of Jesus on the cross so that no-one would be lost. He longs
to heal you and make you whole.
Children are a gift from God to be cherished. Pure religion that God
accepts as pure is to look after orphans and widows in their distress,
God will look after the rest.
The earth now groans waiting for the Creator to come reign again.
Until then the mission is to follow the Great Commission.
Work while it is still day, before the night when people refuse to follow the Way.
Blessed are those who endure until the end!
Dear family in Haiti; prayers are being sent up to the Father in
Heaven who watches over His children with tender care. Our God is
true to show you what you need to do and faithful to see you through.
“Those who sow in tears will reap with songs of joy.” How beautiful
are the feet of those who bring Good News.”
Time for a Well and a New Truck!
With the major networks failing to share much good news, one could start to wonder if there is any. We want you to know that you are making good news happen through your generous support of New Mercy Ministries. In the last few months, with your help, we have been able to provide Pastor Belade’s organization with a new truck and a well!
The new vehicle will allow him to travel to the remote areas of his ministry without fear of breaking down and the associated expenses. So many rely on him to deliver necessary supplies and support. This gift will greatly benefit many.
Water can easily be taken for granted. For us it’s available at the turn of a tap. The effort required to drive each day to a spring and collect water for 10 people is difficult to imagine. That was Pastor Belade’s very time-consuming daily routine. Now with water only footsteps from his home, he can focus more energy on his ministry.
As the drill struck water 250 feet down, Pastor Belade thought of all of you and was reminded of this scripture. Mark 9:41 NIV: Truly I tell you, anyone who gives you a cup of water in my name because you belong to the Messiah will certainly not lose their reward. Belade said it is not one cup you have given but millions.
On behalf of Belade and his MEPHISH organization thank you for your kindness and generosity.
We pray you are blessed by this good news and the good news of our saviour Jesus Christ.
New Mercy Ministries Board of Directors
Mephish February 2021 Annual Conference Video and Great News!
Feb 2021 Facebook Video of Conference
(Belade approx 30 minute mark)
above picture taken from Mephish 2018 Conference
Note from Belade: February 2021
Hi my friends, I send this to all of you just to give you an up date about what we nowadays do and what level the construction of the parsonage in Perrien Church is. The pictures will give you an idea as well. We send this to you also to thank you for all your prayers did in our behalf. We have 3 adults who come to the Lord and about 10 kids. The Lord had shown up but the devil also. Thanks for your gifts we can do all those for the Lord. If you want to follow us, to notice our difficulties and trials efforts please type golivephareprod in facebook. (video above) are going to translate all the crusades and put them in Youtube so that you might understand it better. You can’t understand it now in facebook because it is not translated yet. Here are some up to date picts about the parsonage construction at Perrien. Belade
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.
Spring 2020 Newsletter
Spring 2020 Newsletter
Earlier in March a mission trip was shorten due to
COVID-19. Although their time there was shorten they were
able to spend some quality time and was not without purpose.
Read Sarah’s and Perry’s trip insights in this newsletter.
Due to the Covid 19 outbreak the team had to
regretfully leave Haiti early. You would think we
would feel the trip being unsuccessful. On the
contrary, we felt very blessed! Every day felt like
two days. We unexpectedly were able to witness
Belade’s 2 daughters baptism and visited an impressive
school and clinic. We also personally
were able to give money to start the fencing
project to enable more profitable crops. The
team had many great times of fellowship and
prayer. We certainly felt God’s presence there
and in getting us home. Praise be to Him!
This was my first trip to Haiti, but it didn’t feel that way. I’ve been hearing the names of places and people there for years now; I’d been praying for this country. Stepping off the plane onto Haitian soil felt like pure anticipation, the anticipation of meeting friends, seeing new things, and finding out what God’s purposes were in this trip. We weren’t there quite a week; as COVID brought us back early, but God hand was shown in that as well.
So, on this first trip, what did I see? I saw what maybe you expect when you think of Haiti: people picking through garbage, children begging for money, and rich houses neighbouring whole families living in the rubble of a building destroyed by one of the natural disasters in Haiti’s recent history. I drove over the remnants of the burning tires of a roadblock, symptomatic of the civil unrest and instability of the country. I saw the effects of a lack of education in the panic of the Haitians on the beach yelling at us to go because white people have the virus. However, I also saw much more. In that short week, I saw the beauty of the country and especially the beauty of the people. In that week, I saw congregations of people praising God, devoted to learning about Him, despite beat up drums, generators going out in the midst of evening service, and tarps with holes for sanctuary walls. I heard Belade’s heart behind his desire to rebuild the church on the mountain of Toro, and the determination of the people up there to be faithful despite their lack. Their joy was truly the joy of the Lord. On the way back down from mountain, we stopped to pray with a woman, a member of the church but bedridden. When we stepped inside their little home, she told us to pray instead for her husband, who was dying because of unknown complications from hemorrhoids. The little tin-roofed structure was hot in midday, and crowded; I was overwhelmed with the need of this man, who had wasted away to a level so emaciated that I hardly believed he was alive. Yet in all of that great need, what I saw, over the poverty and over the illness, was faith far greater than circumstances. In short, what I found in Haiti was God, living and moving in the lives and hearts and spirit of our Haitian brothers and sisters.
From a sociological, economical, governmental, and multitude of other standpoints, Haiti is a country in need. Big need. They need everything from safe housing and food to a stable government. That is something Google can tell you. What Google can’t tell you is that they also have a lot to give; I was so blessed by their joy, their faith, and their hospitality. Google also can’t tell us what our role in their need is, but the Bible can – “True religion is this: to look after the orphans and widows in their distress.” I cannot possibly fill all of the needs that I saw there, but I left very sure that God wanted me to be a part of His plan in it: with my prayers, my finances, and Lord-willing, with my time when I go back again.
Due to COVID, our journey back include a rushed evening booking flights, and a total of four airplanes and six airports over two days, in the middle of a pandemic. Prior to this trip, the thought of navigating six airports alone would have had me wound tight with stress, but I had spent the week learning from the Haitians about trust in God and leaning on His faithfulness and love in the midst of need. And, like the Haitians, I found that my trust was not disappointed; God continues to prove Himself our faithful provider and the Prince of Peace.
January 2020 Letter
Happy New Year January 2020
Well it certainly has been a challenging year in Haiti with news of rioting in the streets and fuel and food shortages. While these things have been greatly impacting the nation, there is also good news, such as growing churches, growing families, healed sickness and new friends.
Travel to Haiti has been limited over the last year but we are hoping to send a team down soon. January 2019 saw a large team with many first-time visitors that were greatly blessed by the loving hospitality of the Haitian people. If you would like to be involved please contact us for further details.
We have welcomed some new donors this year and we want to thank you all for continuing to stand firm with us.
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