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October 2021
Dear Friends in Christ,
We praise God for His mighty hands of protection over OSM and those involved sharing His love and mercy with others. Though it has been a while since we reported on it, we still have outreach going on in Nava, Mexico. A quick update: Pastor Santos & Sister Fini are doing well and continue to work with children in the colonia. Pastor Santos brings groups to the Ranch of Faith and has them spend time working with animals, enjoying cookouts, singing and sharing the gospel of Jesus with them. Sister Lety continues to minister to girls in the colonia through sewing and craft projects. They talk about the Lord Jesus as she shares His love with them. We praise God for these ministries which have continued in Nava, Mexico.
Haiti has been normal; unstable and with many dangerous problems. We are saddened about the group of missionaries and their Haitian driver who were kidnapped. We do not know any of the group personally, but have friends who do and we have worked with Christian Aid Ministries in the past. These are Godly missionaries, most of them live in Haiti and have been in ministry there for many years. The gang who kidnapped this Christian group work in the area where Lussade and our groups travel through to get to our school. It has been a dangerous area for the past few years. Please keep these missionaries and their families in your prayers!
Lussade & Yanick have been going to the school when at all possible. The large kidnapping, plus fuel shortages have caused the country to be in lockdown. Lussade has only been able to travel very close to his home, searching for fuel and gathering needed supplies for the school. He has cancelled several trips because of problems on the roads. Although we see news articles of the kidnappings happening to American’s there, what you don’t see as often is over 100 kidnappings of Haitians happened just in the beginning of October, following 117 in September. The situation there is very dire and dangerous whether you are a foreigner or native to the country.
We are disappointed to report that the head cook at the school who is also the deacon’s wife, Marie, passed away early in the morning on October 21st. We have learned now that she had an ongoing problem since her last child was born 10 years ago. We believe a simple doctor visit with a minor surgery may have made a difference for her; we however, unfortunately, were unaware of her condition. We would appreciate prayers for her husband and 4 children as they cope with their loss.
Little Woodsaiedmie had the first of another set of surgeries this week. A few years ago, Kenny took her for surgeries to straighten her legs. Once that was accomplished, the doctors said she would need further surgeries later. OSM, with the help of Pastor Etienne, has arranged for her second set of surgeries. The first surgery went well, praise the Lord. Having both legs in casts at the same time is hard on anyone, especially an active 4 year old. If you would like to help with the cost of her surgeries, combined they will be $1,500. Please pray for successful surgeries and a quick recovery.
It can be difficult sharing such sad news from Haiti, but we are encouraged to continue to persevere there with each sweet smiling child’s face we see in the school. We are grateful to show them Jesus, to give them a safe place through the school and provide nourishment as well. With times being difficult everywhere in the world, we look to our Anchor, Savior, Provider and Protector to hold on to us spiritually, physically and financially. May He be our All, knowing He is all we need.
Consider it all joy, my brethren, when you encounter various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces endurance. James 1:2 & 3
In Christ