Beloved in the Lord,
By the infallible grace of our Savior, Jesus Christ, we greet you warmly in the Name of Jesus. Good Shepherd Baptist Church presents her compliments and congratulates you for your wonderful work in the world for the Lord Jesus.
We are Good Shepherd Baptist Church, serving the whole person in Haiti. It has been our goal since 1990 to plant churches throughout Haiti, spread the Gospel of Jesus Christ and educate and feed children in difficult situations. This ministry was founded in 1990 by Pastor Joseph M. Jerome for the purpose of spreading the Gospel and doing social actions. We work in Port-au-Prince (west and south), Haiti. We are Christian missionaries working for the propagation of the Word of God (Mark 16:15, Matt 28:19-20). Since 1994, we have planted 4 churches across Haiti. Our mission is also to provide the children of Haiti with a Christian education through 3 schools and to feed the starving children through the Feeding Program.
The earthquake of January 12th, 2010 that hit Haiti and killed more than 300,000 people also completely destroyed the Good Shepherd Baptist Church and the school, Love in Action in Port-au-Prince. We moved few weeks later to another piece of land where we built a shelter with wood and metal sheets to worship God and to educate the poor children in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. We are still under that shelter but we have two big problems.
1- The space has become too small for the worship services with about 200 people in attendance. Also, the school, Love in Action, has grown a lot. We have very limited space. Because we have about 300 children every day in the school, we are obliged to use all the space in the church sanctuary. Because of this situation, our benches get broken, and we have to bring out all the school benches and all the school accessories in order to set up the church benches every Sunday and for mid-week services. This keeps us all the time busy bring them in and out, and our sound system also does not work very well with all the students playing on them.
2- All the legs of the shelter have rotted. When it’s raining, we have a big problem because our sheet metal has many holes in it. That means it rains outside and inside. The rain water affects the wooden legs and some of them have already fallen down. Much of the wood has already rotted. We cannot work when it rains.
If you would please pray about this project and the money it costs to do the work. The entire congregation and the school children are in prayer day by day for this project.
We need stronger concrete, posts and beams on top of the basement on which to build the church and some classrooms. We already have the foundation, but we need to make it stronger to support the church’s mission of spreading the Gospel and the school in order to educate more children.
We include with this letter the project costs and some pictures of the space so you can see the situation.
The Board of the Good Shepherd Baptist Church
Pastor Joseph Mombien Jerome
Pastor Mc Donald Rubens Jerome
Pastor Jules Gesnel Beldor
Pastor Mackensie Louis
Sister Sophia Jean
Sister Nara Estriplet
Brother Calerbe Lamy
This are the costs for strong concrete, posts and beams on top of the basement and for building a part of the church and the school.
Quant. Materials Unit Price Total Price USD
6 Truck Gravel $100 $600
400 Bags of cement $10 $4,000
5 Truckloads of sand $100 $500
500 Blocks $1 $500
25 Plywood $40 $1,000
2 Ton line iron $130 $260
36 Wood planks $25 $900
200 Iron ¼ $3 $600
180 Iron 3/8 $6 $1,080
250 Iron ½ $10 $2,500
110 Iron 5/8 $18 $1,980
50 Water (little tank) for working
Transport of Materials $500
Boss, Workers, Engineer $2,000