Coastal Haiti Mission Newsletter
Website Revision and Review
This month we highlight Ken Johansson, CHM Administrator
Ken has been involved in ministry to the people of Cahess Haiti since 1994, when he volunteered to be part of a missions trip organized by Pastor Clint and Connie Goddard. In the intervening years, he joined Clint and Connie in helping to form North Haiti Mission. In February 2009, Ken, along with Clint and Connie, disassociated from North Haiti Mission and formed Coastal Haiti Mission. Although Ken has taken the lead in many projects, a more important role has been to assist and encourage Clint and Connie as they directed the mission.
When Pastor Clint passed away, Connie became ACTING ADMINISTRATOR and TREASURER. This was in addition to her other role of SECRETARY of the mission.
At this time, Ken assumed the position of editor of the Coastal Haiti Mission Newsletter.
In January 2016, Ken accepted the position of ADMINISTRATOR of the mission.
In this role, Ken works alongside the CHM Board members to identify and develop the areas of help most needed by the people. This includes areas of opportunity for the people to become more independent and less dependent on outside financial help. If a workable solution to a significant need is determined, he presents the need and the solution to the CHM Board for review. If the review is favorable, Ken then presents the need and its solution to the CHM Family and Friends, via the CHM Newsletter.
Writing the CHM Newsletter is one of Ken’s most important and challenging responsibilities. His goal is to share the news and to keep the Family and Friends of CHM informed regarding the health and welfare of the people of the Village of Cahess.
Ken, an Electronic Engineer, spent 25 years working as an analog circuit designer in the process control industry. He now owns and operates Lock-Tronics, installing and maintaining burglar and fire alarm systems. Ken and his wife Carla, live in North Grafton, Massachusetts, and are members of Living Word Church of Worcester, MA.
A Message from Connie Goddard
“…Testing whether that nation, or any nation so
conceived and so dedicated, can long endure.”
– Abraham Lincoln
We all watched, trying to make sense of what we were seeing on TV. There it was, an angry, menacing, flag-waving crowd breaking their way into our capitol building in Washington, DC. It was supposed to be a peaceful demonstration, a show-of-support for an outgoing president whom they thought had been betrayed.
But anger had its way and, and the demonstration became deadly and destructive. Men and women, who looked like our neighbors, caught up in the rage and passion of the moment, stormed the renowned building, one time referred to as the Temple of Liberty, its cornerstone originally laid by George Washington on September 18th, 1793. It was the intent of the crowd to prevent the election of Joseph R. Biden, Jr., to the office of president of the United States.
The invasion was severe. Offices were plundered, lives threatened, and beatings inflicted without mercy on capitol police. Legislators at work in the building, sought out by the attackers, braced for the worst in fear for their very lives. Curses, blood, and tears, colored the day. Lives were lost and bodies injured.
Today, as I write this (a few weeks gone by) the sky is blue over Washington. Joseph R. Biden has been duly elected from within the walls of our capitol building. Our government is intact. Our glorious Republic has endured!
The new president has called for unity. We know that “a house divided against itself cannot stand.” God has called us believers also to unity. Does that mean we all have to think alike? Look alike? Dress alike? Of course not. But as our country is centered in our Constitution, so our unity as Christians must be centered in the Word of God containing the teachings of our Lord Jesus Christ.
As we work together in unity in our country here under the sun, we can do great and wondrous things! God has given us all the love we need for our fellow man — believers and unbelievers alike.
In his inaugural speech, the now-President Joe Biden mentioned that we don’t win people by “an example of our power,” but by “the power of our example!”
Not everyone voted for JB, but the people have spoken, and we honor the process. There will be another election — another day — another time.
Walking this Way with you.
Food for the Needy Program
The Food for the Needy Program is more than just a casual program for the people of Cahess. The people on this program are unable to survive without food assistance. They have very little money and therefore they cannot purchase sufficient food to survive.
This program provides the food for a very basic diet.
Some of the beneficiaries are too old and weak to come to get the food themselves. In that case, they send someone else to get the food for them.
More than 35 people are in this program. People are added into this program, if we find that they are unable to provide food for themselves.
Pastor Coty tells us one of the recipients story.
This lady’s name is: Miloude Saint-Louis. She is a hard worker. She is now taking care of 3 grandchildren because their mother, who was Miloude’s daughter, died 2 years ago.
Her business as a street vendor, is to buy cow’s milk in the village and sell it in the closest town, which is Trou-du-Nord. Even though she works very hard, the small amount of money she earns, is not nearly enough to take care of her family.
Miloude is also taking care of her husband. This man ruined his health by drinking alcohol, so now, he cannot do anything for himself.
Miloude’s life is far from easy, and we are glad that she is one of the beneficiaries of this program.
School Lunch Program
Pastor Coty Writes
From gathering the fire wood, to cooking the meal, and then serving it to the kids, it’s all a process. The kids understand the process, but for them, the big thing is to get the food.
In this newsletter, I want you to get a sense of how the students feel about the lunch program. One of our students writes a personal letter to you, the Family and Friends of Coastal Haiti Mission, for providing the School Lunch Program.
Pastor Coty Writes
This is a letter from one of the kids at the school talking about the school lunch program. We will have the English version with the help of Brother Carl.
My name is Roselord Jean.
I would like to talk about the school lunch program. The school lunch program is very good for us students. Just speaking from my own experience, sometimes my parents have no food to give me at home. But I know the school will feed me. And let me tell you, the food is excellent and the cooks do a marvelous job.
I want to personally thank all of the CHM supporters and also special thanks to Pastor Coty who always keeps the program in orderly fashion.
Special thanks to everyone that helped provide this food for us. May the Lord bless you all abundantly.
Roselord is the young lady on the right.
Life in Rural Northern Haiti
This is a goat. Goat farming is a source of income for many people in our village. It is a great path to financial freedom and purchasing power.
When it is time for children to go back to school, parents will often sell a goat to cover tuition expenses and other needs that they may have. Sometimes back to school means that 2 goats will be up for sale.
As you may have noticed in the pictures, the goat has a wooden stick around its neck. This is what the local people call a “kwòk”. The “kwòk” is used to prevent the goat from getting into small fence openings and then eating the crops from the farmers garden.
The two main profitable activities in our village are small livestock farming and growing gardens. That is the reason why all goat farmers abide by the non written rule of making sure that their goats do not destroy the gardens of other people as well as their own gardens.
Hebrews 13: 16 ESV
Do not neglect to do good and to share what you have, for such sacrifices are pleasing to God.
A promise to you from the scripture
Don’t be afraid, for I am with you.
Don’t be discouraged, for I am your God.
I will strengthen you and help you.
I will hold you up with my victorious right hand.
Isaiah 41: 10
Thank you Family and Friends of Coastal Haiti Mission, for all that you do to help the people in Cahess, Haiti. You are making a huge difference for these people.
Please remember, that CHM must continue to send our monthly commitment of $800 to carry on the ongoing CHM ministry in Cahess.
If you desire to help, please send your tax deductible check to our address and tell us how you want us to use your donation:
Coastal Haiti Mission
C/O Constance Goddard
3048 Spring Fancy Lane
Indian Trail, NC 28079
For tax deductible “online donations”, please use our PayPal service. Also please designate how you want us to use your donation.
May the Lord our God, who knows your heart and sees your actions, grant you great joy as you serve Him.
Connie, Esther, Pastor Coty, Carl, and Ken are very grateful for your sacrifice.
Ken Johansson CHM Newsletter Editor