April Field Update 2017

April Field Update 2017

Thanks to you, new baby chicks arrived at Mirielle’s chicken coop a few weeks ago!  Mirielle is gaining ground on developing her skills for keeping these birds healthy while daily rate of gains improve. These 200 babies have consumed 400 pounds of starter feed in less than three weeks. The goal is for the World Wide Village broiler chicken project in Haiti to grow to 10,000 birds in continuous production, creating jobs and directly supporting fourteen families. Watch our recent chicken video on Facebook!  

 

 

 

Pictured: Recent WWV medical team

Thank you to our short-term medical team that provided much needed physical and spiritual care in our mobile medical clinic last month.  The physicians saw everything from high blood pressure and acid reflux to large throat tumors and sick newborns.  We also had a wide range of spiritual concerns ranging from patients caught up in voodoo, single mothers who felt unworthy of God’s love and those who have been following the Lord for years.  Thank you to this team for serving our Haitian friends and letting the love of Christ spill over from hearts that are overflowing.

Pictured: Dr. Chris Goetzinger from Waverly, IA

Here is a quick look at the highlights from the week:

Pastor Dave from Grace Community Church in Iowa was invited to preach at Pastor Joassaint’s church in Williamson.  Dave taught boldly from God’s Word on Hebrews, encouraging the Haitian believers to hold fast to their faith and draw near, with confidence, to the throne of grace.  It was such a picture of heaven as we worshiped, heard from God’s Word and took communion together.

Pictured: Pastor Dave Kirk preaching in Williamson

The team also celebrated the dedication of Ferlandia, the 9-month old goddaughter of one of our team members who has traveled to Haiti previously and was asked to take on that role in her life.  To celebrate the dedication, the team shared a meal in the home of Ferlandia’s parents.  What a joy to join them in their home.  They were so gracious and generous.  They served rice, beans, chicken, fried plantains, potato salad and watermelon. Delicious!

Pictured: Baby dedication of Ferlandia

Monday and Tuesday the team served in clinic in Luly. They partnered with the WWV Haitian staff to provide medical care and soul care. They always enjoy reconnecting with patients that they have seen in the past as they come in for various reasons. One such patient was Rosaline, a 54- year old woman who is single with two kids. She separated from her boyfriend because he would not follow Jesus and she wanted to be wholly devoted to Christ. After the physicians examined her, she shared about her walk with Christ, read scripture with a team member and celebrated the Lord. It was a privilege for the team to pray and talk with her and they were very encouraged in their own faith. This woman knows that her life belongs to Christ and that’s all that matters.

Pictured: Audrey Kromminga from Iowa City, IA

The pastors from Grace Community Church in Iowa held a men’s conference and pastor’s conference where they covered materials that the Haitian men have been working through with their own pastors over the last six months. World Wide Village has been working with a seminary located in Port-au-Prince to provide training materials for these men and pastors, something that is not normally available to churches in rural Haiti.  

 

Pictured: Pastors Dave Kirk and Jeff Thompson leading the men’s conference

There was also a women’s conference held at Pastor Joassaint’s church where women from the churches involved in the WWV Pastor’s Coalition joined to encourage each other from God’s Word. The topics of discussion were:

  • Knowing who you are in Christ (1 Peter 2:9-10)
  • Offering grace in our churches
  • The power of our words

Pictured: Women’s conference in Williamson

The team also held clinic in Williamson at Pastor Ives’ church.  These final days proved to be challenging as there were so many single mothers and their children who came into the clinic for medical needs. These women also had so many struggles related to their poverty, as well. 

Pictured: Jonathan Barthalow and Heather Robson

Please pray for World Wide Village leadership as we work with the local churches in Haiti to address these ongoing needs of single mothers in Haiti.  Want to do more to help?  Join other WWV supporters who are holding garage sales with proceeds benefitting single moms in Haiti!  Contact Kim Anderson at kanderson@worldwidevillage.org for more information!  


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