“Like a hurricane that I can’t escape
Tearing through the atmosphere,
Your love is fierce.”
~Fierce (by Jesus Culture)
A couple weeks ago, as I returned to the US for a few days to see the family, “Fierce” was one of the worship songs at the church we visited. The line, “Like a hurricane that I can’t escape, tearing through atmosphere, Your love is fierce,” spoke volumes to me. Growing up in Haiti, I have been through many hurricanes but never one as intense and ferocious as Matthew. Never one where the winds were like a demolition ball that kept pounding away for hours, determined in its purpose. And then to think that the strength and the force with which this hurricane came over SW Haiti is like God’s love that constantly pursues us… This left me in awe of His greatness and the might of His relentless love. His amazing love for us is what empowers us, as Christians, to love others (1John 4:19).
Almost three months after the hurricane, many people continue to suffer, but through it all, God’s peace, His presence and His provision for His people have been constant. His peace and His presence is evident as we share the Christmas/Gospel message over and over again. As we look at the many “felt” needs of hunger, illnesses and housing that are evident after the storm, we are thankful for how God raised up His people to meet some of these needs. Then there are the children at the different ESMI Children Homes: Cambry, Cavaillon, BigHouse, Casa Major, Darivager, Emmanuel, Fayeton, La Hatte and Lundi. We are thankful that they remain healthy.
The last three weeks of December, three different churches have been to Jeremie to encourage the children and community. Here are several photos, highlighting their ministry:
The team from Long Hollow Church spent the first few days building tables for the cafeteria at the Luudi Children’s Village.
Then, once these were finished, it was time to get ready for the annual Christmas Party at Lundi…
The next week, Mt. Carmel Church came with Papa Noel (Santa Claus) and his elves to celebrate Christmas with the community and the Emmanuel Children.
Then, it was off to Bonbon, a remote city, further west of Jeremie that was severely damaged by the storm. In 2017, we hope to rebuild this church which had a school of about 100 children. To date the children are still not in school. By the end of January, 2017, pray with us that we can report to you a different story.
And then, it was party time at the Emmanuel Children’s Village:
The third week of December, Christ Fellowship visited the Lundi Children:
Thankful for Global Orphan Project and First Pres. of Macon who purchased enough mattresses for both children and caregivers at Lundi and Emmanuel.
The Knapp family saw a desperate need for at least two sets of clothing, school uniforms and bed sheets. Funds were quickly raised among friends, and clothing and sheets bought locally in bulk.
This week in Cayes, Wildwood Church is working at Cambry assisting with rebuilding the wall around the property. And in Jeremie, we are thankful for SonLight Power as they are donating material and labor in replacing the solar panels on our house and at the guesthouse that were all blown off.
As 2016 draws to an end, everyone here at ESMI wishes you a blessed new year. On the other side of the calendar, we hope to update you with the rebuilding projects that are currently being done. Thank you for your faithful prayers and financial partnership in the work that God is doing in Haiti. And if you should get the chance, do take the time to listen to the song, “Fierce.”
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