Haiti, the religious life, flora and fauna, and whatever else crosses the mind of this Episcopal sister and priest
Tuesday, January 19, 2010
good news on Darbonne from Global Health Action's page
Global Health Action is the organization that sponsors the goat project in Darbonne that I've intended to blog about since last summer (just a little behind...). I may yet do that, but what I want to share now is their good news. I reported earlier that they had received a text message from Franck, their director in Darbonne, that he was alive, but the buildings were down. Well, now all of their staff, including Miron Beaudoin, who was on my parish lay committee when I was there doing field ed, has been reported safe, and so has my supervisor, Pere Samuel! Thanks be to God!!
Text from their Facebook page: "Global Health Action Update: Miron Beaudoin, Assistant Coordinator of the Community Health Worker Training Program, Pere Samuel, the Episcopal Parish Priest, and the Water Project Staff, all at Darbonne are also safe!" Yea!!!
I am still waiting for news on the rest of the family, especially of the little one you see in the "how to eat a mango" blog entry below. Communication with Darbonne is very difficult in the best of times (no postal delivery or land lines or internet...), so you can imagine how difficult it is now that they also have no buildings. For another priest of the diocese sent me an email earlier this week in response to my query about Darbonne, Pere Samuel, and the family, saying, "You may know that in Darbonne no house is stand all are gone. Please pray for us. We need your prayer." So I ask your continued prayers, especially for food distribution, medical aid, and, most importantly, clean water.
I began this blog as I prepared to leave for a seminary field education placement in a parish in Haiti, creating it as a way of sharing my experiences and reflections over the summer with people at home and continuing it upon my return.
I finally returned to Haiti in 2011. So much in a short time. I returned to the US in 2013, but something tells me I'll be back. Meanwhile, there is still so much I intended to share while I was there. I hope some of it will make it onto this blog. A piece of my heart is always in Haiti, and I hope some of yours will be, too. Pray for Haiti, please. So much is needed; with God, so much is possible.
Meanwhile, there are ample opportunities for ministry here, and plenty of discoveries to make. There are beautiful things to consider, birds to watch, and concerns to share. And I am never short of curiosity to lead me into all sorts of odd corners. In all of it, God is present. Welcome to the adventure.
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This is a personal blog. Nothing in it is an official statement from the Sisters of St. Margaret, the Episcopal Diocese of Haiti, or any other organization.