Last Monday, November 16, JiHM hosted its first ever all-employee appreciation event. A group from my church in California served pâté and drinks, and together with several members of JiHM’s Board, we thanked the dear people who make this ministry run day after day.
It was a special time to specifically recognize five employees who have served JiHM for the most years: Nellie and Stephanie, who currently clean and cook at the Lighthouse; Alie and Iselande, who were Grace Emmanuel School’s first cooks; and Ruth, who currently serves as the director of kindergarten at GES.
Roger led the meeting and gave a presentation about the future direction of JiHM. He spoke about the mission of each area of ministry, and introduced the core values all JiHM employees should share—serving sacrificially, not giving up, and loving like Jesus.
After his presentation, Roger asked for suggestions from the staff on improvements we can continue making within our organization. Discussion ranged from improvements to the property to hiring a child psychologist for the school.
Looking out over the crowd of over 50 employees in attendance, I was filled with gratitude first to GOD, for weaving together this ministry and strengthening it in ways only He could have orchestrated. And second, gratitude for all of you—many who will never step foot in Haiti or meet the people you are helping employ—who are moving the kingdom of God forward in Haiti. These coveted jobs exist only because of your gifts to JiHM.
I’m thankful this Thanksgiving, because through the gifts of your hands and the work of JiHM staff, 11 children are being raised at the Lighthouse, 315 students are getting a Christian education at Grace Emmanuel School, and countless people will experience the love and salvation of Christ through Victory Bible Church.
For the past year, this passage of Scripture has come to mind when I think of JiHM:
“I thank my God in all my remembrance of you, always in every prayer of mine for you all making my prayer with joy, because of your partnership in the gospel from the first day until now. And I am sure of this, that he who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ.”
I am thankful for everyone who has invested in this ministry and who believes with us that GOD is not done in bringing good works to completion through JiHM.
Cody Cannon, JiHM Board Chair