Connecting you with all that is happening with us here at Mission of Grace.
In Loving Memory
We wanted to take a moment to give everyone an update on our sweet David. We know that many of you have held him and loved on him throughout the years as well as doing therapy with him and praying over him.
Unfortunately, David passed away on the morning of February 6th. He has not been doing well these past few months. The doctors did not know how to help him, he was eating and drinking, but not thriving. And we had been praying for peace for him. He was suffering greatly.
While we are sad to no longer see his sweet smile or be able to hold him, we are rejoicing that he is now free of the pain and brokenness he experienced in this earthly body. David may have never been able to walk on this earth but he is now walking, running and dancing in the presence of the Father who loved him so well.
Thank you for all of the ways you have walked with us in helping us love David these last 4 years. Please continue to keep us in your prayers as we remember David and continue in the work God has called us to in loving these sweet babies as long as we have them.
Men of Grace
Our Men of Grace Home now has six young men living, learning and sharing together. Many of the young men are in their final year of High School. They are a blessing to us at Mission of Grace as they serve in various capacities in the mission. The light of Jesus shines in and through them as leaders in the community as they lead a Christian example to other young men and children in the village. Out of the Men of Grace Home we have our drummer at church, we have young men who go out with the pastor and food distribution teams. The Men of Grace challenge other young in in the community to always choose to do what is good and pleasing to God. We have a budding chef at The Men of Grace Home. This fall Wisnick began culinary school.
Nurturing the Soul: Grace Community Church
This past season at Grace Community Church, we grew in numbers. As we studied the Word of God together, we saw one over arching theme. “What Does a Christian Look Like”, this thread ran throughout all of our bible study series. As the men studied on Monday nights, they focused on the power in the name of Jesus and the values of being a Christian. On Tuesday nights, the women studied women of the Bible. Focusing on the power of worship, prayer and praise. Our church wide bible study on Wednesday nights studied Paul’s letter to the Romans.
In September, we began Caregivers Bible Study for the nannies at the orphanage and this January we began Caregivers Bible Study for the nannies at the elderly home.
Our community is learning more and more to live by faith.
Home of Grace Elderly Home
Our elderly home continues to be a home of light and peace for the elderly to live out what may be their last days with dignity and with loving care. We have a new grandma, a new grandpa, and two little ones who have moved into the home. Our two little ones are there so they can receive the extra attention and care their current situation calls for. Grace Home for the Elderly remains a beacon of God’s word in the community of Carriés that “even to your old age and gray hairs I Am He, I Am He who will sustain you. I have made you and I will carry you; I will sustain you and I will rescue you.”
Our soup kitchen continues to serve as a central point for the community to come and be fed daily. Single mothers with their children, widows, men and women, young and old come daily and receive a nutritious meal. We serve approximately 175 meals each day and ALL are welcomed.
Grace Community School
All of the children at Grace Community School are steadily improving academically. Midterm report card day was an exciting day. There were many cheers as parents who were never given the opportunity themselves to attend school proudly bounced out of their seats to walk up and receive the report and exam results of their children. We are happy to have an addition of a psychologist to our school staff. He has brought new insight and and a fresh plan to help our children grow mentally and academically. We know we are training up future leaders and among us are future doctors, pastors, lawyers, accounts and CEOs, even a future president of Haiti may be among our students. God has His hand on our children and we have our ears and heart fixed on Him. We know, with God ALL things are possible.
Mission of Grace remains forever grateful that God would choose us to carry such a strong vision for Haiti. We are honored that God entrusts us with His blessing to serve the people of Carries. We are wholly grateful and thank everyone of you who come to visit and serve with us. We thank those who send their financial support and each and everyone who pray for us. You are our voice and we love you. Thank you for being a supporter of Mission of Grace.
Good morning friends and partners. We pray this month finds you and your families well, healthy, and obedient in all that God has called you to.
We are so excited about our Soup Kitchen. We started the soup kitchen over a year ago. Miss Lynn kept hearing that when the patients from our clinic were asked to take their medicine with food, they would tell the doctor that they did not have any food and that they were hungry. We were always finding people in our community that were hungry. We happened to have donated soup mix from Gleanings for the Hungry and so one day Miss Lynn decided to start the soup kitchen. Today we serve over 215 people every day. We have 2 cooks and many volunteers who serve the community day in and day out. There are many people from the mountains that walk hours to our clinic and after they see the doctor they make their way to get a bowl of soup and rice before they make the long hike home. We have had the privilege of having Miss Joanne from Montreal, Canada come and really get this program off the ground. Her endless hours of helping and serving and training has truly paid off. This past week a missionary decided to give everyone a mango with their meal and so she bought over 100 mangos and everyone was so excited for this treat. We have also been having people go and do activities with the children over lunch, coloring with them and playing with them.
This is a beautiful ministry that is really reaching the people where there need is. Thank you to everyone who has supported and donated to make this ministry prosper. Miss Lynn’s hope and prayer is to feed many more people each day as the Lord makes the provision.
Our English program began February 1st and will run until May 1st. The program has been very successful. Because of the interest shown by adults to learn English, two adult classes were started, one for beginners and one advanced class for those who already have English but wanting to improve. After the first week, the adults were asking for more, so two more classes were started. At present, in addition to our English program in the school, we have classes at 3 p.m. on Monday, Thursday, Friday and two classes on Saturday morning. The adult classes are very well attended with approximately 30 in each class. Students finishing high school and heading to University travel from the next town over to attend our classes and they are very grateful for a chance to improve their English before entering University.
The day program in our school is going very well. The Pre K and K classes love to learn by listening to stories read in English and singing songs. Grades 1 through 6 are introduced to new Vocabulary each class and are doing well with learning new words and putting the words into sentences. We have also spent time on "blends", verbs and verb tenses.
The church has had a busy month. Our pastors baptized 7 people, we had a community wedding where we married 5 couples and were able to do 2 feedings at church due to the giving of finances from a few donors. That is always a huge blessing. Please go to our website if you would like to know how to donate towards a feeding at the church.
The kids at the orphanage have had a great month. They were able to have a beach day with Momma (Miss Lynn) and they loved it. The younger ones had the opportunity to come this time and for many of them it was their first time. It has been getting hotter and hotter here in Haiti so it is a blessing to have the ocean so close to cool off. As of April 3, the kids finished their exams at school and now start their week and a half of vacation. They are all very excited about no school, but that will mean the orphanage will be that much busier with all the kids at home. Please continue to pray for a resolution to our electricity problem at the orphanage. We need some new batteries and our invertor has now stopped working so we are using the generator each night. Please pray that we will be able to get the finances to fix this problem.
Thank you all for your love and prayers we value and covet them.