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As we celebrate Thanksgiving I wanted to tell you all of how thankful I am for your generosity towards our mission and for your love of God’s poorest of the poor.
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We are now building a medical clinic and a loving home for the forgotten elderly of Haiti and we couldn’t do it without you.

As we give thanks this week, I want to send you a big THANK YOU for your support.

God bless and have a great Thanksgiving!

– Sean Forrest

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By Lynn Wehner

Screen Shot 2013-09-19 at 6.35.09 PMSo are you a missionary? Why yes, yes you are. We ALL are.

Check out my recent post at the CatholicMatch Institute, “Mission Work — Who Me?” — and reflect on the mission territories in your own life. Maybe it’s time to start on the path that God has laid out for you.

And want to know an easy way to begin? All you have to do is go to a concert. (Seriously people, who knew this would be so easy?!)

Mission work surrounds all of us. Look no further than Sean’s experience and example for proof of that. Yes, surely he’s a missionary when he is holding the orphaned children in Haiti. Surely he’s a missionary when he is visiting the elderly who have been abandoned in Haiti’s mountains. But, just as surely, he’s a missionary when he is singing and preaching the truth of the Gospel to teens and adults at events across the U.S.

Next weekend (November  15 & 16), Sean will combine those two “mission territories” — and you get to be a part of it! He’ll be performing the Rock for Grandma concerts, sharing the truth of the faith, premiering his new album, and raising money to build a home for Haiti’s forgotten elderly. Get your tickets today and help us with this important mission work!

Join us at the concert. Invite others to attend. Fun, good music, and inspiration await you! And, believe it or not, you’ll be diving right into the heart of mission work — by helping the poor, loving the lonely, and building the Kingdom of God.

 

 

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Join Sean to build a loving home for Haiti’s forgotten elderly and to launch Sean’s new album, You Will Be Alright.

The two concerts will be on November 15 in Kingston, MA and November 16 in Manchester, CT. Click here to get your tix.

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Have you ever been in a situation where enough is enough? Where you have been sitting, watching, waiting for something to change but it never does?

Ajeli is a little old lady in the mountains of Haiti. Her age is unknown, but what matters to us is the last 4 years we have known her.

She lived in a shack with no husband and no children to care for her. She only ate when the Haiti180 team brought her food. She knew only pain and no joy. The neighbors were poor and mistreated her, saying she was an “inconvenience” and  “useless”, as she couldn’t work or contribute to help put food on the table.

 

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Until one day, we decided enough was enough. Although our plan for building an elderly home is just getting off the ground, we decided to give it a jump-start. We asked her if she wanted to come to a safe place where she would find food and shelter and affection. She responded in her weak voice, “Wi.” That was the “yes” we needed. That was the “yes” that was going to give Ajeli hope again.

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As we got her in the car and pulled away from her old life, her life of physical and emotional suffering, she was welcomed by a warm meal and love at the orphanage. The children at Kay Mari were glad to help her, in fact, they stepped right in, grabbing the comb to braid her hair and the spoon to feed her. No directions were needed; the kids knew exactly what to do.

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After a bath, warm meal, and new hairdo, everyone, young and old, jumped into the car to bring our adopted grandmother to her new home just behind the orphanage. A charitable neighbor happily agreed to house Ajeli in the extra bedroom in his house in which we (the children and staff of Haiti180) could regularly visit her, bathe her, bring her three healthy meals a day, and just spend time with her.

 

 

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It has only been a few days since the move and already the difference is astounding. She is gaining strength and becoming more alive every time we visit her. She was once lonely and sad, discouraged and hopeless. She is laughing now, which we haven’t seen her do in the 4 years we have known her. She tells us stories of her past, of people she knew and places she has lived.

Ajeli was a hairdresser. She lived in Port-au-Prince and remembers curling ladies hair and braiding the smallest braids. She laughed as she thought of how she can no longer see and how her hands can barely hold a spoon, let alone braid hair! We laughed with her and enjoyed the moment as she reminisced of her younger years. She told us she used to live up the mountain in a little house, looking down on the land where Kay Mari is now. She told us that today is Wednesday, but she giggled when she couldn’t remember what day comes after Wednesday. She is getting her joy back. She is getting her laughter back. She is getting her dignity back.

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What does it even mean to “get your dignity back”? To some, it means getting the food, clothing, shelter and love that every human being deserves. To me, it is hope. Feeling that someone cares whether you live or die. Knowing that someone is thinking of you when it is raining and is concerned when you are sick. Knowing that someone is taking time out of their busy day to visit you. That is what it means to restore dignity. To restore hope to the hopeless. Every day we thank God for Ajeli and the gift and witness that she is to us. And everyday we pray that we are able to continue to work for Our Lord, restoring hope to the hopeless and love to the lonely and suffering.

Ajeli is not alone. There are so many others just like her, even here in our own village, that are in desperate need. Our hope is to not only build a home for them, but to show them the care and attention they deserve. And what a gift it will be for the children of Kay Mari to minister to the suffering through their joy, laughter and beautiful innocence!

Come pray with us. Come and meet Ajeli face to face. Help Haiti180 with your prayers and financial support so we are better able to serve the lost and forgotten.

Thank you and may God bless you.

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By Lynn Wehner

Yes, Catholic Digest met Haiti180. Well, pretty much, anyway. You see, the popular magazine first met our Haiti180 ministry last year … when we were Mission Haiti.

But I digress.

They highlighted the 10th anniversary of the mission in their “Love Your Neighbor” section last December, publishing an interview with Sean in which he shares how and why this whole mission began — and where he sees it going. Check out Sean’s comments in the link … It’s a great read for all of you who love Haiti180 and believe in what we’re trying to do.

Less than a year after this article appeared, it’s so exciting to see where we’ve come, as the medical facility is now well underway and a new project — the elderly home Kay Martina — is in planning. We even have a new name and renewed focus, as we work hard to do our part in turning around this poor island nation.

And through it all, something never changes: God continues to amaze us with His grace. As Sean says in the interview when asked what he would consider his highlight on this journey:

“It would have to simply be God’s faithfulness to the entire project. We have a dedicated, loyal team of staff and missionaries, but we are at the mercy of the Lord—and we live in grateful awe of how he continues to provide for our every need.”

Whether we are Mission Haiti or Haiti180, we are called to love and serve. And to be grateful, for God is ever faithful.

Peace & Blessings … Lynn

 

 

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