School Construction Leaps Forward

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Construction of the Bouyaha school has taken a giant leap forward!  The generosity of St. John’s continues to change lives.  Funds collected in honor of Pastor Marie’s ministry at St. John’s provided the boost to move the construction of the additional wings forward.  It is humbling to see the progress in just a year.  It was a year ago when we traveled  to Haiti and witnessed the ground breaking.  There is much to be thankful for.  Please keep this ministry in your thoughts and prayers,  as there is much more we can do.

Pastor Mioche writes …

Incredibly thankful to be the beneficiary of these blessings in honor of Pr. Marie ‘s work at St John. We praise God for the progress on the school building this past week and this week and we thank you so much for your support. Enjoy the pictures. 

Third week of work on the school building in Bouyaha. Walls for the 4 classrooms almost done and get ready for a new roof. We have the walls of the administrative block half way done. A year ago, you guys started it all. Glory to God and thank you for giving us some big smiles. Have a great week.

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Student Pictures and New Classrooms

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The children of Bouyaha are excited to receive their school pictures!  These are pictures that Wayne took while on our trip last spring.  These are being distributed in the classrooms.  What a wonderful sight. 

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“Friends of Christ” Christian School of Bouyaha

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Classes begin Sept 2 and the “Friends of Christ” Christian School of Bouyaha will be ready!

Pastor Mioche writes …   “One of the big goals for us this summer was to get our three new classrooms ready for school before September 2nd. We are glad to report that we are almost there. We got 40 benches made, tables and other chairs made for the kindergarten classroom. We also bought 3 desks and office chairs for our teachers. We are now putting the final touches along with a new hardboard ceiling to protect against the heat. The parents and children are all excited. We are thankful once again for St John Lutheran Church of Kasson, MN and Pleasant Hill Christian Church of Raymond, IL for their combined efforts in building these classrooms. We still have over 100 hundred students without proper classrooms in a hangar. We are in need to build another set of four classrooms, a principal office and a library/computer lab. We are also praying to establish a clinic in the village to meet the basic health challenges there.”

Each side has a color for the kindergarten classroom

Each side has a color for the kindergarten classroom

Lots of volunteers from Pignon and the village

Lots of volunteers from Pignon and the village

I see a familiar face!

Bos Piti building the benches at school site

Bos Piti building the benches at school site
New desks and benches

New desks and benches

A first in Bouyaha …  desks and chairs for the teachers.

Inside new kindergarten classroom

Inside new kindergarten classroom

The teachers are going to enjoy the nice chalk boards.

The well is still being useful at the village school of Bouyaha.

The well is still being useful at the village school of Bouyaha.

This source of clean safe water is a blessing to the entire village.

Almost ready for school

Almost ready for school

Children are already playing in front of the school.

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Happy man

Pastor Miohe looks like a proud man, as he and the rest of us should be.

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Dream Becomes Reality

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The dream of a school in Bouyaha moves closer to reality!  The materials to finish the school are on site and the remaining work is planned to be complete before fall classes begin.  What an accomplishment!  Who would have thought this could be done? The work that remains to be done …  finish the floors, install doors, install windows, construct student desks/benches, install teacher’s desks, and some wiring.  From Pastor Mioche; “It’s amazing to see what our Father is doing through you all and bring all these blessings in the village. The folks there are very thankful and this has spur hope again in the future of the village.”

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Local Radio Station Sends Transmitter to Haiti

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While in Haiti, Pastor Mioche asked if I would follow up on a lead he received 2 years ago…  while visiting Minnesota he had learned that a local radio station could possibly have an “extra” FM radio transmitter.  Pastor Mioche wants to upgrade his small radio station and a newer, higher power transmitter would be essential.  After 2 years, the lead was a bit vague.  But after some gumshoe detective work the pieces all came together.  Amazingly, local radio station KNLW did have an extra transmitter and they were willing to donate it to Pastor Mioche.  That transmitter is now on its way to Pastor Mioche.  

KAAL news story …

Local Radio Station Sends Transmitter to Haiti

Posted at: 06/05/2013 9:47 PM
Updated at: 06/06/2013 9:23 AM
By: Jenna Lohse

(ABC 6 NEWS) — Nearly two and a half years after the earthquake that devastated Haiti, some local groups are still doing what they can to help. In this case, a local radio station is stepping up to make a donation, but it’s what they are donating that’s unusual.

On top of a cross at New Life Worship Center in Rochester sits an antenna. An antenna that transmits to radios across the area.

For 5 years, Pastor Bob Bernard and local volunteers have run 98.9FM KNLW, a Christian radio station, from inside the church. But they no longer need their backup transmitter. 

“Better that it gets some use, than just sit up in the attic,” said Pastor Bob Bernard, New Life Worship Center.

Instead, they’ve decided to donate their barely used backup to a radio station in Haiti.

“I’m going to put it in a box and I’m going to ship it to pastor Mioche. Pastor Mioche has a small radio station, very low power, it’s in a very small room. He would never be able to afford a transmitter, so getting a gift like this is tremendous for him,” said Dennis Foster, who is sending the transmitter to Haiti.

The new transmitter will help Pastor Mioche Rock’s ministry in Haiti reach close to a half of million new listeners.

“This is just a blessing to us and to our town and villages in Haiti,” said Pastor Mioche Rock.

Which is crucial in Haiti, where radio is one of few channels of communication.

“You don’t have power everywhere, you don’t have newspaper everywhere, so this is the key to be able to connect with people,” said Mioche. 

In a country that has so little, Pastor Bernard says a radio connection means everything.

“Who it really impacts is the person who hears the message and maybe has a child who hasn’t eaten in a few days and they can come to Pastor Rock’s ministry in Haiti and they can be fed,” said Bernard.

The transmitter is more than just a box of electronics, it’s a way for those in Haiti to receive the signal they need to stay connected.

Pastor Rock’s station in Haiti is currently running on 50 watts and his equipment is failing due to the climate. The newly donated transmitter is 300 watts and it should arrive in Haiti by Tuesday.

   

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 Progress Continues – The School’s Roof Is Being Installed!

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It is exciting to see the transformation occurring in Bouyaha!  Construction on the Bouyaha school continues, and is on track for children to use the new classrooms and kitchen when the school season starts this fall.  This is a blessing that will  change the lives of these Bouyaha children.  What’s next?   Help is needed to purchase  doors, windows, and classroom furniture and fixtures.   And then, on to funding the next construction phase to add the remaining classrooms.

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Hydration Cups – See Them In Use

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Student’s at the school in Bouyaha have received their cups and are using them!  This is a giant step toward improving the health of these children.

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