TO MY PARTNERS in MINISTRY
to the PEOPLE of HAITI
June 12, 2006
Imagine for a few minutes that you are a parent to 24 children. Imagine what that would mean – the many mouths to feed, clothes to wash, bars of soap to bathe, tears to dry, and lives to shape. Here at the orphanage, we deal with just those things and more! Can you even imagine what it would be like to have to HAND WASH all of those dirty clothes? Can you fathom cooking over a charcoal fire for each hot meal that is served? Can you imagine having to go to market EACH day that there is not enough power to keep the food in the refrigerator safely intact? Think of how many little feet need to be supplied with shoes! It seems inevitable, that ALL of the shoes wear out at the same time!! Recently, it was ALL of the sandals that needed to be replaced. The gravel and concrete yard grinds down the soles in a hurry! It is for this reason that we are oh-so grateful for the donations that we receive of sandals, shoes, underwear, clothes, belts, towels and the many, many other items that we receive. What a joy it is to be able to hand out new sandals to the kids. The excitement mounds as each child waits to see what pair will be theirs. Will it be the sparkly ones or the ones with the light-up soles??? Thank you for bringing a happy moment to the kids! You are not only providing them with something they need, but you are also putting some joy in their hearts! That is priceless! Again, I say thank you!
On Sunday, June 4 we celebrated another happy moment for five of the children of the Children of Israel Orphanage. Lovelie, Sarah, Francesca, Dilano and Mikenson graduated from the last of three years of kindergarten. It is a BIG event here, with new clothes, new shoes and a day long celebration. This year, our music students performed at the ceremony. It is the first year that we have been able to offer music classes to some of the children. We are currently teaching recorder, guitar and keyboarding. It was a proud moment for these students to perform in public for the first time! For this, too, we are thankful! It was through donations of musical instruments that we were able to offer these classes. Donation of funds allowed us to give a small salary to the instructors! A true blessing indeed! For the first time EVER, we are going to be able to offer music classes to the 4th and 5th graders at our school. What a joy this brings to the parents of our students and to our community! Again … thank you!!!
At long last, I am FINALLY able to announce to you the date of my marriage to Léon!!! We will marry early on Saturday morning on July 22. We will have a very brief ceremony in a beautiful flower garden near Les Cayes, followed by a “cake and cold beverage” reception in the auditorium at SEED Ministry! Our wedding and reception will not follow the Haitian tradition of a LONG, fancy wedding with hundreds of guests. Rather, our event will be a simple one – symbolic of the simple life that we hope to lead – a life of service to our Lord and Savior, as we work with poor and orphaned children. I am not anticipating many guests from the states, but ALL OF YOU are welcome! Just send me an email if you have a desire to “drop in” to witness the exchange of our vows! We would love to have you be a part of our big day!
Missionary to Haiti & the Dominican Republic Until next time ………….