Haiti Mission update
Almost a year ago, our generous congregation supported a crepe and bake sale that helped send a team of 12 on a mission trip to Three Angels orphanage, school, and clinic in Port au Prince, Haiti. Since that time, Lauren Hintzsche, Ann & Ed Rice, and several members of the Monfils family returned to the mission last July. It was then the group was able to attend the school graduation. Additionally, Lauren led teacher training throughout the week while Ed completed the school bench project the team started back in March. Ann worked on making local Rotary connections with a Rotary club in Haiti while aiding Lauren with the training. Since Colleen Monfils is on the board of Three Angels Children’s Relief, she had many projects in the works to complete with the help of the entire group.
In October, Ed took another trip to Three Angels delivering 144 donated breadfruit trees to the mission. This trip was the beginning of a blessed project with Trees That Feed Foundation and Three Angels to provide sustainable food sources for the families of Haiti. Ed was able to learn how to plant seedlings, which would grow at the mission and eventually bear fruit to feed the children of the mission. Ed had the opportunity to spend much time learning more about Three Angels and what God is doing there to help His people of Haiti.
Colleen and Ann just returned from Haiti last week after working on the continuing efforts to develop Rotary relationships, attend board of directors meetings and spend time making personal connections with the Haitian families of the mission. As always, there is so much going on with Three Angels orphanage, school, and clinic, and now a brand-new agricultural program including a tree and plant nursery is in the plans! (More on that later...)
Two years ago, Three Angels Orphanage was destroyed in the earthquake. Since then, Three Angels has teamed up with another ministry caring for orphaned children in an orphanage about 20 minutes away from the school and clinic. However, several months ago a house became available on the street behind the Three Angels' property, which could be used as a home for orphaned children, and a lease was signed enabling the reopening Three Angels Orphanage. The finishing touches are being completed on the property and the new orphanage will soon open. With the 6 new cribs provided by Witness Commission, the quilts made by Gladys Tastad will be used in those cribs. Additionally, the pillowcase dresses Pearl Fromm and the ladies of ‘Sewing For Angels’ sewed will be on little children running around.
Our Sunshine Station Sunday school classes organized an offering project for the months of November and December to help Three Angels, as well. The First Presby children collected their spare change for two months to help cover the daily costs of milk for the children of Three Angels. Their goal of providing enough money for one month of milk ($806) was set and surpassed after collecting $1,128.76. Additionally, many of the children donated supplies Colleen and Ann brought down to the mission on their most recent trip.
In March, more members of our congregation are going/returning to Three Angels. On this trip, Jeana, Xav, and Eli Valdivieso will join Lauren Hintzsche, Tim, Megan and Colleen Monfils. The team will be able to carry down many more quilts, dresses, as well as boxes full of flip-flops donated by the Presbyterian Thrift Shop. A list of things-to-do for the team is being made for work in the clinic and school to be completed as well as spending lots of time holding the babies that will have just arrived at the orphanage.
This last trip dramatically demonstrated how God's hand has been and is working through Three Angels Children’s Relief, and you as a church are part of that! Thank you for your support in prayer, monetary gifts, donations and words of encouragement.
To be continued....