We’ve got really great news from Haiti.
A short while ago, we got an e-mail from Fr. Augustine in Jacmel in the south of Haiti.
What he has to say is amazing.
But first we have to tell you about Fr. Augustine. If you’ve ever given to the FFA, you probably supported Fr. Augustine when he was studying at the St. Sergius Seminary in Paris. (The photo here shows Fr. Augustine in Paris.)
A few years ago, he graduated and came back to serve his people in his native Jacmel.
(BTW, not everyone wants to come back to Haiti from beautiful France… And you can’t blame them, because life’s excruciatingly hard in Haiti. So the fact that Fr. Augustine did come back makes us admire him very much. But that’s our personal opinion.)
For various local reasons, Fr. Augustine is not part of the official ROCOR Mission in Haiti. But he is a canonical member of ROCOR in good standing.
And he’s very active and is doing wonderful things in his parish.
Fr. Augustine is proposing to solve the problem of educating children in Jacmel and growing the mission ‒ with one simple solution.
You know just how important education is for children everywhere…
It can set a child up for success or failure…
Especially if you live in Haiti.
Education is the key to a much better life.
It’s the difference between living in a tiny house without a door vs. living in a normal house and being able to afford food for your family.
Turns out 90% of Haitian kids are educated by church-run schools. And the members of Fr. Augustine’s parish could probably send their kids to the local Protestant or Catholic schools.
However, that means that the kids will not be Orthodox. It’s almost certain that children will accept the Faith of the school. It’s happened time and again. In fact, it can almost be called a local custom.
So Fr. Augustine is proposing a genius solution…