He has risen indeed!
The most important and wonderful time of the year for the person who has surrendered his life to Jesus as their Savior and Lord is celebrated this year on April 17th. This day is known as Easter or Resurrection Day. Without His resurrection His death would have no meaning. As Paul stated in 1Corinthians 15:14, "If Christ has not been raised, our preaching is useless and so is our faith.' He knew that it was the pinnacle of God's redeeming work in human history. The promise of the resurrection wasn't only His assurance that Jesus would rise from the dead but His bold affirmation that other dead and ruined lives would also one day be brought back to life through Christ. If their is no resurrection, then death and destruction win. "Christ has indeed been raised from the dead" (verse 20) He conquered evil and death so that we could live bold and free. Easter means a new start, a new life, a new beginning. The blood of Jesus Christ cleanses us from all sin and provides us a second chance. His love never ceases, and his mercies know no end. In God's great mercy He has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, and into an inheritance that can never perish, spoil or fade - kept in heaven for you." 1 Peter 1:3-4. With Easter coming up, many people have been preparing and celebrating through participating in Lent. We, as Christians, choose to take part in Lent in order to recognize the 40-day period that Jesus spent in the desert, praying and fasting before He knew that He would die on the cross. It was in the desert that Jesus was tempted by Satan to turn away from God, but Jesus refused. Christians use Lent as a similar practice - giving up something of ourselves (whether it be sweets, social media, etc.) that distracts us from God. Lent is a time of reflections, asking for forgiveness, and focusing on the true sacrifice that Jesus made on the cross for our sins. We hope that if you are participating in Lent this year, that it has been an eye-opening experience filled with the joy of Jesus.
Government Exams Update
Congratulations are in order as Kervensley has passed his government exam! Now an official high school graduate, Kervensley wants to study mechanical engineering in the states. Unfortunately, Love and Grace does not have the financial means to make this happen. If anyone knows of any technical school or college that give scholarships to international students or would like to financially help him further his education, please contact Nancy at firstname.lastname@example.org Rony did not pass his exam this time around. He missed it by three points, but will be taking the government exam again in July. He will be pursuing mechanic school while waiting to take the exam. This exam is extremely difficult, compared to the exams needed to enter college here in the United States. Please keep Rony in your prayers as he continues studying and preparing for the next exam.
Meet one of our boys!
Starting this month and each month we will be highlighting one of our boys. This will give our sponsors a chance to meet each one and get to know them a little bit better.
Mykel when he first arrived at the orphanage (2010)
Our first boy is Mykel! Mykel is 12 years old, and is in the 7th grade. He came to Love and Grace in November 2010. His father died in the earthquake of January 2010 and his mother abandoned him. He is a bright light amongst the other boys, but that wasn't the case when he was younger. He was very mischievous and always getting into trouble. I had a candy jar filled with all sorts of different treats for the boys and they would all line up for their treat of the day. He tried to trick me and always came back and said he never got a piece and would hide the piece he did get in his shorts. His favorite color is yellow and he likes dogs and cats. His favorite food is Rice & Beans and Brown Bean Sauce. Mykel is a stellar soccer player and never fails to complete his chores, offer help to the staff at the boys' home, and be a big brother to the young ones who still need some guidance. Mykel's dark complexion is absolutely radiant, and always brings us a laugh at night when we are without electricity and all we can see is his white teeth! Jacques, one of our board members, has called him his son because they both have such dark skin. Mykel's joy is something that is unmatched, bringing laughter to every room he enters. He understands English and can speak it fairly well. Mykel wants to be a mechanic man and be able to help people.
Mykel (July, 2021)
Latest Update on Haiti
Tuesday, March 29th marked the 35th anniversary of Haiti's 1987 Constitution. Though every day seems to be filled with riots and protests, Tuesday was an exceptionally dangerous day. Protestors have been filling the streets demanding that Prime Minister Ariel Henry do something to address the kidnapping and gang violence that is so prevalent in the country. This took a turn for the worse as protestors broke through the airport in Les Cayes, south of Port-au-Prince, where a charity/mission-based airplane had just landed. Filled with supplies for those in need, the plane was torn apart and then burned. The Agape Flights airlines have been making trips for 42 years to Haiti, delivering mail, cargo, and humanitarian aid. Violence in the country of Haiti is escalating every day. Please continue to pray for Haiti and the people residing there. We are still not allowed to travel there.
Did you know!
Did you know that Haiti is the most mountainous country in the Caribbean? Though we in America say "Haiti", natives of the beautiful island call their country "Ayiti". This translates in Creole to "Land of Mountains". There are over 900 named mountains, with the highest mountain, Pic la Selle, climbing to 8,793 feet high. Though these mountains are often not heavily populated, there are churches sprinkled throughout the green trees. Back in 2015, a team was lucky enough to travel two hours up a gravel so called road to Cha-Cha Mountain that was used for voodoo worship to take part in the dedication of a new church. Though we thought our two hour trip in the back of a truck was long, there were hundreds of men, women, and children who walked for 10+ hours just to attend the same church service. The mountains of Haiti might be large, but the love for Jesus by Haitians is larger.
"With great power the apostles continued to testify to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus. And God's grace was so powerfully at work in them all."