Pandemic cannot stop God’s work | Opinion

It took only one mission trip to Haiti to change Jenifer Cass’s life forever. Visiting the poorest country in the western hemisphere and seeing the needs left her with a desire to help the Haitian children.

In 2015 she established Manger House Ministries with one small Bible-based class with 25 children in Montrouis, Haiti. Answered prayers, God’s direction, and supporters made her steps taken on faith much easier. God showed Jenifer He wanted her to help spread the Gospel through a ministry program and He has made it all possible.

The ministry grew quickly and now six monthly classes teach that Jesus loves each of the approximately 200 children in the programs.

The non-profit 501 c 3 organization based and managed from Tickfaw has 10 teaching team members in Haiti, four cooks and a groundskeeper. All the ministry needs are supplied, allowing the classes to be held year-round.

In 2019 a physical address was established in Haiti, which will provide a meeting place for classes to be held. This part of Haiti has no electricity so solar lights are installed in the building. Pipes have been laid to bring well water powered by a generator into the building. An outdoor kitchen has supplies so the cooks can prepare meals for the children on class days. Some of the team members grow vegetables and fruit trees are on the grounds. The groundskeeper was hired for two days a week but is so happy to have a job he shows up daily! Now, that is dedication for sure!

Goals include electrical work for lighting powered by solar panels. Jenifer also hopes to buy land some day and build a permanent facility for the ministry’s headquarters instead of paying rent.

Due to Covid, the ministry classes could not meet this summer but the team members have continued to meet monthly and make plans for future classes. During the pandemic, food has been harder to get due to daily markets not being open. The ministry has furnished rice and beans to the families of children in the programs. Prayers and Covid safety measures have been offered to the parents as well.

The pandemic caused the two spring mission trips to be cancelled, but spirits remain high for all signed up to have a trip when it’s safe to travel.

Children eagerly await the ministry classes set to resume in October. Most of the children in the classes do not attend school but are receiving a valuable lesson that Jesus loves each of them. Manger House Ministries partnered with an independent vocational school in Haiti that makes masks to ensure all children have a mask for class.

One of the monthly classes is held at Garden Hope of Children Orphanage, a new facility. The 40 children living there call it home and look forward to class time. The ministry helps them with funding for food and other supplies.

The orphanage recently sent a video of the young children using a pick axe to dig deep holes to collect rain water for their garden. It was heart touching to see these youngsters in the hot sun trying to dig in the rocky terrain. Oh, how easy life is in America compared to the hardships Haitians face each day.

Jenifer, her husband Tod Cass, and Sarah Rehm plan a trip to Haiti in September unless airports cancel flights. Twenty-two suitcases each holding 50 pounds were packed from the cancelled trips, but only six will be allowed on the September flight. It was difficult deciding what to take when all the supplies packed are needed for the ministry.

After the trip Jenifer and Tod will return home and leave Sarah in Haiti. She feels called by God to remain there and help with the ministry for three months. Among her goals is to start a pre-school class, a women’s ministry, and an English class.

One of Jenifer’s favorite scriptures is Galatians 6:19, “Let us not become weary in doing good for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.”

I am very blessed in life to have Jenifer as my own daughter and her father and I couldn’t be any prouder of the missionary work she’s doing in Haiti. Seeing God work through her warms my heart so.

Please pray for Sarah as she leaves her home in Ponchatoula and lives in Haiti answering God’s call. Also please keep Manger House Ministries in prayer as it shares the Gospel to the children who in turn take the “Good News” home to their families.

Jenifer loves sharing her testimony and on-going ministry work in Haiti and is available for guest speaking. Manger House Ministry operates solely on donations and all help is greatly appreciated. For more info or to sponsor a child in MHM’s Bible program for a donation of just $10 a month please visit www.mangerhouse.org.

To share a positive Covid story or mission story call Sharon Creppel @985-981-4368. Stay safe everyone.

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