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Hello again from Haiti,
 
We arrived back in Haiti on September 10th with our suitcases loaded down with schoolbooks for the first year of New Vision Christian Academy. Last year Carolyn taught Anna, Jacob, Shamma, and JP in English, but this year we'll be teaching these four as well as all fourteen of the children who live at our children's home in English and French. French is the official language of Haiti so we hope to give our children the greatest advantage possible for a full productive life. One of our teachers grew up in West Africa and is fluent in French!
 
The reason for having our own school is two-fold. One is to provide a better academic education for the children. Several are far behind the grade level they should be in and were in danger of being dismissed.  Others are very bright but are not working up to their ability. The second reason is the most important. It's to provide consistent, comprehensive, and accurate Bible training. Good Bible teaching is lacking in Haiti  so we want to use this wonderful "open door" of opportunity to teach children God's Word correctly at a young age. We see this as the first steps in " Making disciples of all nations."
 
Our teachers are all here and we are already busy setting up the classrooms upstairs at the mission. Our first day of school is September 23rd. And believe it or not, that's early! Haitian schools don't start until Oct. 1st this year. 
 
Tom has already started back with regular medical clinics here in Montrouis. He still  oversees the medical care for our young girl with type 1 diabetes and two with HIV at the children's home. Our staff has done a wonderful job learning how to manage their medicines. He is also often "on call" for medical care for both Haitians and missionaries. Just yesterday some missionary friends from our English speaking fellowship group brought a tiny little baby girl who had been brought to them. This couple works with an orphanage in St. Marc, and this sweet little baby was 8 months old and only 5lbs. I know that's hard to believe, but we all stood watching while they weighed her. The grandmother has just recently become the caregiver for the child and came for help. Tom examined the baby and ordered blood tests which were all negative for HIV, typhoid, malaria, anemia, etc. That was wonderful news! She will eat and appears hungry. The grandmother is getting some assistance with formula now and will be referred to a clinic for malnutrition. This little girl has a chance. We're hoping her problem is just severe malnutrition. Of course in the states doctors would be able to do more tests. Please pray for the baby and grandmother. We know our friends, Bev and Al, will be faithful to share the gospel with this family as they help with their physical needs.
 
The beading program has expanded, and we now have fishermen, their wives , and others as well as the original ladies working.The quality of the beads is also improving. There is a group in CA making and selling jewelry from these beads too.  Mowi Beads is based out of Concord ,NC. We're on Facebook and you can order jewelry and beads from Mowibeads.com  Be sure to check it out. When buying their beads you are helping families and individuals pay for the necessities of daily living as well as schooling and other expenses. For some it truly makes the difference of whether or not they have food every day.
 
Operation Hope from Lubbock , TX  has a surgical team here now and New Vision has been assisting in the logistics of transportation and communication with the local hospital.
 
The Hattens are all fine, and Anna and Jacob are enjoying their last few days before school officially starts. Maybe they'll learn some French this year along with their Creole. We had a wonderful summer home with all our friends and family. We are so thankful for all your prayers and support. Please feel free to share this email with anyone you think might be interested in the work in Haiti.
 
Our pastor in NC recently taught for a couple of Sundays on the Great Commission in Matt. 28. We were so encouraged  as he focused on the fact that as Jesus was commanding them to go into all the world to make disciples, He said all authority in Heaven and on Earth had been given to Him! So we know our job is to be faithful and Jesus will bring the increase!
 
Blessings to you and your family,
Tom, Carolyn, Anna, and Jacob
For more info and pictures go to hattensinhaiti.com
 
 

The training program should correspond to the difference in the levels of knowledge of each child. We also should not forget about the individual approach.

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The program of training will help children to develop their individual skills. Your post is great and informative. I want to join your team. Thanks!

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9/14/2017 12:06:37 am

The training program should give the choice of the direction of instruction in those subjects that are necessary for admission to the college.

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10/3/2017 07:57:30 am

There are many factors that need to be taken into account before the decision can be made. Thank you for the interesting thoughts.

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The beading program has expanded, and we now have fishermen, their wives , and others as well as the original ladies working.

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