Friday, October 23, 2020

Continuing the Work in Strange Times


Just a quick hello to keep us all on board and up to speed on the ways God is continuing to work among our Haitian friends.

As many of you know, Marilyn McIlroy is our steady connection between Highview and all things Haitian.  Her blog updates keep us current, and reflect our shared passion for all that our friends are living through during these difficult times.

Check it out.

Keep praying.

God bless.

Wednesday, August 26, 2020

In All Things


Some days it's just hard to watch the news.  This seems particularly true when the world is in the midst of a pandemic AND it's hurricane season.  Then, it seems even more true when Haiti is involved, and there are people and places we love being affected in ways we can't even imagine.

I'm glad for the news and all the ways we are connected, because, not only do we hear about the hard stuff, we can know the beautiful, redemptive things God is doing, as we stay connected in meaningful ways.

Our beautiful friend Marilyn McIlroy's BLOG "Where In the World Is Marilyn?" will not only help provide us with some information, but can keep our hearts in touch with how we can pray and support our partners in Haiti.

In her email to me this week she reports:

"We are excited to say that the Senior's Retirement Home is continuing to progress.  The remainder of the finances that were raised last year were sent to Pastor Abdon in Pignon, to move along the parging, the painting, more sidewalks and ceilings, and many more details in the second section of the building.

'The hurricane on the weekend did not really affect the Pignon area. [Praise God!]

'Early August, children had already returned to school in areas where school were not able to provide study material due to the Covid shutdown.  The pan is to complete the studies missed from March through June.  Then the new school year will commence later in the fall."

So -- good things to celebrate and be grateful for!!!

Thank you everyone who continue to pray for and otherwise support the important work God is doing in Haiti.  While we may struggle a bit with our lack of ability to plan and proceed the way we normally do through this coming ministry season (no trips planned, what about our Haiti Dinner?), we serve a God who is intimately involved in lives, and Who's plans cannot be thwarted.

Thursday, June 11, 2020

Haitian Covid Situation Update from Marilyn McIlroy

From one of our first trips to Haiti.  Linda with a little friend.

As Canada deals with it's own Covid-19 implications, around the world other countries, many far more vulnerable than ours, face this microscopic menace with far less resources.

Our faithful partner is all things Haitian, with a heart that beats boldly for her people, Marilyn McIlroy brings us an update on what's happening right now.

Thank you everyone who is praying and going and who constantly works with us in all our fundraising efforts.

Marilyn's Blog

Friday, May 8, 2020

What's Happening In Haiti

During a time when all planned trips to Haiti from Highview are clearly on pause, it's important for us to continue to remain faithful in our prayers and attention toward those we care so much about.

It's been fascinating to me to watch the numbers vary from place to place (as in Thailand) and consider all the factors (testing, reporting, exposure, etc.) that need to be considered.

Regardless, we are all aware of how fragile life is in Haiti and how much we are all part of this pandemic together, no matter where we are.

An interesting article to provide some food for thought....and our prayers.

We will continue to keep you posted as we can.

Wednesday, April 15, 2020

Covid-19 Update from Haiti

Update from Marilyn McIlroy, EMCC World Partners Project Manager and Community Development regarding the Covid situation in Hait.

We are praying together for our hurting world!

Hello friends: 

I just want to send a brief update re the part of Haiti that we all know and love! 

I spoke with Se Herlynda Philogene this afternoon.  She stated that many people have been laid off work (as here) but with no government promising any financial help.  In a country where very few people have work to begin with, these layoffs cause huge anxiety and fear for families.  

Haiti is reported to have thirty confirmed cases of COVID19 and 2 deaths (as of Friday, April 10 - 37 cases confirmed as of April 15).  Of course these are the confirmed cases and the known deaths.  Herlynda stated that no one in Gender and Disaster Netowrd or Ouanaminthe has tested positive (not sure if they are even doing the testing in OAN).  But she said that there were two positive cases in Fort Liberte and one died last evening.  She said there are cases in the other cities between OAN and Cap Haitian.  She said that Haitians are returning home from the Dominican Republic (crossing through the river as the border is closed).  They are bringing COVID home with them!  The D.R. reported over 1,700 cases.  

To top of the difficult situation, the US expelled 68 Haitians back to Port-au-Prince on Tuesday.  It is quite likely that a number of them will be carrying Covid back as well.  Let us be praying for Haiti (and Cuba and Jamaica and Venezuela).  Resources are almost non existent.  It is the private hospitals that are taking on the care of the ill and dying.  The staff at other hospitals are refusing to work due to lack of PPE. 

Herlynda wanted me to tell you that they are praying for Canada.  They are hearing the news about Canada and are concerned for us.  I said that I would pass along her words of concern and comfort for us as well.  

The GDN clinic remains open and still is seeing patients who need care.  Thank you for praying.  


Friday, April 3, 2020

The Big Little Things of Life Right Now

In the midst of all the troubling news it might be easy to let this “little” event slip under the radar.

Our first senior, “Uncle” Alphonse, has moved into the building we’ve been working to complete for the past several years.

If you scroll back to past postings on this blog, you will see the entire project from beginning to end, with a lot of adventures in between, making it possible to complete the seniors’ facility and allow folks to move in.   This is a moment to celebrate! 


It is vulnerable people like Alphonse that are most threatened by our current global pandemic.  Even here in Canada, the danger for people over 70 is very real, let along in a country with woefully inadequate health systems.

As of this writing on April 2, 2020, the official case count in Haiti sits at a mere 15, with 0 deaths recorded thus far.  We can only pray that somehow Haiti will be spared, but given the trajectory of this disease even in very developed countries, the foreseeable future does not look good.

I invite you to pray with me for God to prevail against the disease itself, but also against the fear and despair.   As we are already seeing, grace and redemption can and does win out even in the face of such a time as this.  The faith of many who have so little, as is the case of our Haitian brothers and sisters, inspires me always, but especially now.

So we celebrate.  And we pray.  And we wait to watch God be mighty in our midst. 

Tuesday, February 25, 2020

Taking It Further!

The Update:

From January 13 to 24, 2020 a Team from Highview/EMCC was able to visit the site of the Seniors' Home in Pinon to see the progress of the project, and to move forward towards its completion.  It's exciting to know that we're in the last states of preparation before we start inviting the Seniors to take residence!!!!

The Event:

Saturday, February 29, 2020
Two Seatings:  5:00 and 6:30 p.m.
Tickets:  Adults $30 Children $15
Silent Auction (closes at 8:30 p.m.)
Boasting quality items such as an outdoor firepit enclosure, 
golf clubs, Kitchener Rangers sweaters, homemade jewellery,
 Haitian artwork, Bluetooth speakers, and much more!

Highview Community Church
295 Highview Drive, KIT

The Reason:

Money raised this year will go towards the digging of a well to provide all water needs, the finishing touches on the buildings, and the purchase of furniture and other items needed for the rooms.

Housing for Seniors who are alone and poor, is a priority of the city of Pignon.  There is little offered for the elderly who have no children (to act as their Senior's security) or whose children are unable or unwilling to provide for poor parents.  The need is great in a country ravaged by disaster.

Haiti is the poorest country in the western hemisphere.  By investing in the community of Pignon, we have an 'on the ground' impact, investing together in the future of some of the country's most vulnerable.