LIFE COMES AT YOU FAST
has so far been full of both wonderful and difficult moments. We were thrilled
to have all our kids come to Haiti and share some family time at Christmas. We
continued our tradition of spending a few days at the beach. We treasure these
As life returned to a normal schedule in January, the long rumored road work
began on our mountain. Although the road has been widened and many new retaining
walls have been built, the road itself has not yet been paved. We are hoping
this happens soon, as the dust generated on the road in front of our house
continually blankets everything.
John continues to work in the village of Prospere, building relationships
and trying to train leadership there. He also spends more time teaching the
patients who come to the clinic, attempting to make them less dependent on him.
This school year has been full of challenges for Jodie, and one of them was
our decision to leave Haiti a bit earlier than usual in order to attend our
daughter Jessica's graduation. This required making sure lesson plans and
materials were all in order for the final three weeks of school, and doing many
evaluations with the children in order to do final grades online from the US.
We left Haiti on May 7, just in time to drive down to Bloomington for
Jessica's graduation from Indiana University. We are very proud of our graduate!
Not only did she graduate with highest distinction, but she has applied and been
accepted into Teach for America. She will be moving to Detroit, Michigan this
summer to teach high school English.
We will be remaining in the US for most of the summer, visiting some of our
Living Link congregations and attending the Church of God convention in Oklahoma
City. We hope to see many of you in our travels! Below is our schedule.
ACKERMAN HOME ASSIGNMENT
May 18 Mentor Community Church of God
8245 Munson Rd.
Mentor, OH 44060
May 25 Pennway Church of God
1101 E. Cavanaugh Rd.
Lansing, MI 48910
June 1 Centre Ave. Church of God
1917 E. Centre Ave.
Portage, MI 49002
June 8 First Church of God
237 New Milford Rd.
Ravenna, OH 442668
June 11 First Church of God
426 W. Broad St.
Newton Falls, OH 44444
June 22-26 Church of God Convention
Oklahoma City, OK
June 29 First Church of God
200 W. Superior St.
Alma, MI 48011
July 6 Park Place Church of God
501 College Dr.
Anderson, IN 46012
July 13 Rockwood Church of God
133 NE 192nd St.
Portland, OR 97230
July 20 Community Church of Teays Valley
212 Dudding Ave.
Hurricane, WV 25526
July 27 York Ave. Church of God
872 York Ave.Warren, OH 44485
August 1 Return to Port-au-Prince, Haiti
Living-Link is a program whereby churches and individuals can give tax free
donations which go to our family’s personal support here in Haiti. Some of this
money is used by us personally for daily needs, and wants, some for things that
make it possible for us to carry out the clinic ministry here such as our office
and car, and medical equipment expenses, some is used for our medical insurance,
continuing education, and travel funds so we can visit and give first hand
reports to those who give to keep us here.
At present we have approximately 97% of our Living-Link budget committed to
us but Church of God Global Missions desire us to have approximately 110% in
order to make sure we’re covered for increases in things like insurance, and
cost of living, etc. As a Living-Link supporting church, the church commits a
designated amount of money per month or per year and for that commitment we, the
missionaries, commit to report on the ministry with our Living-Link partner at
least four times a year and make a personal visit to the church at least once
every five years.
To you our living link supporters please accept our sincere thanks for
making it possible to us to live in here in Haiti serving the Church, the poor
and needy of this land, and Christ. We know that many of you give very
sacrificially for us and we are humbled by your generosity.
If you or your church would be interested in becoming a Living-Link partner
please call Debbie Taylor at the Church of God Global Missions
(1-800-848-2464). She will be glad to assist you.
If you would like to give individually toward our personal support please
send these funds to :
Church of God Ministries
PO Box 2420
Anderson IN 46018
On the memo line of each check please write LL#42.10001 John Ackerman
Haiti still has a haunting natural beauty. View
some photos here!
The Ackermans are Career Missionaries with the Church of
God (Anderson, IN) and would love to hear from you. Their mail in Haiti is
delivered by Agape Flights, Inc. You can write to or email the Ackerman family at the
- Postal address
John, Jodie and Jessica Ackerman
Agape Flights #237
100 Airport Ave.
Venice, FL 34285-3901
- John, Jodie and Jessica
- Financial Support
- The Ackerman's work is supported by contributions from many individuals and Church of God
congregations. Despite the widespread poverty in Haiti, it is expensive to
support missions work there. We appreciate your tax deductible gift and
commit to using it wisely. Donations may be sent to:
Church of God Ministries
PO Box 2420, Anderson, Indiana,
or call (800) 848-2464, ext. 2129
Please be sure to specify the John Ackerman family and
use Project Number 42.10001 in your gift.
For a gift toward projects at the Prospere Medical Clinics, use
Project #42.30233- Haiti Prospere Clinics
Click here for a list of minor things needed
which will go a long way (perfect for children and Sunday School classes)