Coastal Haiti Mission Newsletter
Years ago, while visiting a state fair, I came upon a scene that was both unsettling and disturbing. It was a display of a multitude of baby chicks crammed in together inside a large incubator. Clearly traumatized, the tiny creatures appeared panicked. Making the sound that baby chicks make, they ran to-and-fro trying to get “somewhere, ” but unable to get “anywhere,” crashing into and climbing upon one another. One was impaired and lying still while being pecked on by another to the point of laceration.
Something was definitely wrong with this picture. Throngs of visitors stopped at the site, watched for awhile and then moved on to another exhibition seemingly unmoved. (Was I the only one who witnessed their plight?) It was truly a man-made situation – not meant to be. The main cause of the chicks’ distress? Mother Hen was missing,
A broody hen can handle an average of 11-12 chicks, according to her own size.
(Some can handle as many as 14.) The main consideration is how many chicks can she accommodate beneath her wings, their place of warmth and protection. Looking at it from their point of view, these little critters were frightfully on their own.
Jesus saw people like these little chicks one time. Referencing Jerusalem and her people, He longed to lend them His protection.
“…How often would I have gathered thy children together, even
as a hen gathereth her chickens under her wings, and ye would
not!” Matt. 23:37 KJV
Broken people in a broken world. Rushing to-and-fro to make their mark, climbing over each others’ back for position and recognition. Wanting to be heard, but refusing to listen. Killing the prophets and stoning those sent to help them.
He could save them. He wanted to, but then again, it was up to them. But He would carry their transgressions (sins) to the cross with Him, anyway. He would hang there, the Sacred Head now wounded, beaten beyond recognition. Crushed by their sin – and yours’ – and mine. But death could not hold him. Halleluiah! He is alive forevermore. And He wants to gather all of His chicks under His protective wings!
“How precious is Your steadfast love, O God! The children of
men take refuge and put their trust under the shadow of Your
– Psalm 36:7 TAB
Walking this way with you,
3rd Village Food Distribution
Pastor Coty Writes:
We are blessed, we are blessed, yes, the people of the Village of Cahess are blessed.
We pray to God and ask Him to give us each day, our daily bread. When things get too difficult for us, we ask: where will our help come from?
But God always makes a way for us.
The Coastal Haiti Mission (CHM) ministry in the Village of Cahess does more than what people would expect.
In many countries, when things get very bad, people count on the government to help. In Haiti that would be a big mistake. If you count on our government, you won’t get anything.
Supporting the people in Cahess is a way to keep them alive.
When I look back to see how much the Family and Friends of CHM have blessed us, and how much they have cared for us, I can’t find enough words to thank them.
Now, I can say that people are really recovering from the flood. As far as I know, our village is the only village that is really recovering from the loses caused by the flood.
This is because the food distributions we held in Cahess, have been a huge help, and have really made the difference. With this food we really met the people’s need.
We were able to give a bag of rice to each family in the village. Most of these families had flood losses. For most of the families, this was the first time they were ever able to get a whole bag of rice. This is because they normally do not have enough money, to buy a whole bag of rice at one time. We are blessed in so many ways.
Thank you Jesus, and thank you to our supporters from CHM.
Pastor Coty Joseph
The third village food distribution
The School Lunch Program
Pastor Coty Writes:
When you think of a school day, many times you think of the teachers and how they get everything ready for the school day. Things like: books, chalk, notebooks etc…
There is also additional preparation that takes place, which is very important to the School of Cahess, especially to the students.
A young man named Mackendy, plays a big part in every school day, in our school. He is the one who carries the rice and beans and everything else needed for the school meal.
He even brings the firewood from the depot to the open kitchen, in the school yard. The kids who live close to the school, always look for Mackendy, even before they look for their teachers.
We praise God that we always have a Mackendy for every school day in Cahess. He may be sick or late sometimes, but we always have someone else to replace him when he is not available.
This is because of God’s grace, which is provided through you, our supporters, that we always have enough food for every school day.
We are exceeding grateful to you, the Family and Friends of Coastal Haiti Mission.
Pastor Coty Joseph
Mackendy at work.
Lunchtime is their favorite time of the day.
The Food for the Needy Program
Pastor Coty Writes:
This is Cleanne. Today I took some food to her family.
She did not know that I was going to visit her or her family, and when I got there, she did not realize the reason for my visit.
I can say that, I got there just in time, because I could see that she was desperate.
After receiving the food, She said: “For sure, God hears prayers.”
Cleanne ‘s Husband had just gone to take care of the animals but he had no hope that he would get something to eat that night.
She said: “my husband will be amazed when he comes back, because a minute before he left, he was complaining about what we will eat tonight.”
The food for the Needy Program makes me look like The Good Samaritan. However, you our supporters, share equally in this role.
Food to the hungry people and Hope for the hopeless ones.
Thank you Family and Friends of Coastal Haiti Mission.
The Home Lighting Project
Pastor Coty Writes:
The light project is a life changing effort.
The old lady, shown in the photos below, is very excited to see the big difference the light makes in her house.
At first, she thought that this light was just a flashlight. But after it was connected to the wall, she could not believe her eyes.
She has a two room house. We put a mounting plate in each room, so she can easily move the light from room to room. The light illuminates each room like it is the daytime. Now, she can see everything in her room easily.
I want to point out to our supporters, that these lights are a huge blessing for the people in our village.
Finally, our people live in the light. ( Applies only to the people who have a light. We still need to provide lights to many families) Project leaders note.
You cannot imagine how many accidents have happened; how many times the people hit their feet or their heads, just because their homes are dark.
In a country where kerosene for lamps is very expensive, and very hard to find, most of the people in the village go to bed very early at night, because they live in a completely dark situation.
So, the light project is very helpful to us in the village. It’s really a life changing tool.
Thanks to our supporters.
Life will be much easier and safer now with her light illuminating her house.
If you wish to provide these life changing lights, to the people who live in the dark in the Village of Cahess, please send your donation to the address at the end of this newsletter, or if you wish to give “On Line”, please use our PayPal service also at the end of this newsletter.
Hebrews 13: 16
“And do not forget to do good and share with others, for with such sacrifices God is pleased.”
A promise to you from the scripture
Isaiah 41: 10
Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand .
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
Or 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, Dan, and Ken are very grateful for your sacrifice. Ken Johansson CHM Newsletter Editor