Mountain Mercy Project Update – Now Supporting Typhoon Haiyan Relief Efforts

December 4th, 2013 by Mel No comments »

On Aug. 25, 2103 Pastor Jay Threadgill and his wife Linda celebrated the 25th Anniversary of their church in Port-au-Prince, Haiti.  The church, Fishers of Men Ministries, also dedicated their new 34,000 sq. ft. building.  As you can see in the pictures, thousands of people came to praise God for giving them a place to worship, protected from the sun and severe weather.  The building replaced the badly damaged tent that they had used for the last 3 years.  Thank you for your generous support to make this all possible!

25th Anniversary Service

25th Anniversary Service

 Mountain Mercy Project (MMP) was started to provide emergency relief and long-term support to people in need and in devastated areas.  Now there is another area that needs our help.

On Nov. 8 & 9 of this year, the Philippines were hit with Super Typhoon Haiyan. It was the most powerful and devastating typhoon that ever hit the Philippines.  Over 5,000 people have lost their lives and millions more are without water, food, and shelter.

MMP is now expanding their efforts to support the Philippines.  We know a ministry there that we can trust called Christ Faith Fellowship which has been under the leadership of Bishop Edgar Bantigue and his wife, Dr. Edna Bantigue for over 2 decades.  They have started over 300 churches on the different islands in the Philippines.   Pastor Deborah Peters from Jay Wynn’s church, Rivers of Life in Sonora, CA, has been going to minister to these churches in the Philippines over the past 30 years.  Of course, the immediate needs are great right now, as these churches reach out to help the devastated people in their areas.

If you would like to donate toward the needs in the Philippines, you may send a check noted “Philippines” directly to MMP, or make a donation online and designate it for the Philippines.  These donations will be wired directly to Christ Faith Fellowship.  There is a great need in these areas, but if we all give a little, it will develop into a large river of mercy flowing from the mountain, and 100% of your donations will go directly to the people most in need right now.

MMP News–May 16, 2013

May 16th, 2013 by Mel No comments »

President of Mountain Mercy Project, Gaetano “G” DeMattei, as been in Port-au-Prince, Haiti since March 12.  G has been helping to erect a large steel building, which will serve as the new church building at Pastor Jay Threadgill’s property in Port-au-Prince.  Their original building collapsed in the earthquake of 2010, killing 30 of their church members.  The city is still struggling to recover from that devastation, and continues to deal with the staggering loss of close to 300,00 people.

This building project is incredibly involved, as the new church will be over 30,000 square feet, and will seat over five thousand at each of several services each Sunday.  Thousands each week also attend daily early morning prayer services (6:30 AM!).  The new building will additionally serve as a conference center, educational facility, and emergency shelter for the larger Port-au-Prince area.

Teams from all over the United States will be going in to Port-au-Prince over the next few months to lend a hand in this project.  Right now, G is heading up crews that have put up the framing, siding, and thankfully, the roof!  With the roof in place, the congregation will be somewhat protected from the blistering Haitian sun during their services.  The next daunting financial task will be raising the money for an effective air conditioning system.

In mid-April, G’s wife Kathy went to Haiti to join him for a week, and to see firsthand the effectiveness of Mountain Mercy Project as a blessing to the destitute people of Haiti.  She was able to get current pictures of the progress being made, and was also able to visit another ministry that MMP supports—a maternity hospital 70 miles north in the small rural community of Bocozelle.  There are many needs there, including the need for a new birthing table and some general maintenance requirements.

Mountain Mercy Project could not continue to exist without the generous donations by our supporters, however small or large.  Remember that many small drops create a mighty river!  If you would like to join us in financial support (or get any other information about MMP), please click on the “Donate” button, or contact us at gdemattei@mountainmercyproject.org.

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Gaetano DeMattei using a cut-off saw that was supplied by Pine Alley Saw Shop in Jamestown, CA after the 2010 earthquake.  Now the saw is being used to bring forth new life for a church in Port-au Prince, Haiti.

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The siding going up!  Church services are so much more comfortable with a little shade.

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The new church building framework at sunset.

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The roof is almost complete, with a lovely view of the mountains behind.  Next step:  electrical work.

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 Kathy and G DeMattei with Haitian workers Samuel and Gene at the new building site in Port-au-Prince, Haiti.

 

MMP News – October 15, 2012

October 21st, 2012 by Mel No comments »

Gaetano (“G”) DeMattei is spending the month of October in Haiti working for the Rhema Maternity Hospital in Bocozelle, a small village 70 miles north of Port-au-Prince.

G’s project in Bocozelle was to prepare a large shed at the hospital to be able to store many thousands of meals that are being donated to Rhema by “Kids Against Hunger”.  The meals will be distributed to local villagers throughout the year, and will be a great blessing to the impoverished Haitians.  Harry Gruits, son of Rhema founder Patricia Gruits, was instrumental in creating this wonderful alliance between Rhema and Kids Against Hunger.

The shed was in a state of great disrepair, so G first had to create a clear access to the shed, which took him a couple of days in the Haitian heat.  Next step was to spend many days clearing out the shed of years of accumulated “stuff.”  During this process, G also had to convince multitudes of cockroaches, mice, and gigantic tarantulas that they should move out of the shed permanently!

Finally, the shed was ready for a new, critter-proof concrete floor.  With the help of a Haitian crew, the huge 20’ x 40’ slab was poured successfully and is now awaiting delivery of the meals at the end of October.

The next project for G in Bocozelle is to do repairs on the residence near the hospital.  He will be fixing a leaky roof, the ceiling in a bathroom, and some plumbing problems.  Please keep him and the hospital in your prayers, and thank you for your support, which allows the hospital to pay for the materials for these much-needed repairs.

A Message from the new President of Mountain Mercy Project, Gaetano (“G”) DeMattei

September 24th, 2012 by Mel No comments »

I was asked in April if I would be interested in taking over Mountain Mercy Project.  At first, I could not understand why they would ask an old carpenter with no computer skills, no writing skills, and who hates asking people for money, to take over a fund-raising organization.  Nevertheless, the more I thought about it, I realized that I do want to get involved because I have always had an overwhelming desire to help the poorest people in the world.

In early 2010, a devastating earthquake hit Haiti.  Five weeks later, my son David and I went to Port-au-Prince to help Pastor Jay Threadgill pour 600 yards of concrete and put up a 20,000 sq. ft. tent.  The next Sunday, four thousand Haitians showed up for church, thrilled and praising God for the meager accommodations they had.  A new love for the people of this impoverished nation was birthed in my heart.

Since the earthquake, I have been blessed to make more trips to help in Haiti.  Rhema’s Maternity Hospital in Bocozelle now has a new Pharmacy building.  When I asked the doctor working there what more we could do to help, he answered that if had had more medicine, or money to buy medicine, he could treat many more patients.  Such a simple thing for us here in the United States to get medicine—such a frustrating, limiting struggle for him in Haiti.  I am sure the same is true in many devastated areas around the world.

I agreed to get involved with Mountain Mercy Project as the new President and COO because every penny we raise goes directly to the missionary groups we support—no overhead costs or administrative fees to cover.  That is because everyone else involved in MMP has the same heart as I do:  a heart to help those so much less fortunate than us—in Haiti, in Africa, and wherever else the Lord leads us to offer a helping hand.

Mountain Mercy Project Now Supporting Young Nurse in Africa

May 25th, 2012 by Mel No comments »

Dawn Wilk - Supported by Mountain Mercy Project

As of April 2012, Mountain Mercy Project is helping to support Dawn Wilk as she goes to Mozambique, Africa.  Dawn is working as a registered nurse for Iris Ministries there in Mozambique.

Civil wars have ravaged Mozambique for many years.  In the year 2000, catastrophic flooding occurred there when three cyclones came together and brought torrential rain for forty days and nights.  More damage was caused by this flooding than the many years of civil war.  As a result of the combined civil unrest and natural disasters, Mozambique is considered one of the poorest countries in the world.

Iris Ministries have been in Mozambique since 1995 helping the poor in many different areas such as starting Bible schools, medical clinics, primary and secondary schools, farming and vocational training, church plantings, bush conferences, counseling and child sponsorship.  In the future, they are planning to launch a university for the poor in Pemba, Mozambique.  You can go to IrisMin.org for more information.

Dawn Wilk is working as an R.N. in several different medical clinics that Iris Ministries started around the Pemba area of Mozambique.  She is helping mothers and babies that are severely malnourished, and travels to several clinics to provide medical care for the world’s poorest people.  Dawn does not want to be a financial burden on Iris Ministries, so is looking for financial support through friends and Mountain Mercy Project. If you would like to be a part of Dawn’s support system, please go to the Donate page.  You can visit her blog at this link: http://destinedforjoy.com/2012/04/29/haya-the-first-of-my-african-journeys-this-time-around/

Mountain Mercy Project and Sonora Regional Medical Center Send Medical Staffers to Continue Medical Support in Haiti

February 14th, 2011 by Mel No comments »

Caleb Kirk & Dawn Wilk

Caleb Kirk (26, of Sierra Village) and Dawn Wilk (22, of Sonora) have arrived in Haiti on behalf of the Mountain Mercy Project to assist Fishers of Men Ministries medical needs. The medical team duo left for Haiti on February 12, and return to the United States on March 1. Caleb and Dawn both possess necessary skills to assist in the triage clinic and will be on-call full time during their stay.

Sonora Regional Medical Center is covering expenses for Caleb, who is a Certified Nurses Aide and past employee. Mountain Mercy Project is covering expenses for Dawn Wilk, currently employed at Sonora Regional Medical Center as a Registered Nurse. The team will also be joined by Gaetano DeMattei of Sierra Village to assist with on-site construction and repairs at Fishers of Men as well as RHEMA International.

“Our primary goal is to bring the love of God to Haiti as the country remembers the one year anniversary of the tragic earthquake” said Caleb Kirk. “Next, we want to assist the overworked medical staff at Fishers of Men and provide them with all the support we can offer.”

“There is still such a great need in Haiti – even one year after the earthquake,” said Dawn Wilk. “Hopefully people do not forget that this country sill needs us, and people will feel compelled to keep supporting Haiti as they recover from the devastation.”