Grateful for you: A look back at 2021

Dear faithful partner in the gospel,

What a year it has been! Despite the daily struggles and traumatic events, your continued partnership with JiHM in 2021 has brought joy and gospel hope to hundreds of people in Haiti. Thank you!

GES welcomed 20 new kindergartners this fall.
Kimberly (above) and Fedner will soon become the first Lighthouse kids to graduate.

Because of your support and prayers, 375 kids were able to continue their education at Grace Emmanuel School, keeping the comforting rhythm of the school week despite the anxieties of each day. GES remained open as a safe place for students to learn and experience God’s love, share a daily meal, and have access to health care. In July GES celebrated its fifth graduating class, with 21 students completing high school.

Thanks to your generosity to the GES Scholarship Fund, JiHM continued the tradition of sending two students from each graduating class to college or trade school. Steevenson, one of our first scholarship recipients, graduated from university with honors this fall. Eight more GES graduates are currently attending university and trade school, including Esther, our first female recipient, who began nursing school. 

Six young adults remained in the steadfast care of Mama Odette at the Lighthouse Children’s Home, while three more were supported in their foster or birth families. Johnny, the youngest at Lighthouse, passed his 9th grade exams this summer, so each of the “kids” at Lighthouse now has less than 4 years before they graduate. Kimberly and Fedner will be the first to graduate this summer.

VBC Children’s Choir
Pastor Derson’s wedding

Victory Bible Church celebrated its 17th year preaching the gospel in 2021. Despite the political disruptions, the church worshiped together every Sunday, gathered for weddings and baptisms, dedicated children to the Lord, and led new believers to Christ. Highlights from the year included the creation of a children’s choir and Pastor Derson’s wedding in July.

Last spring, JiHM launched a capital improvement project for Grace Emmanuel School. You responded generously to fund a massive retaining wall to preserve the classrooms, a computer lab, library, and improvements to the water system on campus. The retaining wall is already complete, and work will begin on the rest of the projects this year.

The new retaining wall behind the classrooms will keep the mountain from eroding into the buildings.

It has now been over two years since JiHM hosted visitors from the U.S. You are missed! While our local staff is more than capable of running the ministry on a day-to-day basis, your visits bring encouragement and give opportunities for the global body of Christ to grow stronger. These cross-cultural relationships are so important, and we look forward to the day when we can rekindle friendships in person again, over pikliz, plantains, and Mama Odette’s fried chicken. 

Until that day, we thank you for not forgetting your love and concern for your brothers and sisters at JiHM. Just like the Macedonian church from 2 Corinthians 8, you give freely and willingly when we share a need, exemplifying the ultimate work of Christ:

“For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though he was rich, yet for your sake he became poor, so that you through his poverty might become rich.” 2 Corinthians 8:9

May 2022 bring all of us more opportunities to know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ as we serve Him together in our local churches and in Haiti.

With gratitude,

Steve Mooibroek, JiHM Board of Directors