Monthly Archives: June 2016
On Monday, June 20, Sr. Desirè began her ballet classes with our young girls. She came prepared with dance clothes and ballet shoes, which she had received as donations from her many friends who knew she was coming to Haiti. In the morning, she prepared the sizes and made individual bags so each girl would receive her own set of dance clothes.
When the girls received their individual bags, they were very excited and felt special. They all changed and were ready to begin. They learned the first five positions of ballet for their first class. They will meet Monday through Thursday every afternoon.
On Saturday, June 18, we welcomed Sister Desirè to the Felician Haiti Mission. It is a joy to have another Felician Sister with us for a month! She is a temporary professed Sister who teaches at Pomona High School in California. She is here for her summer of service. It is a true blessing for us! 😃😃😃
During the week of June 12-19, Mike Edgar and his daughter, Haleigh, have shared totally in the Haiti Mission. During the week, Haleigh went to the clinic and learned much about clinical care of the poor in the mountains. For a few of those days, Mike went with the clinic and helped in the pharmacy.
To end this week of experience and learning, we visited our kids’ homes and those of others in need of some kind of medical care. For Haleigh, this was the highlight of the week. It was great having them with us as we walked in relationship with our people.
“Unless the LORD build the house, they labor in vain who build. Unless the LORD guard the city, in vain does the guard keep watch.” Psalm 127:1
Friday, June 17, was a dream come true for us here in the Felician Haiti Mission. The land and construction site were blessed and, finally, construction began for the new convent, volunteer house and clinic building. As we entered the property, we saw the trucks, bull dozer, and construction people with hard hats. At the sight, both of us were filled with tears of joy. Mike Edgar and his daughter, Haleigh, were also with us for the great historic event for the Felician Mission in Haiti.Pop
Bishop Launay Saturne, Bishop of the Diocese of Jacmel, led the prayer service of blessing and groundbreaking. “Unless the Lord build the house, they labor in vain who build.” Here is where the Lord will reside; here is the where the rock of foundation was placed and blessed for the Lord to be present for His people, that God may be known, loved and glorified.
On Sunday, June 12, Mike Edgar, Properties Manager for the Felician Sisters, and his daughter, Haleigh, arrived in Haiti. Mike is with us to meet with the construction people for our new convent and is spending time helping us in the mission. His daughter, Haleigh, who is studying to be a doctor, is working in our Mother Angela Clinic for the week. She is also meeting many people in our home. 😃
Those of you who have been reading our blog may remember Christella, a 16-year-old whom we helped when she delivered her baby. We sent her to a Canadian family that helps unwed mothers. She had very good care, but Christella did not stay long with the family.
Thanks be to God she reconciled with her father, who rented for her a small shack behind the place where we live. Yesterday, the two of us visited Christella’s home and saw what she had inside–hardly anything. Here is little 6-month Rose sitting on the floor.
We brought Christella and Rose back to our home to give Rose a bath and some powdered vitamin milk she needed. We also gave her some new baby clothes. Would you believe had to show Christella how to use the baby bottle and prepare the milk😉.
During the first week of our return to Haiti, on Monday, May 30, we participated in the funeral of a 19-year-old teen from our neighborhood. He had been suffering for a year with an illness no one could diagnose. His body was swollen. Evenson was sent to Port au Prince to seek help, but no one could help him.
The funeral took place in the Lutheran Church here in Jacmel, attended by many teens. We have never seen anything like it; all were young and all were weeping. During the time they were reflecting on Evenson’s life, the people began to weep and wail loudly. The service lasted about three hours. After the service, in the evening, a few people came to us with wounds that they had received during the funeral because they were so emotional, throwing themselves to the ground. They all told us it was a power in them that did this. We just prayed for them.
Please remember the soul of Evenson in your prayers, and pray for his family who are mourning his loss.