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Today’s blog for Monday November 5th was written by Dr Sheri Gillis Funderburk

My grace is sufficient for you: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. 2 Corinthians 12:9

It is Monday, November 5th and the time is 7 am or maybe it is 8. Yesterday was daylight savings time, however in Haiti the decision to recognize daylight savings is made on an annual basis the day before. If the time does change it is often delayed in remote areas like Dame Marie. Today is the first day of the medical clinic and it starts at 9 am so we are happy to hear it is 7 am and we have a little more time to set up. Since this is the third year of the clinic one may expect we know what to expect. This would be incorrect. Despite months of preparation, set up is always decided once we arrive. The first year we did not know what to expect at all and we set up clinic in the church. The second year Hurricane Matthew completely destroyed the church and we held the clinic on the parsonage porch. This year a temporary structure had been erected to hold church services/activities and three new classrooms were completed and we were able to hold the clinic there. I give thanks for God giving us the ability to adapt. “I have learned to be satisfied with what I have and with whatever happens.”

Philippians 4:11

The clinic focus has been on diabetes and high blood pressure education and treatment. Unfortunately, even with education, due to severe poverty, it is difficult for most Haitians to follow dietary recommendations for blood pressure and glucose control. For example, the average

Haitian diet contains 30 to 35 grams/day of sodium, this is almost 9 times the recommended amount of 4 grams/day. Education centers around reducing the current consumption of salt and starches, increasing water intake, and eating more fruits and vegetables.

After giving a poster presentation clinic clinic began. We saw approximately 100 people on the first day of clinic. The clinic was truly a collaborative effort with my fellow American missionaries, Haitian staff from RMI and a local doctor. The vast majority of people we saw had high blood pressure, many with blood pressures over 180/90. The highest blood pressure was 230/130. It was pressures like these that made me so thankful for God’s provision of a local Haitian doctor to help run the clinic and refer patients to the hospital who needed additional evaluation and treatment. Last year it was Dr. Antoine, who has stayed in contact with our team. Although he was unable to attend the clinic this year he stopped by several times and sent Dr. Phelizar to dispense blood pressure and medications we brought with us and refer patients to the hospital who needed additional treatment.

The clinic felt like a full’s day work but it was over at noon and God had more in store for our group and the community. While the men in our group made church benches the women held a Ladies Tea. The woman of Dame Marie Baptist church surprised us with handpicked flowers and local chocolate. This was followed by a beautiful service of praise through songs and a skit. Our

co-leader Minister Marossa Davis then delivered a beautiful message of being a friend of God. There was pure joy and fellowship as we worshipped our Savior Jesus Christ. The ladies then enjoyed “tea” and krimpets. The afternoon ended with the distribution of solar powered Luci lights. The ladies were jubilant in expressing their thanks for a gift that was only made possible by God’s grace.

While these two events were going on there was also a gathering of the children sponsored through the “Hope 4 Kidz” program. This program provides each sponsored child with tuition, school uniform and supplies, shoes, and hot lunch for one year. I had the opportunity to meet the beautiful little girl my family sponsored. We talked for a short time about her favorite subjects and her family. I look forward to hearing about her progress over the next year and will continue to pray for her and her family.

The day ended with the deacon’s meeting lead by Pastor Barteau Pierot. This was my first year attending a deacon’s meeting and I know God’s hands was at work because I came out of the meeting with a deeper understanding of my missionary journey both spiritually and practically. The needs of the church are many and resources are few but “God’s grace is sufficient, his strength is made perfect in weakness.”

Bondye Beni Ou

Strings of Love

Day Three -Sunday November 4, 2018 Blog written by Suzanne Woodard

We had a glorious Sunday!

After a grueling Saturday, where one obstacle after another arose, we were witnesses to the Lords’s hand moving miraculously over our situation, time and again.

What the devil meant for evil, The Lord turned into our Red Sea experience! What a mighty God we serve. Sunday was a Day to magnify his Holy Name! Oh My. Victory in Jesus! Yes!Eternal assurance thru Our Savior’s atoning Blood at Cavalry.

Strings of Love, the new Pastor & his Wife at Dame Marie Baptist Church, and the RMI staff teamed up to provide a moving and momentous Day of Praise on Communion Sunday.

Our own Min Emanual Paul brought the Word at the Morning Service from Mathew, Mark,Luke & Acts on ‘Why we go’

A co laborer from Strings, Min Milton Fox provided the evening message in an open air service. He spoke from Nehemiah - rebuilding- not just the physical walls- around your heart.

The resounding Word of God was powerfully delivered. We cannot quantify the Blessings and lessons in this short blog. Needless to say, like David danced out of his clothes with praise-our Praise report was elevational.

Tired but undeterred after a full day of worship with our Haitian brothers & sisters in Christ, we returned to our residence that night to recharge our batteries for a day of work-that the Lord had dictated,directed, and determined- ahead of us.

Be blessed!

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Strings of Love

Day Two Blog by Joyce Howell

       The darkness of the night gave way to the purple hues of the morning sky. Each passing moment electrified my spirit knowing God was present and the light was approaching. Today I saw the sunrise.      Genesis 3:1 And God said, Let there be light: and there was light. 

       God’s sureness, steadfast faithfulness in the sunrise prepared me for the upcoming day. 

  1. God is in control

  2. What appears to be a difficulty to man is a testament to God’s Kingdom. 

       We landed safely in Haiti, stayed overnight at the RMI Zangleis Missionary Center and today we will journey to Dame Marie, Haiti. We first stopped at Les Cayes depot to pick up RMI team members equipment and vehicles. Next, onto Dame Marie, Haiti to meet our family in Christ. 

       Make our path straight God- let this journey glorify You. This has been our prayer. God brought us together on one accord when we encountered several difficulties.  Two flat tires on the same army surplus truck - waiting for tire repairs, gave the team an opportunity to pray, sing songs of praise, testify of His goodness and acknowledge that God is in control.  Romans 8:28.


       Now the big test came when the same truck was denied crossing the only bridge that would lead us to Dame Marie, Haiti. Our team was delayed several hours, we don’t know how, why, when the truck would cross- But, we serve a risen Savior in Jesus Christ and God’s Word is true. Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.

       Just as the sun rose this morning- God’s faithfulness has not changed- His work in us would be complete the moment we saw the truck cross the bridge. We continued (4) four hours late to Dame Marie, MEBSH Church where they were still waiting to receive us. The testimony comes alive with praise- Jesus died on Calvary’s Cross, and rose again with the promise of eternal life. How sweet is Love in the newness of every day. 

Philippians 4:13 I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.



Mission Musings — Strings of Love

Praise God. Strings of Love, Haiti is in Zangleis, Haiti

Each day we hope to have a team member post about our day. Today first time traveler Jannet Smith will share her thoughts. Please continue to check for photos.

“ We arrived at JFK airport in NY around 5:30 am. The day began with fellowship. Our plane arrives safely in Haiti around 12:48 pm. Despite some turbulence and one lost bag, we are filled with spirit and know we are blessed! We boarded the RMI bus as we are met by Rob Thompson on the bus. The McGregor Baptist Church from Port Myers, Florida are there. I am sitting by one one of their members Kai Shanks who is here for her first trip to Haiti.

The Missionary Journey begins. 5 hours later we arrive in Zangleis. We are greeted warmly by other missionaries. The dinner is wonderful. We do have orientation and go over our journey scheduled in Haiti. Today I have seen the best of Haiti and it’s resilence. There is beautiful water surrounding. We go to bed thanking God for His blessings and knowing that tomorrow He will us through another day. “