December 2023

Dear lakayTimoun family,

All the blessings of the season to you!

If you’re continuing to follow the news of what’s happening in Haiti, you know that the situation—especially in Port-au-Prince—has gone from bad to worse to unimaginable. In some areas, there are sounds of gunshots all day and all night. Those who go into the city have to pay gang members to get in and get out, and the rate is whatever the gangs feel like charging.

Suzelle, our founder, hears people talk about the misery of it all. Food is scarce. Tensions are high. The future is uncertain.

And yet….

“God always provides. Always.” Suzelle says this while smiling. She runs through a list of miracles happening at lakayTimoun beyond mere coincidence. There was the day, for example, when she recognized that there was no money in the bank to buy the month’s food. A Haitian couple that now lives in Canada were in town for a visit, and came to see Suzelle. They just happened to have a cousin with a grocery store—and made a generous offer to cover the costs.

There was the time one of the school’s parents stopped Suzelle on her way home. She had 25 pounds of corn that could be used to make the children’s breakfasts—just as Suzelle was contemplating how she could no longer afford bread. The funds continue to come in at just the right time to cover the payroll for our staff of 25, providing consistent, stable wages to our community. Classes have continued.

“I’ve been seeing the hand of God on this ministry for so long, I just feel at peace,” she says. “He will take care of us. He will take care of the kids.”

From the outside, it can be hard to comprehend. lakayTimoun currently provides a solid education to almost 200 students through sixth grade. In addition, the ministry serves up to 450 meals a day. One recent day, Suzelle says, there were 75 additional kids on hand, hoping for food. One sweet girl, just three years old, arrived on a Monday morning, and hadn’t eaten over the weekend. We wish we could say her story was unique.

“But the Lord is here,” Suzelle says. “He shows me and shows other people that He’s been at work.”

This time of year, you’re likely to receive letters from a variety of worthwhile organizations, each one in desperate need of your support. Suzelle asked us to pass along a different message: one of gratitude.

God continues to show up for lakayTimoun. So do you. We are sincerely thankful for each time you’ve followed a nudge and given financially, every time you’ve felt a pull and said a prayer. The Lord does His work through hands—and hearts—like yours.

Of course, there will always be needs at lakayTimoun. One of the biggest challenges, Suzelle says, is that the gang situation in Port-au-Prince means items must be received elsewhere; fees for shipping and customs are a significant—and unbudgeted—debt. There’s also a need for a room with a bathroom where visiting missionaries can stay. The next team arrives in early February.

Suzelle, however, remains calm. She trusts that God will provide, just as He always has.

“It’s not easy,” she says. “God didn’t promise it would be. But He did promise to be with me, and He has never let go.” She specifically requests prayer for confusion among the gangs, that they would lose focus and their ability to control.

In the meantime, thank you for all you do to support lakayTimoun. We hope and pray that God would be fully present in your lives and that you would continue to see Him work. If and when you feel that nudge to give or to pray, we hope you’ll be willing. He has a way of showing His hand and heart at just the right time—and you just might be the vehicle for another miracle.

With sincerest gratitude,

 

lakayTimoun

Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything (James 1:2-4, NIV).

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