Journey Update: January 2023

Happy New Year! When we hit New Year’s Day, people often assess their life situation. It is a great opportunity to share the peace and hope we have in Jesus. One of my go-to scriptures about peace and hope is Romans 15:13 (NKJV), “Now may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that you may abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.” It is also a blessing we convey on others. This is my prayer of blessing to you all.

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Journey Update: August 2022

It has been a very hot summer. I was a little late with some of my garden but so far it has been very fruitful. I started most of my own tomato plants, first with seeds in a flat, then potted up to a larger cup before transplanting to the garden. Gardening provides plenty of spiritual analogies.

I started most of my vegetables by planting the seed directly into the tilled soil. After about a week, I begin looking for some evidence of seedlings popping through the soil. At first it often looks like the germination rate is slim but then the stragglers pop the surface. It is like when you preach the Gospel, you look for some results. You may immediately see some seeds coming to life, but then others come in a little later. The Bible tells us, “And let us not grow weary while doing good, for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart” (Galatians 6:9 NKJV).

July has been a good month of sowing spiritual seeds. I started off July on the 1st finishing up the revival at Miller Hollow Community Church, filled in for my pastor at New Life on Sunday, 17th, preached at a Haitian wedding on the 23rd (yes they often have a full message), jail ministry on the 26th, and finished the month preaching at Cave Springs Baptist Church on the Sunday, 31st. I appreciate all those who gave me an opportunity to preach in their churches.

School starts in Haiti on September 5th. We have forwarded the funds for the uniforms and the school books so Pastor Baptiste will have plenty of time to procure the supplies. Just buying supplies is difficult in Haiti. With the insecurities such as kidnapping and killing in Port au Prince it makes things doubly difficult. We are very thankful for the outpouring of financial support for our uniform and book project over the last couple of months. The regular support of our ministry work in Haiti and around the world all year long is such a blessing.

Also related to our Haitian school, Mary Emily Royal and her family have a lemonade stand fundraiser every year that provides a chicken leg meal each month for our approximately 400 students. The fundraiser was in July. This is a great blessing as it provides an extra boost of protein for our kids who are the poorest in the Western Hemisphere. Thanks so much to Mary Emily for her heart to help. She has been doing this since middle school and will be a college student this fall term. She has and will do great things for Jesus.

We send financial help for the ministry work in a few Asian countries. In one we provide food support to many widows, and over several months have provided meals for the homeless street people. If everything goes as planned, we hope to return there in 2023. Travel is considerably more difficult and expensive than in times past. However, God does not tell us to go just when it is easy.

Thank you all for your prayers and support. We appreciate your partnership.

Rejoicing in the salvation which is by grace through faith, I am…

Yours on the Journey,

Harry L. Whitt

Pathway Outreach Ministries

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Journey Update: September 2022

Our schools here in America are in full swing. Jennie and I have all five of our grandchildren in school now. They are enrolled from Pre-K all the way to the 10th grade. Our school in Haiti will begin on September 5th.

Pastor Baptiste sent me some pictures of the cloth he purchased in bulk that is used for the school uniforms (see the enclosed photos). Since Haiti continues to have major unrest and insecurity, the material had to be brought from Port au Prince on a boat to the shoreline near our school. We appreciate all the folks who helped us with the uniform and book project this year.

Some of the cloth measured out, folded, and ready to be sewn into uniforms.

He also sent me some photos of the rebuild of our cooking area. The covering was getting old and a recent storm pretty much finished it off. Previously, it was wood framing covered in metal. We are building it back with concrete block which will make it cooler as well as more durable. Our feeding program at the school is very important. We try to feed them a hot meal every school day. The cost of food has greatly increased with world food prices coupled with the ongoing security problems in Haiti. All this makes everything more difficult thus more expensive. Thank you all who support our work, you keep our wheels turning!

Block masons building the walls of our kitchen.

We also try to provide a chicken leg meal at least once per month for our students. Since Haiti is the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere, it is very important to furnish some protein as we can. When we first began the chicken leg meals, pastor told me this was the first time in many of these kids lives, that they had one piece of chicken just for themselves. We appreciate Mary Emily Royal in Sardis City for helping with this project. She started raising money for this project when she was in middle school and now she is in her first year of college. Thanks Mary Emily and all of you who give to this project.

Our first water well project in Uganda has been completed. It supplies water for one village and the surrounding area. About 1500 plus people will get good water from this well. They had been getting water from a swamp area during the rainy season and walking about 18 miles to a lake in the dry season to get water. They were so happy and excited for the water source. Godfrey Eskola did a great job administrating this project. We greatly appreciate all those who helped with this major project. Water is a great necessity for life and a great blessing. The gift of it exhibits the love of Jesus.

New well (borehole) in Uganda.

One of our ministry partners in an Asian country oversees fifteen village churches and their respective pastors. He recently held a pastors conference for several pastors in the area. He through our assistance supplements many widows with monthly food provisions. They also have food outreaches among the homeless in a large city. We have plans to visit there in 2023.

Please pray for another one of our ministry partners in another Asian country who operates a Christian school. Life and ministry are even more difficult when you are in a Christian minority country.

Thank you all for your prayers and financial support. Rejoicing in the salvation which is by grace through faith, I am…

Yours on the Journey,

Harry L. Whitt

Pathway Outreach Ministries

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Journey Update: April 2022

Those of you well acquainted with me and Pathway Outreach Ministries realize that Haiti has been a major part of my life since the early 1990s. When the devastating earthquake hit in 2010 my journeys to Haiti increased. On these journeys I stayed with Pastor Baptiste in his home on the church grounds. I became a frequent member of the village. I have a little story to tell of my experience.

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Journey Update: February 2022

I pray you all are doing well.  There have been a lot of sickness in our area.  I find myself praying for so many.  Jesus is our Healer!  Jennie and I were sick with Covid for about two weeks in January.  We assume it was the Omicron variant.  We both tested positive but the usual testing does not distinguish between the different variants.  We had flu type (upper respiratory) symptoms.  It was uncomfortable but not severe.  We are thankful to be well and out of quarantine.

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Journey Update: January 2022

I am a little late with this but Happy New Year to everyone! It’s still January. I pray the Lord will greatly bless you this year of 2022. We need it, right? After the last two years, most of us have some emotional fatigue.

I think we are ready to break out of the doldrums of the coronavirus. It has been a difficult period of time beginning in the first quarter of 2020 and spread over almost two years now. We all have either had it or had family members who suffered from it; some have died. We need to pray for deliverance and an end to this pandemic.

Update on our CareBoxes for our kids in Haiti: The boxes are in Haiti, through customs, and in our shipper’s warehouse in Port au Prince. They are awaiting an open window for safe travel to Leogane. It is sad, but the shipper told me the gangs give them an okay when they can transport the cargo. Please pray for a safe transportation window. We knew this was going to be a difficult year to ship and were aware it would take more time. I suppose if it were easy, everyone would do it! Thank you all for your patience and prayers. We are doing all we know to do and will keep you all informed.

Jennie and I visited with our affiliated Haitian church in Albertville (Eglise Porte Etroite) this past Sunday (Jan 2nd). I preached a New Year’s message from Philippians 3:12-14 (NKJV), “Not that I have already attained, or am already perfected; but I press on, that I may lay hold of that for which Christ Jesus has also laid hold of me./ Brethren, I do not count myself to have apprehended; but one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind and reaching forward to those things which are ahead,/ I press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.”

Here are a few points from the message: This is a great scripture that speaks about pursuing the purpose of God. We are not perfect people but we must strive to be Christlike in our lives. It is important for us to press forward against any opposition or resistance we encounter. Life and ministry is not easy; we become stronger as we push against the difficulties. Too many people get sidelined because of something in their past. We must not allow our past to rob us of our future in pursuing the purposes of God in our lives and ministry.

God has blessed us and entrusted us with an outreach to six countries. We have affiliated and partnered with our brethren in some of the difficult places on earth. Have ever wondered how the name Pathway came into being? From the beginning, the heart of this ministry was not to the easy places but to the hard and difficult places.

Since the beginning of our ministry in 1994, we have ministered among the poor, strangers, imprisoned, and the least of these. Our journey has carried us to low income housing areas, jails, slums, villages and cities here and abroad. Most of the places where we have ministered and currently support are in restricted and impoverished countries. Thank you for taking the journey with us, blessing others with the love of Jesus.

Rejoicing in the salvation which is by grace through faith, I am…

Yours on the Journey,

Harry L. Whitt

Pathway Outreach Ministries

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