It’s been a while since our last letter and there is much to share. God has been with us through life circumstances we never expected and we are grateful for His presence in all ways.
Darwin, the farmer from Iowa who comes every six months to give us training, advice and building skills. Two storms this past year affected the farm a great deal, but everything is getting on track. While Darwin was here he oversaw the continued construction of the transformation building where farm produce will be transformed for school use and to sell to others. The building is not yet completed, but Darwin and the workers were quite creative with using machines meant for other purposes in helping them lift and place the heavy walls.
As this letter is being written, planting is happening. This planting is three times larger than previous plantings. Thirty farmers with adjoining land to the farm and each other have agreed to participate in this project. This is beneficial to them and us. Modern farming methods are being introduced on their lands which increases productivity to increase their profits and we get a percentage of their crops.
The grain bins at the farm enabled us to conserve the dried corn which was ground into cornmeal to be fed to the L’Exode students. The students also got to enjoy fresh tomatoes grown on the farm. The cafeteria was inaugurated during the March board meeting. The secondary school students no longer have to walk down to the primary school for lunch. This is more convenient for everyone.
This year once again all of our 9th graders passed the government exams to continue on to finish high school. In September we add one more grade to the school which means we will have classes for children from 3 years old to 18+ years old.
School enrollment grows every year and we must continue constructing more classroom space. Currently, we are raising funds not only to build more classrooms, but to remodel the whole preschool/kindergarten located at the church. We already have the architectural plans made for us by the architectural students at the University of Tennessee/Knoxville.
A professional photographer came at the end of the school year to make a video we will be able to use for fundraising. We will send a link to it on the internet when it is ready for publication.
In the Spring a church group came to work with us and a couple of the former Caleb students. In the Caleb communities they helped build a church and school benches. For us they build some much needed library shelves and helped shelve some of the books. This summer a group came that helped with textbook repair and did three days of a much enjoyed and appreciated basketball camp that was held at the new multipurpose center. We are grateful to all individuals and groups who choose to share their time and resources with the people of Fond-des-Blancs. We would love for even more of you to come.
“Let the morning bring me word of your unfailing love, for I have put my trust in You. Show me the way I should go, for to You I lift up my soul.” Psalms 143:8
“Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer.” Romans 12:12
Two days into the summer vacation, the 11 year old son of our pastor, Jean Francois, and his wife, Lolo, drowned in a swimming hole not far from their home. His name was Rubenson, known as Ben. He is survived by his parents and his younger sister, Shama. His loss is a huge blow to the community. We rejoice because we know he is well with our Lord, but those left behind are left with heavy hearts. We ask that you be faithful in prayer for this family to find relief and peace in God’s unfailing love to give them hope for the future.
Thank you for your continued prayers for us and our ministry also.
Yours in Christ,