Healing Haiti has been greatly blessed by many long term missionaries who are instrumental in moving our ministry forward. We have had a number of our dear missionaries complete their time with us and start a new chapter in their lives. We've highlighted each of them below. Please join us in thanking God for each of them for their service to our ministry!
Mark Janowski first traveled to Haiti in the fall of 2013 and was so moved by the experience he returned a few months later, making a commitment to serve as the lead advocate for Aquaponics. The operation ensures proper nutrition is available for Grace Village children and our elderly. Great success was achieved during his tenure as fish and plant life thrived and the efficiency of the operation moved from 50% to 100%. Mark and his team were able to grow six different kinds of peppers, along with chives, parsley, cucumbers, cabbage, watermelon and lima beans. Mark was also instrumental in providing computer training to students at Grace Village and those in the Titanyen program.
Bianca Tlougan worked with our school and community outreach. She is loved by many in the community and has a heart to serve. She enjoyed valuable friendships that she made with the staff, children and community leaders. She has a heart for others and truly a heart for the poor. Bianca worked as aLong Term Missionary (LTM) from June 2013 through June 2014. She is now working with one of our partners, Feed My Starving Children (FMSC), and is able to use her experiences with FMSC in Haiti to help her in our current role in country. We look forward to hearing how God works in her life.
Jessica Burmester came to Grace Village in July 2012 and she worked in each area of Grace. Her guidance and leadership set the tone for Grace Village at its beginning. Jessica later worked on adoption and advocate issues for the organization. She has made many special connections with our children, staff, and especially our elderly and community members. She has a heart to serve and has been a blessing to the organization. She started a business called "Anchored in Hope" in which she provides opportunities for Haitians to make metal art. People are then able to purchase the art, and funds derived from this endeavor will help her pursue her goal of becoming an adoptive mother. In November, Jessica was granted guardianship of a young boy named Lovinsky, and is currently living with him in Port-au-prince. She now works as a teacher.
Claudia Aleshire arrived at Grace Village in January 2014 and worked with our clinic's administration. She was able to transfer paper documents to fully functional computer documents through MacPractice. Claudia helped with coordinating medica/dental trips at the clinic. She is a joy to be around at Grace. All the children, staff, elderly and community members miss her joyful smile. Claudia completed her service in November.
We appreciate all that these incredible men and women have done to make a positive difference in the lives of the people of Haiti and the organization. We are going to miss them greatly, but pray God's blessings on them in the next chapter of their lives. Thank you!!