We thought we would give you a look inside one of the churches. This is the combined school/church where our friend Prophet is the pastor and operates the school as well.
The area where they have children’s church used to be outside, but because of the additional kids from Joe’s school, we put a roof over it and almost doubled the size of the building. Doing so also gave us more room for classrooms. We said in one letter there are 200 kids that attend school there but it’s closer to 300. The man doing the teaching is also one of the school teachers. And as you can see, everyone in Haiti still dresses up for church.
The second picture is of the book being used, by Max Lucado, just for children.
All the material things you see — benches etc. — are things you helped buy or have built in one way or the other. From the materials, to expanding the building, to the book, it’s all there because of you. It’s worth noting that Haiti has 15,200 primary schools like this one and 90% of them are non-public, which means they are managed by religious organizations or other non-profits. Just that one figure tells you what you are helping do.
Next month, we’ll go inside to give you a look at the adult church.
Since the last letter Terry has not had a good start to the new year. From bad colds to pneumonia, she’s had it. The MRI’s did not take place either, because of the implant. We were told numerous times having it would not be a problem if a MRI were needed. But the hospital won’t do that, and to date our insurance won’t approve a different test. Any treatment will start after she regains some strength. That’s the plan.
Thank you for helping our friends in Haiti and thank you for keeping Terry in your prayers.
Steve and Terry