MERRY CHRISTMAS EVERYONE!!!!!
A favorite Christmas image and saying of Jean’s is an image of the three wise men with the words, “Wise men seek Him still,” printed below. He’s been using that on Christmas letters for years and this year will be no different.
What made them wise? I am sure there are many answers to that, but the first and most obvious is that they believed the Scriptures they had available to them and they acted on what they read. They got up from their research and started their journey to find the baby born to be King of the Jews. They thought ahead and brought gifts fit for a king. Even though they did not find Him in a palace they still believed the baby had been born to be King.
So as we celebrate the birthday (exact day or not) can we say the same of ourselves. Are we searching God’s Word to guide us on our journey? Do we believe even when what we find, probably isn’t what we were expecting? Our Christmas prayer is that we would all seek wisdom in accepting and following Jesus.
Theoretically the board members of HCDF are to meet twice a year with one of the meetings happening in Haiti. This has seldom happened, partly because of cost and scheduling and also because of all the political problems Haiti had for a few years. This year the board came and were the first guests to stay in our new guest house designed by the architectural students of the U of TN. Among other things the board members divided up to have a board representative visit each of the six Caleb students new ministries in their chosen communities. They were able to both encourage and give advice to the students. Our son, Lemec, and his wife, Tara, had expressed interest in being on the board and were invited to attend this meeting. We were very pleased to have them here and they were good additions to the conversations.
This past September the second board meeting of the year took place in Minneapolis with the farmers from Iowa in attendance. Lemec was able to attend again. He, along with his wife, were voted in as official board members. We couldn’t be more pleased over the interest they have shown to stay connected to HCDF. Also, our youngest son, Josiah, came to this board meeting. He was letting everyone know he is giving strong consideration to moving back to Haiti. This will not happen for at least another year. Currently, he is working and living in San Diego near Lemec. Our son Jacques is happily serving in the Marine Corps. He is currently stationed at the Marine Air Base in Yuma, AZ; close enough to be able to visit his brothers from time to time.
The L’Exode kindergarten and primary school continue to do well. In fact, we had a record breaking number of 3 year olds register for pre-school this year – 134. We are needing to expand the church and surrounding buildings to accommodate the need. The high school is in its 3rd year of operation and also doing well. I teach English to all the grade levels (currently 7th-10th) and greatly enjoy getting to know the students on a personal basis.
Last month Jean had the exciting opportunity to participate in a conference in Cameroon, West Africa. He met with other leaders involved in Christian community development. We are very grateful he was able to be a part of this. On the way home he was able to spend a long weekend in Paris both as a tourist and visiting many Haitians who are living there. I am very grateful that there were no disasters or breakdowns while he was away.
Yours in Christ,
Joy and Jean Thomas