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.
To all of our family and friends we just wanted to say a big thank you for all of your love and support and prayers this past month.
Mission of Grace has entered into 2017 in full swing. Grace Community School will be finishing its 2nd semester in April. The students are really enjoying school. We are continuing to work on finishing the new school building so we can move in in September. Our teachers are doing a great job. Continue to pray for them for patience and endurance to finish the year strong.
Grace Community Medical Clinic sees over 70 patients a day. Many people walk for over an hour to come and be seen by our doctor. We are so thankful that they have a place they can come and be taken care of. We are also doing a lot of teaching in regards to high blood pressure and prenatal care. We are starting to see a much healthier community.
Grace Community Church continues to grow. We have weekly men’s and woman’s bible study along with many children’s activities throughout the week. We are preparing for our community wedding in March, we are excited to marry between 6-12 couples.
Grace Community Elderly Home has had the honor of receiving 1 elderly gentleman and 2 elderly woman in the past 2 months. The smile on their faces are pricless knowing that they don’t have to worry about where their next meal will come from or where they will sleep that night. They can rest knowing that they are taken care of and loved. We did have one of our grandmas decide that she wanted to get baptized last month. That was a special day for her.
Grace Community Soup Kitchen is growing and thriving this year. Over 200 people each day come and get a hot bowl of food. Many pregnant ladies, patients from the clinic and also elderly come every day. We have expanded that ministry from 5 days per week to 7 days.
Children of Grace Orphanage is busy as usual with over 65 children. From school, to church, to homework, to baseball practice, to computer classes and so much more, the children are really growing and thriving in a loving and safe environment.
The month of love has been a special one indeed for our Girls' Home! We started with an educational field trip for our teen girls to a local museum. There, they learned about the history of their country, the heartbreaking details of how slaves were treated, how voodoo came about in this nation, and the four soldiers who led the only successful slave revolt in history. All of the girls were bright eyed and ears wide open as they learned details they had never heard before and saw ancient artifacts and items that had been preserved from long ago. It was very informative and they had a wonderful time.
We have also been having weekly Bible studies and teachings with our young women. On Valentines' Day, they were each presented with a love letter from their Heavenly Father, along with a beautiful necklace. Our desire is for them to know that they are deeply loved, chosen, clothed in righteousness, and uniquely special.
The Men of Grace have had a busy month as well! They have been using their skills to install gutters, build tables and benches along with other projects through out the mission. They assisted in building a new addition to the soup kitchen, building a new guard tower at our orphanage, facilitating a soccer clinic and participating in baseball practice.
Our Men of Grace also have begun English classes, Bible studies and life skills classes. The Men of Grace Ministry men could use your continued prayer as they learn the value of accountability and punctuality.
Again, we hope that you enjoyed hearing about the latest news here at Mission of Grace. Thank you for praying for us and supporting us. We truly can not do all that we do each day and take care of so many people with out each of you standing with us. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts. If you would like to find out more information on how to bring a team, give financially or how to pray for us please visit our website at www.missionofgracehaiti.org or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. We would love to hear from you.