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And let there be light…

Finally, we got our electricity, using the generator. We also have solar lamps that light the property. Soon we will be using our solar-powered inverter for our electricity. We are getting closer to actually moving in and setting everything up for the mission to continue again. The following prayer has become so real in our lives…

Patient Trust

Above all, trust in the slow work of God.

We are quite naturally impatient in everything,

to reach the end without delay.

We should like to skip the intermediate stages.

We are impatient of being on the way to something unknown, something new.

And yet it is the law of all progress

that it is made by passing through

some stages of instability—

and that it may take a very long time.

And so I think it is with you;

your ideas mature gradually—let them grow,

let them shape themselves, without undue haste.

Don’t try to force them on,

as though you could be today what time

(that is to say, grace and circumstances

acting on your own good will)

will make of you tomorrow.

Only God could say what this new spirit

gradually forming within you will be.

Give Our Lord the benefit of believing

that his hand is leading you,

and accept the anxiety of feeling yourself

in suspense and incomplete.

—Pierre Teilhard de Chardin, SJ

🙏🏾🕊✌🏾

 
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Posted by on February 16, 2018 in Uncategorized

 

“After he had sent them across the stream, he sent over all his possessions. Genesis 32:23

This text from Genesis has never been so true for us. For the past two weeks, we have been sending over our furniture and other boxes in preparation for the move into our new home and mission complex.

Two weeks ago, on February 4, we started to bring over our things with the help of Mike and Eric and our teenage boys and girls. The second week, our friend Dr. Jean-Paul Bonet came with his son, Ethan. We are blessed, but are still waiting for the big day of moving into our new home.

 
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Posted by on February 15, 2018 in Uncategorized

 

Let your light shine 💫

On February 1, the day before returning to Haiti, we were invited to St. Leo’s School in Elmwood Park, NJ, to share the Felician Haiti Mission. The whole school gathered in the gym. At the end of the presentation, we sang “This Little Light of Mine.” Sr. Marilyn promised everyone that our kids in Jacmel would make a video for them, sung in Creole.

 
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Posted by on February 2, 2018 in Uncategorized

 

Sharing the Felician Haiti Mission in New Jersey

From January 27-February 1, we were real pilgrims sharing the Felician Haiti Mission with God’s people.

January 28-29, we were invited to St. Gabriel’s Parish in Saddle River, New Jersey. Rev. Msgr. Frank Del Prete, pastor, warmly welcomed us.

On January 30-31, the Blessed Mary Angela Institute for Contemplation, Action, and Transformation hosted two sessions at Felician University, “Reaching Out to Our Brothers and Sisters in Haiti.” We shared our five-year experience of ministering to the people of Jacmel, Haiti, with member of the board, administration, faculty, staff and students of Felician University, Lodi, NJ.

Dr. George Abaunza, Dean of the School of Arts and Sciences; SM Inga Borko; S Marilyn Marie Minter; Dr. Edward Ogle, Vice President of Academic Affairs.

 
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Posted by on February 2, 2018 in Uncategorized

 

We welcome Fr. Yvans and Our Lady of Mercy Parish

On Tuesday, January 15, we were surprised to receive 20 missionaries from the U.S. They came with Fr. Yvans, their priest from Our Lady of Mercy Parish, Wildwood, New Jersey. Sr. Marilyn had met Fr. Yvans, who is originally from Jacmel, many years ago when he was in Immaculate Conception Seminary, East Orange, NJ. It truly is a small world!

The parishioners have been visiting various places and villages, distributing MPOWERD solar lights. This is an amazing idea; a solar light is attached to a blow-up plastic with a lamp-like ball.

The group came to meet our kids while we had our food program. They began with the song “This Little Light of Mine,” sung in English and Creole and, of course, our kids knew it! Then they distributed back sacks. The kids and teens also received a brand new soccer ball. Everyone had a blast.

 
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Posted by on January 16, 2018 in Uncategorized

 

The manifestation of the Son of God to the world begs belief from us, by which we will be led home by another way.

💫 On this Feast of the Epiphany, we wish you all peace as you make your journey through 2018. We would like to share a story that makes the words of the Gospel real for us. It is a story of two young girls, not sisters, who live together as though they are being led home by another way.

Meet Mathilda…

Meet Ludvica…

They are teens, not knowing who their parents are. When they were small, they were given to their aunt to care for them. They came to us about a year ago. They are very good students. They needed our assistance with school, so we are sponsoring them. They pay it forward by working with us as mentors and tutors for our young kids. They help in every way around our mission and are always ready to help in any way they can. They are two beautiful young teenagers, desiring a good education and wanting to do something beautiful for God. They are now preparing to receive the sacraments of Christian Initiation with us.

Right after Christmas, their lives totally changed. Their aunt who was raising them was not able to pay the rent for the shack they were living in here in Jacmel. Knowing that they are in a good school, she wanted them to stay here in Jacmel to complete the year. The aunt left to be with her mother and father who live very far away. The girls are living now with a friend’s family in a two-room shack. We asked where they were sleeping, and they told us they sleep on the dirt floor; but they were grateful they had a place and roof over their heads.

We knew there was something we had to do. We assured them they can count on us as their family even when they have no one else here. We gave them one of our guest room mattresses, two blankets, and sheets. This seems like such a small way to help make their lives a little better. Yes, they are like those who have to go to a home another way, but these two lovely young teens will make the best of what God is giving them. Please pray with us for them.

 
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Posted by on January 7, 2018 in Uncategorized

 

Adoring the Lord Jesus with the Magi

 
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Posted by on January 7, 2018 in Uncategorized