This has been Espwa Demen’s second year of ministry in rural Haiti. Yay!
As founders Nelson and I could not be more proud and grateful for all that we were able to accomplish with your prayers and support dear readers. God has been so gracious. In spite of the ever present dangers and darkness that hang over Haiti we were able to continue serving our local community and even start new programs.
I want to share some ways that Espwa Demen has made an impact this year!
- 29 students were enrolled in Christian schools this fall with the first installment of their school fees paid. 24 of these students are in their second year of the sponsorship program while 5 are newly added.
- Little baby Mike-John who has been suffering from double clubbed feet since his birth has been able to receive 3 of his many needed recasting surgeries. We continue to keep in touch with his mother and follow his journey helping support them along the way.
- For the first time Jesus’ birth story was read in Haitian Creole to over 40 listeners at our local Christmas program. Additionally 28 Bible story books and Bible coloring books were given out.
- 12 men were provided with several weeks of work being paid 5x Haiti’s minimum wage per day to the benefit of their families.
- 60 meals were provided to families in poverty.
- Several locals have become aware of our ministry and work in the area and have agreed to partner or volunteer with us for future programs and events.
- Nelson has discovered (I believe through the leading of the Holy Spirit) a family who has fled the unrest of Port Au Prince. They are devoted protestant Christians with 2 generations of lasting marriages! The family is in dire poverty. We have added the eldest son of a woman who lost her husband to gang inflicted bullet wounds to our sponsorship program. Visiting them on several occasions has been mutually encouraging. This is a unique opportunity for us to bear the burdens of those who are of the household of faith. To take care of our brothers and sisters in Christ.
- 6 local soccer teams were formed with a Christian coach and have begun an elimination championship which will conclude some time in January with a final game to name the winner.
- Fair trade items were purchased from a few ministries that employ underprivileged adults in Haiti and given away to Christmas program donors here in the states, benefiting Haitian families twice.
What a great year! We can’t wait to see what the Lord will do in this new year and beyond! We have several big aspirations and exciting new things coming up soon. Namely setting up tax deductible donations for you all and starting a goat raising program for some of our older students.
Stay tuned for updates and as always keep us in your prayers!
With much love,
Nelson and Rachel Espazien