Coastal Haiti Mission Newsletter

February 2019

Devotional

We begin this CHM Newsletter with a devotional by Connie Goddard, the Secretary/Treasurer of Coastal Haiti Mission.

 Another year gone by.  The new year, long on the horizon, has arrived. Ready or not! For many, resolutions have been made to hopefully bring about a better”me.”  Some do-s and some don’ts. “Oh well,” we glibly relent — next year for sure!   Are we kidding?!  We need help N O W — real life-changing help, reliable,discernible, satisfying help.  The kind offered by our Savior Jesus Christ.He knows our needs.  He knows our weaknesses.  He knows our thoughts.He knows our destiny.  His help brings what we reallyneed: TRUTH. (He isTruth!)  Truth that tramples the lies we may believe about ourselves.  (I can’t do this — I can’t do that, etc.)  Shot down by Wonderful Truth!Truth that leads and guides and changes us deep within where only Hehas access. Jesus extends his hand to you and I. Best offer we ever had! He has a lot to   show us.  Things about ourselves, and things about Him. And all we need to do is reach out and put our hand in His. Oh, and don’t say:”next year for sure.” There may not be a next year.The world needs us NOW

Severe Drought Continues in North Haiti

We alerted you in the January 2019 CHM Newsletter that there is a severe drought in Northern Haiti. The residential gardens, which are critical to survival in northern rural Haiti, have dried up. Pastor Coty sent us a message saying that many animals are dying from lack of water.

We requested that the CHM Family and Friends pray for rain. To date, our prayers have not been answered, so we further request that you intercede for rain inNorthern Haiti, to ease this very real crisis.

Pastor Coty Writes:

It is really hard to assist with what is going on in our village. For several months we have had no rain, and we don’t know when the rain will come. I wonder how many animals will survive this terrible time. Now it’s almost everywhere you go, that you see the body of an  animal. Even the wild dogs don’t eat them, because they are so dry. 

Please pray for rain!!!

Civil Disobedience===Protests, Demonstrations & Road Closures

Pastor Coty Writes:

This year from February 6 to February 19, there were big demonstrations almost everywhere in Haiti. The term that is used to describe this situation is, “the country is locked”. The roads were effectively closed by tire burning protestors, who put up barriers across the roads. There essentially was no vehicle movement between cities, which caused the prices of food and other necessities to double. Food became very difficult to buy. Because it was unknown when the country would become “unlocked”, it became necessary for the people to ration the food they had, in order to have some, for the coming days, until the protests were over.

In the Village of Cahess, life became more difficult than before these protests. The children were very, very, hungry, but the parents did not have any other options. They all, parents and children alike, had to eat very little. It was a very hard time for people in Haiti.

As I am writing this, things are starting to come back toward normal. However, we wonder if conditions will ever completely return to the place they were before the demonstrations. This means that although life in the villages was difficult before, life will be more difficult now.

School Lunch Program

Pastor Coty Writes:

In Haiti, there is a government social program named EDE PEP, which means “Help the People”. It is a program where the government will start a community restaurant in a special place for one week. The people will go to this restaurant, and for 25 Goud ($0.30) they get 100 Goud ($1.20) worth of food. 

In other locations, this program gives rice in a bag to individuals. The quantity given is less than one half of the rice given to the people in the CHM, Food for the Needy Program.

In comparison to the EDE PEP Program, the people in Cahess have named our school lunch program, EDE MALERE, which means, help the needy or poor. The people generated this name, because of the results that they observed. When they say results, they mean the difference between a child in our school, and a child from another school. Everyone in Cahess knows that the children in our school, will have at least, one meal for the day.                                                                                                    Even during the time of the demonstrations, we were one of the few schools functioning. There was no school in the adjacent town of Tro-du-Nord, but there was school in Cahess. The children did not come to school because they love school, but because of the School Lunch Program.

School Lunch even during the country “Lock Down”

Last month, we wrote that although we were able to send money to pay for lunch for all 19 school days, we had a shortfall of $500, which we needed to repay. We are happy to report that a donation was received covering this shortfall. 

Thank you Family and Friends of CHM, You are making a big difference in the lives of these children.

Pastor Coty and the Board of Coastal Haiti Mission. 

Editors note:

We are in need of additional donors to Maintain the School Lunch Program. If you wish to help, please send your donation to the address at the end of this newsletter.

Ken Johansson

Introducing the School Children to the Realities of Life

Pastor Coty Writes:

I was very glad to take the children of our school in Cahess to participate in the funeral of the father of one of our school teachers, who also serves as school principal. His name is Valcius Fleuridor. The funeral was in the adjacent town of Tru-du-Nord which is 3 miles from Cahess. This was the first time that some of our children visited this neighboring town.

Cahess school children attending a funeral in Tru-du-Nord

Life in Cahess

Pastor Coty Writes:

In the village, every child learns to be a help in the house. Some of the children learn to help earlier than others.Here is a list of things that they mostly do. They wash dishes, carry water, and gather sticks for cooking.

I was glad to see a child from our school, who knows how to be a help to her mother. She went by herself, to gather sticks for the food, that was already cooking. She had joy doing this, as she knows that with the sticks, the food will take less time to be ready to eat.

Willing to help

Hebrews 13:16

And do not forget to do good and to share with others, for with such sacrifices God is pleased

Please remember, that CHM must continue to send our monthly commitment of $600 to carry on the ongoing CHM ministry in Cahess.

If you desire to help, please send your tax deductable check to our address and tell us how you want us to use your donation:

Coastal Haiti Mission
C/O Constance Goddard
3048 Spring Fancy Lane
Indian Trail, NC 28079
Or
For tax deductable “online donations”, please use our PayPal service. Also please designate how you want us to use your donation:

May the Lord our God, who knows your heart and sees your actions, grant you great joy as you serve Him.               

Connie, Esther, Pastor Coty and Ken are very grateful for your sacrifice.

Ken Johansson CHM Newsletter Editor

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