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January 2019
Dear Friends in Christ,
This month is OSM’s 21st Anniversary in ministry. Our children chose the name, Only a Servant, after a book we read to them when they were growing up. The story is about a man leaving his homeland and how his life impacted others for Jesus Christ. If you would like to read this story, please let us know and we will send you a copy.
Last month, I assisted Mercy International with a Time for Christ medical team from Boerne, TX, which went to Deye Mon over Christmas. I took the truck to the airport to help pick up the team and their luggage to go to the guest house in Mercy Village. Unexpectedly, a normal 1-2 hour trip to the guest house took 7 hours, because of traffic jams. Though it was a long ride and they were experiencing Haiti traffic, “in person” from the back of the truck, they never felt endangered and maintained their excitement. This is a praise report. The next day we went to Deye Mon, where the team did a medical clinic for 5 days. I assisted, mainly in the eye clinic, which saw close to 350 people. The team did an excellent job to see over 1,000 people. What a blessing this group was to the people in that area.
After going in and out of Judy’s compound in St. George many times with a broken front gate, we came up with a gate design that she was happy with. The welder, who built the gate, and I delivered and installed it for her. Can you imagine being a single woman living in Haiti without the security of a front gate? Needless to say, she was grateful.
I went by to check on Woodsaiedmie, who had surgery on her legs the beginning of last year. She and her Mom, Frasline, are doing fine, but I was disappointed that Woodsaiedmie is still not walking. We had assumed that another surgery may be necessary so I took pictures to share with the doctor.
Back in Christianville, I assisted with a team from First Baptist Church of Dunnellon, Florida. I bought materials and helped Pastor Aaron and Vern build beds for a medical clinic. This team also enjoyed riding in the truck up the mountain to go visit one of Christianville’s satellite schools. Pastor Aaron and some of his church leaders were looking for a way to assist Christianville in the future. Finishing the project, I took another truck load of supplies back up to one of Christianville’s schools, which is being built in the mountains.
I will always remember my car breaking down when Dad and Mom were here with me last year and we had to drive the truck to church. We were somewhat bummed because we didn’t want it to be our everyday transportation. But, the Lord arranged it for a dear Sister in Christ, D’Net, whom we met that day at church. She came out of the church, saw the truck, and said, " Is that yours and do you rent it out?" I replied, "No, but what do you need?" I had known the truck would be a very needed “tool” and we would be able to help others with it, but it has been a huge blessing, more than I realized at that time. We thank the Lord, and you, who helped by praying, working and sending money for this amazing tool!
We are very grateful that a washer was donated for Sue’s orphanage. It was flown down on Missionary Flights International’s plane, which is how we get mail and needed items to Kenny. It has been taken to the orphanage. Sue and her children live behind Kenny, so OSM will have it installed. If anyone would like to help with the cost of freight and customs on this washer, it was $510. The washer is a reconditioned commercial washer and will be a great help with laundry for 40 children and the staff to care for them.
Debbi and I are planning to be in Haiti (and finally get to meet Trey) in February and March. Please keep us and Kenny & Laissa in your prayers.
We are so very grateful for each of you, your kind love, notes, prayers and support so that we can minister the love and mercy of Jesus Christ to others. We are blessed to be able to help other missionaries and mission organizations as we do, sharing Christ’s love in practical ways.
Because of Christ,