Fr. Mike recently returned from his visit to our Haiti mission. Haiti is still recovering from the August 14th earthquake and reeling from the recent assassination of President Jovenel Moïse.
Like many people around the world, Fr. Mike closely followed the news coverage of the earthquake. He saw photos and video footage of destroyed homes, injured children, and people lining up to receive food and medicine.
When he finally made it to Haiti in October, Fr. Mike saw the suffering firsthand. But he also witnessed something else: People who, despite all they’ve been through, still welcomed him with bright smiles and open arms.
The earthquake could not destroy the hope, generosity and determination of the people of Haiti. They know the value and beauty of human life and cherish it.
Fr. Mike visited our school in Haiti, which, thanks to our donors, is still operational. Smiling young people, the future and hope of Haiti, are learning French, Creole, math and reading. They are grateful to our donors and don’t receive these blessings in vain. They’ve taken hold of the opportunity to study hard and carve out a bright future for themselves.
Through all of the turmoil in their country, Haitians’ faith in God has not wavered. One afternoon Fr. Mike took part in a Mass in one of the mission sites. The area is only accessible by motorbike, and the Mass was held in an open, converted tobacco curing structure. Yet, people both young and old came to give thanks to God for their lives and all of the blessings they have received. The joy was palpable as these dear children of God broke out into songs of praise to their Creator.
Fr. Mike also visited our Missionary Servants in Haiti, Fr. Clervil, Brs. Guiteau and Benoit Pierre and our candidates Philip and Guy. It’s clear that these men are loved by the people. They work constantly to meet the sacramental and spiritual needs of Catholics in Haiti. Please keep them in your prayers.
There’s still more work to be done. The school building needs updating. It is a simple wooden building with a metal roof. One of the mission sites needs a new chapel. Water shortages are a constant issue. We place our trust in God that these needs will be met.
We are so grateful to our donors for all they have done for God’s precious people in Haiti. We humbly ask you to support our mission as we continue to help Haitians rebuild their lives and create a better future for their families.
May God bless you abundantly for your generosity!