The days were not long enough and the thought of coming home just made us want to stay longer. The people of Haiti are amazing as they have lived through more than most of us can ever imagine and still continue to smile with hope and strength. The photo is a few of the many deaf we met and the hearing who wish to learn more ASL, to become teachers and friends to the deaf. Nicole was the first Deaf person the St. Vincent’s deaf had ever seen outside of Haiti. Her abilities, strength, smile and personality endeared her to the Haitian deaf.
A team is to be organized to return October 4th through the 11th . We will be teaching ASL to the staff and deaf, teaching emergency response in a disaster to the Haitian Boy Scouts, holding a VBS for the children, working on projects where needed at St. Vincent’s and if possible a medical clinic. We need the following specialties to serve with the team: Deaf, Interpreters, Doctor, Nurse, Dentist and Physical Therapist. The team will be limited to 10 people not including the team leaders.
As a deaf community we can respond and serve! Please look into your heart and feel and hear the call to serve….YOU ARE NEEDED! If you cannot go, please consider supporting someone who may need financial support or donate to St. Vincent’s for much needed supplies. Please make checks or cash donations to:
Mission United Methodist Church
721 N 10th St.
Fort Smith, AR 72901
More information will be provided on the cost to travel to Haiti in a few days. If you are interested, please contact:
Dee Mathes – firstname.lastname@example.org, 1-866-970-1953 (VP)
or Nicole Zatzkin – NicoleZatzkin@gmail.com
(If you know of anyone who would be interested in participating in the trip to Haiti then please pass this on. Thanks!)