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HAITI OUTREACH
 
 
OUR ADOPTED STUDENTS
 
Carlose Geneus
Carlose Geneus
 
Cassandra Dorcius
Cassandra Dorcius
Ivelot Octa
Ivelot Octa
Jonathan Toussaint
Jonathan Toussaint
 
Mickenson Guerrier
Mickenson Guerrier
Milord Tervilus
Milord Tervilus
Quelourdes Guerrier
Quelourdes Guerrier
 
Sherlyne Derilus
Sherlyne Derilus
Woodeline Constant
Woodeline Constant
Woodley Talna
Woodley Talna
   
THE STORY

In 2003, MSCS staff made the decision to teach our students more directly about the needs in our world and what sacrificial giving could look like.  Parents had often mentioned how hard it was to buy gifts for staff, wanting the gifts to be meaningful but not knowing what would be.  It was the same year that schools belonging to the Association of Christian Schools International (ACSI) were encouraged to participate in "Project Hope for Haiti", collecting school supplies for needy Haitian students. After consulting with parents, board, and staff, we decided to move forward with this project, asking parents and students to bring in school supplies and taking up offerings, in lieu of gifts for the staff, at our programs to cover shipping costs and course enrolment for students to learn the basics of Christianity and to have the potential to earn a French Bible.  This was received very well within our school community!  We have sent many school supplies to Haiti over the last five years and have raised over $10,000! Praise the Lord for the generosity of our school community!
 
Our main focus for our Christmas 2009 offering project was to "adopt" Haitian students that we would sponsor for a year of schooling.  We were given the names of five girls and five boys, ranging from ages five to ten, who really needed the sponsorship so they could go to school. 
 
We still collected school supplies for the Hope for Haiti project. These will go directly to "our students" and their fellow classmates, but this was not our main focus, as in years past.
 
Now let me take you on an imaginary trip to the school where "our" students are attending (as described by Elsa Peterson, child sponsorship coordinator):
 
Just imagine a trip with a sturdy vehicle, up a narrow, rocky mountain path, tight curves, avoiding a goat or cow who just happen to eat breakfast along that path.  Arriving at a flat area, the Baptist Mission planted a Christian school in the little village of Chauffard some years back. It offers Kindergarten to Grade six, serving the children who live there.  The tin roof of the school was blown off by a previous hurricane, but no one was hurt. Now the school has a shiny new tin roof, after repairs were made.

Most all of the families are farmers who plant vegetables in the family garden. Many mothers walk down to the nearest market, sit down by the side of the road and trust to sell these veggies. This is their sole income for the family. As you can see, they are very poor, yet are thankful that there is a school for their children. Some of the parents are still illiterate and give thanks for the school.  
It is one of those children, who grew up in Chauffard, a smart little boy, Victor Franckel, son of vegetable farmers, who passed all his grades. From there, he went on to secondary school, then Teachers School and became the principal of that school.

It is to that kind of a Haitian child's future that our parents and visitors gave so generously at our Christmas programs, allowing us to adopt all 10 of the Haitian students.  We are excited about the blessings the Lord will pour out on these young lives!


 
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