ASAPH Teaching Ministry has a group of young leaders who are doing ministry. Here are a few (first names only).
WEC, who lived for 9 months in Wisconsin, is preparing to finish his university studies and work with me in ministry in Pasbwadom. He is overflowing with agricultural plans and projects that his time at college has prepared him to realize. I look forward to having him in our community teaching people what he has learned.
Jude is ASAPH's soccer coach...a life coach for many many boys and young men. He is also finishing up his university degree. He motivates and inspires individuals. He is passionate about teamwork. He longs to see young people who commit to following Jesus Christ.
Stephanie is a young lady who is working her way toward her high school diploma. She committed her life to Christ early in her teenage years, and is a talented worship leader. She played trombone in the ASAPH Brass Band for years. Stephanie is now a leader for the brand new all-girls choir. She is a coach, and also working toward being able to direct the choir.
Boaz is an artist, doing amazing pencil drawings. Boaz is a poet, writing and presenting texts that have made him a popular young man. He learned to play saxophone this year. He teaches drawing classes at ASAPH Teaching Center.
Anemson is a fine musician, and still very young. He plays trumpet, trombone, tuba, drums, guitar, bass and keyboard. He is a key member of our church worship band...faithful and talented.
All of these young people came through the Water-For-Life school where I administrated for many years. They are living for Jesus. I am happy to be beside them now in ministry.
Makenndy is a young man who works hard. He's strong. He's reliable. He is leading ASAPH's Bible Recitation program.
Teddy moved into our town several years ago. He is assistant director of the ASAPH Brass Band. He teaches young players. He leads the band while I am away. He is a trusted voice for young people, and a fine example.
TOGETHER, all of these people are lights in the community of Pasbwadom. They are workers in the Kingdom of God. Because of ASAPH supporters here in the USA, I am able to encourage them, orient them, and equip them in their ministries.
Several years ago,.AAF was invited to participate in an all-day soccer tournament in Fondeblan. AAF won that first tournament. The next summer, we hosted it and won again. Then in 2019 we invited back to Fondeblan where we were eliminated early in the competition. In 2021, coach Jude decided to replicate the tournament with all local teams...Basen Kayiman, Flaman, Laborye, Labaleine, and AAF.
An incredible amount of work took place...led by team captains, players, and friends of the team. The field was enclosed with tin and coconut branches. The goals were repaired. Nets were installed. Shaded areas were constructed for each team. Food was purchased and prepared. It is a major undertaking to host 6 teams and their fans for 8 or 9 hours.
I followed bits of pieces of news from my vantage point here in PA. Our team tied in their first two games. It was enough to advance in to the knock-out round. That is when I lost contact. Later that evening a message came in from Coach Jude : "AAF Chanpyon".
In an apparent nail-biter, Labaleine and AAF remained tied after regulation time. From all accounts it was a well-played and respectful game. A tie in a final match means penalty kicks to determine the winner. AAF was able to score on all five penalty kicks, and Labaleine missed only 1 of 5. It was enough. AAF was champion for the 3rd time in 4 tournaments.
The Labaleine player who missed his shot is a good friend of the guys at my house. I look forward to seeing him and encouraging him.
Hats off to : Jude, WEC, Jean-Pierre, Boaz, Shelterline, Madam Emmanuel and so many others who made it all possible.
THIS...is Asaph Teaching Ministry.
I was privileged to spend a weekend in Ohio, in and around Holmes county. Many Water For Life missionary friends live there. It was great to reconnect with them. Happy memories we share from serving together in Haiti!
Breakfast and lunch at AMISH COUNTRY DONUTS was a terrific delight. Aaron Yoder has built up a great menu and a great atmosphere at his little restaurant. I have always enjoyed the food pictures on Facebook. Now, I can say I've eaten there...twice. I left with a vanilla malted milk shake. Wow!
I was also able to speak at Berean Community Church on Sunday morning with Pastor Steve Lapp. It was encouraging to see them pray with their students as the school year begins, much as we do in our church in Haiti.
On Monday I participated in a meeting with some people doing great work in Haiti through Christian Aid Ministries. We are moving ahead on a project to write three textbooks that will teach the Bible to 7th, 8th, and 9th graders. It will continue the series we finished a few years ago for grades 1 to 6.
It was a blessing to travel, visit, learn, and plan. To God be the glory.
Missionary in Haiti.