Happy Thanksgiving to all my Canadian family and friends. As you celebrate together may you truly be thankful for who you are; for your children and theirs; for all you have; for all that you have done – the good and the not so good; and thank Him for the wonderful country of Canada you live in.
We do not celebrate a “Thanksgiving day or weekend” in Haiti. I, however, endeavor to give God thanks every day – for the privilege of serving Him in Haiti, and for the things I mentioned above. This certainly includes the good and the bad throughout my life as it is the combination of it all that God has used to shape me into the person I am. I am thanking Him for all of you and for all of your support. Your friendship and loving kindness is what keeps me going and keeps me in touch with the needy ones here.
I would certainly enjoy a thanksgiving turkey dinner today with all the trimmings and would enjoy chatting and laughing with loved ones in Canada. I, however, am enjoying the chicken drumstick cooked by Magalie and for the love of my child, Leica, who proudly delivered it to me here in the office so I can keep on working. I am thankful for Mariah being here with me and for all seventeen of my precious children. IT TRULY IS ALL ABOUT THE CHILDREN. If I tried to write all the things and people I am thankful for I would do nothing else so I will leave it at this. I thank my God for his presence in my life and for all of you.
School should actually operate normally this week and for this I am very thankful. By the end of this week we will know who is, and who is not, in attendance at our school. We will be using Mariah’s help at the school every morning until she returns to Canada at end of November. Teachers at our school also dress in uniforms (which I might add gives them a very professional look) and I will be having one made for Mariah also. I detect some reservations from Mariah about what it will look like, but I promise I will post a photo later of her in uniform. There was a lot of excitement on Friday when my kids received a new backpack for school. O happy day. Karena, Jofky and little Anne are not yet in school but I gave them a bag too. They were thrilled and hopefully it will ease the disappointment that they are not yet able to go to school.
|My kids – happy over their new backpacks|
At the moment my house is a mess due to textbooks and boxes. It is ugly and not comfortable but a necessary part of life for the school to operate. Mariah says we look like we are moving house. I might add I do not at all enjoy the first month of school – but survive it once again I will.
|Small start on huge textbook job|
Hopefully we will be able to get Phase Three of the present construction at the school – especially the room that is for an office for Luckner and I – underway soon. It is not easy to meet with parents, teachers, or anyone else without an office.
Yesterday we had a ‘ti fet’ for Ti Luc. He was quite excited to be celebrating his birthday.
|Baby Sandra kissing Ti Luc Happy Birthday|
|Ti Luc getting birthday kisses from Rose Lore|
|Papa Luckner brought Ti Luc gift and icecream|
The last blog talked about the two voodoo priests who came to the Lord and were baptised. On Thursday morning a fasting and praying time was held for six hours at the land of one of these men. The, well attended, prayer time was for both of the men and was broadcast on Radio Creole. That day most of the HATS employees were turned to the radio station and praying along with those of us, including Mariah and I, who had gone.
|Happenings at prayer vigil going to Radio Station|
|Prayer and fasting. Mariah & Magalie in foreground|
Computer skills and Basic English are being taught presently at The Trade School. Many people are interested but despite Luckner’s helping with school fees (just taking enough to pay teachers) most are unable to attend as of yet. I am enjoying doing English pronunciation with the students Monday and Wednesday afternoons for an hour and I must add I do enjoy getting out of this office and doing this. For my friends who know me and have made me laugh, I want you to know I am being careful to have them pronounce the words in Canadian English and not Newfie English a.k.a Newfinese. Because, however, I am writing this and no one can edit it, I am taking the liberty here to speak from my heart. Newfie English is by far the ‘best’ English there is. It takes a Newfoundlander, a true Newfie, to speak it properly. ” Deres nuttin like it by. Nuttin a tal. So dere! ”
|Some students of English course at the trade school|
“Remember one person’s life being changed is more important than all the material things the world has to offer.”
~Karen and family