elo_josephConstant_mdThe Haiti Micah Project is blessed with partner churches and organizations that have served as our anchor for many years. Earlier this month, I had the opportunity to speak at one of our partner churches, New United Baptist Church located in Southeast, Washington, DC. Pastor Rudolph Stewart III graciously invited me to speak and update his congregation on HMP ‘s activities. It was an honor for me to join this wonderful community and speak in the context of their weekly bible study.

Pastor Rudy has served as a Haiti Micah Project board member from its inception, and he continues to serve faithfully. We traveled to Haiti together in May 2002. Our experience in Haiti helped us to create a mutual bond of friendship and a common purpose towards investing time, resources and talent in the lives of the most vulnerable children and young people in Haiti.

Pastor Rudy’s former church, Sankofa International Baptist Church had long embraced HMP as their partner in ministry. They have shown their commitment by pledging a specified amount of money in their church’s annual budget. On a number of occasions, they have responded to our call to collect supplies, such as shoes, clothes and school supplies for Haiti. On packing day, car loads of church members traveled to Virginia to pack boxes and barrels for shipment to Haiti. Last year, Sankofa International Baptist married with New United Church to become one church and make for a vibrant community of faith ministering to God’s people in Southeast, DC.Sankofa1

This time was a reminder of how important partners are in their support of HMP. This support is making a difference in the lives of God’s children in Haiti.

The Apostle Paul reminds us that, “in Christ we, though many, form one body, and each member belongs to all the others.” (Romans 12:5) As we approach the Lenten season, I am reminded of our common humanity through the blood of Christ. In your Lenten reflections and study, please remember Haiti’s children and youth and our common journey as brothers and sisters in Christ.

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