Heartfelt highlights in Haiti....
Above: Cathy & Hugh, celebrating the 6th grade Graduation of Daphca!
Right: Pastor's Wives Ministry Conference
Below: Cathy and Daphca sharing special moments.
Most usually, Hugh travels with the Strategic Water Team, installing water purification systems around the country of Haiti--this was a change in itinerary, but it sounds as though the time spent was a blessing. And, a blessing two-fold--his wife Cathy accompanied him for the first time! They, together with JIH president Cindy and sewing cafe coordinator Jennie, accomplished so much in God's name in a short span of time.
A few words from Hugh;
"My agenda for the trip was threefold:
2.Train pastor and 12 of his congregants in Stephen Ministry
3.Work on the wall on the new property
Daphca's graduation on Saturday was truly a blessing. She even made some prepared remarks. Pictures were posted on Facebook. Party followed on Sunday for her and Eddyana at the orphanage. It's amazing to see what God has done in Dacha's life over the last three years. She knows a lot of English words but not yet able to put them in sentences. Also a blessing to see how she cares for and sets a positive example for the younger girls at the orphanage.
Cathy and I met with pastor and 12 of the church members for three afternoons to train them in the first three (of 25 modules) for Stephen Ministry which is one on one Christ based care giving for people going through some type of personal crisis. Cathy and I are trained leaders in this ministry at DPC. Pastor was introduced to this ministry when he visited last year and thought this would be beneficial in his church and community. I had sent all of the training materials in the last container load. Hopefully he will follow the manual and continue the training on the remaining modules. Hope to commission his trainees when I return in January.
I helped work on the wall for four days along with Casey and Jackson (Springfield). We obtained wheelbarrows and hand tools for digging and moving rock. Also moved rocks from the front of the property to the back for use in building the foundation for the wall.
Quite a lot accomplished in six days. Blessed to be a blessing."
Jennie, Cindy and Cathy assisted Joseline with a Women's Conference for Pastor's Wives, while Hugh worked on the new land with Casey & Jackson, the ladies on the team spent lots of time with the girls from HOJ--beading, sewing, swimming, celebrating God and His Word in their lives and being thankful for the sponsors that support their every need. At the school, they took spring student pictures, shared treasured moments with words from sponsors with the respective students and celebrated the end of the school year with the Fresco man and a graduation ceremony!