Well our days here in Haiti are in the single digits. We wanted to give you one more update about a few things before we head to the states next week.
The new Christian School (Jean Alexis Kuslin Christian Academy) is coming along in construction. Electrical is the next part to be completed, then paint, and then the fun begins with setting up classroom for the PK 1, PK 2, and Kindergarten classes. The second week of July, our two new teachers from Canada will be making their transition here. Please continue to pray for all of these things to happen smoothly. Paul Perissien is currently registering new students to attend, and fitting them for their new uniforms which are being made by local seamstresses. We can all feel the excitement building for the September 1st start date, God is good!
The block plant is nearing completion as well. The living quarters and depot are finished, and work on the construction platform and is close to being complete. Our hope is in a month or two we will be making cement blocks!!!
School distribution is our next big task ahead of Mission Haiti. This is where over 2000 students in our school sponsorship program receive their supplies for the year. Our biggest need is for gently used or new tennis shoes and backpacks. If you can help in anyway, please contact Tim at firstname.lastname@example.org
I haven’t updated much about the photo program and art classes I have been able to be a part of. I hope to do that more in the weeks that follow after our return to the states. This past week we were able to share some of the images from my student’s work in a photo show on our property. It was a great way to wrap up our time here, and listen to each student speak about what they have learned through the program.
Tim has taken on a new role with Mission Haiti as the American Director. Our other team member here in Haiti, Paul Perissien, will be the Haiti Director. This change happened due to the founder and CEO of Mission Haiti, Pam Plasier, resigning her position about a month ago after some time away from the ministry since this past January. She felt God telling her to do this, and so we trust what this means for our families and all those who this effects will be blessed through a big transition time. Please pray for these two men, they have been given many months working side-by-side in Haiti over the past year, and we hope this relationship continues as they will be leading from separate countries.
Upon our return to the states we will be taking our time adjusting to American life again. This Fall I have been blessed to be able to again teach Art at Sioux Falls Christian, this time in grades k-5, along with some responsibilities in the international student program. I am more and more excited to teach this grade level, as it has been 10 years since being in this role. We are also thankful the girls think this is a positive thing, having mom just down the hall!
This leads me to sharing a bit of the feelings our family is experiencing as we look to return. Our days are filled with busy anticipation, excitement, and also a generous dose of sadness. Over these past 10 months, the people of Mission Haiti/Ti Riviere have accepted us, cared for us, watched over us, shared with us, and extended much grace. Right now, it is hard to adequately put into words the mixture of emotions we are all feeling, it will take us all a while to really be able to process. I told a friend this morning that it was a part of God’s plan that these last weeks have been incredibly busy here cause I find the sadness creeps up when I am still. So I will save some of these thoughts for another day. Today we ask you to again uphold us in prayer, along with the people of MH, the people of Ti Riviere, and those who we are anxious to see again in America.