In eight days, I’ll be in Haiti as part of the Ridgecrest Baptist Church mission team which is partnered with Haiti Outreach Ministries. HOM focuses its work through four separate church/school campuses in the Port Au Prince area, under the supervision of Pastor Leon D’Orleans. Our mission team will serve through construction, electrical upgrade, and painting projects.
I’m thrilled to go again, for lots of reasons, but there are two primary ones!
This is the second year Al and I have sponsored a primary child in one of the schools. In Haiti the need is for sponsorship is great, because the country is too poor to provide public education. Through sponsorship, Pierre will be educated, fed one meal a day, and taught about Jesus.
Our child’s name is Pierre Mischael Lorisme. He is 5 years old and a K-1 student at Repatriote School. As you can see, he looks a bit dazed in his picture!
He’s quite the artist–the valentine he made shows he can color pretty well in the lines . . . .
And his end-of-the-year report card from June 2012 shows he’s an average student in most categories, but especially strong in following directions. Keep on learning, Pierre!
I had so much fun picking out the items I will give to Pierre. His lime-green-and-black backpack contains all the usual stuff–underwear/socks/shoes, toiletries, school supplies, a few toys and candy. When we get to the Haitian grocery store, I’ll be sure to buy his family a bag of rice and a bag of dried beans to tuck inside.
My ladies’ Sunday School class, the Daughters of the King, also sponsors an HOM child. Her name is Breeth Chinaida Jhoolycka Damassee. That’s a big name for such a little thing! She’s only 4 years old and in the Pre-K class at Cite Soleil school.
Her backpack contents are below. I had a blast packing her backpack as well!
One of my fellow DOTK’s is also part of the mission team — Marilyn Thayer. She and I can’t wait to see Breeth and Pierre in person, see their faces light up. You can be sure we’ll take plenty of pictures!
Would you also consider sponsoring a needy child to go to school? Haiti Outreach Ministries always has a backlog of children who need sponsors. . . PRAY and see if the Lord would like you to be involved in this very worthwhile ministry. . . you can easily change a child’s life for as little as $360.00 a year! (www.haitioutreachministries.org)
We covet your prayers while on our mission trip. Please pray for the 24-member team during our week’s stay, March 28th through April 4th. Pray for God’s presence to fill us as we serve the people of Haiti and for our team’s continued safety and health.
“But Jesus called them unto him, and said , Suffer little children to come unto me, and forbid them not: for of such is the kingdom of God. ” Luke 18:16