Friday, July 29, 2011

Our family at work at NVM

Our ministry at Nehemiah Vision Ministries is truly a family affair. Jamie and Janessa also see their time in Haiti as a personal ministry and are fully engaged.  During some weeks we are involved leading teams in more direct ministry. That is always a joy!  Your have read about this in previous blogs.  During other weeks we serve more in a support role. During these weeks we are involved in activities that make it possible for 50 to 75 other mission team members to be here and engaged in their ministries. Here we are in “action!”

Cheryl is supervising the Haitian women who work on the compound. She is also teaching a group of women how to sew. Here the ladies are modeling some of the skirts being made. She is bringing maturity to the team and will be leading some of them in a Bible study. Jamie loves to be involved. Here she is helping in the kitchen.

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Janessa loves projects and has recently reorganized the food storage room. And as most of you know, Jim likes to cook.  Here he is cooking up a storm with some of his friends on the compound.IMG_7656IMG_7654






Thank you again for your prayers and support. They mean so much to us.

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

This week on the NVM Compound

Much is happening on the Nehemiah Vision Ministries compound this week. And the compound is growing. God is good!  Here is a overview of the activities this week.

Grace Church Youth
A group of youth from Grace Church in Indianapolis is here for the week. This is the home church of NVM. They are doing great work in the warehouse. Their activities include taking inventory, building food bags for distribution, rearranging and cleaning. This work is a real blessing and we thank them all.

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The Mighty Men from Macon
We are also blessed to have a band of mighty men from the Lawrence Road Baptist Church in Macon, GA. These guys can do anything. They have moved heavy items, fixed a washing machine, done re-wiring in the kitchen and are working on wiring in the new hospital. And their attitude is unbelievably good.  Here are some of them!

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And there are two other construction projects on the compound. Most of this work is being done by Haitians, providing them with badly needed income.  As we bless them they are blessing us with great new buildings. As previously report, they are working on two new children’s home buildings and a new office building.  Here are shots of their progress.

Children’s Home

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The New Office Building


The Warner family continues to help in many ways. It is exciting to play a part in this ministry. Thank you all for your interest, prayers and support.

Jim, Cheryl and the girls

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Reflection on a busy few weeks

The past few weeks in Haiti have been very busy for us all. At times there were more than 130 mission team members on the compound at once. We are currently in a short period of time when the activity has subsided and we can reflect.

I invite you to look at these three pictures carefully as I share a few short thoughts.

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Ministering to people like these is the reason we are in Haiti.  They represent hundreds of people we have touched over the past seven weeks. And these dear folks could be living anywhere in the world.  I am impressed again that God loves us all. It doesn’t matter who we are, where we live, or what we own.  God’s love extends to everyone in equal measure.  And it extends to you.  If you know him, thank him right now for his love. And be grateful for what he has done for you and given to you. If you do not know him, reach out to him.  Call on him and he will answer you.

Cheryl and I would like to thank you all for your prayers, support and for traveling with us during our year in Haiti. Blessings on you all.

Saturday, July 16, 2011

The LCBC Youth Mission Team is Home

Well, after a great week of ministry, the LCBC youth mission team left yesterday.  We want to say a huge thank you to all of them for coming and for all of you who let them go and funding their ministries.  Remember that over 100 people came into the Kingdom of God.

On another note, Cheryl took off for Minnesota today.  Our second grandson was born a few days ago and she is going to spend a week with the family in Minnesota.  His name is William and we are so excited that he has arrived into the world and is healthy and happy.  And he is worth a couple of photos.

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Thanks to all you of you who are praying for us and supporting our ministry in Haiti.  You make all the difference and make our stay here possible and fruitful.

Thursday, July 14, 2011

LCBC’s final day of ministry

It is Thursday evening and we have just completed our final day of ministry. It is hard to believe that the LCBC youth mission team returns home tomorrow afternoon. But it was a great week. Today half the team once again did our final vision clinic and the others worked on the NVM compound. Today at the clinic we saw 55 people and gave out 29 pair of reading glasses and 18 pair of distance glasses.  And best of all, 34 people prayed to receive Jesus as savior.  Here are the totals for the week: 230 people seen, 132 pair of reading glasses distributed, 103 pair of distance glasses were built and 103 people prayed to receive Christ.  We are all praising God together.

The VBS was also a great success. They had a strong finish today.  The team leaves the compound tomorrow morning for a driving tour of Port-au-Prince and then to the airport to return to the USA tomorrow afternoon.

Below are a few shots taken at today’s clinic. We thank the team for being with us and for all of you who have been praying for us during the week. To God be the glory.

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LCBC youth mission team hits midweek in stride!

It is Wednesday night and hard to believe that there is only one more ministry day left for the LCBC youth team.  But today was a strong day and much was accomplished.  Half the team conducted a vision clinic in the nearby community of Thukaeema. The residents of this village are very poor but there seems to be a hunger for spiritual truth. Today we saw 56 people in the clinic and we distributed 32 pair of reading glasses and built 31 pair of distance glasses. But once again God Spirit was moving and 11 of these dear people asked Jesus into their lives for the first time.  Light continues to overcome darkness!  The other half of the team stayed on the NVM compound and did work projects.  The entire team ate an early supper and took a ride up a nearby mountain to see the sun set. Unfortunately it was very cloudy and it started to rain very hard on their trip.  But they had a great time along the way. Check out these photos taken at today’s vision clinic.

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Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Tuesday Ministry with the LCBC Youth Team

Tuesday was once again a great day of ministry.  The team that did the vision clinic yesterday stayed on the NVM compound and help paint school rooms. The others had their first vision clinic experience.  We returned the the IDP camp we were at yesterday.  Today we saw 63 people in the vision clinic and distributed 39 pair of reading glasses and 32 pair of distance glasses. And the Lord once again did a mighty work. Of the 63 people 34 prayed to receive Jesus Christ as their personal savior.  That is the true sight!  In the afternoon the entire team conducted the first of three days of VBS on the NVM compound.  There was a large group of young people who all had a great time.  And at the same time are learning about the love of God for them.  Below are a few photos of some of these kids.  Please pray for our final two days of ministry.

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Monday, July 11, 2011

The LCBC vision clinics have begun

Today was Monday and half of the LCBC youth mission team traveled to an IDP camp (individual displacement camp) and conducted the first vision clinic. The others stayed on the Nehemiah compound and did a work project.  The people living in the IDP camp are some of those who lost their homes in the earthquake.  They are very poor and much in need.  We were able to care for 46 of the residents.  We gave out 32 pair of reading glasses and built 22 pair of distance glasses.  But there is something even more exciting!  Of the 46 people we saw, 24 of them prayed to received Jesus Christ into their lives.  The team members brought light into a very dark place. And God’s Spirit moved in a mighty way.  We return to the same camp tomorrow. So please be in prayer for the team.  The students and leaders who stayed on the compound today will be the team that goes out tomorrow.  Here are some pictures that Matt took of our vision clinic ministry today.

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