Sunday, October 11, 2009

Eye Black Challengers: Good Shepherd Ministries

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“ Praise God from whom all blessings flow”

Good Shepherd Ministries is a non-profit organization that brings the gospel to those in the deprived country of Haiti. They have three schools. They are in Milot, BiClaire, and Savanne Carre. As you can imagine in such an impoverished country this is no easy task. Their goal is to give the children one good meal a day, educate them for their future and most importantly, immerse them in the Word of God. Nothing is more rewarding than to go into a hospital many miles away to find that the doctor on staff is a graduate of one of the GSM schools. And that he has a passion for Christ and is serving Him faithfully. Our newsletter states, "Haiti is a land of despair, suffering, and hopelessness. The Gospel of Jesus Christ is the only hope for Haiti."

Bill and Sandy Younger our missionaries and Lamar Lyons the administrator and coordinator for Good Shepherd Ministries have sacrificed everything to care for the people of Haiti. Although neither would tell you this, they have gone without pay for an extended period of time to meet the salaries of the Haitian people helping to shepherd and to care for the students. This year the economy has had a great impact on the ministry. We are in financial need to serve the 2500 children. It takes $225 a month to care for one classroom or $20 a month to care for a child.

Every year in October we gather Christmas bags for the children, teachers and adult workers of the schools and compounds. Many churches, schools and individuals, prepare bags filled with school supplies, toys, hygiene items, and food. Harbor City Baptist is the sending church of Bill and Sandy Younger and the Lord has blessed us with the task of getting these bags onto the container to Haiti. The bags are checked for content and placed in boxes for the container. They cost approximately $6 per bag to ship. Last year we shipped over 38,000 lbs.

Time is of the essence, as we are boxing the bags on October 15 -17th. See the Nov 5, 2008 Newsletter for more information on this project!

How can you be a part of this ministry?

First, you can go to their web-site www.gsmi-haiti.org and make


Second, you can donate items for the bags, we need toothbrushes, toothpaste, shampoo, small bags of rice and beans, foil pouched meats, flashlights and batteries. We fill over 2500 bags a year. The gospel is presented at the time of distribution and God is given all the glory for what He has provided.

Third, we have special teams that go in to roof schools, build facilities and minister to the people of Haiti.

Fourth, PRAY. I can think of no gift greater or more meaningful to a missionary.

This past month a hurricane went over Haiti. Our compound in Milot, the home of Bill and Sandy Younger, had damage. There was flooding and a wall used for security was knocked down. I cannot stress enough the importance for the wall to be rebuilt.

My name is Pamela Pickett and I can be reached at thepicketts@earthlink.net
Lamar Lyons can be reached at gsm@lwol.com.


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