Coastal Haiti Mission Newsletter

 

May 2021

 

Website Revision and Review

 This month we revisit the Newsletter Tab.

The Newsletter Tab provides a way of viewing the CHM Newsletters from previous months.

As each newsletter is published, it is added to the list of newsletters which is under the Web Site Newsletter Tab. The location of the newest newsletter is at the bottom of the list.

The page height of the Web Site allows 17 newsletters to be displayed. As each new month is added, the newsletter listing at the top of the list is removed.

All of the newsletters are kept on file, so the newsletters are not lost. They just cannot all be displayed.

Some months ago, we had a request to display the May 2018 Newsletter. It is listed at the top of the Newsletter Tab column.

Any previous newsletter that is on file, can be displayed upon request. Contact Ken Johansson at: ken@coastalhaitimission.org

Accessing Previous Newsletters

When a new CHM Newsletter is published, we send an email to all of the people on our list with a link that directly accesses the newsletter.

What that link does is to connect you to the CHM Web Site, and then to the bottom listing of the Newsletter Tab.

However, when you do not have a link, you can easily look back at previous newsletters. To do this:

          Go to the CHM Website  www.coastalhaitimission.org

          When the website banner appears, go to the Newsletter Tab and select the desired newsletter.

 

THE COST

The man was 86 years old when he entered the stadium in Ismir (modern-day Turkey) to be burned at the stake. He was a follower of the Nazarene and refused to pay homage to the Roman State cult.

The crowd in the stands was super-charged, feverishly calling for the release of the wild beasts upon their latest prey. The spectators had blood on their mind. But, the officials, this time, preferred fire.

Some called for the old man to save himself, but he refused to betray his Lord and King. He died that day, but not by fire. When the flames, for some reason, would not destroy him, a well-wielded dagger finished the job. It is said that a delightful aroma filled the stadium as the life left his body.

The man was known, loved, and mourned by thousands. Their beloved pastor, friend, and teacher was gone. His name was Polycarp. He was the Bishop of the Church in Smyrna. His was the first recorded martyrdom outside of the New Testament after the martyrdoms of John the Baptist, the Apostle James, and Stephen.

When I was a kid I went to Sunday School, and as I grew older, church. But, even as an adult, I was ignorant of church history. I learned plenty about my “country’s” history, as taught in school, it’s beginning and formation, you know, Plymouth Rock, the new colonies, George Washington, its struggles, wars, and other things, good and bad. But church history? A huge gap

between what happened with the Church of Jesus Christ as recorded in the Bible, and my own experience in the church I attended.

I guess my point in all this is that I, for one, would like the church today to teach  more basic church history. We need to know more of the enduring testimonies, faith, courage and devotion to the Master, of those who came before us.

Like Polycarp.

Perhaps our young people would benefit from knowing of the great cost of blood and sacrifice given by brothers and sisters over the years (and even today in some parts of the world) in order to protect and further the proclamation of the Church that Jesus Christ is surely Lord.

Walking this Way with you,

Connie

 

Dispelling the Darkness, Lighting Haitian Homes

A complete system to light a home.

The  Lighting Systems  are in route to Cahess. We are waiting for a shipping acknowledgement as to when this equipment is expected to arrive in Cap Haitien.

In the meantime, we will use the time to prepare the ten homes, to get the most effective  use of the lights and the solar powered charging stations.

Pastor Coty has chosen a local person, named Molene Pierre, to head the home lighting effort in Cahess.

Molene has been involved in this program since December 2020.  He has been demonstrating the sample light that was sent to Cahess in December.

During this time period, we will develop the training that each head of household will receive, to care for the lights and the solar powered charging stations, in order for these systems to get as much longevity as possible.

12 lights and 10 solar charging stations on their way to Cap Haitian, first and then to Cahess.

We are now accepting donations, of any amount, for the next group of 10 lights and solar charging stations. $80 purchases and sends one system to Cahess

 When we have accumulated $800, we will purchase and send the next 10 systems.

Below is a link to access a complete review of the Home Lighting Initiative which includes:

     A history of the lighting efforts in Cahess

Our Solution to the lighting problem

      The progress in lighting homes in Cahess

Home Lighting Initiative

 

Life in the Village

Hair care in the Village of Cahess is very different from what is considered normal in the United States.

Most people in Cahess care very much about how they look to other people. A review of the photos of the school students, will verify that a great deal of detail goes into the care of the students hair–especially the girls who almost always seem to have bright colorful ribbons adorning their heads.

There are no hair salons or barbershops in the Village of Cahess. The reason for this is, that the people do not have money to pay for hair care. There are

barbershops and hair salons in the cities, because there are customers there, that can pay for their hair care.

I asked Pastor Coty to describe how hair care is done in the Village of Cahess.

He writes:

 Life is different everywhere you go and in many things. Maybe having a haircut is not a big subject for anyone to think of. But the reality is, it is different from the cities to the villages.

In our village, we have our own way of having a haircut. No barbershop, no money to pay anyway. So, you just buy a blade, connect it to a small comb. (see the photo below)

This is the way it works: you cut my hair and I will cut your hair. It’s Saturday and these boys are getting ready to come to school on Monday. 

You cut my hair and I’ll cut yours.

Pastor Coty Continues:

Many years ago, only some selected old people could cut people’s hair in the village. I remember when I was a boy, on Sunday afternoon, there used to be a long line of boys waiting to have their hair cut, so they would be ready to go to school on Monday.

At that time they did not use the razor blade with the small comb. Only a scissor was used to cut the hair. The razor blade was used only to trim the fore head. The most dangerous part of this procedure, was not getting cut by the razor blade. Rather, it was the fact that the same razor blade was used for many kids, without being disinfected. So if one boy had an infection, it was easy to transfer the infection to the other boys.

Now it’s different, because the young people have learned to help each other to care for their hair.

In the village, the girls need to comb their hair for everyday that they go to school. They do it every afternoon, so they can be ready early in the morning the next day. They do not want to be late for school.

  There is no need for the girls to pay for hair care, because they help each other.

The older girls and adult women usually find someone to help them to make their hair look good. Often it will be a friend or an older daughter who will assist them. They in turn will return the help to the person who helped them.

The men will typically trim and take care of their own beards. However, the men are also dependent on someone else to cut or shave the hair on their heads.

The bottom line for hair care in the Village of Cahess is: You help me and I will help you.

 

School Lunch Program

Pastor Coty Writes:

This morning I went to Roseline Francois’s house to ask her about one of her children that I did not see in school. This was unusual because her child is not absent often.

 I was amazed to hear the lady’s witness about the school. She said: Pastor, you did not have to come here to ask me about Roselandie, because I send my children to school every school day.

Having them staying home is a big load on my back because then, I have to do my best to give them something to eat. It is different when I send them to school.

She continued by saying that, it’s only we the parents, that can witness the goodness of what that school does for us.

My child did not go to school this morning because she has had a fever since last night, before she went to bed.

If she wasn’t sick, you would certainly see her in school.

This lady was telling me things that I think about, because I live with them in the village, and I know that life is not easy for them. But I never heard anyone explain the difficulties of life, like she did. Just by looking at this family’s living conditions, I could see that things are not easy for her.

 She has 7 children and one grandchild. Of the 7 children, 6 of them are her responsibility, with no husband to help. The father of the last 5 children left her 3 years ago. He moved to live with another woman in another town. Only the mother of this man helps Roseline with the children, and only when she is able. This grandmother’s help is limited, because she also does not have much of this world’s material goods.

 The living conditions of Roseline are very difficult, but she is fighting really hard to survive and to help those children. She is one of the parents that cannot afford to pay any school tuition, even though she would like to.

Even the house where they live is in really bad shape, and is almost falling down.

 I asked about the house and found out that the situation is even more complicated. She said that the land where they built this house, is not theirs. Now, the owner of the land wants to sell them the land, but they have no way to pay for it.

Anyway, Roseline François’ story shows that her life is a big challenge.

She and her children are the beneficiaries of the support that people send from the USA to the Village of Cahess through Coastal Haiti Mission.

Pastor Coty. 

Two of Roseline’s children

 Roseline and her family at home.

The New Classroom

Pastor Coty Writes:

Last year with the help of some friends and some money I saved, I was able to build one unfinished classroom. It is unfinished, but it still works as a really good classroom.

The 7th grade meets in this new classroom.

The other students and the teachers from the lower grades are jealous because their classrooms are not as cool as the new one. I am aware that in the other classrooms, the tin roof is too close to the heads of the students. However, that was the only thing that we could afford to do. I know some people who cannot stand in that building because it is so low, but we give praise to the Lord because we have it.

This new classroom is a new reality. I am hoping that I can build another new classroom this year. If I can build two new classrooms, it would make a better difference, until we can build the new school building.

Pastor Coty Joseph

This is the preferred classroom.

 

Hebrews 13: 16  ESV

Do not neglect to do good and to share what you have, for such sacrifices are pleasing to God.

A blessing to you from the scripture:

The Lord bless you and keep you; the Lord make his face shine on you and be gracious to you; the Lord turn his face toward you and give you peace.

Numbers 6: 24-26

Thank you Family and Friends of Coastal Haiti Mission, for all that you do to help the people in Cahess, Haiti. You are making a huge difference for these people.

Please remember, that CHM must continue to send our monthly commitment of $800 to carry on the ongoing CHM ministry in Cahess.

If you desire to help, please send your tax deductible 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 deductible “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, Carl, and Ken are very grateful for your sacrifice.

Ken Johansson CHM Newsletter Editor

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