His Heart for Haiti

Giving Hope Through Child Sponsorship

School Visits Reveal A Lot

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They were all waiting for their report cards (and some prizes) when we arrived!

This whole school was waiting for their report cards (and some prizes) when we arrived!

Every month we travel to sponsored MEBSH schools to make update reports, and we also visit new schools to assess the level of need. Every school has a situation or a challenge that is unique. We often find pastors and teachers out in the mountains faithfully working with very little resources. We see tough situations, but we also see kids glad to have a school to attend!

As the program grows we find it a challenge to visit each school every two years. Most schools are closed by noon or 1 p.m. so if we have to walk any distance we can only visit one a day. There are 125 sponsored schools (and growing) since it is now possible to easily select available new schools on the HarvestCall website: www.harvestcall.org/school-sponsorship

This poster is a teaching aid on salvation and the Ten Commandments that bring the knowledge of sin!

This poster is a teaching aid on salvation (a large gospel tract) since the Ten Commandments bring the knowledge of sin!

Marie Lucie is reviewing the poster with a pastor!

Marie Lucie is reviewing the poster with a pastor so he can teach salvation to others!

As gifts to each school we take along our Ten Commandment posters, smaller gospel tracts, New Testament Bibles for the 5th graders, and 101 Bible storybooks for the 3rd graders and for all the teachers to teach from. Sometimes we are able to take shoes or clothing when we have them, which is a great blessing! Since the hurricane it has been especially important to have gifts when we visit.

We also receive gifts from them! Sometimes we get a coconut to drink, sometimes a full meal of chicken or goat, root vegetables and rice is served. Recently we were at a school that the hurricane destroyed and the pastor and his wife apologized over and over that they had nothing to share, not even one egg. She said she only had three cups left from the hurricane, all her dishes were broken. Then the pastor’s wife remembered something and she gave Marie Lucie the chicken! It rode in the back seat with us all the way home! It is not culturally acceptable to refuse a gift.

This is the current state of many of our Child Care schools and churches!

Unfortunately, this is the condition of many of the MEBSH Child Care churches after the hurricane!

The school was all but blown away!

This school was all but blown away!

The school and church use this rough building as their temporary shelter.

The school and church use this as their temporary shelter. They just keep going despite the odds!

We have many dedicated and long-term school sponsors. We want to thank each of you for your monthly support to these struggling schools. Your sponsorship means that the teachers get paid monthly and the families are required to pay a lot less tuition, which they can never afford anyway. They always express their thankfulness for the love and support they feel from their sponsors!

A favorite "school days" photo captures on a recent visit!

A favorite “school days” photo captured on a recent visit!

A few schools are fortunate to have a simple lunch a few days a week. A very few!

A few schools are fortunate to have a simple lunch a few days a week. A very few!

They don't always sit down...kids are kids everywhere!

They don’t always sit down…kids are kids everywhere!

We just can't resist them!

We just can’t resist the kids!

Jesus said, "Let the children come unto me."

Jesus said, “Let the children come unto me.”

It is estimated only 25% of kids in Haiti get to attend school...mostly with help.

It is estimated only 25% of kids in Haiti get to attend school…mostly with help.

Everyone needs to learn to read the Bible for themselves!

Everyone needs to learn to read the Bible for themselves!

We have encouraged these kids with a simple visit!

We have encouraged these kids simply with a visit!

 

 

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Author: Mike + Susie

Missionaries in Les Cayes Haiti

3 thoughts on “School Visits Reveal A Lot

  1. Mike and Susie,
    Thanks so very much for being the critical link within the Child Sponsorship Program and for being the advocate and ambassador of Jesus as you hand deliver His message.
    May God continue to encourage and bless you daily. We love you.

  2. Thank you for sharing these pictures! You are so right these children are hard to resist, such beautiful faces. Praying for each one of you, may God bless you for your labors.

  3. What beautiful photos of the children! And heartbreaking images of the poverty and hurricane damage…

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