National Exams 100%
The results are in: All 41 of our 9th grade students passed their national exams. Awesome job students! Hats off to their parents, teachers, and the administrative staff at L'ecole Evangelique Mission of Hope, as well! Everyone worked hard, collaborated, and can now enjoy the "midway" fruits of their labor. Felisitasyon!
Angie is back in Haiti and working hard with her staff in the medical clinic. Dr. Emmanuel continues to work diligently and with great care for the well being of our students, friends, and neighbors in Grand-Goave and St. Etienne.
Last week we had an amazing time at Soulfest. We are so grateful to our wonderful volunteers from Chair City Community, Pilgrim Congregational and West Newbury Congregational Churches. We couldn't have done it without them!!! We promoted trips to Haiti, encouraging people to witness what we're doing there for themselves. We were blessed to meet so many people interested in coming to Haiti, as well as catching up with folks we'd met there last year.
Seeing the Light of Hope perform in the Justice Center at Soulfest was the icing on the cake for us. They did an amazing job. I loved watching others move to the Caribbean Raggae and Kompa beats, raising their hands in praise to Jesus.
This year's peanut butter drive is now open. Several fire departments in Worcester country (MA) have started collecting donations, as have several churches. If you are part of a church, organization, or business that would be willing to help out, please contact me for a poster that can be displayed and we can promote it as a drop off location.
I'd like to give a shout out to Edwin Derderian. He's the owner of a Verizon shop in Ponte Vedra Beach, FL. He went above and beyond anything we'd imagine in order to finally get our mobile hotspot working for us. It's been a tough trip with very little internet (on which we are very dependent for almost every aspect of administration). What a relief to be online again!
We thoroughly enjoyed our time celebrating yesterday with Leah and Csaba. The wedding was beautiful and so uniquely ... Leah. Every detail was created by Leah and Csaba and it was beautiful. (I cried from the moment the first bridesmaid entered.) Leah's smile beamed throughout the entire ceremony, as well as during the reception. She bounced plenty, too. What an honor to be a part of her very special day. (Notice Bob has Casino cookies from Haiti stuffed in his shirt pocket!)
While were in Florida for the wedding, a wonderful going away party was happening.
Lex headed back to Haiti today, and will be preparing Alicia D'Olimpia's new living area in Haiti. We are so excited about her move. She will be teaching missionary kids in our area. They are going to love her - as are their parents. Alicia has 8 years experience working at the Koinonia school in West Newbury and has put so much effort into preparing for this school year for the missionary families. Obviously this will be a big step of faith for Alicia, as she moves away from friends, family, and the comforts of home. I know many of you are already praying for her. Thank you!
AJay, Alexis and I are driving back to Massachusetts. We covet your prayers as we travel, and as our family gets situated for the new school year. Thank you so much for all the support we receive from you to continue the work in Haiti and to care for our now "adult" children, in the USA.