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We are so excited! We just found out for sure that our friend, Maryann, who was living & serving here last year is coming to Haiti for the summer!

She came here for a year to work with Answered Prayers orphanage. That was our first year here as well. Plus, she was from Washington, from our neck of the woods, which helped us feel less homesick on many occasions! While here, she lived in the orphanage with anywhere from 40 to 60 kiddos at a time. She taught them school & oversaw all the daily responsibilities of the children & the orphanage.

She inspired us greatly & we came to love this young woman whom was serving God so boldly & whole heartedly. We watched her walk the very difficult path of living here for that first year. She walked it with grace, courage & sureness. She ended up spending most weekends at our house that year which was very good for us & for her. Her attitude was always positive & she walked so closely with God, no matter what. She probably has no idea but she taught us so much our first year here. She was (& still is) a good friend to Sean & I & to our children. She brought a lot of laughter, insight & good times to our home.

Plus, she stayed at our house here (while still resuming her responsibilities at Answered Prayers) with Bethaina & Kathina while we went to the states last summer. If it weren’t for her doing that, our 2 girls would of had to go back into the orphanage while we were gone. That would have been devastating for them. Anyways, she left back to the states (very torn) as planned for college last summer the day we returned to Haiti.

Well, she is preparing for finals now & finishing up her first year of college & God has opened the doors for her to come to Haiti & work with Answered Prayers for the whole summer! Needless to say, we are very excited. We will be picking her up at the airport in a couple of weeks!!

Please keep this young lady in your prayers as she plans for what God has in store for her. Chloe already marked her dates on our calendar! We are so excited for you Maryann & for us…hehe…we are humbled that you chose to spend your summer serving Christ in Haiti.

Turn your gaze to heaven and raise a joyous noise…the sound of salvation come…the sound of the rescued ones…all this for A King…angels join to sing…all for Christ the King…oh oh Praise him…

Pics from last year~
Maryann with Answered Prayers kids Maryann with an AP girl Maryann doing Reagans hair :) Maryann with Kathina June 2008 at QCS graduation

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Sorry for the lack of posting. There has been quite a bit of activity here in Haiti and at Quisqueya Christian School.

USNS Comfort in Haiti Haitian home.  You can see the ship in the far background

First off the USNS Comfort was here for 10 days. See the link here. What made this special is that 15 to 20 students went to help translate everyday the ship was here. This was quite an extraordinary opportunity. Quoting from the link above:

“While in Haiti, the medical staff treated 6,731 patients, had 30,586 patient encounters, and performed 161 surgeries. The veterinary staff treated 2,354 animals and the pharmacy filled 15,504 prescriptions. Seabees from the ship also conducted renovation project in Haiti, and the crew delivered 350 palets of donated aid.”

Here is a link to a student’s facebook album. Every morning a UN bus came and picked up the kids and left at 7:00 am with a police escort. This was an exciting opportunity for so many! What a blessing this was for Haiti.

Also, Read A Thon did happen & was a great success! It was a busy but fun week. Total minutes read during the Read A Thon week were 46,252! The third grade class read the most…8,096 minutes! As a prize they got to throw water balloons at one of the students favorite teachers… Mr. McMahon. They loved that!

The total pledge for the Read A Thon was $2,224.38 Wow! Excellent job QCS elementary students!! Thanks to all who participated & to all those who sponsored these young readers.

Click on our QCS weekly Newsletter link & go to April 17, 2009 to read more specifics about the Read A Thon class & individual results! We were so proud of our children and of all the QCS students. They focused with determination & excellent attitudes and ran the reading race to raise funds for the Haitian children involved with Ti Malice & their literacy program!

QCS Second graders on Pajama Day PreK Pajama Day playing game PreK Pajama Day eating their special snack QCS 3rd Grade class (Reagans class) on School Colors Day of Read A Thon week Obstacle race Obstacle race Reagan running the Obstacle Relay race Obstacle Relay race Obstacle Relay race

Here are some pics from the Read A Thon Awards Ceremony~
QCS PreK winners.  Bethaina got 2nd place! QCS Kindergarten winners! QCS 1st Grade winners QCS 4th grade winners QCS 5th grade winners.  Banning came in 2nd place! Bethaina with her reading awards Bethaina got 1st place in her grade for her Read A Thon poster