Posted: January 1, 2010 in Uncategorized
It has been so busy here, especially with end of the year church activities.  We, for the past several years,have had a big New Year’s Day meal of goat, rice bean and lots of other stuff.  But this year I forgot about it as I was busy with other stuff.  I’m kind of glad that this year we will forgo the big thing and enjoy the traditional pumpkin soup with our friends Ted and Lisa Hojara that are visiting from Florida.  Pumpkin soup is the traditional meal Haitian eat to celebrate January 1st, which is also their independence day.

Read about it below:

On January 1st, Haitians’ all around the world celebrate Haitian
Independence Day and the dawn of the New Year. On that day, Haitians’
reconnect with friends, family and neighbors, by visiting each other
and by preparing a large feast. The most anticipated part of the day is
the tradition of preparing and sharing a bowl of pumpkin soup first
thing in the morning. Eating the soup early in the morning brings good
fortune and represents the importance of community and family among the
Haitian people.

Pumpkin Soup & Independence

In the 1700’s the French took control of Haiti from Spain and
continued the barbaric tradition of slavery where they enlisted the
slaves to cultivate sugarcane, cocoa as well as other staples. The
French would eat the delicious pumpkin soup prepared by the slaves but
the slaves themselves were not allowed to consume it. The slaves rose
up against the French colonists and in 1804 overthrew them, creating
the first Independent African-American nation in the new world. The
slaves celebrated their independence that day by preparing, eating and
sharing the forbidden pumpkin soup with each other as a symbol of what
they could achieve when they worked together.

Here is a big pot of pumpkin soup prepared by one of our Haitian workers.  Man, was it ever good!

Read more at Suite101: Haitian Pumpkin Soup: Soup for family, friends and community http://caribbean-food.suite101.com/article.cfm/haitian_pumpkin_soup#ixzz0bNE53oYG


We got in early this morning at about 2:00 after being at our Watch Night Service where about 250 of us met from 7:00 PM to 12:30 AM to pray, praise and worship out 2009 and welcome 2010.


One of the things that we made sure to do was to pray for Bello and Olguine who were married at our church on Sunday December 27th.  It was great as they knelt down together at the front of the church and people gathered around them to pray.


I forgot to mention that we also had a nice Christmas Eve service which, of course, ended with the people singing Silent Night as they held candles.


January is the missions’ emphasis month at our church, Port au Prince Fellowship.  We this year are setting a goal of $2000.00 a month to be given toward missions in Haiti, but primarily in other countries.  We are looking to take on two new missionary families in Iraq and one in Egypt, as well as at least three other countries.  We as well give 20% of our general fund to missions.  It bewilders me when some people, actually most people that discover that we give to missions are  surprised  that a church in Haiti would give to missions.  I think that it would be surprising if we didn’t give.  I am looking forward to challenging the people to give sacrificially for the cause of missions.


The Heartline Runners have reached their goal for the funds needed to purchase the ambulance/multipurpose vehicle for the women’s center.  But there is still opportunity to give before the January 17th deadline.  This will help with purchasing the accessories needed to equip this vehicle.  Check it out at  http://www.heartlinerunners.blogspot.com/ and sponsor a runner.  The runners will be running the Disney Marathon on January 10th.

I like the following quote by Martin Luther King, Jr.   I don’t want to be one of the friends that keep silent.

"In the End, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends."


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