Our new elderly home, Home of Grace, is closest to completion with all key construction being finished and the detail work is ongoing. We would not be where we are on this project without the help of the amazing missions teams that came to serve with us. The foundation was laid in November of 2015 by a team with Lott Carey which allowed our Haitian masons to build the walls during the month of December. In January a team from Westmount Church in Kelowna, Canada built and installed the trusses, a team from Gleanings for the Hungry in Fresno, California installed the solar panels, batteries, and electrical wiring, and in February a team from Dawson Creek, Canada installed the windows, doors, and plumbing. The new home will be able to accommodate upwards of thirty people, up from our current seven, and it will be a blessing when it opens, hopefully by the beginning of April. We are still in need of about $35,000 to complete this building. If you would like to join us in providing a beautiful and comfortable home for our elderly and those in need of greater care, we welcome and are grateful for your participation.
The other major project is the new school. Just outside the church and current school, the walls have been raised for the first floor and it is an amazing sight as it sits on a large piece of property overlooking the village below. Every day it is exciting to see the progress being made and we can’t wait for the day when even more children of our community can be educated. We know as much as anything that the future of Haiti lies in the children who will further the values and purposes of Mission of Grace and the Kingdom of God. Education in Haiti is not free, but our desire is to provide an education to the children who’s families cannot afford it. We are so grateful for those of you who have chosen to be a part of our efforts by sponsoring a child in the community to attend school. As we expand our building to accommodate more students, we will need to expand our sponsorship program to provide for those students. If you or someone you know would like to join in this effort, you can click the sponsorship button below.
We broke ground in December and by February the walls were up.
Our medical clinic continues to serve the people of Carries, as well as patients from far away. It is not uncommon for someone to begin walking from home at 2 am so that they make it to the clinic by the time it opens at 9am. Our current staff consists of a Haitian doctor, a Haitian nurse, a nursing student, a pharmacy manager, and an American nurse who is a part of our long term missions team. Under her leadership the day to day operation of the clinic has grown in structure, organization, and accountability. All of this adds up to an improved quality of care. However, to take things to the next level they could really use another long term missionary who is bilingual and has great organizational skills. Please be in prayer with us for this, and if you know anyone who would be a great fit in this role, please have them email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Children of Grace continues to grow and in January a 4-seater toilet building was completed behind the orphanage. This replaces the original two seater that sat in front and to the side of the baby’s house. Of course, good sanitary practices is of utmost importance in keeping a healthy community. The greenhouses behind the orphanage have been resurrected and at this time there are tomatoes, onions, cucumbers and peppers popping up from the ground. We hope to have our first harvest as soon as March. We’ve worked to involve many of the children in the process and it’s great to see them scrambling around joyfully in the dirt to be a part of helping something grow.
Church attendance has been on a continual rise for some time, but over the past few months each service has been busting the church at the seams. It’s such a joy to see upwards of 200 people showing up each Sunday to worship God together, and every nook and cranny is filled. Our men’s Bible study on Monday nights at the church has been drawing upwards of 20 men each week, and the women’s Bible study on Tuesday nights has been bringing about the same from throughout the community. On Valentine’s Day Miss Kim’s parents and the team from Dawson Creek provided a special meal after the church service and we served nearly 250 meals of rice, beans, chicken and soda.
In late January we were made aware of a poor little orphanage just up the scraggly path from ours and over the past few weeks we’ve offered help in several different ways, and it has been accepted graciously and with open arms. Days after hearing of this new need Mr. Mike and Ms. Doodle of Team Haiti were on the ground with food, clothing, and inflatable mattresses for this orphanage. They also helped to fund a construction crew to floata the unfinished walls. Two weeks later a missionary team from Hope Missions Outreach came and painted the entire building in vibrant colors. They also built several bunk beds so that the fourteen children would no longer have to sleep on the floor. We will continue to provide food, clothing, and any other support we can as we continue to seek the Lord on what our level of involvement with this orphanage will be going forward.
Recently two mothers showed up to drop off their very healthy children at our orphanage. This is not the first time this has happened, but this time Miss Lynn felt a different prompting for what our response should be. Rather than taking the kids in, or giving the moms money and recommendations, she felt that a Single Mother’s Home was needed, and so a new ministry was birthed. It just so happened that the family in one of our homes was in the process of moving into a larger house, and so within a few days we had it cleaned up and they moved in. We are still in the process of developing what this ministry will look like, but our desire is to build a transitional ministry that will help these women gain skills and experience, through serving the mission, that will allow them to secure a job to support themselves and their children.
Groups from around the United States and Canada continue to come on a near-weekly basis, and each one has brought something that has added to what the mission is trying to accomplish. To see so many people willingly and freely taking their time to travel all the way to Mission of Grace to affect change is heartwarming. If you have ever thought about coming to be a part of what God is doing here in Carries, now would be a great time. Please CLICK HERE to visit our Teams page to see the opportunities we have, or email email@example.com to get the process started.
One final development we are excited to tell you about is the formation of a long term mission team here on the ground in Carries. Over the past several months God has brought individuals and families from various places in the United States to come and serve alongside Miss Lynn and Miss Kim to take Mission of Grace to the next stage in God’s plan. Each of these people have committed to serve for at least six months to a year, and many of them have already extended their original commitments. God is doing great things in Haiti and we are excited to be a part of it. You can meet our team by clicking the button below, and if you feel God may be prompting you to come and join us here, please email firstname.lastname@example.org with some information about you and how you would like to help.
As you can see a lot has happened in a little amount of time. We would not be where we are today as a mission if not for your prayer and financial support. Many days we look at a need and wonder how in the world is it going to be met, but time and time again God answers through His people and proves yet again that “With God, all things are possible.”