Inspired by God in Haiti

March 27, 2017 at 6:00 AM

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Dr. Erol Rene talks to residents of Cayes-Jacmel, Haiti, about the water filters and how using them can promote health in the community.

(Editor’s note: Laura Malenke and her husband, Gary, live in Orange City, Iowa, and are members of a Partnership Ministry Team to Cayes-Jacmel, Haiti. Other members of the PMT include: Mark Kauk of Orange City, and Dr. Mark and Nancy Turek of Orange City)

Inspired by God in Haiti

By Laura Malenke

“So Christ himself gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the pastors and the teachers, to equip His people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up until we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of the son of God and become mature, attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ.”  Ephesians 4: 11-13

These verses reveal what the Luke Society ministry is doing in Haiti.

Our PMT group had the privilege to witness Dr. Erol Rene’s work and the many significant ways he, along with the Association Saint Luke of Haiti (ASSLAH) ministry, are impacting the community of Cayes-Jacmel.

Dr. Erol is humbly using his leadership to equip the saints and build others up so that they too can fulfill the work that God calls them to do.

Dr. Erol’s faith and teaching were evident as we met several groups of people with whom he is building relationships. While our desire was to be an encouragement to them, I was encouraged greater, as God revealed the many ways hope is being shown to those with physical, social and spiritual needs.

Throughout the course of a few busy days, let me share a glimpse of people we had the opportunity to meet:

We met new believers that came to know the Lord through ASSLAH. Evangelists persevere and share the Gospel to more than 100 people a month with one or two conversions. Praise God! New believers are continually encouraged, because when they come to Christ, so often it’s easy to go back to voodoo traditions in tough times. An encouraging story was shared from a son of a well-known voodou leader, who recently accepted Christ! 

"Lord, give me courage, give me eyes to see those who need You around me, and help me let go of some of my fears to share the Gospel."

As part of the cholera control program, we were able to see a group of people be given ceramic water filters and receive training on the importance and use of them.

"Lord, thank you for providing a way people can drink water safely, and may clean water and sanitation continue to be improved in Haiti." 

We met people in the church living in poverty but they joyfully shared their love for the Lord and expressed their gratitude to ASSLAH for the help given to them.

"To me, the Haitian life looks so difficult, Lord, but what a reminder from those stricken in poverty that all I need is You."

We had the privilege of worshiping with the Haitians on Sunday at the Baptist church in Cayes-Jacmel. I read and re-read on my phone app the passage the pastor was preaching on in Creole. I was moved, realizing how God was speaking to me through these words at the same time to millions all over the world, each hearing scripture in their own language and tongue.  

"I am in awe of your omnipresence God!"

We observed Dr. Erol at work in one of his mini clinics. We traveled to a rural community where he saw 44 patients that day! His dedication to his work is inspiring. 

"Lord, thank you for the love Dr. Erol and his staff have for the people who need medical attention.  Continue to give them energy to travel to these remote places and continue to share the Gospel."

We visited with people who are training to become community health workers from the teaching Dr. Erol provides. It was encouraging to hear some of them share how they are already putting their lessons into action.

"Lord, help these students to finish strong in their education and use their skills in their own communities. As Dr. Erol continues to also teach them Bible lessons, may they accept you as their Savior."

Although it’s difficult to put into words everything our team saw and experienced, we were thrilled to see the mission of the Luke Society weaved throughout the ASSLAH ministry. Pray with our team that this ministry will continue to build up the body of Christ and for Dr. Erol as he ministers to his patients and community, in his leadership within the church, and for his wife Carline who is expecting a baby very soon!

haiti-pmt.jpgDr. Jose Luis Guerrero (left) with the Cayes-Jacmel PMT: (from second left) Mark Kauk, Mark Turek, Gary Malenke and Laura Malenke.

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Luke Society ministry director Dr. Erol Rene does a check-up on a boy at a mini clinic in Cayes-Jacmel, Haiti, in February.  (Photos submitted)

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