The ministry certainly has a lot to be thankful for this year; All its programs have been funded because of your giving, and those who benefit from it are thankful as well: those who attend one of the schools, those children who eat at one of the feeding programs, or those who attend one of the churches. We are sure, without being told, everyone in Haiti is thankful that none of the big storms hit them this year. Storms yes, but nothing like we have seen here or in other places that are still trying to recover from them.
Of course, Haiti doesn’t observe Thanksgiving but they know we and other countries do. So those who know about it celebrate the holiday to a point, although nothing as we do. It’s somewhat like Christmas — it is a day they celebrate the birth of Jesus, without all the presents, but obviously the food.
We are thankful for all our friends in Haiti and two of those are shown in the pictures — Beaubrun and Prophet. Both men have been friends of ours for over twenty years.
Beaubrun is someone many of you know or have heard about. He has been through many things with us, and pretty much runs everything there now.
You may not know Prophet. He operates the school just on the outside of Port Au Prince near the river shown in one of the recent pictures we sent. His school is the one we combined with Joe’s school. Over 200 children attend his school.
And then we are very thankful for all your prayers for Terry. We feel that one of the reasons her treatments have gone so well is our prayer base and support. Both of us feel very blessed for your doing those things and for the notes you send.
Thank you for everything you have done for our friends in Haiti this year, and all the things you do for us.
Steve and Terry
Fortunately for Haiti, the hurricanes did not affect them very much, but we are sure everyone is aware of those places it did and they surely need our prayers as well as help. Although some of the islands are not deforested as much as Haiti, they are still mountainous and with the amount of rain they had there is only one place for it to go. Seeing the pictures we have sent of Haiti’s mountains, imagine fifteen inches of rain coming down the side of those mountains.
This month we are sending pictures of two of the kids in “our” system. One, Mya, we are sure you have seen before. Mya is one of a set of twins born in March fourteen years ago. She was brought to us after her mother had died and was about 6 weeks old, along with her sister who was very sick. We sent them to a nearby hospital for testing and although Mya was in good health, her sister died. The woman taking care of them, pictured with her, asked if we could help take care of the baby. With the help of a youth group, she has grown into the healthy young woman you see in the first picture.
The second is Kimberly. Her mother, Sherline, is one of our teachers in Bayelle (Beaubrun’s school). Kimberly is in the third grade and has been in our school there for over three years. As you can see, Kimberly is a healthy little girl full of hopes for the future — much like any child here. The exception for both children is that they are in programs that not only provide them an education, but also meals and vitamins to help them grow into healthy adults who will want to do something for their country. Both girls say they want to be doctors because they can see what we see: people who need help and no other place to turn but missions operating near them.
We show you these children because they are just two of those who you help each month and just two of the many your giving goes to help with the schools and nutrition programs.
Thank you for all you do to help our friends in Haiti and for your prayers.
Steve and Terry