Challenge Newsletter

End of Year Giving

Thank you sponsors for your support throughout the year. The students in Bayonnais are receiving a quality education and hope for the future is made possible by your generosity. This is the time of year to maximize your charitable donations for the 2017 tax year. While sponsorship is the preferred way to support a student, we recognize that some donors cannot make the commitment to the monthly donation and the letter writing. One-time giving is a great way to support the work of our partners in Haiti without the ongoing monthly commitment.

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FROM SLAVERY TO FREEDOM

Supporting our family through our work is freedom.
(Excerpts from Actionnel’s Speech to Congregation, Sunday, October 22, after Entrepreneur Graduation on Friday, October 20)

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Bethesda Clinic

Dr. Oriold is leaving Bayonnais
Since 2014 Dr. Oriold hadsbeen a doctor at the Bethesda Health Center of Bayonnais. He has done a very fine job of running the clinic . His desire has been to continue his education in Pediatrics. He submitted his application to the government school in Port Au Price in September, and received tentative approval in late September. During the month of October, he has been completing all of the additional items for admission. He officially leaves Bethesda Clinic on October 31. He has been very well received by the community and we appreciated his presence here.

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Actionnel’s visit

September 22-October 3
IMPORTANT: Notice Date Change
Due to hurricane Irma, Actionnel’s trip to Charlotte has been delayed and condensed. The focus of this trip is Clinic Support, Child Sponsorship, and Road Project. Kenold and Wallace, Director Agronomy, will be here from Sep. 26 - Oct 3 to attend a strategic workshop with Friends of OFCB and World of God.

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WHY AM I HERE?

This was the first question that we asked when 10 leaders from Bayonnais met in Port au Prince with Nathan Arledge, Minister of Missions at Myers Park United Methodist Church (which co-sponsored the workshop); Dow Bauknight, Chairperson of World of God; and Missy Parker, volunteer for World of God. The workshop was “Leadership Capacity – Building the Next Generation of Leaders for Bayonnais” July 27-29.

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Fall Planning

Actionnel’s visit to the U.S.

The focus of the Fall 2017 trip is
Clinic Support
Child Sponsorship
Road Project
Events that highlight these areas will have priority when scheduling.

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SUMMER CHALLENGE

SPREAD THE WORD
World of God set an ambitious goal for 2017 - to find sponsors for 156 additional children (20% increase). The spring season has brought great momentum which we would like to continue into summer. We need your help to spread the word about this opportunity to touch the life of a child in Haiti. Below are 10 simple ways to spread the word.

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Please Join Actionnel May 5-15

A goal of World of God and Friends of OFCB is to provide meaningful interactions between OFCB supporters and our partners in Haiti. We want every minister, sponsor and donor to have an opportunity to interact with our Haitian friends when they are in the US.
For Actionnel’s upcoming visit May 5-15, we have two special events planned. They are both informal informational gatherings for you to connect with Actionnel and hear more about the ministries at OFCB.

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Please Join Actionnel ...

A goal of World of God and Friends of OFCB is to provide meaningful interactions between OFCB supporters and our partners in Haiti. We want every minister, sponsor and donor to have an opportunity to interact with our Haitian friends when they are in the US.
For Actionnel’s upcoming visit May 5-15, we have two special events planned. They are both informal informational gatherings for you to connect with Actionnel and hear more about the ministries at OFCB.

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Baby chicks in Bayonnais!

Submitted by Eric Nichols, Montreat Presbyterian

One of the best-kept secrets of our Haitian friends was revealed on February 8th shortly after our arrival at the OFCB campus. They took us to see the recently completed, modern chicken-raising facility up by the Granary of Joseph.


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A Great Day for Bayonnais!

Submitted by: Mission team from South Mecklenburg Presbyterian Church
January 28, 2017 was a great day for Bayonnais! A celebration was held to welcome Dr. Faustin Charles as the new Director of the Bethesda Health Center of Bayonnais. His arrival was celebrated with a program which included speeches, music, dancing, refreshments and much excitement from the community. Dr. Charles spoke about his devotion to the community and his desire to serve its people. After welcoming speeches by Actionnel Fleurisma, Kenold Decimus, Reverend Pastor Toussaint Saint-Louis (head of the new Community Healthworkers team) and others, Actionnel presented Dr. Charles with the keys to the clinic.

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We Had Way Too Much Fun

By: Gabby D. Fleurisma
While around the Christmas table in 2015, I thought that there were few things for people of my age to do on Christmas Eve. The most common thing is to go to a disco and have few drinks and get drunk. Since then, I have been thinking and praying about a way to help some of them to have a better Christmas. God’s answer was to plan a revival. The idea was quickly accepted by the church committee. A group of ladies from Sardis Presbyterian Church and from First Presbyterian Charlotte gave us $1,500.00 to help with food and other expenses.
130 high school students gladly signed up to come. The college students in Port Au Prince had final exams, and therefore were not able to attend. The music director of the Church in Bayonnais, Mr. Facile Elisme and I planned a busy schedule to teach and entertain them.

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