I was hungry…
Monthly Archives: December 2016
Yesterday, Jerry got caught “pipi ing” on the property in front of our little dining area. We teach our kids that there is a place for them to relieve themselves that is private, not just anywhere (this is a common thing here in Haiti). After Jerry got caught, he was afraid he would not be able to eat; so he quickly took his food and hid underneath the table.
We have been very busy, preparing for Jesus to celebrate His birth. We have been baking hundreds of peanut butter cookies, making packages for gifts, and filling over 200 bags with candy. We are preparing, for the first time, a little Christmas pageant that will be presented before our Christmas Day Mass. It’s beginning to feel, look, and smell like Christmas 🎄!
On Saturday, December 10, we made a visit to Children’s Hope–Home for Children, where little Rosamita is now living. We prepared some toys, toothpaste and soap for the children, as well some things for little Rosamita. We wanted to see how she was doing. We tried to contact Christella to take her with us to see her daughter and the place where she is being given care. But Christella was nowhere to be found.
The first thing we were told was that Rosamita has started to walk. They said she began to walk during the weekly prayer service, and all gave praise to God. She looks beautiful, well cared for, and very happy. Our first impression of this home was confirmed–that she and all the other children are well cared for and loved.
Today was a real feeling of what Christmas is all about…love, joy and peace! 🎄💫🎁
Every Thursday, we have our faith formation program. We have three groups that meet in the evening and one group in the morning. For the past few weeks, we have been having trouble with our electricity. We were dependent upon the city for lights. Well, it seems as though every Thursday, we were without electricity. It made waiting during the Advent season even more meaningful.
On the feast of the Immaculate Conception, we shared the life of Mary the Mother of God, being called by God to be holy, born without original sin. We then gave our kids a challenge to be like Mary and give a gift to others as Mary gave freely the gift of her Son, Jesus to the world.
Every child was given a bar of soap or a tube of toothpaste and toothbrush, a piece of wrapping paper and some tape. They were asked to wrap it as a gift and think of someone who is poor that they know. They all said I am; I want this gift; but…we said, “no” this is for someone who is poor, someone you may see everyday on the street in your neighborhood. It took awhile for them to understand that they were to give this beautifully wrapped gift away to someone–not their mother, father, sister, brother or anyone in their family–but to someone who would least expect a gift. They were to say, when they give the gift: “Jesus loves you! Merry Christmas!” The group in the morning returned after giving their gifts and shouted “Mission accomplished.” They shared the joy that the person showed when they received the gift.