It's hot in Haiti! Summer is well underway. Our kids are currently enjoying a water fight in the yard. I think I'll make this short and sweet so I can join them!
The past few weeks have been filled with highs and lows. The typical Haiti roller coaster. Thankfully we are held and protected in the palm of His hand through it all.
Exciting things have been happening at our school in Les Bours. The teachers had their yearly training seminar, the children took their end of the year exams, and earlier this week we had kindergarten graduation. (Graduating from kindergarten is a very big deal in Haiti! Check out our YouTube page to view a few videos of the ceremony.) The children recited scripture, prayed, danced, and sang. It was precious! A proud day for them, their parents, and our organization.
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Several of our favorite journal graduates came up last week to make more journals. They did such a beautiful job! They were thankful for the opportunity to make a little extra cash to feed their children. We are thankful for your journal orders!
All is well here at HOPE House. The kids are all healthy and loving summer! Our new nannies are still doing an exceptional job. I wake up every morning excited to go down and love on our babies and children. They all have such precious and unique personalities. They all add something special. to this beautiful HOPE House family.
Be sure to check out our YouTube page to view the new videos I have posted. (Keke and Caleb playing Rapunzel, several of kindergarten graduation, and a new short promotional film for HFAP.) THANK YOU Pat Ryan for blessing us with your amazing talent and putting together these short films for us! Words cannot express our gratitude! We have been praying for this for years!
ENJOY!! (You can click below to view one of the new promotional films. The rest of the videos are located on our haitifoundation YouTube page.)
Sunday, July 1, 2012
A wonderful group from Alabama just left us yesterday. They were here for prayer ministry and also served with us at the school and here at HOPE House. I was so blessed by their work in our garden! They braved the spiders and lizards, and turned our scary jungle into something beautiful! Each person on the team blessed us in a unique way. God is good!
This past weekend we received both sad and joyful news that Marie Claude had passed away. She had battled with breast cancer and an infection from her mastectomy for almost two years. Despite her pain, infection, cancer, and partial paralysis, she continued to give glory to God from the floor of her home. We were so blessed to know her and hear her testimony. We dreamed and prayed for her to received a total healing, and that's exactly what she received on Thursday evening as she jumped into the arms of her Savior. How thankful I am for our beautiful Savior who came to shed his perfect, precious blood, so that we could have hope of eternity with him. What a Mighty God we serve!
This past week we enrolled 20 new 3 year olds for fall preschool class in Les Bours.....and we enrolled some definite cuties! All of these precious children need a sponsor so they can begin school in September! The sponsorship money paid during the summer months is extremely important to help cover the costs of their uniform and books. For only $30 per month you can give a child the gift of education! (And for only $6 more you can provide them a nutritious meal through our lunch program every day of the week!) That is money well spent!
I have added a new video to our YouTube channel! Now that we have an internet that actually works (80% of the time instead of 30%) I hope to continue to upload new videos of all the different aspects of our ministry. In this short video clip you can see our growing Ricardo! Those of you who follow us regularly may remember his story. Both of his parents died last year soon after his birth. He was brought to us by his grandmother when he was 9 months old. She was only able to feed him fried flour patties which she stuck in the cheeks of his mouth. He was not receiving the nutrition he needed to survive. At 9 months he only weighed 7lbs and was unable to hold his own head up. Take a look at what a couple of months at HOPE House does for a starving child!