The Words of Life

Pastor Baker at Pastors Seminars - Feb 2016God has blessed Baptist Haiti Mission in countless ways over the years. From education to medical to economic development to over 350 churches and schools, the ministry has always been centered on proclaiming the Gospel and building strong evangelical churches in Haiti.

One of the things that excites us most is to see our veteran BHM missionaries effectively teaching the Word of God to our pastors and church leaders. Former Field Director for ten years, Pastor Rob Baker, recently conducted 5 pastors conferences in three different regions of Haiti. Edrice at Pastors Seminars - Feb 2016The mission’s superintendent of evangelism, Pastor Edrice Romelus, along with current Field Director, Chris Lieb, and veteran BHM missionary, Kyrk Baker, accompanied Pastor Baker at these seminars. Each one was involved in teaching various Biblical topics. To see 196 pastors and leaders come from 72 of our churches to attend these seminars was very encouraging. We heard that one pastor walked six hours (most of it through the night in the mountains) to attend one of the seminars. Chris at Pastors Seminars - Feb 2016And when the seminars came to an end, without fail, the pastors affirmed how valuable the seminars were and asked for more. They invariably asked when the teaching pastors would be back. They want at least two seminars every year. Their hunger for God’s Word is seen and heard from their hearts. What a blessing it is to see the Word of God going out with clarity and relevance, meeting needs, and encouraging the pastors and church leaders. As the pastors are encouraged and equipped, so are their churches strengthened and built up.

As we witness these pastoral ministries taking place, it encourages all of us here at Baptist Haiti Mission. As the Body of Christ is made up of many members, so the mission staff is made up of members with various gifts and talents. From logistics and administration to mechanics and hospitality, each missionary plays an important role in supporting the ministry of BHM that God has raised up. And to take it one step further, our brothers and sisters elsewhere in this world also have the opportunity to partner with us and this mission by lifting this ministry up in prayer and supporting it with their hard-earned wages. Together we labor while the harvest is ripe and countless souls are at stake for eternity. May God be honored and praised for His amazing plan of reaching the nations for His glorious Name’s sake!
Joyfully His,
Dennis and Sara

Summer Celebration

Summer Bible Institute Graduation 2015

Summer Bible Institute Graduation 2015

August 29th was a very special day for 17 young men who became the newest graduating class of Baptist Haiti Mission’s Summer Bible Institute. For 2 months each summer for the past 4 years, these men left their homes and families to live on the BHM campus and devote themselves to classes and intense study. Family members, friends, pastors, special guests, missionaries, and fellow classmates in their first, second, and third years were witnesses to this solemn yet joyous ceremony. Most of the graduates had finished high school but had no further education for various reasons. But they had a desire for more and deeper biblical education. BHM established this worthy program many years ago to help the leaders and others in their churches and schools across Haiti to gain solid Biblical training.

Why We’re Here… This Is It!

National Church Conf 3-15We finished our Association of Churches’ annual National Conference this past Sunday with a beautiful morning service that was broadcast via radio throughout the country. This service closed what many thought was one of the best conferences for many years. The conference was very applicable to where our churches are. Former Field Director, Pastor Rob Baker had the opportunity to begin the conference by teaching on sound doctrine. Other topics taught by various pastors and leaders included institutional development, wise management of resources, entrepreneurship for leaders, use and dangers of technology, Christian education, effective leadership, structure of the church, and the family from a Biblical perspective. Some of the conference speakers were graduates who had come up through this ministry through the churches. All of the topics pointed toward having a stronger church and stronger individuals with good testimonies in order to spread the true Gospel throughout Haiti and the rest of the world. Talking about their responsibility as leaders was also a resounding theme.

It was a great time of fellowship and encouragement. Growing maturity with the ASEBACH executive committee was also seen as they functioned together much more like a team. It was great to see the body of Christ working together for His glory and honor.

Our Field Director, Chris Lieb, wrote this about the conference: “As there is much work to do, I was greatly encouraged to see the fruit of the labor and the continual development of the Church.   I feel we have a stronger base to input into to really see some great changes in Haiti through the church. I really believe that as we continue to help the churches mature that it will multiply the efforts to spread the true gospel throughout Haiti. I keep using “true gospel” because in this Voodoo culture, Satan is a master in twisting the efforts of evangelization into a false syncretistic evangelism. I feel as a mission we are ready to leap forward to do some great things. I know we have many obstacles, but I believe as we continue to purify the mission with our processes and resources, God will provide the produce.”

We thank God for the very uplifting week we had. Through various kinds of education, medical care, child sponsorships, and economic-oriented ministries, we are here to advance the Kingdom of God through the churches of Haiti. We are here to magnify and glorify the Name of Jesus so that all might see and come to Him as personal Lord and Savior. May God be praised!

 Because He Lives!

Dennis and Sara

Christmas 2014

Pics for Christmas blog 2014This is significant to me. I was interested in photographing a poinsettia growing outside behind our apartment here in Haiti. Then I stepped back and included in one of the photos the ‘Crown of Thorns’ plant growing close to it. Anybody know where I’m going with this? The poinsettia is a much-loved and beautiful traditional Christmas plant for well over 100 years; one of the few plants anyone in Indiana will buy in December. Christmas is the celebration of the birth of Jesus Christ. The One sent to the earth by God to be born fully man, yet fully God. He was born so that one day, he would wear a crown of thorns, be crucified, and then triumph over sin and death by rising from the dead. Having these two plants growing so close together in our backyard is a thrilling reminder of the reason we celebrate Christmas.

Eye Surgery in the Mountains

What an amazing week of eye surgery God gave us here at BHM last week! From the surgical straightening of a 2 year-old’s badly crossed eye to the removal of a large orbital tumor in a 4 year-old girl to new sight for four diabetiOR 2 - bestc young people in their 20’s who suffered from total diabetic cataracts, we witnessed healing and restoration of vision like rarely occurs in Haiti. Take a look below at a couple of the beautiful children whose eyes were straightened.  Our ophthalmologist friend from Ft. Wayne, Indiana again returned to Haiti to offer his outstanding surgical skills for four days October 27-30. He ended up doing 24 surgeries, which included three children with severely crossed eyes, several cataracts in patients of all ages, corneal surgery, eyelid growths and repairs, and even removed ear lobe keloids and a scalp hemangioma. The cataract surgeries were done with the same state-of-the-art, small incision, no-stitch procedure currently done in the U.S. called phacoemulsification (or ‘phaco’). It was a busy week indeed.

Pre & Post picsWe praise our awesome God who has a special heart for the hurting and needy of this world.  May this ‘new vision’ of our patients impact them and us in a way that ‘opens our eyes’ to the unfading beauty of Jesus!  He is the Light of the world, and may we never lose ‘SIGHT’ of HIM!

Rejoicing in God’s Amazing Grace

Pastor Edrice

Pastor Edrice

One of the most exciting and heart-warming things we’ve experienced in Haiti has been to see Haitian churches take evangelistic, “missionary” trips to other places within Haiti. We saw that happen twice while serving with New Vision, and we’ve seen it again this past week with one of our BHM churches. One of our favorite pastors, Pastor Edrice, led 40 of his congregation on a 5-day evangelistic trip over 7 hours away to Anse Rouge in northwest Haiti. This is one of the poorest and least reached areas in Haiti. There is much voodoo, and getting there can be quite difficult. Along the way they picked up some older teenage/young 20’s youth from another BHM church, and taught them how to share the Gospel. When they arrived (20 hours later than expected due to their bus breaking down), they went door to door sharing the Gospel to about 900 people of all ages. One hundred five people made professions of faith in Christ as their personal Lord and Savior, and their names and phone numbers were given to the pastors of our churches in that area. What a thrill to see our Haitian brothers and sisters burdened for their fellow Haitians, and stepping out in faith and action to proclaim the Good News! We praise God for His awesome blessing of this trip, and we look forward to seeing this fire spread to other churches! To Him be all glory!

Greetings from the Mountains

Pic of us - 2 As we come to the end of our 7th week here at Baptist Haiti Mission (BHM), we want to update you on what’s been going on! We thank God for the clarity and confirmations He’s given us in directing us here to serve with this dedicated team of missionaries. It’s truly an honor and privilege to be part of this mission that takes seriously their goal to glorify God and advance His kingdom by strengthening the churches of Haiti.

With a mission that works with 350 Haitian churches, pastors, and schools, that sponsors 3,000 students, hosts Master’s level pastoral training every two months and a Summer Bible Institute every July and August, operates an 80 bed regional hospital, and maintains a self-help store and restaurant that sells Haitian made products, there’s an enormous amount of administrative work to be done. Keeping track of people, meetings, needs, and all the financial transactions that go with it involves time, computers, and patience, especially when you’re dealing with multiple currencies (including two Haitian currency systems!).

Sara has been working full-time at Mountain Maid, the self-help Haitian store/restaurant that helps to support so many of our Haitian families here in the mountains. Dennis has worked in the operations department, the central administrative office, and provided some eye care. This weekend he was able to get the major pieces of equipment moved into the eye clinic at the hospital. He’s scheduled to begin seeing patients there on a regular basis on July 1.

After living for four weeks in the apartment of a missionary couple on furlough, we moved into our own apartment three weeks ago. It’s been enjoyable, and at the same time, very busy fixing things up and getting organized. We look forward to getting our own batteries and inverter in the next few weeks as we’re ‘borrowing’ the current of our neighbors above us at the moment. We’ll be taking some pictures and getting those out soon.

One of the most rapidly growing ministries of BHM is the camp ministry at Montrouis. We lived in Montrouis for over two years while serving with New Vision, and that’s where we met Chris Lieb, who is also now our BHM director. Chris and his family continue to live at the camp and run that ministry, and God has blessed it in a huge way. We’re rejoicing for the 19 Haitians who trusted Christ this past week as a result of the camp ministry. Please pray with us for these young lives that they will grow deep in their walk with Christ and become part of our local churches.

This week we had a woman from western Nevada with us who sponsors 13 children in our school sponsorship program. This is her first trip to Haiti, but she’s been “part of the BHM family” for many years. It was very encouraging to hear how she and her husband, who is a pastor, have slowly added one child after another over the years as they’ve come across a little money here and there. She’s had a very rewarding and adventurous week visiting most of her students at their schools and homes in the mountains. Education is such a huge blessing in Haiti for those children who are able to go. Among other things, it enables them to read a Bible and discover the truths of the Gospel for themselves.

One of the neat opportunities we have every morning is meeting for devotions with a group of 20-25 of our workers. We open with 3-4 songs of worship, and then one of the missionaries shares from the Word. Everything is in Creole as most of our workers don’t speak English. Right now we’re going through a discipleship series that covers the basics. Dennis had his 2nd opportunity to share this past Friday, and God graciously enabled him to speak well enough to be understood. Probably most are believers, but some are not. This is another group of men and women you could remember in your prayers.

Thank you for your prayers and encouragement to us. God has been so faithful and awesome. We look forward to sharing more of what God is doing here in future updates. Please stay in touch. May God bless you abundantly with His amazing grace and truth!
For His Glory,
Dennis and Sara