Jun 1 2015

Daniel says “Thank You” for his new truck

Apr 28 2015

Progress on the Les Cayes Building

We want to thank West Lawn UMC for the infusion of the funds that has made the recent progress on the Les Cayes’ building of Divine Ministries possible!  More money has been pledged in response to the completion of this phase of construction, and we are prayerfully excited to see the next phase begin as funds become available.
“The ceramic floors are done throughout the facility, including the floors and walls in the bathrooms. The final smoothing of the completed portion(s) of the exterior of the building is finished; the metal framework in each of the windows has been installed; the wooden doors have all been fitted into their jambs; the wiring for the electric is installed, and the septic tank hole was dug and cement block frame constructed. All this was accomplished as of my last visit on April 1st, 2015… Pastor Daniel, Divine Ministries staff, and the children are excitedly anticipating the relocation of up to 50 children into this new facility.”  – Mark Gillette

Dec 19 2014


Yet another full school bus has been delivered to Monarch Shipping in FL at 9:15am this morning by Mark Gillette- for shipment to St. Marc, Haiti full of  donated clothes, food and medical equipment.

Thank you to so many who donated time, money, and supplies to fill the bus this year!

Thank you to Kidz Corner in Brookfield, PA for many many summer clothes and shoes they set aside for the children in Haiti.

Thank you to UMCOR warehouse (a Methodist denomination relief center located in Mechanicsburg, PA) for several pallets worth of essential supplies.

Thank you to CMTS (Christian Missions Technical Support) for all the necessary paperwork, including registration, title, bill of sale and insurance.

Florida next week and delivered to Monarch Shipping for overseas transport to St Marc, Haiti.

Thank you to friends at Genoa Baptist Church in OH as well as many other donors for making the $7,000+ in expenses for this project possible!  We hope to be able to sell or rent the bus once it is in country to cover it’s own costs and become an ongoing sustainable income for Daniel Jean and his family at “Divine Ministries”.  TeamOne:27 has sent over a dozen vehicles to Haiti for this purpose over the past 6 years.

Dec 15 2014

Les Cayes Progress

14.12.06 Les Cayes 14.12.07

14.12.15 Christmas Cakes

To All Team One:27 and Divine Ministries Supporters:
As promised, attached the pictures we took in Les Cayes of the progress made  on the new orphanage building since my last visit three months ago. The walls and ceilings are parged (smoothed with cement) and the floors are poured concrete in preparation for tile to be installed.
The next building phase is to install metal framing and grates over the windows; metal frames for doorways and the doors; and install three separate bathrooms: each with a shower, sink and toilet.
The cakes (separate pictures attached) were specially decorated for the Christmas party being held at Divine Ministries. The children were VERY excited! ps The cakes were also very yummy.
Thanks for all you contributed so this event could happen.

Dec 12 2014

WLUMC “New Bowls”


The Team from West Lawn (PA) United Methodist Church is serving in Haiti this week.  One of the highlights was getting new bowls for the kids’ mealtimes.  ”We went to a local factory today and but 120 enameled bowls for only $140 USD. Incredible! They should serve meals to the kids here for many years”.  [Mark Gillette]

Dec 11 2014

West Lawn United Methodist Church Trip Update

Yesterday, Wednesday 12/10/2014, was a day where God accomplished much on behalf of Divine Ministries, Team One:27 and the missions team from WLUMC.
Because of current political unrest and rioting/protesting in the streets, we limited those traveling to our Les Cayes location to just the three men on our team, accompanied by Daniel Jean, Engineer Remon, and two other men from Divine Ministries’ staff. We left PaP (Port-Au-Prince) at O’dark thirty and arrived without incident at our Les Cayes compound at 9 am. We took photos and video clips of the progress on the orphanage building now under construction and the recently installed solar-powered water treatment system. We met with Madam Delmas, the woman who generously provided the land to Divine Ministries and discussed the completion of the necessary paperwork to legally transfer the property to DM.
On our return trip to PaP, we were intercepted by someone (an angel?) who warned us of trouble ahead in Petit Guave. Protestors had blocked the streets and were causing havoc. This man waved to us and indicated that we should follow his motorcycle through the back streets of the city. As we turned our vehicles around we were passed by police and UN personnel in riot gearheaded toward the protestors. He led us safely through the city, though we passed another site where the protestors had earlier turned over a delivery truck. The police were on site and men were working on transferring the freight onto another truck. We emerged safely on the main road past the danger zone. I gave the man a good tip and asked him if he could read (only 23% of Haitians are literate). He said “yes’” so I gave him a Gideon New Testament in Kreyol. The remainder of the trip was uneventful.
The three ladies on our team, who stayed in PaP that day, worked on decorating the seven cakes that were baked the day before in preparation for the two (small) Christmas parties we plan to hold this week. One on Thursday, for the DM kids, and one on Friday, for the children who attend the Church On Fire. We will not be inviting children from other orphanages, as we have for the past four years, so we can concentrate on more pressing financial needs/opportunities.
God wasn’t finished blessing us even then. We were pursuing the rental of a property for our boys’ house across town, but God brought to light a property directly across the street from our main PaP property that we didn’t think was available. The owner was delighted that we would consider renting the upstairs and part of the downstairs from her. Additionally, the compound includes a large undeveloped area (approximately 55 feet by 120+ feet that is available as a play area and site for special events.
We will be sitting down with the owner this morning to discuss the amount of rent we will pay. We are believing it will be less than the $4,500 we were prepared to pay for the property across town, currently under consideration. It’s proximity and usable space make it extremely attractive. It would also solve another problem: the local authorities have been troubling Daniel about the lack of recreational space at our current site. This new site would give us sufficient space for both the boys and girls to play and exercise.
I tried to attach pictures and/or videos to this email, so you could see the property in Les Cayes and some of the cakes (gateaus) that were baked and decorated for the children’s party planned for later today. Only Divine Ministries children will attend today. We know they are well behaved and we have sufficient gifts, candy, food, etc. to really celebrate the birth of our Savior. The internet here could not handle the load, so I will try again later to send the pictures. For now I thought it was important for you to know how God is moving on our behalf in response to your prayers.
Joyeux Noel!
Mark Gillette and the Missions Team from West Lawn UMC
Team One:27

Sep 12 2014

New Logo For TeamOne:27 – Thank you Christopher Weikel!

14.09.12 New Logo

Jul 14 2014

Praise God- All Caught Up!

Hi All,
Just wanted to share a praise report on how God provided for our needs last week.
God has been especially good to us as He ALWAYS honors His promises to provide for ALL of our needs. Last week was an excellent example of His provision, as we received enough resources to:
1. Pay the annual rent for a location for the Boys’ House in Port-Au-Prince,
2. Catch up on all back pay for the staff at Divine Ministries, and
3. Refill the “pantry” at all three Haiti locations.
God has also raised up a nucleus of concerned believers who have committed themselves to help develop a broader base of support for Team One.27 and its service to Divine Ministries in Haiti. We envision a team of people that will include representation from many churches throughout Berks County, and eventually beyond. Interested individuals will be encouraged to apply their God-given skills, talents and resources to that area(s) of this ministry that best suits them.

Jul 8 2013

Daniel Jean’s (and Natasha’s) birthday

Here is an adorable video of the kids singing “Happy Birthday” to their “Daddy” Daniel Jean… caretaker to approximately 200 orphans!

Jul 8 2013

Progress In Les Cayes

Here is the new roof in our Les Cayes property where we are partnering with Daniel Jean to prepare a compound to care for orphans in the region with a guest house for the many helpers that come through. The second and third video shows a solar powered water treatment system that has been offered for our work and the site where we are planning to install it when funds are available.