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Mission Trip to Haiti August 26, 2017
To the congregation of St. Paul’s,
I will never be able to thank this congregation enough for supporting my mission trip to Haiti. I truly cannot begin to express my gratitude for your kindness and generosity during this journey. In the week that I spent with the people at Kay Anj Village, I have felt and seen the grace of God in ways that I have never experienced in my life.
The people of Cap Haitien and the children and staff at Kay Anj Village do not live an easy life or even a fair life; but regardless of the trials they experience, it is so easy to find joy in what they do have. And not a single person that I met there, didn’t thank God for anything and everything.
While we were there, I met a 9 year old boy named Lency, who came to the orphanage about two years ago because he and his younger sister were abandoned at a hospital (his younger sister also lives at Kay Anj). Lency is incredibly shy, but kind and wise beyond his years. When we arrived at the Village, most of the kids came sprinting up to welcome us and show us around. But Lency stayed in the background and watched. Our trip leader told me that Lency didn’t have any sponsors so when groups come to the orphanage, he knows there is no one there for him. After spending the week with him, I decided that I wanted to become his sponsor. When we told him, our trip leader said that in the two years he had been there, she had never seen him smile so big.
As his Lency’s sponsor, I cover a part of his monthly expenses (including food, school tuition, vaccinations, etc.). But more importantly, I am there to build a relationship with him. I write to him, send him gifts on Christmas and his birthday, and visit him when I can. I am hoping to return in January to spend more time with him and the other wonderful people that I met on this trip.
I am so grateful to have been given the opportunity to build relationships with the children at Kay Anj, but I am especially grateful that God brought me to Lency. The love I felt from him the day that he found out he had a sponsor has changed my heart forever. And it is because of this congregation that this was even possible.
If anyone in the congregation is interested in learning more about Helping Haitian Angels or missions, please let me know. I am so excited to share my experience with all of you!
Mési anpil anko e Bondye beni!
(Thank you so much again and God bless – in Creole)
December 1. 2017
My son, Nicholas, is currently serving overseas in the Army. He told me that he received a package from your church and that he was overwhelmed by your generosity and kindness. I want to thank you for doing this for my son. Being overseas during the holidays will be hard for him, and your package will bring a bit of home to Nick and his fellow troops. May God bless all of you! Merry Christmas!
Tim S., Connecticut