Jacmel, Haiti May 2019

Greetings in Christ! We have just returned from Haiti as bearers of good news! Our mission, by your prayers and support, continues to grow.  The Haitians continue to be our solid supporters in prayer by beseeching the Almighty on our behalf! Three children were Baptized at St Augustine Orthodox Church outside of Jakmel.  The beautiful services of our Church during this Pentecostarion season were well attended, especially by the youth! We were the recipients of incredible hospitality.  Our medical clinic continues to be busy and is much appreciated by the entire community. With all of this activity there is also great need in regards to the building projects at St Augustine Church and School and at St Dorothy Church and St Nicolas School.  Your donations this summer will help by making these structures safe for the faithful and visitors.  The situation of building safety has become paramount amidst the many needs at both locations. Also we are raising money for the successful food program which provides 150,000 meals per year to our students and faithful.  The valedictorian candidate at St Augustines Orthodox School has received a full scholarship to finished her high school education here in the U.S.  While here, she will be attending St Maximus Church in Owego, NY.

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