Muck­airn Church Guild

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AT THE Fe­bru­ary meet­ing of Muck­airn Church Guild, Hugh Hen­der­son of Mis­sion In­ter­na­tional spoke about The Haiti Pro­ject, for which the guild is to raise money with a cof­fee morn­ing on May 6. Mis­sion In­ter­na­tional is based in Dundee and started in 2006. It has projects in sev­eral African coun­tries, as well as In­dia, Peru and Haiti.

Haiti is the poor­est coun­try in the western hemi­sphere, where only 48 per cent of the peo­ple are lit­er­ate. In 2010, a mas­sive earth­quake left 200,000 peo­ple dead and more than a mil­lion home­less.

The mis­sion works with a lo­cal church to bring the love of Je­sus and im­prove the peo­ple’s lives; helps com­mu­nity devel­op­ment and skill devel­op­ment, so that in­come may be gen­er­ated; pro­vides med­i­cal care; and of­fers ed­u­ca­tion, so that the next gen­er­a­tion can break the cy­cle of poverty.

The Mis­sion In­ter­na­tional pro­ject is to build a multi-pur­pose fa­cil­ity for Oua­naminthe, work­ing with the lo­cal church. The build­ing will in­cor­po­rate a school, com­mu­nity cen­tre and church sanc­tu­ary.

The peo­ple are de­scended from African slaves and are mostly Ro­man Catholic with some charis­matic faiths. The cli­mate is hot and hu­mid and the gov­ern­ment cor­rupt, so all funds are chan­nelled through the church. Jessie Ser­vant ex­pressed ev­ery­one’s ap­pre­ci­a­tion to Hugh and some of the at­trac­tive jew­ellery made in Haiti was pur­chased.

The World Day of Prayer ser­vice will be held in the Visi­ta­tion Church, Taynuilt, on March 3 at 7.30pm.

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