With a team (which included my husband) scheduled to go to Carrefour Poy to build a roof for the church in early May, I thought that would be a perfect opportunity to invite our sponsors to write notes for the children they are sponsoring.
I also thought it would be a good time to involve the children at our church in the ministry & give them the opportunity to share the love of Christ with others. Kids from our Sunday School, Childrens’ Church & youth classes all participated by writing letters, Bible verses and drawing pictures to send to Carrefour Poy. We ended up collecting about 70 letters to send to the children, letting them know we love them and are praying for them.
Here is Claudel passing notes out to the children:
Madocher with his note:
Litane with her note:
Monel & Diega looking at each others notes:
A group of girls reading their notes:
Thank you to everyone who spent time writing notes to the children & praise God for the opportunity to share His love with the kids in Carrefour Poy!
Last fall, when our pastor visited Haiti, Pastor Gilbert mentioned that the parents were sometimes reluctant to send their children to church because they did not have nice clothes for them to wear. That is hard for us Americans to even conceive of. Not enough clothes? We have so many clothes that for many of us it is a yearly event to go through our closets to take the old clothes to the thrift store so there will be room for the new clothes coming in. Even those of us who shop at thrift stores tend to have too many “nice clothes.”
So we decided to have a clothing drive for the children of Carrefour Poy. A group of men were planning a trip to build a roof on the church in Carrefour Poy, and we wanted to take advantage of this trip to send clothes along for the kids (when you travel internationally, you get one suitcase included for free.) Because of Easter and other special events in our church, we did not even announce the clothing drive until three weeks before the guys were to leave on their construction trip to Haiti! But our church (Grace Fellowship of Amador County) responded with the great generosity that they are know for.
A couple of days before departure, Wendy and I sorted through all the clothes that had been brought. So many pretty new dresses, and lots of cute shirts and shorts–I wish we had counted the outfits that we were able to send with the guys. We do know that we loaded two giant duffel bags full of clothes, and the official weight was 100 pounds of clothing!
Wendy and I are planning to travel to Carrefour Poy at the end of September, and we plan to hold another clothing drive then, with a special emphasis on shoes! So as you get ready for school at the end of summer, remember the kids in Carrefour Poy. Watch for special sales, and if your child has outgrown their shoes before they wore them out, save them for us.
Women in Carrefour Poy helped to sort the clothes!
Happy kids leaving with their new clothes!
In January of 2010, our family did not have a television. We heard about the earthquake in Haiti on the radio and then had to wait until people started posting pictures on the internet to see the devastation. My oldest son, Jason, who was 11 at the time and I sat at the computer looking at pictures and videos with tears in our eyes. I remember him saying quietly. “I want to go there.” When I asked him why he wanted to go there he said simply, “I want to play with those kids and make them smile.”
Since it was not feasible at the time to go to Haiti my son decided he wanted to raise money to help them out in some way. I helped him make jars with signs on them asking people to donate their spare change to the children in Haiti; he put these in several stores in our home town and ended up collecting $235! In November of 2010 a team from our church went to Haiti with that none shall perish. Jason sent the money he had collected with them, asking them to use it in some way to help children.
When the team visited the village of Carrefour Poy, they learned that it would be helpful to have a bridge over a little stream that runs near the church and school. This little stream is the village’s main source of water, but during the rainy season in Haiti, the stream turns into a raging torrent which would make it impossible for the children to cross to get to school. The money that Jason collected was just enough to purchase all the materials needed to build a bridge over the stream.
Jeremy (Jason’s dad) and Logan of That None Shall Perish ministries with some of the kids of Carrefour Poy standing on the bridge in November of 2011.