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Isn’t GOD magnificent?! 🤗
Today, February 8, is the feast of St. Josephine Bakhita, patron saint of human trafficking. As we remembered her feast this morning and thought about the many children that are victims of this terrible crime, we thanked God that we have not experienced that here in our community.
But, today, after our prayer, we had a woman from the community come to see us. She said she had a big problem. Her nephew, Jamsie, who used to come to our food program, was taken by the father to Port au Prince after Christmas. He wanted him to go to school there. He claims he took him to school one day and, when he went to pick him up, he was lost, missing. Seems as though everyone in our area knows about it. We think Jamsie may be a victim of human trafficking here in Haiti. Please pray for this little seven-year-old boy; no one knows where he is or what has happened to him.
These new buildings will be the base of operations for the Ministry of Presence in Haiti and will provide lodging for short-term volunteers. We are conducting a capital campaign to raise funds to cover the costs of this project. Please pray for its success. Blessed Mary Angela, intercede for us.
It seems as though everyday more and more children come to us who are so hungry. Our food program keeps growing. We trust in God’s providence to help us respond to this need among us.
“Day by day we challenge ourselves to love more and love better. It is in this way that we are truly Christians, truly sisters and brothers in the Kingdom of God.” Chia-Yang Kao, S.J
Every first Sunday of the month, we go to a special Mass for children preparing for their First Communion in Jacmel. They are kids from the Catholic Schools and those who are in catechetical programs. We bring five of our kids every month to this Mass in the new multi-purpose center. This was built after the earthquake because our Cathedral was destroyed.
The singing is absolutely beautiful. And the children’s participation is precious. Indeed, let the children come to me.
On Saturday, February 4, all the religious in the Diocese gathered to celebrate Consecrated Life. We received our annual invitation, there would be a speaker, Mass and dinner. From our past experiences we knew that the presentations would be in French. We have spent that last 4 years learning Creole, and knew we would not be able to understand everything. So we said we would come for the Mass and dinner. Sr. Janet Lehman, SC the other sister who is from the U.S. who work in the Norte Dame University, Jacmel was also with us. When we arrived before the time when Mass was scheduled, we were told that the talks were in Creole for us. But we did not receive any message that it was changed. This was very humbling for us. We were able to join in the group sharing they had scheduled before the Mass. It was a beautiful experience to be with the religious of the Diocese to celebrate together our call to live a missionary life in community witnessing to Gospel Life.
“I ask you to pray for the priests, sisters, and brothers belonging to contemplative and apostolic Religious Institutes,” Pope Francis said. “Their life dedicated to the Lord, and their charismatic service, will bear abundant fruit for the good of the faithful, and for the evangelizing mission of the Church.”🇻🇦