Lectionary Selection: Matthew 25:31-46
Prayers for Haiti:
Oh great God,
On this day, especially as we look toward our Thursday of Thanksgiving, we want to give you thanks for the work of our Haitian partners in CONASPEH and House of Hope. We give you thanks for their steadfast work and for their service with the Haitian people. We know that it is your work. We know that it is important work.
God, today we pray that Haitians may find access to education, regardless of social status. We pray that Haitian children may be respected and cared for. We pray that the Church in Haiti may find strength and unity. We pray for peace in the coming elections and for protection over your servants. And we pray that your good work may continue within CONASPEH and House of Hope; that they will continue to serve your children with courage, faith, and an abundance of love.
In your holy name we pray, Amen.
Mission Stewardship Moment from Haiti: “Halleluia Seigneur"
On the last day of English class, the first year nursing students created a list of all the things we had studied over the year. It started with things like colors, numbers, and greetings and continued with things like conjunctions, fruits/vegetables, and medical terms. Once we were done with the list they sat back and were amazed at all they had learned over the year. It was a powerful moment of realizing just how much they had grown in learning the language.
To capture the moment, I asked the women to stand in front of their list for a picture. As they assembled in front of the chalkboard, I was struck by all the promise on their faces and I found myself feeling a renewed appreciation for their courage and strength as they continue to fight for their education. Getting an education in Haiti is not easy and I know that these women and their families have worked hard for them to be where they are today.
Although our partner, CONASPEH, does many things with and for the Haitian people, today I give special thanks for their focus on education. Education empowers individuals, families, and communities and I am grateful for CONASPEH’s continued passion for providing access to quality education for the Haitian people.
(Prayer and Mission Moment by Beth Guy)
Mission Partners in Haiti:
- Albert Schweitzer Hospital in Haiti
- Christian Center Integral Development (Sant Kretyen pou Devlopman Entegre (SKDE))
- CONASPEH -National Spiritual Council of Haitian Churches
- Ecumenical Committee for Peace and Justice
- Hospice St. Joseph
- Service Chretien D'Haiti
- Teachers Helping Teachers (Pwof Ansanm)
More information on Haiti:
Beth Guy is a Global Mission Intern serving as a Global Mission Intern with the Reformed Protestant Church of Guadeloupe. She previously worked with the National Spiritual Council of Churches of Haiti (CONASPEH).