Jacques Alexandre, 2016 Ministry Summary
My dear friends in Christ,
Marie and I thank God for His grace in letting us enter this new year 2017, and the honor to continue carrying His mission work in Haiti. Even though we are on furlough stateside, not a day has gone by that Marie and I were not in touch with our team in Haiti through text messages, e-mail or by phone. So, despite the distance we still have been able to get things done on the field in Haiti.
We want to thank YOU, our God-given ministry partners, because you always have our back through prayer, monthly financial support, special donations, and letters of encouragement. You have treated us like royalty in your church services, your fellowships and in your homes. We have travelled thousands of miles to report to you and meet new partners in cities throughout Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Kansas, Michigan, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Dakota, and Texas. We still have a few more stops to make before we return to Haiti in March.
The following is a summary of what God used YOU, and us to get done in Haiti in the year 2016:
- 623 souls were saved through the soul-winning efforts of our 9 churches.
- Each of our 9 churches are progressing in sound doctrine and soul-winning. In a country where the false teaching of “salvation by works” is rampant, even in churches which claim to be of Baptist doctrine, I thank God that our pastors are putting an emphasis on the doctrine of “salvation by grace through faith”.
- Construction has been completed for the church building that collapsed during the 2010 earthquake. We had the dedication service on September 18, 2016. This new auditorium is seismic and hurricane-resistant, and can hold an attendance of 1,200. Our 9 churches plan to attend our August 4-6, 2017 Baptist Fellowship Meeting that will take place in the new auditorium. If God burdens your heart to send a group from your church or for you to attend, please let us know as soon as possible.
- Construction for a seismic and hurricane-resistant building for the orphanage is progressing. The first story concrete work and second story concrete floor are complete. We are now building a large underground septic tank and the second story walls.
- One of our orphan boys, Obed, who has congenital cataracts came to the U.S. for surgery. Obed’s surgery was successful and he is continuing with his doctor visits. God-willing Obed will return to Haiti in August.
- We continue to provide hurricane relief for our church families in the South of Haiti. We provided food in the beginning, then later donated roofing materials for 45 families. We are rebuilding Pastor Junot’s house in Vilpi; Pastor Dieusoveur’s church building in Petite Baie Dumesle; and Pastor Célarès church building in Cavaillon. Next month we will rebuild the church building in Vilpi. We use better construction methods with concrete to prevent their roofs and walls from being destroyed again during a hurricane. This is a lasting investment with your special donation.
Each of these families, pastors and churches would have been left desolated, has it not been for your sacrificial and compassionate donations, by the grace of God. Thank you, my dear partnering friends and churches, for compassionately stepping in where the need is great. In a few weeks, we plan to send you an update with several pictures of hurricane relief actions in the South. Also, I want to remind you that we will return to Haiti next month, Lord willing.
Jacques and Marie
(getting back physically on the field in March)
Building A Home
Last week was an exciting time at No Place Like Home Orphanage in Haiti! Two of the children – 5 year old twins Bryant and Chenell – left the orphanage to go live with their adoptive parents in Minnesota. We are so excited for the new opportunities that lay ahead for these precious siblings. Please keep Bryant and Chenell in your prayers as they make this adjustment.
Also, last week there was a flurry of activity at the construction site. Over 100 Haitian men were hired on Friday to construct the 2nd story concrete floor. Rebar and plumbing was laid ahead of time in preparation for the big day. It was quite a sight to see so many people mixing, carrying, pouring and finishing the concrete. Nearly the entire floor was completed in one day, and many of the men returned on Saturday (Christmas eve) to finish the job.
The floor needs to cure for a few weeks before we can begin the next stage of construction – building the 2nd story cement block walls. With each step, we’re getting a bit closer to coordinating work trips for volunteers. We are hopeful these trips can take place this spring, but we need to be certain that we know when the concrete work will be completed before scheduling these trips. Once we know when this will be I will reach out to all who have expressed an interest in taking a trip so we can coordinate our schedules.
One of our greatest needs for the project is additional funding. If you would like to make a year-end tax-deductible donation to the construction project, please visit https://www.nplhome.org/donate-to-haiti-orphanage-mission/.
Thank you for your concern for the children of Haiti.
Dear friends and ministry partners,
Let us give thanks to God that Hurricane Matthew did not hit the western side of Haiti (Port-au-Prince and the surrounding areas) where several of my planted churches are located, along with the children in the orphanage, and the Feeding Center. It is an answer to prayer that they are all safe.
However, please continue to pray for the orphanage because even tough Matthew has left, it has caused long term damages in the southern part of the island that will affect the entire island in regards to prices of food.
For now, there is little means of communication with the south. The only bridge which connected it with the rest of the island has collapsed. Thousands of people are now homeless and all of the agricultural resources in the south are gone. The south is completely flooded. I just called Pastor Moises of Leogane, he told me a cemetery is flooded in Cavaillon and the water dumped corpses in the streets. It is a humanitarian crisis.
Before the hurricane, I called Pastor Thès and asked him to tell as many people as he can to stay up in the hills. We have three churches in the south located in Cavaillon, Petit Baie Dumesle, and Port-Salut. I have not yet been able to make contact with Pastor Celarès or anyone in his congregation in Cavaillon. Also, no word yet from Pastor Juno in Port Salut. The same is true for the Petit Baie Dumesle congregation. More than likely these church sanctuaries are destroyed, but our main concern now is the loss of life. As of today, the death toll is now up to 480, and over 30,000 homes destroyed; however, it will take time before we have a final count. Please pray for the people in the south and especially theses pastors and their congregations.
Lastly, please pray also for the entire island because the aftermath of the hurricane will have long-lasting damaging effect in the whole country. There may be outbreak of disease, especially cholera, in the weeks to come. There will be a migration of people from the southern part towards Port-au-Prince causing more suffering and poverty. Prices of food, already too high, are going to skyrocket. But HE is our Jehovah Jireh, God our provider – my hope is in The Lord.
The country needs a great deal of prayer from God’s people. Not only for a miracle in the midst of this humanitarian crisis, but more importantly that He will use this crisis to draw all people to Himself.
We are in prayer for the states of Florida, Georgia and South Carolina, and especially the believers there as Hurricane Matthew is preparing to make landfall in these states.
Jacques and Marie
Your missionary to Haiti (on furlough stateside)
Dear friends in Christ and ministry partners,
The ferocious Hurricane Matthew has landed this morning in the Southern part of Haiti with 145 mph winds. I have been in contact with the orphanage in Port-au-Prince and several of our church leaders throughout the country, and got updates about their safety and the situation on the ground.
Last night Pastor Thès, the head of our Bible Institute was very concerned because most of his family members are living in Cavaillon near Les Cayes in the Southwest. We have three churches in the south: Cavaillon, Port-Salut and Petit Baie Dumesle. I hope and pray that the hills will help weaken the strength of the hurricane.
I wanted badly to get in touch with one of our church leaders in the hills of Port Salut and in Les Cayes, but was unable to get through by phone. There is word of flooding and one death thus far in Port-Salut. I do not have any news for Cavaillon yet. I will continue to pray and will try to contact again this evening and tomorrow.
The good news is that Port-au-Prince so far is being spared with only 35 mph wind and just drizzling, this means the orphanage, the feeding centers, and surrounding churches are currently safe. Please pray for the Southern part of Haiti mainly Cavaillon, Les Cayes, Jacmel, Les Anglais, Petit Baie Dumesle and Port-Salut.
Marie and I are still on the road on furlough. We left Michigan yesterday and spent the night in Saint Louis, Missouri. It was a long night with constant contact with Haiti, monitoring the hurricane and praying. I want to thank all our partners who have emailed and called us to inquire about the situation in Haiti. Continue to pray, our God is able.
Marie and I expect to arrive back in Texas this evening, God willing, in order to speak at more scheduled churches. We will further update you if necessary.
We love you, and may God bless you!
Jacques and Marie
Your missionary to Haiti (on furlough stateside)
Stonegate Serves Haiti
Recently a group of 11 people arrived from Stonegate Church in Midlothian, Texas to serve in Haiti for a week. Beginning on Monday, Pastor Kevin Hill and Mrs. Jessica Wiseman taught a seminar on Christian Counseling in the guest house at the orphanage compound. This is where the Bible Institute is regularly held, which gives the children some great interactions with men and women who are preparing to serve God. 43 men and women attended the Christian Counseling training sessions, and we are praying that The Lord works through them as they put into practice what they have learned.
At the same time the 9 other guests were doing VBS in the morning at the Hatt children’s school and feeding center. These servants of The Lord were a real blessing to the children. Then in the afternoons they got together and painted rooms inside of the guest house. There is so much ongoing work to be done around the orphanage, so we are grateful whenever people come to help lighten the load.
In the evenings, the group spent time with the children, getting to know them, playing with them, and bonding with them. The children need to see the love of Christ modeled, and we are grateful to the Stonegate group for doing this.
Wednesday afternoon the group went to visit Apparent Project, and toured Delma on their way back to the orphanage in order to spend some more time with the children. That evening as they arrived back to the Palm Inn where they were staying, they along with their interpreters decided to canvass the neighborhoods around the hotel to spread seeds of the gospel.
On Thursday morning we were excited to hold a worship service where we distributed certificates of completion to the 43 students who participated in the Christian Counseling training. While this was taking place the other 9 guests taught VBS to the children at the orphanage. Later that day we all met for a debriefing. Marie & I shared our testimony and asked them to pray for Obed. He is one of the children at the orphanage, and has developed a serious problem with his eye. The group fervently prayed for Obed, then ended the meeting.
Less than 10 minutes after the group prayed for Obed they informed me of a major answered prayer! They were so touched by Obed’s need that one of the team members said he would pay for Obed’s surgery in the U.S., and another one said that she knows the eye doctor to do it.
Under a tree at the orphanage I said a prayer of thanksgiving to God for the deliverance that happened so quickly. Then I prepared the documents for them to take to the eye doctor (a picture of Obed’s eye, the medical report and sonogram, along with the English translations). Before I depart from Haiti to continue our furlough, I will contact the IBESR (Haiti’s children’s services) and request permission for him to leave Haiti to go to Texas for eye surgery.
I wanted to share with you this report about Stonegate’s visit because it truly demonstrates the vital importance of God’s people taking short term missions trips. Souls in Haiti were blessed because of their visit. The guests who came have been forever changed. It’s one thing to send money for other people to do the ministry – and don’t get me wrong, we need for this component to take place – but it’s another thing to get out of your comfort zone, go to another culture, and see first-hand what God is doing in someone else’s world. Lamentations 3:51 says that my eyes affects my heart. When you come to Haiti, speak to a man or woman through an interpreter, have a precious child sit on your lap, and “do life” for a while your heart will be changed.
Orphanage Construction Continues
We praise The Lord that the work is continuing on the jobsite at No Place Like Home orphanage in Haiti. Here are some photos showing how the foundation and columns are being reinforced with rebar. Once the rebar is all in place, the mixing and pouring of the concrete will begin! We are one step closer to providing housing for 50 children in Haiti, but we still need your help in raising additional funds to complete the construction. Please DONATE TODAY.
Christmas at No Place Like Home
Please read this letter from Jacques’ to learn how YOU can make a difference in the lives of children in Haiti this Christmas!
October 22, 2015
After much prayer, planning and fundraising we are excited to finally begin work on the orphanage expansion at No Place Like Home orphanage in Port-au-Prince, Haiti!
Quench Their Thirst
At the same time we were planning the new construction we discovered that the existing well at the orphanage was running dry. So we contracted with Blue Ridge International in Haiti to come drill a much deeper well to supply the entire compound, including the new facility that’s being built. Here you will find some photos of the process. I am reminded of Jesus in John chapter 4 as he spoke with the woman at the well and said, “Everyone who drinks of this water will be thirsty again, but whoever drinks of the water that I will give him will never be thirsty again. The water that I will give him will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life.” We are passionate about providing clean drinking water to the children at NPLH, but we are even more passionate about introducing them to the One who can quench their spiritual thirst.
Digging The Foundation
In July Ted Bailey, Jason Ramsey, Jacques Alexandre and I met in Haiti to get the project started. We met with our Christian brothers Moise Bellande who serves as engineer on the jobsite, and Roland David who oversees local products procurement. Also, “Boss Louis” who oversees the Haitian work crews was part of these kickoff planning meetings. During the week it became evident that before we start digging we need to have a soil study performed, so we hired a local company for this study. Little did we know how long that would take. They finally came on August 17 to dig and take soil samples. Then in September we finally received the green light that our original plan – with some slight modifications – was solid.
Work has now begun on this Haiti orphanage construction project, and as you’ll see from these photos it’s a very manual process. Local Haitians have been hired to dig the foundation with pick axes, shovels and wheel barrels. These men are glad to have employment, and we are thankful for their labor.
Please keep this project in your daily prayers. Prayers are specifically appreciated for: 1) safety for the workers, 2) additional funding. If you would like more information, please don’t hesitate to contact me at email@example.com.
NPLH Board Member
Update on Mrs. Lahens
June 11, 2015
The doctors and people in Cuba have been helpful, informative, and hospitable to Mr. Lahens. They have discovered many facts that have, for lack of a better word, complicated Mrs. Lahens situation. Upon arriving at the hospital in Cuba, Mrs. Lahens underwent extensive testing that covered blood work and many different aspects of her well-being. Through the testing, they have discovered three important facts regarding her wound:
- The bullet to be removed is located very close to her bone. If the doctors operate, there is a possibility that she may lose the use of her leg.
- The bullet itself contained lead, and it caused Mrs. Lahens to start developing lead poisoning.
- The pathway the bullet made through her leg is still there. Upon examination, doctors realized the path that the bullet traveled created an empty space in her leg. Now that part had become infected, causing Mrs. Lahens pain.
In order to combat these issues, the doctors had to take alternative courses of action. For two weeks, Mrs, Lahens underwent detoxification to clear out the lead poisoning from her system. Then the doctors started a procedure in which they used a laser to quickly close the flesh in the open bullet pathway. At the same time, it is supposed to move the bullet up towards the upper areas of her skin. When that happens, all that will be needed is a minor incision to remove the bullet. This step will take time, so she will return to Haiti while receiving medication. Afterwards, I believe a doctor in Haiti will be able to remove the bullet as it will be high enough for her to be able to feel in her leg. Following the procedure, she will need two months of rest in order to properly recover.
Please pray that Mrs. Lahens’ body will respond well to this treatment.
Baby Josué Passes Away
June 10, 2015
I am sorry to inform you that baby Josué died Wednesday morning, June 10 around 9:00 while Marie was driving him to the hospital. He was a boy with special needs and has been sick and hospitalized very often since coming to No Place Like Home. Josué was abandoned at 4 months old. We gave him the first name of Josue’ (the French name for Joshua) and the last name Mardy since God brought him to us on a Tuesday.