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Diocese of Haiti
When Haiti was devastated by earthquake damage on January 12. 2010, we developed a special partner relationship to assist them in rebuilding their churches and schools.
- Pray for the Episcopal Church in Haiti as it seeks to rebuild key resources: schools and worship facilities.
- Pray for St. Andre’s in Mithon, our partner parish and school, as Christ Church Cathedral and our diocese discover how to support this congregation in its work.
- Pray for the people, clergy, and Bishop Waynick in Indianapolis, Bishop Duracin and the clergy and people in Haiti that we may learn more about one another, deepen friendships and listen to what the Holy Spirit is saying to each of us.
The Diocese of Haiti is the largest and fastest-growing diocese of the Episcopal Church, with over 83,000 members, 115 congregations and communities of faith, and approximately 140 Episcopal schools. According to Bishop Duracin, the January 2010 earthquake destoyed 80% of diocesan infrastructure. Christ Church Cathedral, working with the Diocese of Indianapolis, has initiated a rebuilding partnership with St. Andre’s church and school in Miton. More information about relief and development efforts in Haiti is available at www.er-d.org/haiti.
The Global Missions Commission of the Diocese of Indianapolis facilitates these partnerships in the global three-way relationship between Bor, Indianapolis and Brasilia and organizes and raises funds for partnership travel between the churches in Sudan and Brazil. More information about our global mission partnerships is available at our diocesan website, www.indydio.org.
Rebuilding the church is a priority of the Episcopal Church for Haiti, a diocese of The Episcopal Church, USA.
- Urge your congregations to support – with prayer, knowledge and giving – the work of the church in Haiti.
- Urge political leaders in the United States and the United Nations to support rebuilding efforts in Haiti.
Congregations and individuals are encouraged to support our mission partners financially. To give, you may write a check to the Diocese of Indianapolis for Miton in Haiti. Contributions may be sent to the Episcopal Diocese of Indianapolis at 1100 W. 42d St., Indianapolis IN 46208. Your donations will be sent directly to our partner churches to support these programs. The Global Mission Commission of our diocese has expertise and experience to help you develop fundraising and education programs.
A School for Mithon
Students at St. Andre’s in Mithon, our partner parish in Haiti will soon attend school in a new school building, thanks to support from the Diocese of Indianapolis. In March 2013, the Executive Council of the Diocese of Indianapolis voted to use up to $340,000 of our $500,000 pledge to Haiti to build a school for the residents of Mithon. The school currently has 130 students in preschool through 6th grade.
The new building will be built to withstand earthquake and heavy winds. Our Haiti Task Force is reviewing architectural plans to insure that the building is as strong as possible. An engineering and architectural firm in Haiti developed the plans, and workers in Haiti will be hired to do the construction. The people of Mithon hope that construction can begin this summer, once the rainy season ends and materials can be transported to the village.
Funds for the project will be transferred to the Diocese of Haiti as they are needed for construction. The Haiti Partnership Program of the Diocese of Haiti utilizes clear accounting practices so that records of income and expenses are accurately tracked. In addition, Christ Church Cathedral will provide funds to build a refectory (kitchen and dining hall) for use by the school and community.
The school currently meets in a transitional school structure built with funds from the Diocese of Indianapolis last year. Once the new school is built, the community will continue to use the original building as a church and community gathering space. $21,500 of our $500,000 pledge to Haiti was used for this purpose.
Remaining funds from our diocesan pledge will support the rebuilding of Trinity Cathedral in Port au Prince. These funds will be transferred on a timeline to be determined by the needs of that project.
This is an exciting time for the people of Mithon and for the Diocese of Indianapolis as we give thanks for the good work God has enabled us to do together.
Lunches and Lessons
Trinity Church in Bloomington invites the diocesan household to continue to support “Lunches and Lessons for Mithon.” This program was developed by Trinity Bloomington in 2012 to support teacher salaries and meals for students at St. Andre’s, our partner school and parish in Mithon, Haiti. The cost is around $140 per year per student to provide meals for students and salaries for teachers.
Fr. Jn Michelin St. Louis, priest at Mithon and at eight other parishes in the region, says, “In Haiti feeding a child is a precious gift, because many parents can’t give to their children one meal per day. Sometimes a lot of children have difficulty to learn at the school because they have hungry. We think so a canteen at the school is very important."
Fr. Michelin also shared with us that St. Andre’s Mithon is the only school of the nine parishes and schools he serves that is able to provide students a meal during the school day. This precious gift is made possible by the extraordinary efforts of Trinity Bloomington and the support of people throughout the Diocese of Indianapolis.
About $4000 in additional pledges for the 2013-14 school year are needed. Individuals, parishes, and groups in our diocese are asked to contribute $140 per year per child to support education and meals. Contributions for more than one child are welcome. Our hope is that since our diocesan budget is supporting the construction of the school, members of our diocese will commit to supporting the ministry that takes place in the school. To make your $140 pledge, send checks with “Lunches and Lessons” in the memo line to Trinity Episcopal Church, PO Box 336, Bloomington, IN 47402.
Haiti Task Force Formed
As our work with our partner parish in Haiti has grown, so has the need for people to coordinate and guide this mission relationship. A Haiti Task Force came together in early 2013 to oversee our partnership with Mithon, manage communication, organize the school construction project, support “Lunches and Lessons,” and plan visits.
Members of the Haiti Task Force include Matthew Cole, chair and member of Trinity Bloomington, Ruth Witten, Reynolds Whalen, Tom Wood, and Charlie Dupree (Trinity Bloomington), Steve Carlsen, Steve Whaley, Drew Klatte, and Jody Donaldson (Christ Church Cathedral), Frank Impicciche (St. John’s Speedway), and Kathy Copas (St. Paul’s New Albany and Diocesan Communications staff).
Visit with Fr. Michelin
Fr. Jn Michelin St Louis is a busy man. He is priest at Mithon and eight other parishes in Haiti. His wife is expecting their third child in July. Yet somehow he found time to come to Indianapolis for a visit in June. He stayed in Bloomington and Indianapolis during his visit. Trinity Bloomington hosted an evensong, pitch in dinner, and conversation during his visit. He also attended Christ Church Cathedral’s Strawberry Festival and visited several mission partners in Indianapolis.
Fr. Michelin was assigned to these nine parishes in the spring of 2012. He was ordained in 2009 and served the parish Bon Sauveur au Cange in central Haiti. Prior to ordination, he studied as an economist and worked as an accountant and in a bank. For his seminary fieldwork, he served Annunciation Parish in Darbonne with Fr. Samuel Saint-Louis, his predecessor at the parishes he currently serves.
We are grateful for his leadership and partnership.
Thanks from Fr. Michelin
“On behalf of the Diocese of Haiti and on my own name I want to thank all of friends of Bloomington/Indianapolis who has contributed to help the community of Mithon. Your supports are very precious and we are grateful for that.”
Rev Jn Michelin ST LOUIS
Rector of Mithon church and school