Buy local book, support missionsMitchell man uses money raised from writing to help in Haiti.
By: News release, Bruce Blumer
Bruce Blumer said people who wish to see proof of the almighty need only look around them.
“One day I challenged our mission team to report back where they saw God that day. But that challenge revealed to me that God is present each day,” Blumer said. “My hope is that this book will help you see God in simple places. That when we can see God in Haiti, we can see God wherever we are. “
Blumer, of Mitchell, has completed a second book, “I Saw God Today,” which like his first book will be used to raise funds for projects and ministries on the island of La Gonave , Haiti.
“The book sort of found me,” Blumer said. “When I challenged our team to find God, it revealed to me that God was in an old woman, in our interpreter, in a three-legged dog, and other ways. And if we can see God in Haiti, can’t we see God wherever we are?”
His first book, “Paths, Proverbs, and Lessons from Haiti,” raised more than $11,000 from donations and book sales.
“This was far beyond what I expected, but allowed me to return all the profits to deserving people, churches, and programs in Haiti,” Blumer said.
The funds have enabled many students to attend school, provided mobile medical clinics, assisted women’s groups, contributed to orphanages, provided Christmas meals and gifts for orphans, and other projects.
Blumer has taken five trips to Haiti, including being on the island during the 2010 earthquake. Mitchell First United Methodist Church and Hot Springs United Church have also committed to sponsor a young man to complete medical school.
“A dream of ours is to build a clinic in La Gonave and to have our medical student, William Hyppoite, return to serve people in the rural areas,” Blumer said. “On the latest trip, we put a roof on a church in the village of Nan Café, but we also found a perfect spot for that clinic.”
A lot has been purchased and construction will begin later this year, he said.
Blumer is willing to speak to churches and groups. Contact him for questions at email@example.com or (605) 770-5156. The book is selling for $15 (plus $2 if shipping is required) and checks may be made to Bruce Blumer Publishing. The book is also available at Cornerstone Coffee House and Deli in Mitchell.