This week we get to hear a little bit more about this past summer’s Haiti trip from Laurie Nemez. As she reflects on the teams’ final evening, we will hear about how our ongoing partnership continues to have ripple effects in our lives, and the lives of our friends that we are partnering with.
On our last evening in Gens de Nantes, our team (including Marilyn McIlroy) had the opportunity to sit down and visit for a couple of hours with Pastor and Madame Andre, and Portelus (the new Lab Technician at the clinic supported by our sponsorship). It was such a blessing and a mutual encouragement to be able to have this discussion with them about the community, the school, and the challenges and blessings they have experienced and are experiencing. Portelus, although he had only been working in the community for a little under 3 months, was clearly so happy to be working at the clinic in Gens de Nantes! He told us that he loves working there because the community is very peaceful, and Pastor and Madame Andre are like a father and a mother to him. I was so touched to hear him express his
love and appreciation for them, and to witness Pastor and Madame Andre’s joyful laughter in response! This led to the rest of us joining in the laughter and talking about how we are all part of God’s family – as brothers and sisters in Christ!
Portelus also told us that he was very happy that the Canadians had come to Haiti to help them, to encourage them, and to support the clinic and staff. He expressed his thankfulness for Albright Church, and asked us to come back again. Pastor Andre shared that the English teaching teams and classes are a huge benefit to the community. He also said he wants us to come again and hopes that we can stay longer next time! How encouraging this was for us to hear!
I am so thankful to God and to Albright Church for the opportunity to serve the community of Gens de Nantes, and I am extremely blessed to have the privilege of getting to know our friends there. We have been able to see how God is at work in this community and how He continues to use our partnership to bless and encourage them in their work, their studies, and their faith! Thank-you for your prayers, and please continue to pray for our Haitian brothers and sisters!
Obviously, there is much more that could be said by each of the team members then has been included in these reflection blogs. If you have been tracking with these blogs, we would encourage you to consider joining us on September 30 at our Hearts for Haiti dessert evening. We will have an opportunity to hear more from the team members about how our ongoing efforts to bring English language training for a short period of time have long lasting effects in the community!