Friday, December 28, 2012

Bibles for Haiti

As I was sitting in church one Sunday, the pastor asked if anyone had a Haitian Creole Bible to read from the pulpit.  Only two people, out of the more than 200 people there, had a Bible.  They had not left them at home.  They did not own a Bible.  The average wage for a Haitian is $1,200 per year.  Each Haitian Creole Bible costs $12.  That is 12% of one month’s wage.  The average American wage is $48,000.  An equivalent price for a Bible would be $480.  Americans can buy a Bible for $1.  As I thought about the cost of a Bible for a Haitian, I felt the need for us to provide God’s Word for people that are truly interested in living their lives for the Lord.

2 Timothy 2:15, “Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a worker who does not need to be ashamed and who correctly handles the word of truth."

How can they correctly handle the Word of God if they don’t even have it available to read?  My goal for 2013 is to give at least 200 Bibles to Haitians that have memorized 9 key Bible verses.  If they take the time to memorize these verses, I know that they are truly interested in learning more about the Lord.  Please join me in giving Haitians the opportunity to read and study the Word of God.  How can you help?

  1. Memorize the 9 key Bible verses yourself.                                                          Hiding God’s Word in your heart is a great gift to give yourself.
  2. Donate $12 for each Bible you wish to give.                                                         Click here to donate.  or go to
 Please email us to let us know how many Bibles you have donated.                                                                        Click here to email.

Thank you for having a desire to spread the Word of the Lord to a people that is eager to learn!

The Bible verses to memorize:
  1. John 15:5
  2. Psalm 20:7
  3. Matthew 22:37-38
  4. John 14:21
  5. John 8:47
  6. John 5:19
  7. Hebrews 11:6
  8. Luke 14:33
  9. John 14:23

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Practice in Patience

So much of our life here in Haiti is a practice in patience.  I would have to say that sometimes we practice it well, and sometimes we fail.  In March, the Lord placed it on my heart to help a little neighbor girl that is blind, Fede Shinailove.  I would see her just sitting around all day because she was not able to go to school.  I found a school in Port-au-Prince that teaches the blind, and so I began a journey to try to get her in school there.  First, I had to convince Kevin that this was something we should do.  Next, I emailed the school to find out more information.  The administrator told me to visit the school to see if they had a place for her.  So, in June we drove for almost 3 hours to visit the school.  They told me that they did not have a place for her now, but to come back in July to see if a place became available.
We were in America during July, so as soon as we returned to Haiti, I emailed the administrator to see if there was a place for her.  He said that if the school accepted her, they would find a place for her to stay, because obviously we cannot travel 3 hours each way everyday.  So, I asked a friend to call the school to make sure that a place was available, and the school said that yes, a place was available, but that we needed to come by the next week because registration was closing. So, we loaded up with the girl, her mother, 2 brothers, a friend, and a translator.  After a couple of hours of discussion, they decided that yes, they would accept the girl for school, but they said that they did not have a place for her to stay.  I was dumbfounded.  How did they expect her to be able to go to the school?  We discussed it for about 10 minutes, and I finally said that I had spoken with the administrator, and that he had said a place would be found for her to stay.  The lady I was speaking with went into another room for about 15 minutes, and then another man came out and said that yes, she could stay, but that it would be so much money.  I said, "Fine.  She just needs a place to stay."  We filled out the paperwork but did not have that much money with us, so they said that when we brought the girl to school at the end of September we could pay for the room and board.  The man told us to return the morning of September 27 or 28 with the girl because school starts October 1.

The morning of September 27, we left our home at 6:00 for the 3 hour drive to the school with the girl, her mom, one of  her brothers, and two friends.  The blind girl had her bag packed, and she was very excited to start this new part of her life.  When we arrived, the lady at the school told us that there was not anyone there to watch the girl, and that she was not responsible, and then she walked away.  I just looked at Kevin with disbelief!  This poor girl was ready to start her new life!  I went in to talk with the woman, and she spoke very rapid Creole that I did not understand.  I did understand that she said, "You don't understand?  Well, I don't speak English!"  She went out to speak with the blind girl's mom, and we found out that we would have to go back home and return Monday morning.  I asked what time, and she told us to be there at 7:00 in the morning.  I told her that we cannot be there that early.  She just shrugged her shoulders and left.

On Monday morning, we left our house at 5:00 in the morning for the 3 hour drive to the school with the blind girl, her mother, her sister, and two friends.  We arrived at the school a little after 8:00.  The lady told us that the people were not there yet.  Kevin and I just looked at each other, this time with belief that yes, this is happening again!  We waited about 30 minutes, and then a lady checked the blind girl into the dorm.  This woman was amazing!  Her arms stopped at her elbows with one little finger on the right arm.  She took up the pen and wrote with amazing penmanship!  Next, she said that the blind girl needed a medical certificate.  We had already given the school 2 copies of a medical certificate, but she said that it had to come from the doctor they have there.  So, we found the clinic and a nurse ushered us right into a room.  But, she told us that the doctor wasn't there.  Another look of belief at Kevin.  We went to the waiting room to wait.  After 10 minutes, they called her into the room, and another 10 minutes later, they had given her a clean bill of health!  Yeah!  One more hurdle jumped over!!

They next took her up to the room to meet the room mom.  She was a very nice lady, and Fede's mom and she talked together a lot.  Then the room mom started going through Fede's suitcase to see what she had to wear.  It was a little sad, because she had so few clothes.  But then, she came to the uniform.  She said that this uniform was all wrong, and she showed us a correct uniform.  It was supposed to be all blue and white checked with a navy blue strip across the chest area with the child's name sewn in white.  The blind girl's uniform had a navy blue skirt and the navy blue strip was across her waist.  The room mom also told her that she had to have two uniforms, not one.  I just felt such a sense of defeat!  What do we do now? I thought.  Well, we had to go discuss it with the lady that I do not communicate well with.  She was saying that the blind girl would have to go home and that she could come back when the uniform was right, and then she went into another room.  Fede's mom started talking to another lady that was there, and she started crying because it was such an emotional time.  We sat there waiting for the first lady for about 45 minutes.  Practicing patience!  At this point, what is there to do, but be patient?  She finally came back and told the mom that the girl could stay there, but that she couldn't go to school until she had the right uniform.  Okay, another hurdle jumped over, but the saga is not over yet!

We went up to tell Fede goodbye.  Fede's mom was crying, and Fede could hear it in her  voice. We all gave her a hug, told her we loved her, and left.  As I walked down the stairs, I prayed to God, asking Him to protect her and to provide someone to help guide her around and especially up and down the stairs.  As we reached the bottom of the stairs, I told Kevin that we had not paid for her to stay there yet.  So, we went back down to the office to let them know that we needed to pay for Fede's room and board.  I handed a lady our receipt for paying for the school and told her that I needed to pay for  the room and board.  She left into another room, and a man came to say that there was no room, that other children had already filled the spot.  But, ah, I was used to this by now.  I very calmly explained, in my best Creole of course, that we had already filled out the paperwork for her to stay, and that we had been told we could pay when we dropped her off.  He left for about five minutes, and came back saying that yes, she had a place, and that we could pay. 

As we left, the greeter, a man in a wheelchair that does not have any arms or legs, said that she was in good hands.  He recommended that the mom come by sometimes to visit and maybe bring a snack or money for a drink.  We asked the mom if she would be able to come by tap tap to bring the girl's uniform.  She said that yes, she could, but I don't think she understood my good Creole, because a couple of days later when I stopped by to  ask if she was going to be going Friday to take the girl her uniforms, she said that she couldn't because it was so far and she didn't have the money.  I asked her how the girl was going to get her uniform, and she said that she didn't know.  I felt so defeated once again.  We went up to the orphanage to ask one of the young men that knows English to come help us translate to make sure we all understood each other.  In the end, we took her to town to buy the material for the uniforms, gave her money to have them made, and paid for her and a young man that knows Port-au-Prince well to take the uniforms to the girl by bus and tap tap.

Praise God, that my heart is finally happy at the end of this saga!!  The mom reported that it was much easier to get there than she thought, and she said that she will be able to visit her daughter once a month.  She also said that the blind girl is happy, happy, happy!  She has made friends with a deaf girl, and they help each other get around.  I am so happy that God answered my prayer for Him to  provide the blind girl with someone to help lead her around!  All of the burden I felt leading up to this point has proved to be worth it.  So many times we were almost willing to give up and say that maybe this blind girl was not meant to go to school.  I know God has an amazing plan for her, because He has provided this opportunity for her.  Please pray for Fede Shinailove. 

Fede at school with her sister, Evania, and her mother.  Praise God she is loving school!!

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

What's been going on

This is the beautiful view of Kenskoff, Haiti, as we left the Haiti Baptist Mission to go to Fort Jack.  The countryside is amazingly beautiful!  Terraced mountain sides and cooler temperatures, along with great fellowship with friends, made for a wonderful day!

We were welcomed at Fort Jack by two guides that explained quite a bit of the history of Haiti and the fort as we walked along.  As we stood on the top of Fort Jack, we could see all of Port-au-Prince.  It was amazing how small the airport looked from this perspective!!  We were so happy that Linda agreed to come along.  She had never been to Fort Jack, and she was very happy to be able to see this piece of her country's history.

Our first ten families have had their chicks for three weeks now, and they have doubled in size.  In just three more weeks, the work of selling these birds begins.  We are praying that every chicken will be sold for at least $5 US.  We have been encouraged by how well the families follow the direction of Christian, the agronomist that is teaching them how to raise chickens for meat.  The families' lives are wrapped up in this new business, and our prayer is that it is a huge blessing for each family!

Fourteen new families will begin this chicken venture in a few weeks.  The chicken houses are being built as I write this.  We saw this huge bee hive as we walked around to one property.  Kevin actually walked under it! 

I think this is a tree full of gold finch nests.  Anyway, it is a beautiful yellow chested bird.  They sounded so loud as we visited another family that is getting a chicken house, but not near as loud as the 2,000 baby chicks that we distributed three weeks ago.  Haiti is full of beauty!!

We have almost all of Ashley's school curriculum for this year.  We don't feel the pull of being behind, because the kids here have not gone back to school yet.  Most of them start October 1.  Ashley has a lot of reading to do this year!  She is using the Heart of Dakota curriculum, Missions to Modern Marvels.  She is excited to start on Monday!

Lauren is using Apologia Science Anatomy and Physiology, Notgrass Company Government, Economics in a Box, and the One Year Adventure Novel for writing.  They are both doing Quest for Bible and Life of Fred for Math.  They are happy to have different books throughout the year, instead of the same textbook for the whole year. 

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Like a mirror

Yesterday in my advanced English class, we were reading about how the Law cannot save us.  That the only way to be saved is through the blood of Jesus Christ.  One of my students said that the Law is like a mirror.  If we look in the mirror, we can see that our face is dirty, but that doesn't clean it for us.  The mirror shows us what needs to be cleaned.  So, too, the Law shows us our sin.  It doesn't clean it for us, it just shows us what needs to be confessed and repented of.  I love this illustration!  I love teaching this advanced English class!  All of the students our so excited to learn English.  Please pray for everyone in my classes.  We are going through the Roman Road to Salvation, so I am praying that if anyone has not yet accepted Christ as their Lord and Savior, that they will see the need and believe.

Sunday, September 2, 2012

New Life in Christ

After church today, I just happened to walk down to the front where Eric was talking with some young women.  When I arrived, Eric and DjoDjo, and elder, were praying over them.  As they were praying, I noticed that they were asking for the Lord to give these women wisdom, to help them grow in the Lord, to protect them, and to provide what they need.  Afterwards, Eric let me know that all three of the young ladies had chosen to follow Christ as their Lord.  I was so happy!  One of them started coming to my English class last week, and we brought her to church this morning.

Eric talked with me a little later about his concern for these three women.  They are very young, and have no other Christians in their homes.  He has asked two older women in the church to talk with them so that they can continue to grow in Christ, and not become like the seed that fell on the rocks.  The seed that fell on the rocks is like people who hear and believe, but when troubles come, they fall away, and their faith dies.  Our desire is for these three women to be like the seed that  falls in good soil.  The seed that falls in good soil, is like people that hear the Word of God, believe, and grow in the faith to produce fruit, good works. 

Believing the Lord came to this earth as God's Son, that He died so that His blood could cover our sins, that He is at the right hand of the father in Heaven, and that He will come back to take His followers home, is a great start!  But now we need these women to see how to make Christ the true Lord of their life, that their life is no longer their own, that they were bought at a price, and that means that their entire focus in life is changed.  They are a new creation, created to do good works for God's pleasure.  They need to read the Bible in order to understand what is pleasing to the Lord.  They need to continue to meet with other believers. 

Please pray that these three women, as well as all new converts to Christ, will grow in knowledge and wisdom in the Lord!!

Ashley and I held deaf church this morning.  We played the Christian video called Doctor Wonder's Workshop, which is completely in sign language.  It has stories about Christian character and Bible stories.  The deaf children are learning not only new signs in sign language, but also more about God and His Word!

Monday, August 27, 2012

The Chicks Have Arrived!!!

As of today, 10 families in Piton, Haiti, have a new chicken business.  They have 200 chicks to raise for 6 weeks.  After that, they will need to sell them in order to be ready for the next 200 chicks.
 320 bags of chicken feed arrives.
 All 10 families were involved in storing the food.
 We opened each box of 100 chicks.
 Natasha with her chicken feed, waterers, and feeders.
 Natasha's first box of chicks.
 Boy with Natasha's second box of chicks.
 The chicks inside Natasha's chicken house.
 The chicks going free in another chicken house.
 Chicken house on the left, people house on the right.
 The chicken house is bigger than the people house.
 Delivering the chicks to a secured chicken house.
 Helping the chicks go free.
 Encouraging the chicks to move about.
 Chicks go free at another chicken house.
 Rehydration water is ready.

 Getting the rehydration water ready.
 Getting the rehydration water ready.
 Woman with her family in front of chicken house.
 American flag door with chicks going free.
 Chicks arrive at another house.
 One family that received their chicks today.
 Rehydration water is ready.
Chicks at the last house.
For $3,000 your family can provide a chicken business for a Haitian family.  It is the opportunity of a lifetime for the Haitian family and your family.  They will earn money to feed their family, and you can teach your family that it is more blessed to give than to receive.
Contact Kevin Bolin at for further information.

Library furniture is complete!!!

Here are some pictures of the new library furniture!!!

 Librarian counter.  I LOVE the carving!!!!
 Art display case
 Bookshelves with display case in the center
 Carl, designer and builder
 Library chairs
 One of the two tables
 The swinging door on the librarian counter
 Eventz, builder
 The inside of the librarian counter
Bookshelves with the other table

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Eat more chicken!!

                                                   The first completed chicken coop!!!

As of today, August 15, 2012, four chicken coops have been completed!  The families are so excited to see progress for their new capital venture taking shape.  The first baby chicks, just one day old, are set to arrive on August 25.  The other six chicken coops will need to be completed before then. 

The second chicken coop.  Dad is off helping build another chicken coop.

Exciting news!!  The week after August 25, we will begin the process all over with 14 new families.  Thank you to our loving Heavenly Father, GVCM, Kore Foundation, Fish Ministries, and the Kellogg Foundation for partnering with our family in helping bring jobs to these Haitian families.  Providing food lasts for one meal, but self-sustainability lasts a lifetime!

The third chicken coop.

Thank you to all of our prayer and financial supporters!! This was not part of our original plan, but God knew that you would not only be bringing the joy of God's Word to this area through the radio and library, but also be helping these Christian families provide food for their families.
Do you want to learn about sponsoring a chicken coop family?
A $3,000 donation will provide a chicken coop for one family, which will then be reinvested in another family once that loan is paid off.
For details and more information, contact Kevin Bolin at

The fourth chicken coop.

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

English classes have started, and I am very busy!  I am teaching 4 classes each day to the orphans, 2 classes each day to the youth in the church, and a class using the Book of John each Tuesday night.  What a joy it is to teach a new language!!  So thankful to some teachers from Weatherford that donated some phonics readers, and David Malaska for donating English books from McGraw Hill! 

We have had several meetings for Haitians to get chicken coops.  This is in cooperation with Core and Fish Ministries.  Some of the chicken coops are supposed to be getting built this week.  Each person is given a loan of $3,000 US, but they don't actually receive the money.  They receive a chicken coop, education, help building the coop, 200 chickens every 6-7 weeks, feed, and immunizations for the chickens.  We are hoping this will help many families that need help feeding their family!

                                                            Chicken coop meeting.

The library furniture is looking amazing!!  Check out how great these book shelves look! 

                                                           The area for the children.

                                                          The area for the adults.

Jakob and Anderson, our neighbor friends, looked very suave for their first communion.  They had a huge party to celebrate. 

What an honor we had this past Saturday in driving Sheline's, our neighbor, wedding.  Of course, about 30 people tried to get in the back of the truck so we could drive them through town with them yelling and us honking.  We had to tell some people to get out because our tires were going flat!

                                                   This wedding lasted for 3 hours!!!

                                             Tracy and Joylinda's mom before the wedding.

Papi, our neighbor, Lauren, and the photographer at the wedding.    

Kevin and Tracy after the wedding.

Kevin and Ashley

We are headed to Tennessee Friday, June 30th, and then Texas July 9.
We will be back in Haiti July 25.