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Nov 2013 - St. Vincent's Trip

Thursday, September 18, 2014

A New School Year in Haiti--Letter from Pere Ajax

Dear brothers and sisters,

I am pleased to announce that the official date for the reopening of schools in Haiti this year has come and students returned to class on Sept. 8 as planned. There is another formal assessment in the sixth year of basic or Baccalaureate I. Students will take the examinations in their respective institutions as they do for other exams.

The Haitian student from 2015 onwards will undergo two formal reviews: in the ninth year at the end of the primary school cycle and one at the end of secondary school, or after four years of high school. In addition, schools in the Episcopal Church in Haiti typically have excellent results on official exams.

Haiti has so far been spared any bad weather during the past summer and I hope it has been the same for you. In addition, I wish to inform you that for the first time, the Episcopal Church of Haiti is currently training 21 men and women aspiring to become permanent deacons. In recent years, many churches that did not have priests in charge have been fortunate enough to acquire them. Examples are: Christ-Roi de Jacmel, St. Croix Jeremiah, the Church of the Good Samaritan Acul (Gros Morne), the rise of Berauld (in Torbeck), Christ the King Church Terrier-Rouge, Holy Sacrament of Fonds-Parisien in the town of Croix-des-Bouquets, the Church of Saint-Benoit-Mombin Crochu, Saint Jean-Baptiste Petit Harpon Leogane, etc.

Given the evolution and proliferation of the Haitian Episcopal Church, it is important, even essential to seek partners to share all these new experiences, and so to build together the spiritual and social structures of our country. These are fields of experience which can be special to all who want to discover how life is organized in countries that do not have the same culture and who have not the same historical and cultural experiences.

Thank you for all your support during the past academic year. May God protect you and bless you more in the coming new school year.

Rev. Kesner Ajax
Diocese of Haiti Partnership Program Coordinator

Thursday, May 29, 2014

April Mission Team Reflections

Each trip I ask the team members to write a little about their experience.  Over the years I have found it easiest to get people thinking by asking them these questions:
What was the best part of your trip?
What was the worst part of your trip?
Name one person who influenced you or made an impact on you, and tell me why?

Here is a (partial) collection of responses from our last team.

What was the best part of your trip?
Linda (CBU Nurse):  The Bell Choir was the best part of my trip.  I did not see this last time and it was beautiful, bringing tears to my eyes.  I also loved that we came as two groups but are leaving as one united group.

Saturday, May 24, 2014

John and Clauricianne

The more that I am with the children the more they amaze me! These are not normal children, these are
children that have been blessed by the Holy Spirit, they have to be on first name basis with God and
Jesus. For us that travel to see them it is a place of wonder and amazement that puts Disney World to
shame and shows it to be just another theme park. I have heard that all things are possible when you put
your faith in God but this place has amazed me so many times that I have lost count.

Thursday, May 1, 2014

Sherye's reflections working with our medical team in April

Another trip finished! We are on the plane and on our way to Atlanta from the Port au Prince airport. It struck me on this trip that we focus so much on the beautiful children at St. Vincent’s that we don’t realize the changes we have made in ourselves. We are different in large and small ways—many of these we may not realize until much later.

I don’t believe I have never made a trip that I managed to give more than I got. I try to be more patient with people who are doing their best. I find I am less patient with complainers and I am trying not to be one. The Haitian people just do not complain. I spend money more carefully, and I recycle, reduce, reuse, and repair more.

This trip had 15 medical people and 3 who were not. I am the interpreter for the deaf students and adults at the school. As usual, I am completely amazed and dazzled by the medical team. The nurses from CBU are always remarkable and this time was no exception. They were so flexible and willing to do anything. It can be “interestingdealing with sporadic electricity, schedules that don’t stop changing, various backgrounds and personalities, and a really short time to get to know each other.  But because we have one focus, one goal, by the end of the day we are functioning like a family and everyone manages to keep smiling and laughing.

I hope everyone on the team is more likely to approach a handicapped person as easily as we are to approach a non-handicapped person and start a conversation. These seemingly subtle things are important.

Sherye Fairbanks
April, 2014

Friday, April 25, 2014

Judith's impressions of her trip to Haiti April 2014

Reflections on my trip to St. Vincent's, Port-au-Prince, Haiti, April 5-12, 2014

This April I have joined the medical mission of the West Tennessee Haiti Partnership (WTHP). Even though I have no medical training, they convince me that all my talents and then some will be utilized while we are at St. Vincent's. WTHP comes to St. Vincent's every 6 months to check on the growth and well being of the children, the health of the staff, and to followup on children and adults of special concern.

Port-au-Prince is as I remember it. Sun, heat, sweat. People everywhere, walking, sitting, selling wares, riding motorcycles, bicycles, riding in dented and dusty TapTaps, cars, trucks, SUV's.

Happy Easter from Haiti- Rev Kesner Ajax' message

Brothers and sisters in Christ,

I do not want to let this opportunity pass without wishing you and all of our partners and friends a most happy Easter.

During the last few months a number of huge events took place.

Friday, April 18, 2014

Hopefully She Plays the Flute

One of the treasures I brought with me to Haiti on this trip was a beautiful silver flute.  The request came in an email to me about a month ago, from Moliere, a Haitian man I have known for years.  Each time I see him we are at Holy Trinity Cathedral for Sunday services, and his friendly but broken English matches my earnest but broken Kreyol.  Having met his two daughters several times, I have watched them grow every year into young girls.

So when Moliere sent me an email last month telling me his youngest daughter was learning to play the flute, and had a music teacher but needed an instrument, I decided to see what I could do.

Sunday, April 13, 2014


Keys are an interesting phenomenon in Haiti. The medical clinic we work in has 4 rooms along one side of the building, and a long classroom along the other side with a pharmacy room at one end. A central hallway divides the two halves of the building, which is entered through one main door. All these rooms have their own key. Then there is the library, which we use as a nursing station and/or teaching room. And finally Pere Sadoni's office, which sometimes contains the scale for weighing (?) and often we store our supplies in there overnight.

Upon arriving at St Vincent's a curious game begins, usually headed by John who has played Find The Key many times. It goes something like this.