Ten year old Paige was in this same situation after she visited Haiti in April of 2014. Being touched by the startling poverty and the beautiful souls she met there, Paige decided to do something. She wanted to bless the several hundred school children attending the schools Hope in Haiti sponsors, and came up with an idea. “I felt called to do something for the kids in Haiti, so I decided on making Christmas bags,” said Paige, inspired by the gift-giving of her own birthday. She was able to organize an effort to raise gifts from people for Haitian children so that God’s love could be set in motion. She assembled Christmas bags with gender and age in mind, and including toys, candy, socks, underwear, granola bars and more. She set her sights high, but the results were higher: “I was hoping that we would reach at least 400 bags. But I am proud to announce we have reached 700 bags! This should reach students at the two schools, one in Nan Wo, and the other [Kawo], located in the mountains.” Indeed, the ever-growing combined student count is now near 700 children. Wow, what an incredible result!
Construction of half of the new Nan wo school building is nearing completion! Our school administrators are hoping to move classes into the new rooms very soon, so the workers are focusing on finishing these as much as needed before moving onto the other parts of the building. Take a look at the photos below, just received by Hope in Haiti:
With another Hope in Haiti team departing for Haiti early next week, we could certainly use your prayers! This trip will involve a very important pastor training conference, the last in a series of conferences that Hope in Haiti has teamed up with Global Training Network to provide for men in leadership in area churches as well as women seeking encouragement, training, and teaching.
Cascade Church in Monroe, WA has produced a prayer guide that may be helpful for you to focus your prayers each day as this team works in Haiti. Feel free to download this PDF and print for your use. Click to download:
HAITI 2014 Cascade Prayer Guide
This Sunday, September 14th, come and talk face-to-face with Pastor Louinet Gilles of Haiti at a meet-and-greet session at Cascade Church at 14377 167th Ave SE, Monroe, WA from 1pm-2:30 in Room 202. Pastor Louinet is a hard-working minister of the gospel in one of the earth’s poorest countries, overseeing 14 churches, directing operations for Hope in Haiti, and personally investing in people all over his poverty-stricken community.
He will speak for part of the Cascade “On Mission” group on the same day during the 11:15 AM session. The meet-and-greet will follow soon afterward with food, drinks, and casual conversation. Please come and join us!
Thanks to the many folks who have poured in support, the new school buildings are rising up off the ground! Many workers have put in countless hours, laying brick upon brick to bring it to the point it’s at now, with three enclosed rooms built, a covered walkway, and several other rooms in process of being built. Enjoy these photos just sent to us from Haiti
Praise God, our precious little Loujina now has a chair made especially for her needs. Dealing with cerebral palsy means she cannot sit up without support and can’t hold things in front of herself to build her motor skills and her mind. This chair helps solve both issues, as well as making it easier for her caretaker to feed and transport her. Praise God for this gift!
Thank you for remembering little Loujina with your gifts and prayers. She will be getting her new wheelchair soon! It is waiting in Port au Prince for her and will be brought up by a friend of ours. She is doing well with the family that took her in and they report she is growing and gaining weight. Praise the Lord with me as we remember this precious little one whom the Lord has not overlooked.
The school year in Haiti is winding down and soon the kids will be taking tests to see if they can continue to the next grade. If they pass they will move on, but if they fail, they will repeat that same grade. This would be sad for them, but probably for the best, so that they are properly equipped to take on the higher grades. The High School grades of Haiti’s education system have especially high standards for passing.
Currently our school in Nan wo goes through the 9th grade, and then the young people will have the opportunity to move on to another school that will provide the last three years of the equivalent to our high school. We would love for our school to grow and include these classes, but it becomes increasingly expensive to bring in more teachers at this level.
Pray with us that we would have wisdom concerning this vision to expand our Nan wo school. The Lord would have to vastly increase sponsorship and giving to make that possible. Currently about one in six students is sponsored in Nan wo.
We received word today that some of our dear friends in Haiti are suffering from illness.
Pastor Louinet, who works relentlessly for our schools and local churches in Haiti, has come down with an unknown ailment that keeps him in constant stomach pain. Unable to eat and experiencing a strange rash on his face, Pastor went to a doctor who was unable to stop the pain. Today, his wife reports the facial swelling has gone down but the stomach problems continue. He will go to a nearby city to have his stomach scoped on Wednesday. The initial assessment is that this is not Chikungunya fever.
However, other dear ones are not escaping Chikungunya. Pastor Louinet’s son Jefte seems to have contracted it, as well as many neighbors and school children across the valley. Locally known as “Choukoun fever,” it spreads by mosquito bites and subjects its hosts to days of difficult aches, fever, and nausea, as well as a rash.
Dixie’s recently “adopted” girl with cerebral palsy, Loujina, has also been infected with the fast-spreading fever.
Will you join us in praying for healing for Pastor Louinet and the many Haitians suffering with this epidemic? We in the USA can’t understand the gravity of being sick in Haiti, where almost anything can be lethal. We need to bathe our brothers and sisters in prayer and trust them to the Great Healer.
We have received word from our friends in Haiti that Chikungunya fever is sweeping across the country and is now affecting children in our schools.
Chikungunya fever is a mosquito-borne virus that is mostly spread in densely populated areas where mosquitoes will bite more than one person. Unfortunately, Haiti’s population is very dense–about twice the population of Maryland in the same amount of space. Most people who become infected will notice symptoms within a week of the mosquito bite, including fever, headache, joint pain, and sometimes a rash. It is not likely to result in death, but in Haiti, many things can go wrong. Malnourished children such as our students in Haiti also have compromised immune systems that may not be able to fight off the virus to preserves their lives. There is some research showing that Chikungunya symptoms will recur for years afterward, even with no re-infection, much like malaria.
You can read more about Chikungunya fever at http://www.cdc.gov/chikungunya/
Please pray for the health and protection of our students, teachers, and families in harm’s way.