Thank you to all of you who donated, created fundraising pages and given support towards our goal of raising $260,000 for the purchase of 130 acres of farm land. I am happy to announce that with the inclusion of the K2 Foundation’s $80,000, we have now raised $197,670.96. That is amazing! We are now so close! One final push can get us there, please visit Jubilee Farm Campaign. This campaign link provides everyone the platform to easily create an individual fundraising page that can be used to reach countless charitable people within our networks. I believe there are many within our own networks that are searching for ways to make a change in the world, a place they can believe and know is making a difference. They just need someone to reach out to them, and that someone can be you. HCDF’s believes in holistic ministry, in creating a community made out of love, and we work towards creating a self-sustaining community that raises people first and seeks to bring God’s will and Kingdom down on earth as it is in Heaven.
The farm is a great blessing. We were recently able to distribute food to 150 of the most vulnerable in our community. Drought continues to devastate surrounding farmers and communities. Subsistence agriculture farmers are all losing their crops. For thousands of Haitians, this has been their main means of survival for centuries. With erosion, climate change, droughts, natural disasters subsistence farming is becoming more and more precarious. With the introduction of mechanized farming and working in cooperation with local farmers we can help create a more sustainable way of farming that can withstand these challenges and not only feed a community, but allow it to thrive and prosper.
We are excited for the continued construction of the preschool campus and our secondary campus. The library for the secondary school is starting to take shape and the same for the new pre-school cafeteria. I always like to tease that the current students have got it easy, when I attended L’Exode we all had to stand to eat at our cardboard and cinder block tables. The new classrooms should also start to take shape in the next couple of weeks and I cannot wait to see them.
The government is looking to reopen school starting in August. However, we do not feel comfortable reopening at this time. There is still so much unknown, and we do not think that the health of our students and families is worth the risk of exposing them a typical classroom. We will be providing opportunities for students who did not achieve a passing grade in the first two semesters, to improve their grades. This will be done with social distancing and mask. Classrooms will only hold up to 10 students. Our biggest obstacle, in this current climate, to providing school for our students is internet and computers. The number of people who have these is so miniscule, that it is just easier to say no one has them. If you are reading this on a laptop or PC and are thinking about getting a new, sleek and powerful to lookup vacation trips that you hope will be a thing again soon, or just want to get rid of it so you children talk to you again, please consider donating your old one to us. Tell Google and Facebook that they can have all my data, if they will provide internet for the Fond des Blancs community.
The Haitian government has allowed the reopening of churches again. Fond des Blancs Baptist church held its first service on July 12 since closing several weeks ago. Sadly, the government has issued no opening safety guidelines or assistance to anyone. To try to keep everyone as safe as possible our church now provides three Sunday services and a form is filled by everyone for the times that best suits them. Thermometers are also on hand to measure everyone’s body temperature before entering the building. Mask are also distributed to those who do not have one. With the support of ADF.org we installed hand washing stations. We pray these precautions will keep everyone safe and healthy.
Jean and Joy’s retirement home
In some good news, the construction of my parent’s retirement home is underway. They have been serving in Fond des Blancs for almost 40 years. Their impact is nearly impossible to measure. They have lived their lives on the foundation of Jesus’s calling in Luke 4: 18-19 18 “The Spirit of the Lord is on me, because he has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners and recovery of sight for the blind,
to set the oppressed free, 19 to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.” They have sought to bring the kingdom here on earth as it is in Heaven. I love to dream of a world where we all work together to free prisoners of abuse, help those in need to rise and stand on their own, and release those weighed down by the bondage of oppression. A world where we cast aside our petty difference and stop waiting for God to come and “save” us, but choose to go to Him instead. I got to live some of that through my parent’s ministry. We are all created in God’s image, we have all been given the capacity to love unconditionally and we all have been given the light of God in our hearts, but it is up to each of us to decide how much of that light we share with others. My parents have shared that love and light brightly and unconditionally. Help me pray in blessing their new home.
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