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June 2020
Dear Friends in Christ,
We praise God that He has given us the opportunity to be a part of His work in Haiti this month again. It is exciting to see the Brunette area, the name of the community surrounding the church and school in Mirebalais, come together to help us help them. We are always grateful to you, our financial and prayer partners, for your love of the Haitian people. This makes it possible to reach them sharing the hope and love of Jesus Christ!
Seeing the need to have 2 little girls from the school have their eyes checked out, Kenny, Laissa and Lussade met them and their Mom’s and teacher at an eye clinic in Mirebalais. The girls, Clernias and Legrand, were checked out and both have fine vision. Praise the Lord. Clernias has only one eye, losing one as a child in an accident. For you to understand how different it can be to see a doctor there, the girls were the last to arrive and get in line at 5:00 a.m. By 7:30 a.m. they had received their eye exam and were basically finished. Can you imagine getting in a long line outside that early with your children to be possibly seen who knows when?
The schools are closed in Haiti because of the coronavirus. In May, because of YOU, we spent a great deal of time and money supplying food to help the 73 families of all the school children. Praise Jesus! Now we are hopeful to continue the feeding program for the children at the school. Looking at a few ideas, Kenny thought it best to build a “kitchen” (don’t picture an American kitchen) and storage room beside the home of a deacon of the church, whose property adjoins the church/school. In exchange for cooking for the school, the deacon’s wife, Sister Marie, will now have a nice, new, stocked kitchen.
Getting supplies delivered to her home and hiring a “boss” to build the small building took some doing. The delivery of product includes carrying 60 bags of concrete and 500 blocks over the river in dugout canoes, then up a very steep hill. This is very labor intensive. No machines to do the job, just muscles and determination. The people there need money so this gives us the help we need for a small amount of money and helps them as well. God is so good to make many things in life a two-way blessing!
As of the writing of this newsletter, the bags of concrete and 300 blocks have been delivered to the job site. Kenny is currently choosing a man to build the kitchen. He will return to Mirebalais in two days to take the remainder of the supplies and help to get the building process started. Though Kenny knows a lot about building, he always hires a Haitian man to do the concrete work. Then he assists by providing materials needed and makes sure the job is going properly. Often, Kenny finishes the job by putting a roof on the building.
This month, Kenny also met with a few attorneys looking into what needs to happen to purchase some land close to the church. We still are not certain about what to do. We have a piece of land picked out and a willing seller, but we do not want to pay for it, then lose it. Land purchase in Haiti is exceedingly difficult and we have seen many land purchases fail because of their laws.
We pray the work we are doing is pleasing and honoring to the Lord. It is our desire to share Christ with these precious children and their families. Thank you so much for your encouragement as we endeavor to make this happen! His love never fails!
Because of Christ,