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How are things in Haiti 5 years after the earthquake?

During the St Andrew’s Church weekend at Scarborough, in November, we held our usual fund-raising auction. Each year, we donate the proceeds to charity, and this year we were asked by John and Jean W, who were at the weekend with us, if we would support missionary work being undertaken in Haiti by Methodist friends of theirs, Dr John and his wife, Sharon. John is a GP with specialist knowledge of AIDS; Sharon is a teacher and local preacher, and she trains new local preachers. Along with the proceeds of John’s ‘special’ birthday party, we were able to send £500 to Haiti.

John and Sharon are due to come home to UK on 3 June for three months furlough and they would like to meet with the circuit, to say ‘Thank you’ and to tell of the work they are doing, including a report on the restoration of Haiti, following the devastating earthquake in January 2010. They will be in the north of England in mid-July and we have invited them to break their journey home from Newcastle-on-Tyne, by calling in at Northcliffe Church on Tuesday 14 July.
 
In order that John and Sharon will not be travelling south too late into the evening, a meeting has been arranged to take place from 5 o’clock until 7 o’clock at Northcliffe. Because this coincides with tea time, a meal will be provided for everyone at the event, which will be called “Aspirations and Achievements in Haiti 2012-2015” and will include a PowerPoint presentation and an opportunity to ask questions.

There will be no charge for either the talk or the meal, but a collection will be taken up to support John and Sharon’s work in Haiti.
 
This will be a rare opportunity to hear at first-hand about vital missionary work which is happening now, in a part of the world where there is still suffering. We heard, at the time, of the destruction which the earthquake caused. We need to hear how things are now for the people, and what restoration has been achieved in 5 years.
 
Please come along and be inspired! Promotional material will be sent to each church, and it would help catering, if each church could give an idea of the likely number from its congregation who will be attending.

Martin B, St Andrew’s

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