Virtual 5K Update
On the 21st of May, we held our first fundraiser of the year; a virtual 5K to raise funds for our operational costs (food, electricity, water, etc.) With over 20 donors, we were able to raise $1,721.33. Thank you to all that donated and ran, walked, or biked for Haiti!
Introducing Our Board Members
Courtney Ong is our Secretary of Love and Grace Ministries - Haiti. Courtney first went to Haiti with our Executive Director, Nancy Turner, in 2015 before she went off to college. Courtney created bonds with our boys so deep that she has returned to Haiti almost every year since! She attended the University of Arizona and received a bachelors' degree in Management Information Systems with a minor in Global Business. She works as a trade planning lead with a major company. Courtney is compassionate, driven, and will do anything needed to help our boys and others in Haiti. Courtney recently got engaged to Bradley and are getting married in December!
Kervensley came to the boy's home in November 2010 after the earthquake. He was 11 years old. When the earthquake hit Haiti he was outside of his grandmother's home playing. He watched as the house collapsed with his grandmother inside. I had a team that November when a relative brought him to the boy's home. I remember him being so shy and just standing there with his head down not knowing what was going to happen to him next, but God knew! A team member asked me about him. I told him that I would not take any boy that I cannot put in school and that we just didn't have the money to take him in. He reached in his pocket, took out his wallet, emptied it, handed me $300., and asked if this was enough to get him in school. We always took the boys with us to the market or wherever we were going, but he would never go. It took years before he finally went outside the safety of the home other than going to and from school. Kervensley graduated from high school in February and is now taking classes at a nearby school for accounting! His goal is to eventually make his way to the States to get a job and further his education. He will be applying for a work visa in October. Kervensley accepted Jesus as his personal Savior and Lord when he was in high school. He loves the Lord. How do I know? He texted me a few weeks ago and I asked him if he was okay, and he replied, 'I am wonderful because I have Jesus!' Would you pray with us as he applies for the work visa. He is confident that he will get it.
Schneider's funeral was held earlier this month on May 10th in Haiti. It was a beautiful ceremony that honored a wonderful life. The funeral expenses have been covered in full. We can't thank you enough for donating towards this. Please continue to pray for the family as they grieve their loss.
Haiti's Burden - France's Ransom
“Why tell Haiti’s story now?
I’ve been covering Haiti since the earthquake in 2010, and returned dozens of times. Any journalist that spends time in Haiti continually confronts the same question: Why are things so bad here? The poverty is beyond compare to anywhere else. Even countries that are impoverished compared to the United States or Canada, or many Western countries — they still have some level of social services. Haiti just doesn’t.”
This is an excerpt from a recent New York Times article if you would like to rest the rest please click on the link provided below.
Please continue to pray for the following:
- That God would intervene on behalf of the people of Haiti who are struggling to survive on a daily basis.
- That the gangs would be stopped from committing horrific killings of innocent people who flee from their homes each day trying to find safety.
- That the kidnappings would cease.
- That young bandits (boys) would stop robbing people at gunpoint and sometimes shooting people for no reason.
- That a Godly government be put in place who cares about its people.
- That those responsible for the assassination of the president be brought to trial.
- Please continue to pray for boy's safety to and from school.
- Pray for the staff's safety as they travel to and from work.
- Pray for the administrators at both homes for wisdom and discernment.
Did You Know!
Did you know that May is nationally recognized as Haitian Heritage Month with May 18th being Haitian Flag Day? Catherine Flon, shown below, sowed the first Haitian Flag on May 18, 1803. Their flag is more than just beautiful, it holds a lot of symbolism. To create this masterpiece, Dessalines ripped the White part of the French flag, metaphorically freeing them from the cruel oppression of the White colonizers, and Catherine sowed the Blue and Red as a symbol of unity amongst Black and Mulatto who united against their oppressors. After Catherine Flon had sown the bicolor, the Generals of the Haitian Revolution at the congress swore a solemn oath of fealty to Liberty or Death on this flag which was to lead the slaves to victory and freedom. This oath was named the Oath of the Ancestors. She is featured on the 10 gourdes bill proudly sowing our flag.
Verse For The Month
I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world. ~ John 16:33 ~