The Wesleyan Guesthouse on La Gonave has been impacting the people of La Gonave, Haiti through the wonderful mission teams that God brings year after year. In 2011 alone the guesthouse hosted 32 teams with over 340 team members. Teams have also given thousands of dollars for various projects on the compound, in the community around the compound, and across the island of La Gonave. People in small villages across this island have been touched by the generosity of teams and donors in the Name of Jesus! An old Christian song says, “Thank you for giving to the Lord. I was a life that was changed.” Whether it was a new home for “The Seashell Lady” or antibiotics given to a three year old child in Fontina, lives have been changed in 2011.
The following list describes some of the projects and ministries that were done by teams last year…new guesthouse construction, dozens of free medical clinics across the island of La Gonave, a water distribution building, hundreds of latrines provided through the CHE program, two homes built for needy families, compound roofs repaired and sealed, mission employee homes remodeled, ministry to orphans, English classes taught, countless surgeries in the Wesleyan Hospital, boat repairs, mechanic work, depots organized, many painting projects, and the list could go on and on!
The realization was made that we do not simply have a guesthouse, but it is indeed a Ministry Center from which ministry IN THE NAME OF JESUS is taking place all over the island of La Gonave.
2011 was a tough financial year because the mission had to contribute significant funds to keep the construction of the new guesthouse going. I was walking across the compound, overwhelmed by the financial needs we have at this time and knowing that I am responsible as Station Manager. As I passed under one of the palm trees beside our house the Lord came to me and reassured me of this truth. At that moment the Lord reminded me that I am not responsible for HIS work, HE is. Then I remembered all the promises of God from Scripture that HE WILL PROVIDE! Tears filled my eyes as I breathed a deep sigh of relief and turned our need over to Him.
Thank you for your continued prayers and support of the ministry of the Wesleyan Church in Haiti through the La Gonave Ministry Center & Guesthouse… “to the least of these.”
by: Greg Edmonds