Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Happiness can be spelled "D-O-L-E"

Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you? ... The King will reply, "I tell you the truth, whatever you did for one of the least of these, you did for me". 
Matthew 25:37-40

It has been a very good week at the St. Francois De Sales parish. After receiving several containers of food and medical supplies from Food For The Poor and the Catholic Medical Mission Board over the past couple of weeks, Fr. Geordani sent out an email to the approved list of receiving groups that goods were available for distribution. This list includes orphanages, churches, hospitals, clinics, schools, and feeding programs.
On Monday it was church day. We had over 50 church representatives from as far away as 100 KM start arriving at around eight in the morning. They continued coming until dark. We were busy unloading new containers all the while that the churches were receiving their distributions. This was fortunate as on Tuesday we had even more orphanages, schools, hospitals, and clinics come to pick up food and supplies.

In the rear of the grounds here at St. Francois De Sales there is a Catholic primary school and a government run Secondary school. There are over 600 children on the grounds each day for school here. I was fortunate to be able to work with the school's directors in distributing food to the children in these schools.

Today is feeding programs and all other organizations distribution day. The guys were up until around 10 last night unloading another container, and back at 8 this morning for another. This is good as these containers have milk, Vienna sausage, and other foods that will be an incredible blessing to the programs coming today. 

I am preparing to return home for a couple of weeks next week. If anyone would like a presentation of the work here in Haiti during that time, please let me know. I will fly out on the 30th, and return to Haiti on April 12th. I am actively seeking ongoing supportive relationships with churches and other groups for the work here in Haiti. Please email me at if your organization is interested.

Upon my return we have been blessed with surgical groups that will be working here for the following
5 weeks. Currently we have urology and general surgery specialties coming. We are still praying hard that God will send a gynecologist our way.

As I mentioned earlier, 600 children attend school on the parish
grounds here. These 600 kids have 1 piece of playground equipment - A broken down single swing set! I am actively seeking a group that would be willing to come in and build a playground for these children. Please let me know if this is something you are interested in, either from a financial standpoint or coming and swinging a hammer.
I continue to be strengthened by your prayers and encouragement. When things get rough, it seems like God sends strength my way through you. Thank you.

Peace and Grace,

1 comment:

  1. Randy, I was not aware that you were still working in Haiti. I am so gald I saw your blog link on the Campus Care line. My friend Suzie Jullian and John's friend (don't know his name!!) were with you on the first trip down. You are so inspiring! I posted your link on my Facebook and will pass along the info regarding the gyn to one of my mom's and a team to build the playground to my son Alan. PErhaps he and some of his college friends could come down there and help. Stay safe and thank you for doing the will of our Father.
    ~Karen Cherry