Youth Mission to Haiti
Dear Patients & Friends:
How do you describe a youth mission to Haiti? Think of the contrast between the rich and the poor in Mississippi, multiply that by a factor of 10, then remember the devastation of Katrina, and you begin to understand.
A land of stark contrasts including beautiful beaches and mountains, Haiti is also home to terrible poverty, homelessness, and large areas of homes and businesses reduced to piles of rubble. You can get used to the heat, but the rest is hard to swallow.
If you’re a Christian, it's even worse because you grieve for those still practicing Voodoo, unaware of or unaccepting of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
I could not be more proud of the youth of First Baptist Church who participated in this mission. It’s hard to imagine how our youth could possibly communicate with children from another culture that spoke a totally different language.
But when our youth were not shoveling and using a bucket brigade to move piles of rock and sand from the road to the worksite, leading a vacation bible school or playing soccer, they played other games, sang, and yes, even communicated with the orphanage children—teaching English while learning Haitian Creole.
The people of Haiti are God’s children just like you and me. They deserve the same dignity and respect that we would hope to receive from others. They deserve a chance to know our Lord as their savior.
We ask for your prayers for the +50 children of the orphanage in Port Au Prince that is part of the ministry of Pastor Lucien Almanord. When you see the huge tent cities and rubble other children must surely face outside the orphanage, you can only imagine the plight these children could face if separated from their secure walled orphanage.
We ask that you also pray for the work of Pastor Jacky Delice of the Zion Tabernacle Church in Laffiteau (Lafito in Haitian Creole), Cabaret. His vision is for a Christian school in his community just 30 miles north of Port Au Prince, where our youth led vacation bible school for over 100 children, and provided labor for a bucket brigade to deliver piles of rock and sand from a road to the building work site.
As we would say in Haitian Creole, “Bondye Beni ou,” (may God Bless You).
Robert A. Leach, DC, MS, CHES, FICC(h)
1. To donate to Praying Pelican Missions, or to Missionaries Almando and Cassie Jean Louis: http://www.prayingpelicanmissions.org/donate
2. You may give to the Zion Tabernacle Church in Laffiteau, Cabaret, Port Au Prince, Haiti by contacting Pastor Jacky Delice at: firstname.lastname@example.org
3. To give to the orphanage ministry of Pastor Lucien Almanord, contact him at: email@example.com