In July, ASAPH Teaching Ministry will be celebrating! It was on July 17th, 2012 that this ministry officially launched. As we come up on 10 years, we are taken aback by God’s faithfulness. So many things have happened that were never part of ‘our’ plan. It feels pretty good when you know the Person in charge is omniscient. It really takes away the burdens. 😊
ASAPH is active in 10 different areas:
1) Perhaps the most public part of the ministry here is the ASAPH Brass Band. We’ve traveled further than any other part of the ministry and have been more active. In 2012, a brass band was nowhere in my brain. To God be the glory.
2) In second place is the ASAPH soccer team (AAF). We’ve participated in four tournaments and have been crowned champion for three, though that is not our primary goal. We are helping boys to become men according to God’s definition.
3) A new and exciting part of ASAPH is agriculture. WEC (Courtois Erntz) and I are planning many activities that will address food security issues here in our community. Education will be the priority as we incorporate new ideas and techniques in working the land God has put under our feet.
4) The girl's choir (Association of Young Women’s Voices) is also new. It has been through a few ups and downs, but we are working to make it a ministry almost parallel to the soccer team…meaning we are hoping to set up coaching relationships among young ladies in our community.
5) Art (pencil drawing) is another ministry that came to us along the way. Two young artists attended a two-say seminar in Port-au-Prince. They have now made a dozen artist-students of their own.
6) Academics were a major part of my first 20 years in Haiti. I am excited as we move into 2022 in that we are making plans to restore many of the academic activities I had incorporated during my years as school administer. We hope to do them on an interscholastic level.
7) ASAPH has always been a helping hand to students who are paying for another year of education. Tuition is our main focus, but we’ve helped students to cover other expenses as well, making more education a possibility for them.
8) As an English speaker, I have often been able to help people do better in English. English clubs and English classes have been part of the ministry here off and on for years. With WEC, we hope to make it a more stable part of the ministry.
9) A favorite part of the ministry for me is worship music. Here at ASAPH we are preparing the best church musicians in our area. Kids are growing up playing instruments and using those instruments to praise Almighty God.
10) At the foundation of all of these activities is the Word of God. I preach and teach every chance I get. I teach Sunday School every Sunday morning. The ASAPH Bible Program is a structured memorization program that rewards participants for memorizing God’s word.
With these 10 areas in mind, the are using the following logo to symbolize the 10 years of ministry:
Missionary in Haiti.