I am a forgetful person. I forget birthdays. I forget where I put my keys and I forget about meetings.
I also forget how good God is. I forget how good His love is.
I am thankful though that God is also not surprised by my forgetfulness and gives me a system to remember. Throughout scripture, especially Leviticus and Exodus, there are stories of ceremonies, rituals and feasts where God is telling his people, “Remember Me”.
Obviously our systems of remembering and traditions look a little different today. However, at the end of every year we remember. We remember the good things God did in our life and we remember the hard things He is working out in our lives for good.
In 2019 I want to remember all God did in Haiti and the Dominican Republic through you and your financial support, prayerful support and encouragement.
We hired 3 new staff members and promoted one! Not pictured is Lucson 🙂
For safety reasons, the expat staff had to reluctantly return home for almost a month due to political unrest in February. But “for such a time as this” Back2Back’s leadership in Haiti who stayed behind didn’t miss one beat in ensuring the children were loved, seen and known while we were stateside. I am one proud sister.
In April of 2019 the Haiti staff completed a 3 day Trauma Competent Care training course. This will have an impact on over 100 kids in Haiti. Bringing the hope and healing only Jesus can give.
In June of 2019 we moved on to our new property in Haiti that will be home for Haiti staff and mission guests. A safe place for children to come and play. A place for us to partner with Haitians in the community and share wisdom, skills, training with one another and job creation.
Over 100,000 people live across the street from the new property. The prayer is we show them the love of Jesus and be a part of the long term solution: to reinforce they have a future and it’s full of hope.
We hosted two trainings in the Dominican Republic to bring leaders of non-profit and non-governmental organizations together to share knowledge, best practices and create partnerships in the Dominican Republic and Haiti
Giving and receiving care is something we teach our children through our Trauma Competent Care and Nurture Groups, It is an expression of our common humanity. It teaches us we need each other and that even though we have a lot to offer and give, we also have a need to receive. And not just a need for care from others, but a need to receive God’s grace. This year, with the help from our Ministry Partners we held nurture groups in all of our homes several times a month.
God provided through our child sponsorship programs to pay for new school uniforms and school tuition for 2019!
In August of 2019 two of our children moved into our Hope Program. A program where children who age out of the children’s home and move into the community with their Hope Parents. (similar to a foster parent in the US)
Community integration allows the teens to experience being a part of a larger community and fosters the building of healthy relationships as neighbors in the community.
The teens will continue their studies and prepare for life after their studies are complete
I completed my first trimester at the Spanish Language Institute in the fall and progressed from a beginner low level to an intermediate low level.
Thank you with ALL my heart for being a part of the change God is doing in Haiti and the Dominican Republic. None of this is possible without you and your investment in the Kingdom of Heaven.
Looking forward to all that God is going to do in 2020.
“Now I commend you because you remember me in everything and maintain the traditions even as I delivered them to you.” ~ 1 Corinthians 11:2
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year