January 2012 Newsletter
by Rev. Vernon Giesbrecht
Dear Friend of Double Harvest:
Welcome to 2012! A New Year always brings new challenges. However, it is good to take a brief look back in order to give thanks for what has been accomplished and, from that perspective, resolve to pursue one’s mission. In that regard, you should be receiving a major Report in the mail during the month of January on the ministry of Double Harvest in Haiti. The Report points to the fact that two years have passed since the devastating earthquake in January, 2010. It highlights the developments that have occurred at the Double Harvest project over the past year or so, as well as how we are involved in helping and impacting the surrounding community. If you don’t receive the report, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org, and we’ll gladly send you one. Although we have been in Haiti for over 30 years, we have no illusions that long-standing economic, cultural and spiritual issues are easily solved. We thank you, our supporting constituency, for your partnership in the advances that have been made. Here are just a few recent highlights.
Double Harvest School – This school year 504 students are in attendance! We thank the existing Sponsors for their compassion and financial help in giving these precious children and youth an excellent education, along with Bible instruction and some extra activities. Their families are extremely grateful as education is a major hope for the future of the country. If you are interested in sponsoring one or more of our students, now at $45/month, please contact us at the email address above or write to us. We’ll send you a brochure which explains the program. You can also read more on our website under Where We Work/Haiti/Sponsor a Child.
Rebuilding Homes – We have passed the 110 mark! And, more houses are under construction. Families left without a safe home after the earthquake and those living in “shacks” are receiving a well-built, concrete block home that will protect them from hurricanes and earthquakes for many years to come. At the same time, Haitian masons and workers are employed and supervised. We are able to address these poverty issues on two fronts because of many donors’ generosity!
Pastors Conference – Between Christmas and New Year’s Day, over 150 pastors and leaders of churches descended on our school campus. They slept in the classrooms and were fed in the school cafeteria. But most important, they were instructed and encouraged in Bible teaching methods and a newly translated family life program. These community leaders, in turn, will take the lessons learned to their people to flesh out these desperately needed skills in the Haitian culture. This is another way we are Sowing Seeds of Life!