Latest Update on Haiti
Members of the board have not been able to travel to Haiti since July. This has been the longest that we have not been able to bring supplies to the homes. We have been so blessed to have our entire staff in Haiti do such an incredible job taking care of the boys and meeting their everyday needs. Unfortunately, we have no idea when we will get the "green light" to travel back down or bring down teams again. Please continue to pray for the country.
Currently, gang violence still persists in the country. Kidnappings are occurring daily and gas, food, and supply prices continue to increase. In addition, 2022 is the next year for the presidential elections. Interim Prime Minister Ariel Henry held a press conference on Monday stating the need for renewed efforts towards organized elections, however there are many adversaries pushing against him as he is still untrusted in the country since the assassination of President Jovenel Moise. Many people have said that Prime Minister Henry no longer has legitimacy as a leader because his term ended this last Monday. Nonetheless, the parliament that has the power to remove the prime minister from rule has since disbanded because their terms have also expired. The argument of whether or not the country of Haiti should hold elections is between having the people freely choose who they wish their new leader to be, but also having the possibility of gang control taking over and leading to illegitimacy and delinquent groups overpowering the votes.
Government Exams and More School!
As stated in our previous newsletter, Kervensley and Rony were preparing for their government exams over the last several months that kept getting postponed due to the unrest. Last week they were able to finally take the tests that they had failed in July and are now waiting for their results. Once they have graduated, Kervensley will be joining Luckson in July to attend Aristide University to study accounting and Rony will be attending mechanic school. If you would like to help financially in helping them further their education, please reach out to Nancy at email@example.com
Lens is still looking for sponsors. Additionally, Moles has recently lost his sponsor and is in need of a new one! Moles is 17 and in 7th grade. If you would like to sponsor one of these boys or know anyone who would like to, please go to our website; www.loveandgracehaiti.com and click on the sponsorship page, fill it out, and mail it, along with your first month's support to: Love and Grace Ministries - Haiti, 229 Blythe Island Drive, Bluffton, SC 29910. If you have any questions, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
In addition, if you would like an end-of-year statement for taxes, please reach out to Nancy as well at the same email.
Did you know!
Every year in late February or early March, Haiti celebrates Carnival (Kanaval in Creole). Similar to our previous story on squash soup (Soup JouMou) Carnival originated from French slave owners and was eventually taken over in 1804 when Haiti fought for and won their freedom. Carnival lasts for a week and consists of floats, costumes, music, and dance that reflect Haiti's culture. Because Carnival is an event that occurs before and leading up to Lent, it is seen as "enjoying the pleasures of life" prior to this time of fasting. Many Christians do not participate in Carnival because of this reason, including our boys. Nevertheless, it is still nice for them to get a week off of school. Below is a painting depicting Carnival in Haiti:
1 Timothy 2:1-2
First of all, then, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for all people, for kings, and all who are in high positions, that we may lead a peaceful and quiet life, godly and dignified in every way.