PART II: Ears that Hear – The message of the Gospel heard clearly at Family Conference

“Ears that hear and eyes that see– the LORD has made them both.” Proverbs 20:12

“Amidst joyful fun and laughter, couples came forward and husbands were encouraged to show wives affection at church. Wives need to be shown affection – it must be more than just a preliminary to other marital activities.  Husbands are commanded to love their wives as Christ loves the church,” says HUG Board Secretary, Barbara Spence, who spent two weeks last month in Haiti. She oversaw the annual Family Conference, and spent several days at the Valley of Hope Church that Pastor Maxeau Antoine – with assistance from HUG and many others – planted in 2008.

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Some of the activities during the three-day conference included: hearing God’s word for families, practical helps like budgeting and providing for the family, worship music, fun and laughter, group sharing, fellowship, intense prayer and introspection, and repentance and nailing of sins to the cross of Christ.  The goal of the Family Conference, now in its third year, is to simply strengthen families by teaching God’s plan for husbands and wives.

The Valley of Hope Church began as a way to unify the rural community through teaching the love of God and the Gospel of Christ. Following the construction of the church building – in order to create a sustainable, village environment – were school buildings, a kitchen, a community chicken project, a community goat project, and a trade school. In the works is a medical clinic/hospital.  Pastor Maxeau’s mandate is to teach and live the commandments of Jesus Christ and to provide education and work opportunities for the improvements of life for local residents and church members.

“God is working at the Valley of Hope Church!” affirms Barbara. “Pastor Maxeau is bringing spiritual hope and physical help to this remote area. God has given him a vision … and God’s people are responding with physical and financial resources to make the vision a reality.”

Barbara expresses to HUG supporters: “Thank you for partnering with us! Without your support, all that has been accomplished in Haiti – in the name of the Lord – would be impossible.”

Please consider a gift to Haiti for Christmas so that HUG can continue to come alongside the Haitian people to improve worshiping, learning, and living conditions. Go to www.haitiundergod.org and click DONATE.

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Eyes That See – Vision Clinic in Haiti is Huge Success

“Ears that hear and eyes that see– the LORD has made them both.” Proverbs 20:12

Last month, Barbara Spence – HUG’s secretary – oversaw the annual Vision Clinic, assisted by other short-term missionaries from North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia, and Pennsylvania. The 14-member team, plus 10 Haitian translators, saw a total of around 800 at six different location sites.

“We shared the good news of salvation and hope in Jesus Christ with each person,” says Barbara. “Plus, each person received free eye glasses, sunglasses, and eye drops.”

The most exciting result of the five-day Vision Clinic was that 40 people received eternal life by accepting Jesus as their Savior. One of those was Davidson (pictured with Barbara), who stopped by to see what was happening, Barbara shared the gospel with him. Davidson accepted Jesus Christ as his Savior. His parents rejoiced that he became a believer. 

“This Vision Clinic is a huge blessing as most Haitians cannot afford to visit an eye doctor or to buy glasses,” she says. “And every person deserves to hear the good news of Jesus. He tells us to go into the world and be his witnesses and to make disciples. Our joy at HUG is to obey His commandment.”

Interested in joining the next Vision Clinic team? Do not hesitate to contact Barbara Spence at bsspence@outlook.com. Also, the Vision Clinic is just one of HUG’s many ministries that benefits Haitians in need. Consider giving this holiday season to this worthy cause. www.haitiundergod.org

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College Bound

This week, Stephanie – who was HUG-A-Child’s first high school graduate this year – begins her college career. Stephanie’s desire is to be an accountant. Throughout the years that she has lived in the HUG home, located in a suburb area of Port-au-Prince, Haiti, Stephanie has put forth much effort where her studies are concerned. Raised in a girls’ home since age five, Stephanie has shown great leadership abilities, assisting some of the other girls with their studies. Most importantly, she has developed a personal relationship with Jesus Christ – becoming baptized this past year. She focuses on the word of God, and enjoys attending worship service.

Stephanie, second from right.

No matter who visits the HUG-A-Child home or what activities visiting missionaries would like to participate in with the HUG girls, Stephanie has always been upbeat, polite, and engaging.

“I can remember when she first came to be at Hug a Child,” says Haiti Under God founder Donald Lyons. “She was always the leader and worked harder than all the girls. She would sit in the floor in the kitchen and wash everyone’s dishes after every meal. She is certainly a success story.”

Adds Deena Bouknight, a HUG board member, “I have known Stephanie for six years – watching her grow and develop into a mature young woman – and I know that she will work hard to achieve her goal of completing college and using learned skills to acquire a job that helps others.”

Attending college is a rare opportunity in Haiti. According to World Bank, 50 percent of children in Haiti do not attend primary school, while TeacHaiti finds that less than 1 percent of high school graduates attend some sort of secondary school. 

Consider partnering with Haiti Under God to financially assist Stephanie – and others who may strive to achieve higher education goals for their futures. Visit www.haitiundergod.org and click DONATE.

HUG Calendar Full in Coming Months

Haiti Under God continues to go alongside Haitians to assist with already-established projects in Haiti. Plus, ministries under the HUG umbrella are ongoing.

Between October 31 (which just happens to be the 500th anniversary of the Reformation!) and November 7, board member Barbara Spence leads in a Vision Clinic and leads a Family Conference. Both ministries have proven in the past to be invaluable to the people of Haiti. These are annual events, so anyone interested in being involved and/or donating can contact HUG.

The first part of 2018 will be busy with one mission team after another:

  • January 3-10, the “Mud Dogs’, a team of construction volunteers led by HUG CEO Bruce Williams heads to Cha Cha Mountain to assist in repairing and building homes. Agricultural planning, such as establishing terraced gardens, is also underway. “We are also hopeful to build small chicken coops for sections of the community that villagers in particular areas can utilize,” says Bruce.
  • January 27-February 3, a team from First Presbyterian Church of Columbia, SC, will continue work on Cha Cha.
  • February 3-10, a group called F3 will try to finish up projects started and/or worked on by the Mud Dogs and volunteers with First Presbyterian Church.

Plus, a medical clinic in the Valley of Hope is in the building stages, and teams will most likely assist with that project as well.

Last year, even HUG Pastor Maxeau Antoine donned a Mud Dog hat and helped out.

HUG mission trips are a way for friends, family members, co-workers, and colleagues to share in making a huge difference in the lives of the Haitian people.

There is still room to participate in the April 17-24 Women’s Conference. Contact HUG if interested.

Fund HUG Girls’ School Needs!

Going to school in a third-world country is not free to all – as is the case in the U.S. Children who are privileged enough to attend do so because their families can afford – or they are being sponsored to cover – school fees, shoes, backpacks, and school supplies. Check out the Haiti Under God Facebook page to learn about an effort to fund all girls’ school needs for 2017-18 school year, which begin in Haiti in September.

Summer Summit a Help for Haiti

HUG’s Pastor Maxeau Antoine, HUG-a-Child’s Ginette Christian, and HUG board member Barbara Spence all met in July to attend CELEBRATE RECOVERY East Coast Summit 17 in Tennessee. This is the ministry’s intentions: “The 12 Steps with accompanying Scriptures and the 8 Principles based on the Beatitudes offer participants a clear path of salvation and discipleship; bringing hope, freedom, sobriety, healing, and the opportunity to give back one day at a time through our one and only true Higher Power, Jesus Christ. The 12 Steps and the 8 Principles work seamlessly together, tying historical recovery to timeless Biblical teaching.”

Guests came to learn how to implement Celebrate Recovery through curriculum in local churches and communities.

Shared Pastor Maxeau, “It was a blessing to see how people are free to give testimonies about their lives in the past and how God changed them and now they are ministering in many ways to other people. I think it is a good way to share the gospel about what God has been done in our lives. Testimonies challenge people to accept Jesus and motivate them and also allow others to know that God can change everybody whatever their situation. It is also good to let others know that only God is the solution for struggle and problems. If we try to solve problem and struggle by ourselves, we will add more on what we had and things can be worst. But we all need to be ready to evangelize the world and let them know that whoever they are and whatever the situation they are dealing, they can be recovered and Jesus is waiting for them.”

After the summit, Barbara Spence says she ordered materials and plans to facilitate commencement of a Celebrate Recovery program at her local church in North Carolina and to include program teachings in the annual Haiti Women’s Conferences and children’s VBS programs in Haiti.

Ginette will use skills she learned during the summit to “walk with Jesus Christ and to help lead the HUG-a-Child girls into healing and identity in Christ.” Pastor Maxeau plans to share what he learned with other Haitian pastors so that they can implement teaching with church members.

The Lord is working in Haiti to grow, challenge, encourage, and motivate His people.

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