January 13 — Plans for an Advocate mission trip in February, announced earlier (below), are on hold as the catastrophe in Haiti unfolds. Word from a mission team from Georgia on La Gonave last night is that La Gonave was shaken but not devastated the way Port-au-Prince was. The lack of buildings on the Island, in this case, was a good thing.
Please hold the people of Haiti, their relatives and friends, and those who are organizing relief efforts, all in your prayers in this tragic time.
The Advocate will continue to pray the Lord’s Prayer in Haitian Creole during our Sunday liturgies throughout the season of Epiphany as a symbol of our solidarity with the people of Haiti and our Christian sisters and brothers there, as well as a reminder to ourselves of the challenges that language differences bring to the immigrants among us in central North Carolina.
Eight people of the Advocate will be heading to Haiti February 5 – 10 to visit St. Innocents, our partner school and church on La Gonave Island. This trip is made possible, in part, by the Clark Mission Fund, established by Chapel of the Cross parishioners Henry and Blanche Clark at the Advocate’s founding in 2003. Because the team will include two doctors — Peter Morris and Brian Bramson — this trip will include a health screening as well as time in the classrooms and at the church with songs, soccer, writing tablets and books. Others traveling are The Rev. Karen Barfield, Elaine Tola, William Holloman, Beth Lassiter, and two of our youth — Becca Bland and Daniel Holloman.