Catching Up, Wrapping Up

Phew, everybody!  I do apologize for the delay in getting a blog post up these days.  For one thing, the internet (need I say more?).  For another, there’s been a lot going on as we close another school/work year.

So let me catch you up on what’s been going on as we wrap up:

Music Group Outing

For the May 18th holiday, Krischelle took the girls/singers from Lemuel’s music group to a performing arts event in Arcahaie.  The purpose was to observe performance techniques, while at the same time providing an opportunity for meaningful investment in the lives of these girls.  Brad was the trusty chauffer/chaperone.

The weekend outing went very well, and the girls made some great observations.  They afterwards presented to the church what they had learned.  One of the lessons was as follow:  “We learned that we shouldn’t adopt every practice that we observe.  We can choose to apply the good things and leave out things that we wouldn’t feel right doing as followers of Christ.”

School Construction

The kindergarten has tile!

There has also been work continuing in the primary school as they go through the stages of finishing cement walls and preparing for more construction on the porch and stairs for the second story.  We have windows ready for pick-up too!

Speaking of the school…

…they took a field trip at the beginning of June to visit some historical sites in Marchand Dessalines.  Dessalines poses in bronze in the picture below.

There are many forts around Marchand Dessalines, and they require quite a bit of hiking!

On June 24th, the school held their closing party.

The class of third-year kindergartners (pictured here with their teacher, Therese) will be moving on to primary school next year!

The third graders put on a skit about the importance of trees.  You can see a short from it below:

Team from Ogema, WI

In the middle of June, we received the Ground Zero youth group from Ogema Baptist Church.  Their main project was putting up fences for reforestation, but they also did much more!

The first fence was installed around a community structure called the Anga.  This gazebo-type building was constructed many, many years ago, before Lemuel started working on the Plateau.  Not only does it serve as a space to hold community meetings, but it also provides shelter for people stranded in the area for one reason or another.  Unfortunately, over the years, it fell into severe disrepair.  The community has been asking Lemuel to help them fix up the Anga for quite some time.

This project was a true partnership: the community participated, Lemuel participated, Ogema participated, and a team in July will also participate to paint and plant trees.