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

Marianne Pix 2014 cropped AP

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.  

January 2020

 

BIBLE STUDY MOMS MEET AFTER A 3 MONTH ABSENCE BECAUSE OF POLITICAL UNREST

By Marianne Boehme
Chairperson

Update-January 2020

 

 

On December 20, 2019 the Cabrini Bible study groups met together in front of the Cabrini Community Center for a prayer meeting. They celebrated and gave thanks that they were together again. All five members of the leadership teams that serve the Bible Studies Groups, Literacy program, Water Project, Chorus and Food Program shared with the mothers how important it is to continue to pray for each other and the Cabrini Community Ministries.

 

 

I would like to share with you the program they planned for this prayer meeting.
My only regret is that I can’t share the video with you, so you could hear their worship. The mothers greeted each other with hugs and gave a “bravo“ to the leaders for planning the meeting. They were so happy to be together again.

 

This was the LEADER’S plan for December 20, 2019 prayer meeting. (As written in their second Language- Bravo to them.)

  • We are going to start with a nice song in chant D’esperance.
  • Opening prayer by Marie Jeanette Lubain
  • Words of welcome by Carmelo
  • Songs in chant D’esperance #74
  • Teaching by Eral in Matt 1: verse 18 -24
  • Words by the mothers to explain how they understand the situation of our country and Cabrini support in their life.
  • Emmanuel will share first than the mothers started to share.
  • Motivational speech by Mackendy.
  • Special prayer for Cabrini by all of us.
  • Snack together

I am so proud of them and all of you should be too. This is one sign of the fruit of our labors these many years. I hope the pictures will show that we are making a difference. We are restoring the families, we are giving them a hand up by building up the community and showing we care. The families saw their faithfulness in action. The desperation is still so great because of the complete shutdown of Haiti for three months. One of our contacts told me on the phone during those weeks, “The country can’t take it much longer.“ Prayers were answered the week after Thanksgiving. The gangs left the streets, road blocks were gone and people slowly came out of their shelters. Gasoline became available and the electric power was restored for a few hours each evening.

 

Cabrini’s five-member team is heading for Haiti on Feb. 6th. Please pray for our safety and that everything remains peaceful so that the cement floor can be poured and that the exterior of the building can be completed. Watch the bulletin, website and Facebook for news in February. We will have a daily mission work schedule published for the February News and updates.

Thank you to all who give over and over to this ministry. With God’s grace we will finish what we started. We are encouraged by your giving. Cabrini is a light in the darkness.

PLEASE CONTINUE TO PRAY FOR HAITI. PRAYER CARDS ARE AVAILABLE IN THE NARTHEX INFORMATION CENTER PLEASE TAKE ONE AND SHARE WITH YOUR FAMILIES.

Ways to Give


• Digitally via the SFC website-OSV Online Giving
• Cash/Check via Envelopes in the Narthex
• Automatic Deduction from your bank account. Contact the SFC Office

For more information or to volunteer, please contact Marianne Boehme:
Email: marianne@mboehme.com
Phone: 262-338-8845

Elementor #419

By Marianne Boehme

Update – December 2019

THANK YOU FOR GIVING TO THE LORD! I AM SO GLAD YOU GAVE.

Thank you for giving to the Lord. I am a life that was changed.
Thank you for giving to the Lord. I am so glad you gave!

Several years ago we made a video titled “THANK YOU FOR GIVING TO THE LORD“ Below are several expressions of thankfulness from three of our Mothers for the Food program. We began this outreach in late 2019 because of the political unrest in Haiti. The lack of the rule of law has made their lives more difficult than before. Many of them were just making it and with the rising fuel and food prices. Starvation and diseases lurk on the horizon.

 

 

 

Micie Zidor shared this. “This is amazing to receive this food from Cabrini. Cabrini people really care for us. Now we go through a hard situation in our country and our government isn’t concerned for us. But the Cabrini members show that they care. We love Cabrini and we appreciate it. “

 

 

Thelima Rosaline is a 55 year old grandmother raising her two grandchildren after their parents were killed in the earthquake in 2010. She shared with Carmelo when he brought the food, “Words cannot explain my happiness because Cabrini does a lot of great things in my life. Thank you again for this food. We all hope that God will continue to bless all of you

 

Ania Vital is a mother of 5 children. They live in a little house on the main road to Cabrini Community Center. She keeps her house very clean and does the best she can. Ania says “Thank you so much, we really know this food is a gift from God. We continue to pray for the Cabrini people who help us and care for us.”

 

A VULNERABLE CHILD IN HAITI IS BEST SERVED IN A FAMILY STRUCTURE

We are supporting the families, giving them a hand up through the development of their community. In spite of the difficulties within the government, Cabrini continues to work on the completion of the Cabrini Community Center while serving the basic needs of the families. Monthly, we distribute food and maintain the water filters. Strong families mean strong healthy children that grow up to be stable adults who can support and care for their own children. We believe that increasing community stability will be passed on to future generations.

 

FACTS AND FIGURES – WHY THE NEEDS ARE SO GREAT!

  1. Haiti has a population of 11 million people. Half are under the age of 18.
  2. 6 million of those people do not have enough to eat.
  3. 67 million people desperately need food assistance (35% of the population).
  4. 140,000 households still require shelters – since 2 hurricanes hit the island within 2 years.
  5. 1 million people still need humanitarian assistance.

 

 

“THANK YOU FOR GIVING TO THE LORD! WE ARE SO GLAD YOU DID GIVE!”
-THE FAMILIES IN JACMEL

PLEASE CONTINUE TO PRAY FOR HAITI. PRAYER CARDS ARE AVAILABLE IN THE NARTHEX INFORMATION CENTER PLEASE TAKE ONE AND SHARE WITH YOU FAMILIES.

Ways to Give


• Digitally via the SFC website-OSV Online Giving
• Cash/Check via Envelopes in the Narthex
• Automatic Deduction from your bank account. Contact the SFC Office

For more information or to volunteer, please contact Marianne Boehme:
Email: marianne@mboehme.com
Phone: 262-338-8845