Greetings fellow Beulah Heights colleagues and comrades:
I am sending greetings from Jacmel, Haiti to first say thank you for all your prayers, donations and support during our time in Haiti. Your support allowed us to become a tremendous blessing to a nation that is in abject poverty and surreal living conditions. It is a country that still lies in ruin, tents, trash everywhere, and the people are just trying to survive. People were rustling for food, bathing in the streets, and children just roamed the streets not even aware of the distress around them. However, we were on a mission and knew that we might not be able to conquer the big giants but we were able to accomplish some goals that were very beneficial to the people of Fontal and they were very appreciative.
To get to Fontal, we had to take a 3 hour ride from Porte au Prince to Jacmel, Haiti which would normally take us maybe 1 hour or so; however, it was a 3 hour trek from the capital of Haiti up hills, terrains in a van through bumpy, muddy, dusty roads. After a couple nights stay at a hotel, we got on a bus to drive to Fontal and this drive was even tougher. We drove through rocky roads, small lakes of water in a large truck and up and down the mountain-side with no rails or guards! It took about 2 ½ hours but we finally made it to the village and this is place where the mission and ministry begin. After another night’s rest in a home without plumbing or electricity, we visited the village, the church, and the communities to meet the people, access the needs, and give the things we brought. We met the pastor and elders of the church. The pastor spoke of the needs to they had to marry 6 couples who needed to get married and that they needed the necessary gowns and suits for the wedding day. Also, he shared that they had a desire to build a school and train teachers and give the children an opportunity to learn and play. After meeting with the pastor and elders, we took a journey to many of the homes in the village and shared the gospel and prayed with many of them. Jean Michelet was our translator and it was a wonderful experience preaching the gospel in the streets of Haiti and see many listen and kneel in humility to receive prayer. God is awesome. Later that evening, we went to a night church service. The people came from all over the community, kids, families and the like. We sat in the dark of about 90 minutes until they got the generation working. The people sat patiently and joyfully singing songs to the Lord. Finally, the generator was able to produce some energy and the lights came on. We had praise and worship and I preached the word of God. We are grateful for the $800.00 donation from Beulah Heights University which helped the people of Fontal purchase the generator and bring light to their church and community.
We also met LaFortune Richardson, a young Christian who has a heart for God and a desire to come to America and study and get prepared to work and do something to help his people. He has such a heart for God and really wants God to use him. It is our prayer that God will open a door for him to attend Beulah Heights University. Again, I am so grateful for the opportunity to be connected to a place where the people are hungry for God and hungry for change. As a Vice-President of Beulah and as a Christian, I know that not only are we a university that trains leaders to change the world, but students and faculty are taking an active role in making Beulah’s vision a reality. God bless you all and I am sure I will share even more specifically with some of you personally and potentially with some of the student body.
In His Service,
V.P. for Student Life and Enrollment Management
Children from Fontal village, Haiti Generators Provided by Beulah Heights University Chapel