We ended up raising $25,528 PLUS the matching grant for a total of $38,028. Construction can now begin on the school!
Holy Trinity’s Christmas Offering Presented to Water Life Hope
Each year we invite you to make a special Christmas donation, usually for an outreach project.
In 2014 you gave $5,065 to start Path to Shine, an after-school program led by Lindy Newman and Charles Absher.
In 2015 you gave $9,765 to restart our refugee ministry, which led to the Ghannoums moving from Syria to Decatur and becoming part of our extended family.
In 2016 you gave $5,339 to Trinity Episcopal Church in Gatlinburg, Tennessee to help people affected by the fires that swept through that area.
This year you were invited to tackle a big project.
Ed Buckley, who with his wife Patty has worshipped here for years, started an organization several years ago called Water Life Hope that is changing the lives of thousands of people in Haiti. That organization has funded over 300 artesian wells, plus several reservoirs and clean water systems for medical clinics, villages, and hospitals.
Recently they went to Cavaillon, an area in Haiti that was ravaged by Hurricane Matthew. They funded a 25,000 gallon reservoir with 6 kiosks that will serve 10,000-12,000 people. One of the kiosks serves a school, Ecole Sainte Cecile de Pliche, that was partially destroyed by the hurricane. Ed and his group traveled out to the school in a driving rainstorm and were greeted by about 150 children in their uniforms. The students implored Water Life Hope to rebuild their school and even though they have always focused on water projects, how could they say no? The school will cost $117,000 to rebuild and they had raised about $70,000 so far.
I asked you to help us raise $10,000 to help rebuild this school. Then we received an anonymous matching challenge of $12,500 so we raised our goal to that amount. We ended up raising $25,528 PLUS the matching grant for a total of $38,028. Construction can now begin on the school!
To God be the Glory!