Faithful is He who calls you, and He also will bring it to pass. –1 Thessalonians 5:24
Bernie Bovenkamp, along with his wife Sheryl, began to minister in Haiti in 1992. In 1998, they founded Starfish Ministries. Initially, the ministry was to 27 orphans in an orphanage in the northern part of Haiti. The orphanage ministry (with many more children) continues to be a primary focus, but over the last 16 years, God has added many things. Starfish Ministries operates multiple schools educating several thousand children, many of whom would have no other access to education. They have a feeding program in conjunction with the school ministry that feeds those children. They have been involved in disaster relief after the hurricanes of 2008 and the earthquake of 2010. And the list goes on.
But the most important aspect of the ministry has been the presentation of the gospel. This takes place through evangelistic crusades that Starfish sponsors in partnership with Haitian believers. But it also occurs in every aspect of Starfish’s involvement in Haiti — in the orphanage, the schools, and through interactions with all of the people Starfish interacts with.
In this message, Bernie teaches from 1 Thessalonians 5:24, using many vibrant examples from his experiences in Haiti to illustrate each point. He explains God’s faithfulness. He elaborates on the call God has on our lives — not just His call to salvation, but the call to serve Him that comes with our redemption. And he concludes by highlighting God’s promise, that God will bring to pass all that He has begun.
Visit the Starfish Ministries Website for more information.