Thank You Note From Chrisna Saint-Louis
“This school has fortified me.”
~ Chrisna Saint-Louis, age 12
Chrisna Saint-Louis has attended HOM schools since the age of 3. In June, as she graduated from Terre Noire primary school, she sent a beautiful thank you letter to School Superintendent Jacky Dorleans, saying how proud and happy she was for the opportunities the school has provided to her. Chrisna will be a new 7th grader at Barye Fe secondary school this year.
Our schools will get back to the business of fortifying students like Chrisna next Monday, Sept. 6. The administration is hard at work getting ready to welcome over 1,900 students across the four campuses. As Madame Jacky shared in a recent message,
“Students really need to be back to their oasis, to their safe place where they can continue to be loved, taught, fed, and play with their mates. They are having a very tough and sad time now.”
We are grateful to all of you who make it possible for HOM and MICECC to provide this needed oasis to our students. As Haiti continues to struggle with earthquake recovery and sociopolitical uncertainty, your prayers, support, and gifts are cherished.
We do still have a need both for student sponsors and for essential school supplies. You can change a life like Chrisna’s by visiting our student sponsorship portal here. Donations for essential school supplies can be made here – please indicate school supplies in the notes section.
PS: As this email was going to press, Jacky shared the great news that 100% of 9th graders – all 58 students – passed their national exams taken in July. Jacky writes, “Praise be to God! Thanks to their sponsors and to HOM/MICECC.”
8/17/21 UPDATE – Now Accepting Earthquake Relief Donations
HOM is now accepting financial contributions for earthquake relief in Haiti. We are working with our partner staff at Mission Communautaire de l’Eglise Chrétienne des Cités (MICECC) to provide food and medical supplies. Our MICECC medical staff in Haiti is interested in making a trip in September to provide much needed care. Longer term, we are exploring the possibility of rebuilding homes and drilling a well to provide clean drinking water to the community. All this is possible through the relationship our Terre Noire church has with the church community located in Cavaillon, near the earthquake’s epicenter. We will be working through that relationship to provide assistance.
Financial contributions will help us to meet needs in the earthquake-ravaged area as transportation and safety considerations allow.
To make an online donation, please click here
Mailed donations may be sent to HOM, P.O. Box 71042, Durham NC 27722. Please indicate “Earthquake Relief” on your check.
Thank you for your continued support and prayers for Haiti.
8/16/21 – Update On Earthquake in Haiti
Thank you for all the messages of support and prayer following the recent earthquake in Haiti. Our partners at Mission Communautaire de l’Eglise Chrétienne des Cités (MICECC) and our facilities continue to be safe.
Many of you have asked how you can help. With MICECC, we are currently assessing needs in the affected regions and ways we can respond with assistance. Our Terre Noire church has a church plant in the damaged area of Cavaillon in southwestern Haiti, about 112 miles west of Port Au Prince, and we are exploring relief opportunities there.
We will share updates and ways you can get involved. Please continue to keep Haiti in your prayers.
7/15/21 Update on Status in Haiti
Thank you for your many wonderful responses offering support and prayer for Haiti over the past week. It is difficult to see this country we all love so much struggle with turmoil and uncertainty.
I am glad to share with you that our colleagues in Port-au-Prince are all safe and have sent the following update:
- All our campuses and activities – health clinic, vocational school, clean water distribution points, construction, and MICECC offices – have resumed normal operations. The schools are currently closed for summer break.
- Things are calm around the campuses. There have not been that many people out and about, although traffic is slowly starting to resume.
- Getting gasoline is a bit of a challenge.
- Worship services were held at all three churches this past Sunday. Many people attended the services at Terre Noire and Repatriote.
- Approximately 200 worshippers attended church at Cite Soleil despite insecurity challenges which have existed in the area even prior to last week’s tragic events. To make it easier for Cite Soleil residents to attend worship, plans are underway to organize a second service for them at Terre Noire.
- There is confusion about the future leadership of Haiti, and the population is eager for answers surrounding the assassination of President Moise.
As you can see, our ministry continues to make plans in the midst of difficulty. The prayer below, written and shared by the Rev. Dr. J. Herbert Nelson II and the Rev. Jimmie Hawkins of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), speaks to what is on HOM’s hearts as we join our Haitian brothers and sisters in hoping for a better tomorrow.
Grace and peace,
Gary W. Fulton
A Prayer for Haiti
Your children in Haiti have known so much pain and anxiety, and this news tightens throats and brings more fear.
Be with the family of President Jovenel Moïse, slain in his home early July 7, and First Lady Martine Moïse, who remains hospitalized with injuries. May his soul be at rest and her recovery swift.
This violence is an ominous sign of more unrest for an already volatile island nation.
How long, O Lord?
Even as most people in Haiti are living hand-to-mouth, they are left with more confusion.
What does this mean? they ask. Who will fill this power vacuum? What more trouble will come?
Accustomed to so many storms, Haiti is in the eye of the hurricane of violence. They wait with caution, too afraid to leave their homes, even to find their daily bread.
They are hungry for so much more than bread.
We ask you, O Lord, to bring long awaited peace to your people there.
Be with each and every one, whispering encouragement to draw on their deep faith in you.
They walk through the valley of the shadow of death, and though they fear, they know you are with them.
Your rod and your staff comfort them.
They depend upon you, O Lord.
Give wisdom to leaders to care for the weak and ill,
to lift up the poor and powerless,
to seek justice for all.
Make room in the hearts of those with power to seek your wisdom in all their actions. And above all, hold each of your children in the palm of your hand.
We pray all of this in the name of your Son, Jesus Christ.
7/9/21 Update on Status in Haiti
Update from Haiti: Pastor Leon reports the campuses are open today after being closed yesterday. The church leaders are meeting, and plans are underway for services this Sunday. A shed roof and benches are being built at the Terre Noire church to welcome extra worshippers from the Cite Soleil area. While the clinic is open, patients have not come today. Things are calm, but everyone is being careful. We are grateful that our colleagues are safe, and thank you for your continued prayers during this challenging time for Haiti.
Haitian President Assassinated
Please join us in praying for Haiti as news unfolds today about the assassination of their president. Pastor Profaite Medeus, President of our partner MICECC, sent this message earlier this morning: “We highly request your prayers for Haiti because the President, his excellency Jovenel Moise, was killed last night in his residence. The situation is still relatively calm, but such events usually lead to great violence. We strongly believe that God is in control. So, please for protection of all Haitian people, especially our staff, employees, church members, and campuses.” To all our friends in Haiti, please know that we are standing with you. We will share more information as it becomes available.
Teachers Recognition Day
The students were honoring their teachers today for Teachers Recognition Day.
Important Update about Team Travel to Haiti
I am writing today to share a status update on volunteer teams returning to HOM mission sites in Haiti. We currently expect team travel will resume no earlier than March 2022.
HOM Hosts Special Online Event
On October 1, HOM hosted a special 30 minute online event. The event was co-hosted by HOM Executive Director Gary Fulton and long-time supporter Jeb Jeutter, with many special guests taking part. Founding Director Leon Dorleans joined live from Haiti to provide an overview of the ministry and the impact of COVID-19. Pastor Leon shared that while COVID has brought hardship, it has also brought good things and even opportunity. Assistant Superintendent of Schools Nadege Gay gave an update on the schools, and Dr. Quency Etienne shared the latest news coming out of the medical clinic. Exciting plans to expand the Barye Fe secondary school were also shared, with opportunities for HOM friends to support this effort.
HOM extends a special thanks to White Memorial Presbyterian Church in Raleigh, NC for helping sponsor this special online event and for providing technical support.If you missed it (or just want to rewatch!), the event can be viewed below. Note that the presentation begins at the 5 minute mark.
7/15/20 – We’re thrilled to share a bounty of blessings during this time when we could all use more good news in our lives! First, this past Sunday, July 12, all three of our churches resumed worship services after a four-month hiatus. Congregants, who were encouraged to wear masks and social distance, were happy for the chance to reunite in the house of the Lord. If you’ve attended worship in Haiti, you know that our Haitian brothers and sisters certainly know how to make a joyful noise, and this past Sunday was no different! During these past months when services were suspended, Pastors Profaite, Luc, and Jean-Charles developed creative ways to minister to their communities, including using WhatsApp technology to conduct daily morning devotions, noon and evening prayers, and Bible study. We’re grateful for their faithfulness.
On Monday, July 13, our community health clinic reopened on the Terre Noire campus. The clinic relocated from Cite Soleil due to community disruptions in that area and is now using the space formerly occupied by Family Health Ministries (who are now focusing their care on other sites). The clinic staff have been working hard for several weeks to get the new location equipped and set-up. Dr. Quency reports that Monday was a busy day in the new location with 59 patients receiving care. This includes new patients and existing patients from Cite Soleil.
Lastly, great progress is taking place on our Repatriote campus! We are constructing a 5th school building which will provide new classrooms, enlarging the library/computer center, and creating a supplemental bathroom for the older students. Construction is progressing on schedule, and the new spaces are on track to be completed in time for the start of school this fall.
For all of these blessings, we echo the words of our construction coordinator Bob O’Brien who always says, “Bondye ap travay!” (God is working!)