The Haiti Work & Witness team continues to appreciate your prayers — after completing 5 days of working and witnessing.
The attached photos describe our day.
Photo #1 is Bob Polk climbing a ladder to check the one lone street light and incoming electrical lines to the Guest House. Bob and Jim McLellan led the crew in providing new wire for the municipal electric company WHEN electrical service begins (they hope within a month or two).
Photo #2 shows Dr. Dena Reams (middle left) and Linda Aills from Olivet Nazarene University meeting with Sister Marianne at one of the local Catholic Elementary Schools. The team from Olivet is doing assessments at the various local private schools to determine the best way to improve teaching and reading not only in our Nazarene school but in all parochial schools. In the background is Pastor Jean Cidel (North Miami) who served as the interpreter. This school was begun over 120 years ago! We discovered they have a lot more learning resources and books than does our Nazarene school. We are all exploring ways to help remedy that.
Photo #3 is a fifth grade boy working in the computer lab provided by the churches of Southern Florida District (primarily Bradenton First and Redland) in July 2012 to the Gros-Morne Nazarene school. He and about 16 other students were learning about Microsoft Word for the first time today. Each student had to use the keyboard to write their life story. They then read what they wrote to the rest of the class. It was a tremendous blessing to see how our gift of the computer lab was directly benefitting these students. No other parochial school in Gros-Morne has anything resembling this lab!
Photo #4 should be titled, “How Many Nazarenes Does it Take to Install a Ceiling Fan”! At the top of the ladder is David Coller (Avon Park). He is surrounded by Robert Sanger (Avon Park), D.S. Dr. David Nixon, Pastor Roy Shuck (Naples Faith), Jim McLellan (Palm Beach Gardens Northlake Blvd.) and some of our Haitian helpers. We came close to completing the electrical work — but we just didn’t quite make it. We believe we can “throw the new switch” as early as tomorrow morning.
Photo #5 – Anyone younger than 60 know what it is? Some laundry has been needed. The Haitian ladies use a coal fired iron to do their/our ironing. I had 2 t-shirts washed today — they were both ironed by this device. Yes, those are red-hot coals in the iron.
Two of the ladies from the Olivet group depart early in the morning (Saturday) to scout out a future location for a possible medical clinic near Port-au-Prince. They need our prayers for safety.
Again, we covet your prayers and we have been praying for you too.
Dennis Moore, District NM President
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