So Blessed

How blessed we are!  And how grateful we are to our God for the growing family He has given to us.  We’ve just returned to Haiti from 3 weeks in the states where we so enjoyed our family, including the two newest grandbabies – Olivia Lee born on Jan. 19 to Allison and Pat, and Cutter Glenn born on Feb. 16 to Erika and Travis.  Both babies and mothers are doing well.  Praise the Lord!  Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; his love endures forever.  (Psalm 106:1)  Our total number of grandchildren now stands at nine… how blessed we are! 

As we “count our innumerable blessings”, we must conclude by stating that our greatest blessing by far is our own adoption into God’s family forever.  To be recipients of His righteousness at our Savior’s expense is a glorious truth at which we continually marvel.  To Him we give our greatest praise!  You alone, Lord Jesus, are our supreme blessing! 

Forever & Joyfully His, 

Sara and Dennis



By Sara

In one of this week’s devotional readings from Morning by Morning by Charles H. Spurgeon, I found one of my favorite thoughts. 1 Samuel 7:12 says, “Then Samuel took a stone and set it between Mizpah and Shen, and named it Ebenezer, saying “Thus far the LORD has helped us.”  I love this, not only because I live in a stone house that the Mission has named “Ebenezer”, but because Dennis and I can say with all assurance and sincerity that “thus far the LORD has helped us”.  

Spurgeon writes that it points to the past: “Through poverty, through wealth, through sickness, through health, at home, abroad, on the land, on the sea, in honor, in dishonor, in perplexity, in joy, in trial, in triumph, in prayer, in temptation, ‘hitherto hath the LORD helped us’”!  He then points out that hitherto, or thus far, also points forward. This is not the end. It’s not over. There’s still a ways to go.  “There will be “more trials, more joys; more temptations, more triumphs; more prayers, more answers; more toils, more strength; more fights, more victories; and then come sickness, old age, disease, death. Is it over now? No! There is more yet – awakening in Jesus’ likeness, thrones, harps, songs, psalms, white raiment, the face of Jesus, the society of saints, the glory of God, the fullness of eternity, the infinity of bliss.”

Believers and followers of Jesus Christ have this assurance of what is to come.  On this last day of 2017, consider your relationship with Him. What do you see when you look back? Where is your hope as you look forward?

Wishing you a blessed 2018!

With grateful confidence we raise our Ebenzer! 


Ready or Not

hurricane-matthew-10-3-16We’re preparing for a hurricane.  We’ve been in Haiti for two other hurricanes, but this one is bigger and has greater potential for devastation to this very poor island nation.  We do not fear for ourselves.  We are in sturdy buildings on time-tested mountainsides.  We have enough food and water.  Currently, we have electricity, internet, and phone service. 

Our lack of fear does not come from these factors, however.  Anything tragic can happen at anytime – to anyone – anywhere.  It just seems like a good time to reassure our friends and family that we know our lives are in the powerful Hands of our God.  He has always been in control of our lives, but our assurance came the moment we realized that we are flawed and sinful people and placed our trust in our Savior Jesus Christ for life on this earth and the forever life to come. 

So we are ready.  Ready for Hurricane Matthew.  Ready for the next thing God has for us.  Ready for many years on this planet, or only our next breath. 

Please continue to pray with us.  Pray for the country of Haiti and its people – many of whom cannot say they have the assurance we have.  Pray that they would turn to Jesus in repentance and faith in Him alone who can offer the way, the truth, and eternal life – before it’s too late.    

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.