Coastal Haiti Mission Newsletter
Website Revision and Review
This month we revisit the “Programs” tab
The role of Coastal Haiti Mission (CHM) has changed.
Previously, we physically went to Haiti, where we ministered directly to the people and we constructed buildings and facilities. Now, we have trusted and able people on the ground in Northern Haiti. We also have telephone and internet communications. These factors allow us to present the urgent needs of the people in Cahess to you, our mission partners. As our God moves on your hearts to meet these needs, we pledge ourselves to see that your investments are used to properly meet the need for which they are given. Some of the programs that we encouraged in the past, such as the Foster Care Program, have been terminated. This was done because these programs became financially unsustainable. It also became difficult for us to have good oversight of these donated funds.
We maintain a program to provide food for the hungry called, Food for the Needy. Weekly allotments of food are provided to the people in need. This program is operated by women in the area named the Dorcas Ladies.
We also raise funds to provide food for school age children, in the form of school lunches. We also provide food bars for the children attending a weekend class called Saturday Sunday School
We will be sharing with you, the urgent needs that are sent to us by our CHM person on the ground, in Cahess Haiti.
We are continuing to provide solar powered home lighting, to improve the health and the quality of life, for the families in this rural community.
Another project that is in the formation stage, is the creation of a Food Coop, where the people can effectively grow crops that they can sell, and also have for their own consumption.
In C.S. Lewis’s story The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe, Mr. Beaver is speaking to Susan about Aslan. “Aslan was a great lion,” he told her.
“Is he safe?” she asked? ”Safe?!” Mr. Beaver replied.“Who said anything about “safe? ‘Course he isn’t safe! But he’s good – He’s a KING!”
Now Jesus was referred to as the “Lion of the Tribe of Judah” (Rev. 5:5), the name meant to indicate a great conqueror.
But is He safe? Hate to say it, but if we want “safe,” we’d best follow Him from afar.
I believe the “Cancel Coulture” has a target on Him, and it ain’t too fond of His followers, either. Nothing new! Messiah’s followers have always been “fair game” to those who are opposed to Him. At least from the time the early Christians were falsely accused and punished by Nero for burning down Rome. Thousands of early believers were punished and killed for their belief in Jesus, the Christ and for refusing to bow down to Roman gods – dumb idols made of wood and stone.
Some were burned alive and hung up on poles for light. Some were beheaded, and others thrown in coliseums to fight for their lives with wild animals, including leopards, boars , and lions. Missionaries through out the world have since been murdered for the same reasons.
Today there are those who want to cancel the Ten Commandments, prayer in schools, the cross, and manger scenes at Christmastime. Oh, and by all means, do not wish anyone a “Merry Christmas.”
What’s next? Cancel Church? Cancel Christianity? The Bible? Reminds me of Psalm 2:3 from The message:
“Let’s get free of God! Cast loose from Messiah!”
I once told my teenage son not to wear anything on his person that symbolizes a religion or a cause that he was not willing to die for. I Sometimes wear a cross around my neck. Nothing ornate, just made of wood. Am I willing to die for what it represents? God knows.
So again…Is Jesus safe? Probably not, but He’s good – He’s a KING!
Walking this Way with you,
Food for the Needy Program
The Food for the Needy food distribution
This month we tell you the story of Elianie Jean-Gilles, also known as Sazine.
Sazine was living in Port-au-Prince at the time when the earthquake struck Port-au-Prince in 2010. She had 2 children aged 16 and 4 years. The fathers of the children had disappeared, leaving Sazine to fend for herself and her 2 children.
Because life was so terribly difficult after the earthquake, Sazine and her 2 boys moved to the Village of Cahess, where her uncle and an aunt lived.
There was no room for Sazine and her 2 boys in the uncle and aunt’s house, so Sazine and her boys lived wherever she could find a room. Because she often could not pay for the room, they moved often.
When the House for the Homeless, which was the vision of, and paid for, by a couple from the CHM family, was finished, Sazine moved in. She and her 2 boys were the first occupants. Now the oldest son has found another place to live, so Sazine continues to live in this house with her now 15 year old son. This son is a student in the School of Cahess, directed by Pastor Coty.
The oldest son, who has family responsibilities of his own, is unable to assist in providing food for Sazine and his brother. He does however help with the school expenses for his brother.
Sazine tries to supplement her food supply by washing clothes for other families, but she is unable to provide the amount of food needed for herself and a growing 15 year old boy.
The bottom line is that Sazine is essentially 100 percent dependent on the Food for the Needy Program.
When I think of the value of this and other CHM Programs, I want to consider Sazine’s 15 year old son.
This boy has the possibility of a good future.
Think about where this boy might be if there was no Food for the Needy Program, no Homeless House, no Church, no Christian Community, no School, and no Saturday Sunday School.
Those possibilities are terrible to think about.
Instead, because of you, the Family and Friends of Coastal Haiti Mission, he has food for his belly, a place to lay his head to sleep, a place to learn about having a personal relationship with Jesus Christ, a place to learn about values and subjects that will help him navigate life, a place to grow socially with his classmates, and a church to be fed spiritually, and learn about serving the one and only, Loving God.
When I look at what WE, THAT is ALL of US TOGETHER, are doing to meet the needs of this boy, who had no choice about his life’s circumstances, I see great value. I trust that you also see this value.
And, he is but one example, of the many people in the Village of Cahess, whose lives are greatly blessed because of your investments through CHM.
Ken Johansson, Newsletter editor
The School Lunch Program
This is Enise, working in the School Lunch Kitchen.
Pastor Coty Writes:
This is Emilia Charles, also known as Enise. Enise is the janitorial person in the school and she is also the cook’s helper.
Yesterday I asked her, how do you like your job as your pay is not very big? Her answer to me was inspirational.
She said: “I cannot say that I don’t get enough, because I want to tell people how blessed I am by this school lunch program.”
She said, “I have 4 kids, and all of them are in this school. That means all 4 kids get this meal every day.
I always save some of my meal to take to my husband at home. He cannlot do hard work, because he had a terrible accident years ago.
That means my whole family is blessed by the school lunch program. If you can add to my salary, I will gratefully thank you, but I know my family is very blessed by the School Lunch Program.”
Enise’s story is an example of many families in Cahess, and how they are blessed by the school lunch program.
I can’t find a BIG enough word to say thank you, to you, the supporters of Coastal Haiti Mission. People are surviving in Haiti because of your help. Coty.
Thank you for feeding the children.
We are in need of additional donors to help us continue to finance the School Lunch Program. Connie, our CHM treasurer, tells me that we have just been making the needed amount. The cost for 200 students and teachers, at $0.50 per meal, is $100 for each school day, which amounts to $2000 for a 20 school day month.
If you have been supporting the School Lunch Program, this appeal is NOT directed to you. Instead, we are looking for additional donors to join with us in providing these meals.
If you desire to help feed these students, please send your check to the address at the end of this newsletter, or use our PayPal service, also at the end of this newsletter. Please mark your donation “School Lunch Program”.
Life in Rural Haiti The Harvest Festival
Pastor Coty Writes:
In our Baptist church in Cahesse, we have always celebrated the harvest festival. It is customary for the worshipers to bring part of their garden harvest to church for the celebration.
Cahesse is known for growing plantain. Thus a lot of farmers brought their crops to church, mainly plantains and presented them at the altar during the service.
This year the harvest celebration was on March 21st. Many people came some from other congregations and we celebrated together.
The Pastoral care group, after the celebration, did two actions with the produce that was donated. Some of the produce was distributed to people in need, and the remaining portion was sold. This is a way that money can be raised for the church.
One thing worth mentioning is that the selling price was set by the buyers, and NOT the sellers.
This year we had plenty of plantains, squash, papaya, beans and lots more.
All the worshipers blessed the Lord with their products of hard labor from their gardens.
The theme of the harvest festival this year, was Psalms 34:2.
“I will boast only in the Lord;
Let all who are helpless take heart”
Hebrews 13: 16 ESV
Do not neglect to do good and to share what you have, for such sacrifices are pleasing to God.
A blessing to you from the scripture:
The Lord bless you and keep you; the Lord make his face shine on you and be gracious to you; the Lord turn his face toward you and give you peace.
Numbers 6: 24-26
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