Greetings in the name of our Risen Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Amen.
It is great news to live in the truth of Jesus Christ’s victory over sin, death, and the devil. He is Risen! He is Risen Indeed. Alleluia!
In my recent talk with Rev. Paul he informed me that the roof to the second wing of the school has been poured. They will be taking down the wooden framework for the cement on Friday or maybe Saturday and then pursuing the finishing work for that building. Rev. Paul commented, “After we finish with that building we will be working on the cafeteria, office, and storage room for the kitchen.” We are so thankful to the Lutheran Women’s Missionary League (LWML) for their grant along with a dear soul who is matching that grant. Rev. Paul is very concerned about providing detailed reports of the expenses, which is rather challenging in a society without as many paper (electronic) trails to trace. We are blessed to support a ministry that is concerned about details.
When I called Rev. Paul I asked where he was; “Oh, I am in the my garden right now. We are harvesting plantain, banana, and sugarcane.” There is a rather gruesome history of sugar in Haiti that continues in their neighboring country of the Dominican Republic to this day. I did not want to belabor that point with him so I asked him how they used the sugar cane. “They eat it,” Rev. Paul responded. “They will chew and suck on it to get the juices. We cut it in little hunks and they really like it.” I thought this sounds way better than the long history of sugar slavery to process the sugar cane.
Rev. Paul shared his concern over the 10-20% higher cost of living expenses that they are experiencing. This is the second month in a row that we have sent extra funds from the unallocated receipts for their food. He shared several factors of money leaving Haiti as thousands of Haitian students are going to universities in other countries, the proper policing of drug trafficking (much cocaine), which has slowed the economy; however, the largest factor is the 40,000 plus people sent to Haiti from the Dominican Republic in the past two months. This last factor is a political situation that highlights the ongoing border tension between these two countries.
Thank you for your interests and support.
Rev. Sam Wiseman