Merry Christmas 2017 and Happy New Year 2018

Dear Friends and Family,

To start this letter, I am borrowing from a couple writers who have written my thoughts better I ever could.

His name will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Eternal Father, Prince of Peace.
Isaiah 9:6

God sent the only One who can reconcile us to Himself – the Prince of Peace, the Lord Jesus Christ – by paying for all our sins. This is what Cbristmas is all about, Beloved – peace with God through the birth, death, and resurrection of our Lord Jesus. Kay Arthur

Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you;
He is Christ the Lord.
Luke 2:11

For unto us a son was given and he was called God With Us. For those of us who believe, the whole world is decorated in Love. Ann Weems

2017 has been a very good year for HCDF. The church is doing well, all the L’Exode schools are doing well, the farm is progressing as well as are all the young men from the Caleb project.
The population of Fond-des-Blancs seems to be growing and the church has grown with it. We are happy to be here to provide new people with a place to come and we are happy they are choosing to become a part of our church family.

The saddest part of our year, however, was the loss of our pastor’s son, Ben, in a swimming accident six months ago. We thank all of you for your prayers. As you can imagine, it broke Lolo’s heart more than words can say. Jean Francois stayed strong for her and their daughter and through your prayers and the support of the church community, she is doing much much better and able to continue her work at the church and school.

This year the secondary school (middle and high school) became complete when we were able to add the 13th grade which is required in European school systems. Most of the students in the class have been a part of the Exode schools since the age of 3 when they came in as preschoolers. The Haitian government requires that all 9th graders in all schools pass a government given exam before they (the students) are allowed to continue their schooling. We are very proud to announce that one of our 9th graders (Joel Zidor) had the third highest score of all the students in the nation who took the exam. We are pleased that he and his parents were invited to meet the President of Haiti. The government also gave him a substantial scholarship to ensure he will continue his education.

The enrollment of the pre-school/kindergarten, primary school and secondary school has grown yearly creating a challenge of finding space for all the students. Our next large building project is to remodel and enlarge the pre-school/kindergarten school located at the church. This year there are 400 little students in that school alone. We would appreciate any donations possible to get this construction underway. We are grateful for this problem because it means the community families are eager to put their children into L’Exode.

Brief HCDF Video

Password: HCDF

Please take a little time and watch this brief video about the activities of the Haiti Christian Development Fund in Fond-des-Blancs, Haiti.

We need to raise $400,000.00 for the first phase of the Preschool Campus Renovation. I hope you can make a contribution toward this much needed project.

The work at the farm is also being blessed. Our good friend, Darwin, continues to come to give advice and to share his expertise with the farm employees for maintaining and using all the farm machineries. The size of the area being farmed grew from 100 to 300 acres which include many more farmers joining a cooperative farming program that we instituted last summer. For the moment the farm produces enough food to enable us to feed over a thousand students five days a week. The dream and goal is to grow enough food, transform and process the crops and distribute it to more schools in the area as well as to markets in the city.

The Caleb young men who were trained and mentored for three years are all doing well in their respective communities. We are very pleased for them. They are all now married with supportive wives and four of them have recently become fathers. They all have started churches, schools and other community development activities.

Our son, Josiah, is heading up an organization called “Association for Development for Fond-des-Blancs.” He and his employees have completed many surveys and published their findings as well as made informative maps of all of Fond-des-Blancs. Some of the maps were made from using a drone which was fun for all of us.

Jacques is a sergeant for the US Marines and holds a position as a federal agent with them. He is currently stationed in Okinawa. Lemec and his wife are still living and working in San Diego. The gorgeous granddaughter, Aria, they “gave” us is now two years old. Manise with her husband and two sons have just moved to Atlanta. Fonia finished her Master’s Degree and is working for the state of Louisiana.

We count on your prayers, friendship, and partnership with us in the work God has presented to us through our work at HCDF. We particularly appreciate these things as we look to the continuation of everything as we begin the aging process and thoughts of retirement. God willing, we have many more years, but with our board of directors we will be looking at options. We will keep you updated.

In keeping with the season let me finish with some borrowed words once again.

“God grant you the light in Christmas, which is faith; the warmth of Christmas, which is love… the belief in Christmas, which is truth; the all of Christmas, which is Christ.

MERRY CHRISTMAS EVERYONE!!!

Yours in Christ,

 

Joy Thomas

For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though he was rich, yet for your sakes he became poor, so that you through his poverty might become rich.
2 Corinthians 8:9