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This Past Year

A Christmas Message 2018

Here we are again. Thanksgiving is over, and we are on our way to Christmas. Now is the time to reflect on the blessings we have received this past year and to look on what our donations to ABC for Haiti have done.
Our focus has changed this past year from clean water to education. One of the items on our list was to start a trade school for welding. However, I am happy to announce there was no sense in inventing the wheel. We found a 2-year trade school in the area that had training in not only welding but auto mechanics and carpentry. With Father Filho’s recommendation we sent 9 men to the school. 3 from the parish and 2 from each of the chapels. The cost? Only $200 each. We couldn’t have set up one trade for that cost.
ABC for Haiti continues to provide teacher and administration salaries for the parish school. In addition, a new school started at the Chapel of Saint Gabriel of Cherival. Here we are also helping with teacher salaries. We also helped purchase blackboards and desks for the new school as well as a new outhouse facility for the children. Special donations provided the funds for Father Fitho to purchase land the school is located on, so he could apply for a grant to build a school building. Right now, they have a wooden framed, open walled structure with a roof we provided a couple of years ago.
We also continue to provide Father with a $1000 per month stipend to operate the parish and we provide tuition assistance for 50 children.
ABC for Haiti purchases products in Haiti for all our projects. We constantly keep in mind keeping Haitians employed, stimulating their economy.
We have been successful in keeping 95% or better of your dollar to helping Haiti. There is still much to be done along with maintaining current standards which is why it is so important for you to reflect on your situation and if you can please consider increasing your donation or sending us a onetime donation.

May God continue to Bless You and may you continue sharing with those in need.

Wishing you all a Blessed Christmas and a Happy New Year

Merry Christmas

We would like to wish all of a Very Merry and Blessed Christmas.

This has been another successful year thanks to your generous donations and unwavering support. We reduced our expenses by sending funds on a quarterly basis instead of monthly. Those funds covered expenses for the parish, school tuition, teacher & school staff salaries, and the salary for the sewing school instructor.

We are very excited about our end of year projects.  For the first time in our 7 year history we are able to not only help the parish but also all three of Father’s chapels. There is a trade school in Hinche that teaches welding, mechanics, and cabinet making.

Learning auto mechanics

We will sponsor 9 people; 3 from the parish of Our Lady of the Rosary, 2 each from LaBeque, Cherival and Cour Cadichon. At $200 per person per year for a two year program you can’t beat the price. We will get a report on progress of the students at the end of year one. We will also be increasing our monthly stipend to provide for a fair wage for the teachers at LaBeque and for the teachers at the new school at Cherival.

You might recall 2 years ago the chapel at Cherival had a stick frame for the beginning of their church and school. Cherival prior to tin roof

We were able to provide a tin roof to give them some protection. We are happy to say the people of Cherival started an elementary school in the same structure. Conditions are primitive to be sure. To make things a little more school like we will be providing desks, blackboards and the all important outhouse.

School children at Cherival

All this is made possible because of your generosity. There are still a couple of weeks left in this year to make that last minute contribution. Don’t hesitate – Donate today. https://abcforhaiti.org/donate/

Merry Christmas from our families to yours!

A Very Blessed Christmas

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Jesus the Christ –  Savior of the World

As we patiently and thoughtfully await the celebration of the Birth of Our Lord all of us at Action By Christians for Haiti in concert with Fr. Nova of Our Lady of the Rosary and his people in Haiti, take this time to wish you all a very Blessed Christmas and to once again thank you from the bottom of our hearts for your generous support this past year.

As I sit here in the White Mountains of Arizona, a gentle snow is falling, the Christmas tree is lit and the manger scene is on display under the tree – reminding us of the real reason of Christmas in the Christian Calendar.  As I look upon the manger I see shepherds and wise men bringing gifts to the Christ Child. I see shepherds giving the gift of their lowliness and service, the wise men bringing gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh, precious, expensive, gifts along with their adoration and service too.  He came to save all of us the lowly as well as those who have much.  Let us look upon these shepherds and wise men and give to Him, our Incarnate God, gifts from His Blessings to us.

As always you are in our prayers and will be remembered especially during Mass on Christmas Day.  May God continue to Bless you and your family abundantly!

Merry Christmas!

Art, Bea, Bernie, Pattie, Pat, Marianne, Elaine, Carol, Eric, Chris, and Mark

Advent – Now is the time for reflection on our blessings

 

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Thanksgiving has passed and we have entered the season of Advent, a time of reflection and  preparation to celebrate the Lord’s birth and to prepare ourselves not only for Christmas but for the time when Our Lord will call us individually home and hold us responsible for the lives He has blessed us with.  Whenever I reflect on my own personal death and judgment I can’t help but reflect on the Gospel of Matthew, Chapter 25, versus 31-46.

The Judgment of the Nations

 “When the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, he will sit upon his glorious throne; and all the nations will be assembled before him. And he will separate them one from another, as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats. He will place the sheep on his right and the goats on his left.

Then the king will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father. Inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world.

For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, a stranger and you welcomed me, naked and you clothed me, ill and you cared for me, in prison and you visited me.’

Then the righteous will answer him and say, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you drink? When did we see you a stranger and welcome you, or naked and clothe you? When did we see you ill or in prison, and visit you?’

And the king will say to them in reply, ‘Amen, I say to you, whatever you did for one of these least brothers of mine, you did for me.’

Then he will say to those on his left, ‘Depart from me, you accursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels.

 For I was hungry and you gave me no food, I was thirsty and you gave me no drink, a stranger and you gave me no welcome, naked and you gave me no clothing, ill and in prison, and you did not care for me.’

Then they will answer and say, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry or thirsty or a stranger or naked or ill or in prison, and not minister to your needs?’

He will answer them, ‘Amen, I say to you, what you did not do for one of these least ones, you did not do for me.’

And these will go off to eternal punishment, but the righteous to eternal life.”

These are strong words to hear, there are only two choices, heaven or hell, and ultimately it is up to us to make the choice.  Do we choose to help those in need, to feed the hungry, give drink to the thirsty, welcome the stranger, clothe the naked, or visit the ill and the imprisoned? 

Or do we choose to be selfish and ignore those in need, caring only for our own personal wants?  Forgetting the blessings we have come from God and not ourselves?  This is not meant to be a chastisement or to plant fear in your hearts but simply an opportunity to reflect on your blessings this past year.  Which category do you think you fall into and are you comfortable where you are?  The generosity from those of you who support our work in Haiti over whelms us and we thank each of you from the bottom of our hearts and as I’ve said many times, you are in our prayers daily.  None of this is possible without you.

Wishing you all the joys of the Holiday Season and hope you can find time in your busy, hectic schedules for yourselves, time to relax, time to find peace in your life, and time to reflect on your many blessings.

 

Art