The past two weeks have been a return to normalcy, here in Haiti!
School has been going well; we spent the first week back reviewing and refreshing before spending the past two weeks starting new material. It didn’t take long for the group to gel back into it’s dynamic, minus two of our friends (who we look forward to having back VERY soon!). While our science area this year focuses on the land animals of God’s kingdom, the kids took a special trip to study outer space over Christmas break. I had assigned them some reading and activities that helped them learn about our universe and beyond while we were apart, and upon my return, I was met with such enthusiasm about that area of study. The boys loved learning about the stars and planets so much, that we decided to have our own star gazing night sometime in March. Details are still being worked out, but I will most definitely not say no to kids wanting to learn MORE about a subject! Especially when it involves astronomy!
Thank you to all those who have been donating to Jenika. This past week we were able to get to the capitol, Port-au-Prince, where there are grocery stores that contain more options than the local markets. We were able to get two 900 gram cans of baby formula, which, after being broken down by measurements and estimated consumption, will last a little less than a month. Each can was a little over 900 Haitian Gourd, which equals out to almost $15 American dollars. That means that for Jenika to bed fed consistently on formula, it will take about $30 every month. Because of the past and continuing generosity of you all, being able to buy her this formula consistently has become a reality. I will be dropping off the first portion of the formula this week. Above is a picture of the first of many ‘meals’ for this beautiful girl. While monitoring her formula, I will also be looking more into what else we can do for her with the funds that have been raised so far, and will keep you all updated to the status of that as well. Ideally, providing for her immediate physical needs would be the path to go on, and that will be what I specifically look into.
If you haven’t donated specifically to Jenika, and would like to, please go to:
-select the option for ‘Alicia D’Olimpio’, and put in the memo section ‘Jenika’
Also, if you are in the Massachusetts area, there is a fundraiser bowl-a-thon being hosted by the West Newbury Congregational Church at Leo’s Super Bowl on March 4th, and 100% of the donations go to Jenika’s funds. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information about that fun & helpful opportunity.
In other news, my sister and two of her friends will be coming down to Haiti in LESS THAN A MONTH! They will be spending their spring break here in Grand Goâve, and I couldn’t be more thrilled. Two of Alena’s friends have interest in the medical field, so they will be assisting and helping in whatever capacity is needed in that area at the time. My sister will be a little bit of everywhere, I think. That week, there will be no school so I am able to spend as much time with them as possible, and I will be able to show them life down here to the best of my ability. I am trying my best to not plan to jam pack EVERY moment of their stay down here 😉 My sister is also raising funds for her stay here at MOHI. If you would like to help contribute to HER ministry here, please go to:
and donate to her and her friends’ work here on their spring break.
As the end of February draws closer, there is a choice that is weighing heavily on my mind and heart, one that has to be made sooner rather than later. As many of you know, I made a commitment for one year as the homeschool teacher for the MOHI Education Cooperative. I am set to return to Massachusetts in June, where I will be taking on the job of summer camp director at the West Newbury Congregational Church. What comes after camp ends in August, however, is foggy at the moment. I have been in constant and fervent prayer about whether God wants me to return to Haiti in September, or if He wants me elsewhere; and, by elsewhere, I mean that I have NO idea where that could be.I have not heard from God on this choice the same way that I heard Him for my moving to Haiti; and as I type those words, I remember the words of Aslan from Narnia when he tells Lucy, “Things never happen the same way twice, dear one.”I have been frustrated and somewhat fearful as my choice looms, and I have yet to hear a loud and clear cut answer from Him. God knew I needed a loud and clear answer last time; maybe He doesn’t think I need that this time.All I want, in the end, is to go where He wants me to go, to do what He wants me to do, and to serve where He wants me to serve. I have my own selfish desires, but they pale in comparison to my knowledge that God’s plan is FAR better than one I could concoct on my own, and my ultimate desire to follow where He leads. He has been faithful, and has taken care of me every step of the way. I can’t, I won’t doubt Him now.
I do ask, though, that you all join me in praying for my future. I ask that you specifically pray for clarity in the upcoming decision, to return to Haiti in the fall of 2017, or to follow Him somewhere else and go down another path of ministry.
As always, thank you to those of you who read this blog, who message me on Facebook, who email me, etc. Your love, care, and support means the world to me, and no matter what the future holds, I will never forget each and everyone of you, and the part you have played in this amazing journey that I am currently on.
I’ll end this week’s blog with two verses that God led me to right before I slept last night:
“This is what the Lord says: ‘Stand at the crossroads and look; ask for the ancient paths, ask where the good way is, and walk in it, and you will find rest for your souls.’” Jeremiah 6:16
“Whether you turn to the right or to the left, your ears will hear a voice behind you, saying, ‘This is the way; walk in it.’” Isaiah 30:21
I didn’t even go looking for those verses. It was one of those weird ‘Bible Roulette’ moments…crazy, huh? God is so good.