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Posted by on Dec 17, 2021 in Haiti News & History | 0 comments

Culture in a Bowl: Soup Joumou

Today, I learned that Haiti’s joumou soup was awarded protected status by Unesco. Happy day! This is my absolute favorite Haitian dish, and one which Dave and I have enjoyed on several occasions… most notably on New Year’s Day in 2016. Read on to learn more about this soup’s cultural significance, as well as what goes into it to make it so delicious!

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Posted by on Oct 27, 2021 in Community of Southern Haiti, Haiti Ministry, Haiti News & History, School | 0 comments

Crises in Haiti Have Profound Effect on South, including Collège Lumière

It’s been just three weeks since Pastor Sam, Aunald, and Naomie kicked-off Collège Lumière’s inaugural school year, and already they’ve had to close the school due to the deteriorating conditions in their country. Current crises include political instability, food insecurity, continued disaster recovery, violent gangs, and a fuel shortage that has brought the country to its knees. Until the gangs reopen the roads, allowing fuel deliveries to resume, the country will remain powerless… and Collège Lumière will remain closed. It’s not the start we expected to it’s inaugural year.

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Posted by on Oct 15, 2021 in Community of Southern Haiti, Earthquake 2021 | 0 comments

Aid Makes Its Way to Les Cayes Despite Challenges

Though it hasn’t been easy, in the two months since a 7.2 earthquake devastated southern Haiti, Mariners Church (in partnership with individuals, churches, and NPOs) have been able to deliver much needed disaster relief to some of the hardest hit areas. Thanks to our partner Pastor Samuel and his team, supplies have made their way to those who needed it most, despite unexpected delays, constantly changing conditions on the ground, safety challenges, and transportation issues.

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Posted by on Oct 10, 2021 in Community of Southern Haiti, Financial Sustainability, Haiti Ministry, School | 0 comments

Collège Lumière Opens Its Doors with 300+ Students

Despite civil unrest, a global pandemic, an assassination, and an earthquake followed by a tropical storm… we are thrilled to announce that Collège Lumière has opened its doors to its first class of 300+ students. Though there are still some items that need to be finished (painted, etc.) or built (like the soccer fields and basketball courts), Collège Lumière is ready to educate Haiti’s future generations, and we couldn’t be more proud of Sam and his team!!

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Posted by on Aug 14, 2021 in Church ~ Communauté de Gloire, Community of Southern Haiti, Earthquake 2021, Haiti Ministry | 0 comments

Earthquake Causes Severe Damage in Southern Haiti

Haiti is once again suffering from natural disaster. On Saturday, August 14th, a 7.2 magnitude earthquake hit southern Haiti, affecting both the Glory Glory Center and Collège Lumière. Thanks be to God, Pastor Samuel and his 50+ children are all safe. However, the situation in Torbek and neighboring Les Cayes is dire, with many having lost everything. For the latest information we have on the situation, please read on.

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Posted by on Nov 19, 2020 in Community of Southern Haiti, Financial Sustainability, Haiti Ministry |

Significant Progress Made at Collège Lumière

It’s been an embarrassingly long time since we’ve posted, and it has nothing to do with a lack of happenings! In fact, quite the contrary. Despite the setbacks that Covid has brought to the world this year, the Collège Lumière school project in Haiti has taken giant steps forward, thanks in large part to the determination and perseverance of Pastor Samuel and his team, our ministry volunteers stateside, and the generosity of Mariners Church and others! For ease of reading, this recap is broken into bite-size sections in a “toggle” format. Just click on a section to read it. The post concludes with three images that detail the school’s construction, from then to now to what’s to come. Enjoy the recap!

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