This summarizes what has happened with our
Haitian Mission since our church
first got involved. Our first trip to Haiti in November 2015 was
mostly a fact-finding mission and we learned a lot about the many
needs of the Haitian people. Our first project saw us sponsor
7 students to continue their education.
When we returned to Haiti in
February 2016 with Freda and Kelsey (Cheslock) plus Jack (Rhyner)
we were able to start work on a home for Hyppolite, our contact in Haiti.
He and his wife Kenta have four
natural children and have adopted three others. At that time
they were living in one room of a house (8 X 10 feet) and their
future looked very bleak. They are now living in their new
home on the land with their extended family, totaling 14 in all.
With the help of Kelsey and her project to
take our Haitian friends on a permaculture course, Hyppolite and his
family are now able to grow a lot of their own food. I
estimate that they have planted 1.5 acres in sweet potatoes, okra,
peanuts, beans, sugar cane, banana, rice, corn and yucca. I
anticipate another 1 - 2 acres will be planted this spring.
They are providing food for their family and sharing their produce
with their neighbours.
The house has been furnished with beds for
everyone (no more sleeping on the concrete floor), a kitchen with
table and chairs, stove and sink. They also now have a
functioning bathroom with flush toilets. As of January this
year they have a well on the property powered by a generator which
provides water to their family, neighbours and water for the
gardens. The family is very grateful for
all that we have done and send their thank you to our church family.
They have taken great pride and care in their new home and are
always willing to share their good fortune.
We have: increased the number of children
sponsored for school to 15, accomplished great things in less than a
year and will be discussing with our elders the next stage of this
mission. At this point our only long term commitment should be
to guarantee the education funding for those 15 children now
in school. I personally thank all members of our church family and
community for their very generous support of this mission.
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choose to support this mission contact Pastor James Wood at
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