Fall Quarter Newsletter Volume IV
Update From Pastor Jeff
Following the assassination of President Jovenel Moise in 2021, the Haiti unrest worsens. Previously, the violence focused mainly around the capital city of Port-Au-Prince; now danger has spread throughout Haiti. The country has basically shut-down and violence gangs are rampant. Businesses/stores are being looted, gas stations are being vandalized. Many roads are impassable because of roadblocks made of gigantic piles of burning tires. Haitians are outraged at the current inflation. Gas prices have increased 30%-40%, the cost of imported rice rose by 40%, cooking oil by 88% and wheat flour up to 68%. More than half of the population are experiencing severe hunger. Two major internet companies are dealing with country-wide network connection problems, often cut off completely. Our Deaf leaders often can't recharge their phone batteries because there is no power/electricity.
The turmoil has spread to Les Cayes and the area near the Deaf school/church. Donalt and Jacob (Deaf Haiti leaders) are very worn out from dealing with roadblocks and danger while searching for supplies, food, materials, etc. They are hanging in there and continue to stay upbeat and praise God the Deaf school staff and children are safe and secure.
Pray for calmness to return to the country of haiti. The President of teh Dominican Republic is very outraged. He traveled to Washington D.C. to urge the U.S. and U.N. to do something to provide security, support and restore peace to the Haitian people. Pray for the U.S. and U.N. to be open to providing assistance for the needs of Haiti. We do trust that God is with Haiti. God is our Sovereign God.
Please continue to pray for ALL of the above issues as well as: our school, the deaf church, deaf students, their families, the deaf staff and leaders. yes, the entire country of Haiti.
Proverbs 10:3 "The Lord will not let the godly go hungry, but he rfuses to satisfy the cravings of the wicked."
Love Deaf Haiti Sees Second Deaf School Graduation
There was another graduation this year in June 2022. Six students graduated with their level 6 education. Three deaf students completed their K-3 education level which means they are ready to move on and begin their level 1 education this fall.
Prayer is needed for a VOCATIONAL TRAINING PROGRAM in the future. Because of the stigma of being deaf in Haiti, employment is often impossible. Our graduating young adults are smart, talented, hard working individuals. Our recent deaf graduates deserve a place of security, value and further training. May God open doors for vocational training, personal development and survival skills for the future.
Donalt, Samantha and Children Move onto Deaf School Campus
Your generous donations and hard work of Deaf workers in Haiti have made the Deaf school supervisor's apartment a reality. Donalt and his family have eagerly moved in to a nearly completed apartment. Finances are still needed for a completed kitchen and some furniture. Prayerfully, when the city turmoil subsides, projects will be completed in the near future.
In Memorium - Kelly Hale (1979-2022)
Many of you remember our sweet sister Kelly Hale. Kelly served as treasurer of Love Deaf Haiti from 2018 to 2021. She joyfully volunteered her time and talent to do bookkeeping and other administrative work. Kelly was instrumental in obtaining the IRS nonprofit status for Love Deaf Haiti, Inc in 2018.
It is with heavy hearts and great sadness that we share the sad news of Kelly's passing on June 10, 2022.
Kelly was also a loving caregiver to her husband Scott, who went to be with the Lord on February 16, 2021 after a long brave battle with cancer.
God used Kelly in a powerful way in birthing Love Deaf Haiti, Inc. We ask that you to join us in praying for comfort for Kelly's family. We will never forget Kelly and her love and support for our deaf family in Haiti.
Rest in Jesus, sweet Kelly...
1 John 4:9 "God showed how much he loved us by sending his one and only Son into the world so that we might have eternal life through Him."
These eight precious children made it safely to the deaf school this year, despite the chaos that has enveloped their nation. Over 20 students were hindered from attending school due to gang violence and extreme danger. Wisdom and prayer are needed as the staff proceeds to maintain the ministry.
Love Deaf Haiti's Newest Board Member
We welcome Love Deaf Haiti's most recent Love Deaf Haiti's most recent board member and Communications Director, Dustin Maxey.
Dustin is a Jr. high school history teacher and married 20 years to Christy, also a teacher. They have two beautiful children that keep them busy with community sports and family travel. Dustin and his family currently attend Valley Baptist Church.
Dustin's interest in ASL and the Deaf community stems from his extensive involvement in the Bakersfield College ASL program. Dustin's passion for missions and Deaf education is contagious. Thank you, Dustin, for sharing your talents with Love Deaf Haiti. Inc.
Upcoming Holiday and End of the Year Donations: 2022
If you feel led to donate to Love Deaf haiti, you may:
mail a check payable to Love Deaf Haiti to the address below
Venmo _ @LoveDeafHaiti
PayPal - Donations@lovedeafhaiti.org
Love Deaf Haiti, Inc. is a registered 501 (c)(3) tax-exempt charitable organization. FEIN: 83-3066945
All Board Members and Officers serve without pay, volunteering their time and talent to operate Love Deaf Haiti, Inc.
Love Deaf Haiti, Inc.
13115 Plumas wood Ln, Bakersfield Ca 93314