|Dear friends and supporters of VOHM:|
It has been a long time since my last report from Nov. 2021. We are making plans to provide you more frequent updates, about all that is happening, for Christ, and his kingdom, in northern Haiti. We are planning to hire a bilingual staff person, based in Haiti, to handle all communications.
Our Sr. Missionary and overseer of both VOHM and Hosean Ministries, Pastor Caleb Lucien provides this report to you:
“A lot has happened over the past year. Haiti is facing the most difficult and challenging time in our history. Gangs have taken control of the Capital City-Port au Prince; the government has done nothing to take control back. The international community remains silent and maintains the position that the Haitians need to solve their own problem. Gang members have begun to enter into Port au Prince churches, committing atrocious crimes. Everyone is afraid, due to the uncertainty. Pray that the church will remain strong and be the agent of transformation that God wants us to be.”
It breaks my heart that Pastor Caleb has to give this report. However, I am thankful that stability and life in northern Haiti is much better than in the capital, Port au Prince. VOHM is based in northern Haiti, in Cap Haitian, and Hosean ministries is based in Pignon, in the northern highlands. Pastor Caleb reports that a lot of kingdom work has been accomplished in northern Haiti. VOHM has witnessed 35 baptisms at Eglise Evangelique Libre du Cap Haitian (EELCH), and we have seen as many as 900 worshiping in our mother church in Cap. The Cap church cell group had stopped meeting during Covid and now they have been reactivated. Many that had been away from the church, have come back. VOHM churches, in the midst of political instability, have remained strong and continue to be a light in darkness.
VOHM has celebrated 28 years of EELCH, standing as a beacon on the hill, and 20 years of College Susan Schuenke, educating the next generation of Christians. Our Lord has been faithful. Please pray for the continuing growth of our churches and their witness as a light in a dark time.
Pastor Caleb Lucien provides a little more detail on VOHM’s work over the past 6 months:
EELCH (Cap Haitian) The congregation is growing, and we plan to move to 2 Sunday services to accommodate the large number of people attending.
Berard church is doing well. We have charged the leadership to administer our solar powered water plant, distributing free water to the community and packaging water to sell.
Brossard Church. Pastor Yves has been installed for this newest church.
Grand Riviere Du Nord- Pastor Tholem is a very strong solid teacher leading one of our healthiest churches.
College Susan Schuenke:
We are enrolling 1020 students for this year. The financial structure and administration of the school is strong and accountable under Pastor Caleb’s leadership. The 2022-23 operating budget for our school is $298,384. 85% of this budget is covered by student tuition, 10% by student scholarships and 5% from VOHM subsidy. We are evaluating our compensation package for our teachers.
CSS serves students from the city of Cap Haitian and surrounding areas. We operate a fleet of school buses to transport kids to and from school. Our fleet is very old, and we need to replace three buses. I am amazed at how God works all things for good to those who love Him and are called according to his purpose. From a chance encounter on a bus in Los Angeles, CA. with someone who works for a school in Ft. Lauderdale, FL. who gave me a reference to the Fuller Center in Boca Raton, Fl, we were able to graciously receive a donated school bus. This bus is in the process of being shipped to our school in Cap Haitian. We are very thankful to the Fuller Center for donating this bus, with the possibility for additional buses in the future.
Our goal is to provide scholarships for ~150 students this year. We ask for your support to sponsor these students. You can go to our website to see prospective scholarship recipients. CSS has provided computer science education as part of our curriculum, and we need to upgrade our computer lab. We are anticipating the delivery of late model laptops from a donor in Canada to rebuild this lab.
The late Pastor Henoc Lucien, along with his wife Guerline, took in orphaned children from the 2008 hurricane in Gonaives. VOHM provides support for these children and now we have 7 off to college. VOHM is committed to fund their schooling through college. This will cost VOHM $33,200 for the 2022-23 school year. We will provide more detail on these young people and will be asking you to consider supporting them.
VOHM 2022-23 Budget
We are thankful for the support you continue to provide VOHM. You are vital to sustaining this work. The board of VOHM is pleased to provide our 2022-23 budget of $345,000 compared to FY 2021-22 of $367,000.
Church ministry $86,000
Leadership training $2,000
College Susan Schuenke $57,000
Orphan support $33,200
Capital building projects $102,800
VOHM US administration $22,700
Sr. Missionary family Support $41,300
Total FY 22-23 $345,000
Phil.4:11 Not that I am speaking of being in need, for I have learned in whatever situation I am to be content. Phil.4:13 I can do all things through Him who strengthens me. So, it is in this spirit that we press on.
Thank you for your generous support.
President VOHM, Inc.
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