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Friday, 30 October 2015:
Website under reconstruction. Please forgive rough edges (and much missing material) in the coming weeks as I work to put it all back together and update as needed. It certainly took much longer than I had hoped to get back to this project. Please visit every few days for latest updates.
Food for Hungry Children – delivered!
See the sidebar for update for September 2015.
September visit to Haiti
The trip went as planned… almost. Unfortunately our vehicle was still out of commission, so I was forced to rely on taxi/chauffeur service between airport and Maision Mission, and also for the trip to Jacmel. In the outcome, it was less expensive than renting a car. The visit at St. Augustine’s was very good, and I was able to be there for class opening prayers for the school as well as for vigil and liturgy on the weekend. But a planned trip to St. Dorothy’s at LaPlaine had to be laid aside due to serious “civil” disturbances in the region… burning tire barricades, rock throwing at any vehicle which tried to get through or around them. Why? Because the road is in such bad shape! Perverted sense… this enlists the hundreds of tap-tap and moto-taxi drivers who are effectively put out of work — and they are a political force to be reckoned with. Fr. Amboise was able to get through (on foot) for a good visit at MM.
Thursday, 3 September 2015:
Blessings! I’ve just gotten word from Nicolas at Cyvadier that Erika wrought havoc on all the plantings in the vicinity of St. Augustine’s, leaving many people in more serious difficulties than usual. God willing, I’ll be there next (not this) weekend to see for myself. This of course will have very grave consequences for them in the months to come. Your prayers and support deeply appreciated!
Truth department: Some of you may have seen claims made by Fr. Grégoire Legouté and others of the MP/ROCOR concerning the size of the Orthodox Church in Haiti which can most charitably be characterized as wild exaggerations. The earlier figure of 3,000 (in the MP, that is), has been downsized to 2,000 in more recent web postings. Even that figure is at least 1000% inflated — counting everyone who has ever been baptized & still comes to church at least once in a while. One posting claimed that they (the MP, that is) had NO liturgical books, communion vessels, or church furnishings. At the time of their submission to the MP, there was a complete set of liturgical books (in French) at Fr. Grégoire’s home, another complete set at the rented space in Les Cayes (where, we are reliably informed, there have been essentially no services since the submission), and a substantial part of another set in Fr. Jean’s possession. There were complete sets of communion vessels at both Nativity and St. Moses the Black (Fr. Grégoire’s house-chapel), and both were well furnished with icons and other liturgical items. At the time of the submission, Fr. Grégoire was in possession of (or had already paid out in part to a relative who was brokering the transaction) $50,000 of Mission funds for the purchase of a substantial tract of land at Les Cayes for eventual construction of a church there, for which no paperwork ever reached my hands (and no evidence that any work has ever been undertaken).