On the New Year’s Eve and on the New Year’s Day, we had the joy to share our “Joumou Soup” with a family of six children of whom Marika (15) is in charge. The “Joumou Soup” is the traditional soup eaten on that day and it is made of pumpkin, yam, meat and lots of vegetables. In fact, that family has nine children, but three of them live somewhere else. The fathers have disappeared and their mother lives in a town located four hours from Port-au-Prince with a baby that she nurses. When the baby will be weaned, she will bring him to Marika for her to take care of him and her five other siblings who live in a ravine in a small house shaken up by last year earthquake. Often times, the neighbours had to feed them with a meal of white rice.
Now that we learned of their condition, we take care of them with a diversity of food. Two of the children are sponsored and on January 4th, two of the middle ones took the school road. They lived in such a great poverty that several times, they did not have any water and soap to bath. They attend our church since a long time, but due to a lack of staff, their great needs went unnoticed. According to World Food Program, there are 925 million undernourished people in the world today. That means one in seven people do not get enough food to be healthy and lead an active life. Hunger and malnutrition are in fact the number one risk to the health worldwide. God’s knowledge, food and education will provide a future to these children. An educated mother will give a better education to her children and she will find a job more easily. Who will break the enemy’s yoke on their lives? Your gifts contribute to give them a brighter future.
We now serve the food with carts.
Bibles’s distribution for our school’s Bible course.
Our school yard’s laying-out.
Once it is paved, it will be covered with a greenhouse net and used as an outdoor dining room to keep our sanctuary and school cleaner.
Richard Villeneuve, on the right who is our site boss arrived on December 15. He is from Gatineau, Quebec.
At the end of November, a team from Chapleau (Pastor Dan Lee) and Barrie in Ontario and from Edmundston, New-Brunswick (Pastor Robert Lapointe) visited us for two weeks.
Dentist Jalbert pulled out 1,000 teeth.
The dentist assistant was very effective.
Concrete was poured to the last section of the basement floor at church.
As always, when teams visit with us, they bless our ministry with clothing, shoes, sandals, toiletries, pens, pencils and toys.
Junior Taingué, one of our youth, painting coats of arms on our church’s main door.
Souvenirs in Bouthilliers with a view of Port-au-Prince.
On December 23, we became grandparents for the fifth time with an eight months old Thai princess in the name of Sophia. What a great blessing she is!
May God open the floodgates of heaven and pour out his blessings unto you in this New Year.
Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail. They are new every morning. Lamentations 2,22-23. (NIV)