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Overview of Celebrate Jesus of Haiti
Celebrate Jesus of Haiti is making a real impact in the lives of people in Anse-A-Galet, Haiti.
Haiti is home to some of the poorest people on earth. And the Haitian island of LaGonave has historically been the poorest part of Haiti. The people there live in abject poverty that is unimaginable to the western mind.
Pastor Sonja Dickherber visited this area while helping with a dental clinic on a short-term mission trip in 1994. Walking through the streets of Anse-A-Galet ("on-SOG-ah-LAY") on the island of LaGonave, she was struck by the hopelessness of the people there, and knew that God was calling her to do something to help.
With much prayer, after spending a year in Anse-A-Galet, Sonja and her husband Jerry incorporated Celebrate Jesus of Haiti, Inc. as a 501 C 3 organization with the mission to improve the lives of the people there on three levels: Spirit, Soul and Body. They made the decision to pay their own expenses and to receive no salary or airfare for their work. Only Haitians who are chosen to do various jobs receive a salary from the mission. This very unusual arrangement means that everything given to the ministry is spent to improve the lives of the Haitian people.
Ministering to Spirit, Soul and Body
Spirit: The local church
A Haitian pastor was ordained in 2002 after receiving intensive training for approximately one year. Property was purchased and a church was built. The local non-denominational church is thriving under the leadership of Pastor Joaquim Guerrier, a Hatian who has lived on the island of LaGonave his entire life.
Over 300 adults and many, many children attend the church, which is reaching out to the neighboring villages with the Good News of Jesus Christ. Many Haitians are finding new hope in Christ, and are a living testimony to those who are still in bondage to the practices of the predominant Haitian religion of voodoo.
Soul: Education - The School
The school was built in 2003 and was completed and opened in time for the fall 2004 classes. Under the leadership of the Haitian principal (whose last name is translated "Assurance") grades one through twelve are taught with an enrollment of over 200 students. Haitian schools have thirteen grades, and the thirteenth grade will be added in the fall of 3013.
Unlike other Haitian schools, the children pay no part of the expense of the school. Everything - their uniforms, books, tuition and food - is donated. The only expense for the students is the purchase of their shoes. All expenses are taken care of by Celebrate Jesus of Haiti. Haitian teachers are employed, and the children and teachers are fed each day.
The school's expenses have increased due to the higher number of students. Would you prayerfully consider a generous donation to help in this important project?
Letter from a doctor who travels to Haiti annually to help in the medical clinic:
I am always amazed by the smiling faces and steadfast spirits of the Haitian brothers and sisters on La Gonave. The uplifting music that is part of each service is particularly soothing to my soul. Each visit is a new reminder: we bring back so much more than we can ever expect to leave in Haiti.
The earthquake is not the only thing that has shaken things up in Anse-a-Galets. Jerry and Sonja are energy and blessings in action! I feel so privileged to have been able to work along side them--in a very small way--since first meeting them in January 2010.
We need to continue to pray for this Godly couple as they bring Christ's love (in so many different forms) to these wonderful people.
Thank you for sharing your gifts in this effort.
May God bless you,
Body: Food, Water, and Health Care
The Feeding Program
The feeding program was established in 2001. Children are being fed one meal of beans and rice per day, six days a week in seven different locations along the Saline, plus the school. In all, over 800 children are being fed.
The Promised Land (Vegetable Garden)
Twenty acres of fertile ground was purchased and cleared for the purpose of helping the Haitians to grow their own food. The goal is to provide enough food for the church members as well as to have some to sell in local markets to provide income to the people.
The land is irrigated from a reservoir dug on the property which captures rain water flowing down from the nearby hills. A fence is planned for completion in 2013 in order to prevent animals from raiding the garden.
A clinic was built to provide dental and physical care facilitated by volunteer dentists and physicians from the United States who donate their vacations to help the people of LaGonave. Since January 24, 2013, we are excited to have a childrens' clinic open Monday through Friday. Children birth through 12 years of age are now being seen, whereas before these were the neglected ones. Approximately 25 to 30 children are seen each day. The doctor and nurse treat 25 to 30 children per day, and specialty teams from the United States still come in on a temporary basis as well.
Guts Church of Tulsa, in cooperation with Celebrate Jesus of Haiti has completed 56 potable water wells in the Anse-A-Galet area and is now in the process of digging additional wells on the island of LaGonave. The goal is to provide 100 good wells on the island of LaGonave.
If you feel that God might be leading you to help the mission of Celebrate Jesus of Haiti, rest assured that every dime contributed goes directly to help the Haitian people. We need the assistance of many people in order to bring the people of Anse-A-Galet to a point of being able to care for their own needs and to minister to the needs of those around them. Will you pray about how you might be able to help? Even small donations help and are greatly appreciated. If you're not able to feed 100 children, can you feed just one? For the price of a premium cup of coffee, you can feed one child for a couple of weeks!
The 15th annual FeedingHaiti.com Golf Tournament will be held on Sunday, August 16th at 1 PM at the Warrenton Golf Course. Details and registration form can be found on the Golf page.