June – 2021 Update

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By Marianne Boehme

 

Mission Trip News Continues

Updates: June 2021

“FOOD INSECURITY” ROCKS THE NATION OF HAITI

MOTHER’S DAY COMES A WEEK EARLY FOR CABRINI’S HAITIAN FAMILIES IN HAITI.

           

Mother’s Day is the last Sunday in May in Haiti. Our leaders delivered the June food distribution on May 24th and 25th 2021. Several donors contributed funding for this distribution. We were grateful to them for helping us meet the need once again. We were able to ease the food insecurities that the mothers face daily. This time we gave them 3 large cans of sardines. This was a special treat adding protein to their diets. Carmelo and Eral delivered the food to their homes with the motor bike. Some of our mothers do not have the strength and stamina to handle the large bags of rice and beans. This also shows them the respect we have for them.  It also provides a way to check on the homes and the family situation every few months. We started the food program in 2017 and have done it 4 -5 times each year. In 2017 the budget was $1700.00 per distribution and presently in 2021 It is $3,000 for the same food and amount.

                             

WATER PROJECT TESTING OF FILTERS TOOK PLACE IN MAY ALONG WITH  FOOD DELIEVERY.  CABRINI’S HAITI OUTREACH CONTINUES TO PROVIDE BOTH FOOD AND WATER TO OUR FAMILIES, BOTH OF WHICH SUPPORT LIFE.

I am happy to report that at the end of May we have completed the outside of our 4,000sq ft. COMMUNITY OUTREACH BUILDING – LIFE SKILL CENTER. We have found a general contractor, in Haiti, that has built many steel structures in Haiti. Our Haitian construction team worked alongside with the skilled contractors for 8 -10 hour days in the heat of the Caribbean at the end of May.  We now have windows, doors, soffits, rain gutters, down spouts and a screened roof vent. As you can see from the picture, it is beautiful. The general contractor hand manufactured the parts that were needed to complete the outside structure. The building will now be protected from the elements.

           

WAYS TO BECOME INVOLVED

BY PRAYING, FINANCIAL SUPPORT OR GOING ON A MISSION TRIP.   WE HAVE OPENINGS FOR 2 PEOPLE FOR OUR NEXT MISION TRIP ON FEB. 4-12, 2022. PLEASE CALL MARIANNE.  262-338-8845 FOR MORE INFORMATION.

PLEASE WATCH THE DISPLAY IN THE NARTHEX FOR HARD COPIES OF THE MONTHLY UPDATE AND THE WEB SITE. TELL YOUR FRIENDS. ALL FUNDS- 100% – GIVEN TO HAITI OUTREACH ARE USED FOR SERVING THE POOR.  LOOK TO THE NEWS ARTICLE IN JUNE ON FOOD DISTRIBUTION AND OUTREACH DIRECTLY TO OUR HAITIAN FAMILIES.

2021 – April-May Update

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By Marianne Boehme

 

April 2021 Mission Trip News

Updates: April 2021 – May 2021

“THE POOOR STRETCH OUT THEIR HANDS TO US, BUT IT IS GOD WHO RECEIVES WHAT WE GIVE THEM”

By St. Louise De Marillac

During my recent trip to Jacmel to participate in the ministries at the Cabrini Community Outreach Center, I found a warm welcome from our leaders and the Cabrini Community that has grown in Jacmel these past 12 years. I will attempt to share some of the fruits that the Lord allowed me to see and experience during this visit and in the next few months. Please check out the web site: haitianmission.com  or click on  the E – bulletin on Cabrini web site.The first three days “we”, (Bill, Carmelo, Eral and myself) updated the family records of our 30 ladies in our two Bible Study Groups. These two bible groups are the foundation that all of our ministries have sprouted from these past 7 years. As we all know, it takes time to grow any garden that will sustain and become an inspiration to the gardener and all who visit the garden. Our Mothers shared the changes that have taken place in their families since the 2018 update family record session. Children have grown up and moved to middle school and high school. Some of the mothers have become grandparents, some have buried family members, just like many of us in the United States.  The poor also share the cycle of life with us.

When we asked the question “How has the bible study changed your life?”  They all smiled and shared with us.  One mom told us that she learned how to look up scriptures by chapter and verse.   Learning the stories has empowered her with knowledge and given her confidence to ask questions in a group setting. Two ladies were encouraged to go back to school for reading so they can now read out loud when called on by the Bible study teachers. Another mother who can’t read told us her 14 year old son helps her by reading it to her so she can prepare for the meeting. This is all GRACE.  We are building more than a building. The building is what brings everyone together and provides a visible sign in the community.

CABRINI’S ASSIGMENT FROM THE LORD IS TO DO BOTH!  BUILD THE BUILDING AND BUILD UP THE COMMUNITY BY BUILDING UP THE MINSTRIES!! CABRINI IS DOING IT!  BUT WE ARE IN A RACE AND IT IS A RACE WE MUST WIN. THANK YOU ALL FOR YOUR PRAYERFUL, CONCERNING SUPPORT FOR THESE GREAT NEEDS.  AS I SEE IT GOD HAS GIVEN CABRINI THIS OUTREACH AS A BLESSING FOR OUR COMMUNITY.SO IF YOU HAVE NEVER THOUGHT TOO MUCH ABOUT HAITI, PRAY FOR THE POOREST COUNTRY IN THE WESTERN HEMISPHERE. THE LORD WILL LEAD YOU TO ACTION, I AM SURE.

WAYS TO BECOME INVOLVED   BY PRAYING, FINANCIAL SUPPORT OR GOING ON A MISSION TRIP.   WE HAVE OPENINGS FOR 2 PEOPLE FOR OUR NEXT MISION TRIP ON FEB. 4-12, 2022.

PLEASE CALL MARIANNE.  262-338-8845 FOR MORE INFORMATION. Some of us have always wanted to be missionaries this is a way to get your feet wet.  Don’t be concerned if you feel you have no mission skills God will take care of that He doesn’t ask what your qualifications are but He looks at your heart and He will equip you. Go with a renewable open heart and God will fill it.

Covid was not a concern in Haiti. I just went and had to be tested coming and going, all went well. I took Ivermectin, an anti-viral drug, plus my Malaria medication and came back the healthiest in the last five years of traveling there.  We don’t travel open roads we fly to Jacmel as security is something we always have to deal with.

PLEASE WATCH THE DISPLAY IN THE NARTHEX FOR HARD COPIES OF THE MONTHLY UPDATE AND THE WEB SITE. TELL YOUR FRIENDS. ALL FUNDS- 100% – GIVEN TO HAITI OUTREACH ARE  USED FOR SERVING THE POOR.  LOOK TO THE 

NEWS ARTICLE IN JUNE ON FOOD DISTRIBUTION AND OUTREACH DIRECTLY TO OUR HAITIAN FAMILIES.

 

December 2020 – March 2021

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By Marianne Boehme

 

Partnership Empowers Someone To Dream

Updates: December 2020 – March 2021

Uncertainty is something that the peoples of our world have found themselves dealing with this past year. Even the poorest of the poor in third world countries.  But, we as Christians know that God is still in charge and we continue to move forward in doing His work.

The Haiti Outreach has been blessed with prayers, faithfulness, and funding during this difficult time.  As our moto says “The Lord Will Provide”. Our faithful partners have empowered us to feed 36 families with our food distribution programs, (each feeding costs $3,000 US), in early December and now again in March 2021.  We have also been able to continue our Water Systems inspections every 3 months and provided the mothers with bleach, detergent and sponges to keep their water system clean.  In April we will be testing each of the 36 filters for E-coli. We do that twice yearly. That testing program is $200.00 each time. The testing kits are sent to Haiti by team members or when Bill and Walnes return in September. 

We are hopeful that Bill & Walnes be with us this coming September once again.  When we know for certain we hope to gather in the Cabrini Church Hall for a spaghetti dinner on September 25. Please save the date.  Volunteers call Marianne at 262-338-8845.

We also have great news to share. On March 9, 10, 11 all the windows at the Cabrini Community Center were installed. The Singing Moms of Jacmel met on March 10th and were very happy to see the windows.  When they see progress on the building, they are thankful because it gives them a sense of security that they have a gathering place.  Within the month of April, we hope all the doors will be installed as well. Then we will be able to secure the building and not have to move things back into to the containers for safe storage after the meetings.  Partnership makes this all possible.  Remember, there is a Haiti Display in the Narthex of church. Check it out. Donation envelopes and hard copies of articles to (take home) are available there.

On April 16th- 24th I am traveling to Jacmel with my traveling companion Jesus, to continue to put in place a strong leadership program that will continue to grow in stature. Prayers are very much appreciated!!!

 The Bible studies and Singing Moms of Jacmel will have finished their first 10 week term. The second term will begin in April through the end of May. The ministries do not meet during the hot summer months of June, July, and August.

If you find value in what the Haiti Outreach does and you want to change peoples’ lives here are 3 ways to partner with us.  We thank our partners that continue to collect quarters for Mission Quarters. We have collected about $4,000 during the past 5 years.

2020 – November & December

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By Marianne Boehme

 

Thank you For Being

“The Blessing For The Haiti Outreach Ministry”

Update – November & December 2020

After the weekend mission appeal on September 19 & 20, we began a time of waiting. Waiting to see the response to the video. Waiting to see if Fr. Nathan’s words reached the people at the masses that weekend. Mass attendance was much lower than we have ever seen due to the virus. So we prayed and trusted God that we had followed His directions and we would accept God’s will.

We didn’t have to wait too long, the week after the appeal we had a contact from a family that was very touched by the video. They stepped up and gave a large donation that would allow us to distribute food to 36 of our families on Oct. 9 & 10th in Jacmel. Because of our wonderful leaders in the US and Haiti we were able to put the food distribution together very quickly which was another miracle.

As the weeks passed we were so grateful that many of the Cabrini parishioners also stepped up and gave from their hearts so we can begin our ministries once again in Haiti. We will be starting with Bible classes before the Christmas season. The other classes will begin in January if the Covid 19 virus and the political situation remains under control in Haiti. So please continue to pray for the government in Haiti. Below are the words of gratitude and thanksgiving that come from just a few of our mothers. Written as spoken to us.

 

 

“My idea is that Cabrini Mission never forget about us in the hard time. Now life is really difficult. So many problems but GOD will never forsaken his kids. Thank you again.” Marie Jeanette Lubain

 

 

“Thank you so much because each time I see Mr. Carmelo and Mr. Eral carry these food on their shoulders my family is happy. Thank you again I will continue to pray for you.” Roselaure Boyechio

 

The mission appeal goals were met but the Haitian needs are ongoing during the year. We cannot survive only on the appeal. We pray that the Cabrini parishioners will continue to give from the heart during the year. Now without bulletin articles it is more difficult to get the updates out. The web site will be updated each month, or hit click in the e-bulletin article to connect to the web site. Hard copies will be available in the Narthex Haiti Outreach Display. If you have any questions email Marianne at marianne@.mboehme.com or call 262-338-8845.

Thank you, “YOU ARE THE BLESSING” REMEMBER JESUS LOOKS AT THE HEART.
He understands the commitment and sacrifice that your gift represents. THAT IS WHAT TOUCHES HIS HEART.

2020 – May 4

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UPDATE ON THE CABRINI COMMUNITY CENTER IN JACMEL, HAITI

By Marianne Boehme – Update-May 4, 2020

FOOD DELIEVERY COMPLETED BEFORE EASTER

The leadership servants delivering the food to the mother’s houses found a warm reception. Mr. Carmelo hand delivered the food to them for their safety and to ease the physical strength that it takes to deliver this amount of food. Some of the mothers live in the hills surrounding Jacmel and the pathways are very difficult to climb.

MOM’S TESTIMONIES

(The broken English are their direct quotes)

Jesusla commented, “You guys always do good actions in the community.  Mr. Carmelo, (our leader) seems never to be tired. I know the presence of GOD is with you. Thank you for blessings us. “

Jolicoeur shared with the leaders, “I pray and thank God to watch over the Cabrini Team members. A big gallon of oil with the sardines is great. We do not have the funds to afford all these food from the main market. We all love you and we are sure that God will continue to bless you.” (She is one of the assistants in the bible study now.)

Benita Tiblan comments, “Cabrini continues thinking about us, Cabrini always show us a good sign of love.  The Cabrini mission is about treating us with love and compassion. God bless you all.”  (Benita’s husband is Patrick, one of the construction workers that helped us in the Feb. construction).

I think you can feel the moms’ gratitude through their own words.

“WHATEVER YOU DO, WORK AT IT WITH ALL YOUR HEART, AS WORKING FOR THE LORD, NOT FOR MEN. IT IS THE LORD CHRIST YOU ARE SERVING”     – COL. 3: 23-24

CABRINI COMMUNITY CENTER – THE VISION BECOMES CLEAR

Cabrini Community Center is being used at this time, 4 days per week. It has no doors, windows, septic or electricity yet but with the concrete flooring we were able to hold our first celebration of thanksgiving this past February.  There were between 60 -70 people in attendance.  Our moms, their families and 3 of the 5 fathers that work with the construction team also blessed us with words of praise and thanksgiving for the opportunity to work. We also had some teenage young men from a local nearby church come to help us with kite flying at the end of the celebration.

Ministry groups that meet weekly at the Cabrini Community Center in Jamel, Haiti are:  

  • Two groups of bible study/prayer for moms – 40 members meet on Thursday and Friday afternoons.
  • Singing Moms of Jacmel – 25 members meet on Wednesday afternoon for practice and prayer.
  • Adult Education class, 2 groups – 6 members meet on Thursday and Friday afternoons.
  • Children’s ESL classes –   25 students meet on Saturday afternoons.
  • Food Distribution Center – 30 families (200 persons). Storage, packing and sorting.

What a miracle this all is and we are all thankful to watch God’s plan unfold.

CORVID 19 COMES TO HAITI

HAITI FIGHTS BACK WITH THE FOLLOWING RESTRICTIONS

Haiti has shut down their airports to all flights including the US leaving hundreds of travelers stranded on April 24th 2020. They have closed the land border with the Dominican Republic as well. American Airlines will be selling one-way tickets for April 27th and 28th, to ferry out US Citizens and permanent residents.

PRAYERS, PRAYERS ARE NEEDED

Haiti has 60 ventilators for 11 million people. Some countries will struggle but Haiti might never recover from Corvid 19, so their only hope is to enforce restrictions to stop the spread.

As of April 20, 57 people have tested positive with 5 deaths.  There is a curfew in place. Markets are only open 3 days a week. Haitians are encouraged to use face masks, and to limit gatherings to 10 people. Churches are shut down as well as restaurants. Hand washing and social distancing are in place.  But most of the people don’t understand the situation. 

Cabrini Community Center Leadership Team

 

We need to believe that the Lord will Provide and will provide an answer to the world situation. 

God knows the end from the beginning and if we ask for forgiveness of our sins and pray he will restore our land.  As the Haitians always tell me, “GOD IS IN CONTROL, HAVE FAITH! “ This Is Something We All Need To Remember

Invest in people by paying it forward.

2020 – April 3

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By Marianne Boehme
Chairperson

 

Corona Virus Comes To Haiti

Food Program Goes Forward

Update-April 3, 2020

As of March 26th Haiti now has 6 confirmed cases of the virus but those of us that have served in Haiti know that many more of the population probably already has been exposed.  It is the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere and struggles with food instability. Remember several weeks ago the terror we all felt when the virus hit our population. Educating the population in Haiti and how they can help themselves by hand washing and social distancing will be a big step.  Most of Haiti has no running water.  But the people are doing the best they can with what they have.  The picture below shows the Haitian way of running water. Our servant leaders at the Cabrini Community Center have been proactive. They set up a 5-gallon bucket, with a nozzle, soap, and bleach for the families that use the center each day.  They did their due diligence by acquiring food before the boarder was closed at the Dominican Republic. This allowed the 4th food distribution to go forward on April 3 & 4 to our thirty families.  Timing is everything and everyone at Cabrini moved the finances forward and our Haitian team completed the process in Haiti to make it happen. Once again the Holy Spirit led all of us with the right timing and resources.  Thank you all for your support.  Please continue to give to these vital programs, without resources none of this could happen. 

The Cabrini Community Center in Jacmel has made the difference between life and death among our families.  Just like Jesus reached out to the poorest of the poor we too continue to represent Cabrini parishioners in this mission of giving hope and dignity for the poor.

More information available www.haitianmission.com web site and the Haiti Outreach display in the Narthex.  Please continue to pray for the world.  And remember Jesus is with us.  He never leaves us or forsakes us!!  Look toward  the Light so we can be the Light for others.  

March 26, 2020

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By Marianne Boehme
Chairperson

 

Food Distribution For Easter Celebration

Update-March 2020

Invest in people by paying it forward.

The week before Easter our leadership team will once again reach out to our 30 families in Jacmel. This will be the fourth time since the political unrest began at the end of October, 2019 in Haiti. When we were in Haiti this past February we delivered food as part of our annual visits to the homes. The cost of food has risen substantially since October but the need still remains. The average Haitian still earns less than $2.00 per day and many of our mothers make due with less than that. For several of them this is all the food they have. With all the difficulties in the world, we in the USA are still a blessed people. Please consider a small donation so that we can continue this program. Any extra funds will be set aside to purchase a charcoal burner and a pot to cook their food in. Many of them need to borrow a pot. We can turn that around working together.
Prayer cards are available in the Narthex display. Ways to give are listed on the back. Or use an envelope to donate to the food program.