Mens Day! Ladies Day!
Every year, Bridges Christian Church in Russell, KY organizes and sponsors a Ladies Day at Sonlight Church. This year, we were pleased, through BCC's help, to offer the men of Sonlight Church a day of teaching and encouragement as well! For Ladies' Day, the theme was Living Water, and Sonlight teacher Susan Hammond taught on the woman at the well in John 4. Josh Tinkler is a pastor at Bridges Christian Church, and taught at Men's Day on The Cross of Jesus. Thank you to Bridges, to Sonlight staff, and to the men's and women's group in Sonlight Church for their huge efforts to pull of both events in one week!
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Christmas in July!
Getting supplies and gifts to Haiti is BIG job! To simplify the process, we have updated our gift-giving policy. Read on for more information!
All gifts mailed to students will be given at their class Christmas party.
If you would like to send a gift to your sponsor child, it will be given during their class Christmas party. We are not able to deliver gifts at other times throughout the year. A list of teacher-recommended gift ideas is included below.
Save the Date!
To ensure that your sponsor student's gift arrives in time for the Christmas party, the gift deadline will be the end of July each summer. We will keep you posted as the date gets closer.
Teacher-Recommended Gift Ideas
25 piece puzzles
100 piece puzzles
Coloring book or notepad
Lego set or knex type toy
Math workbook or similar
Math flash cards
Age - appropriate workbooks
Nail polish/lip gloss
“How to draw” books
Flat bill hats
Middle and High School
Jewelry/Flat bill hats
Mechanical pencils with extra lead
Lip gloss/Nail polish
Good Ideas for EVERY grade:
Black school shoes
Be sure to send gifts by July.
Pack liquids/candy in a ziplock bag.
Size up in clothes so the student can wear it longer.
Send a note or picture of yourself along with your gift.
It’s best not to gift wrap.
In Haiti, when someone is leaving and going far away, when you're not sure when you'll see them next, Haitians say, "Bòn wout, bon kouraj," which means "May you have a good road and good courage." We are seeing some of our staff off this year - some have been with us a short time, some a long time. We are sad to see them go, but know God has good plans for them in the days ahead. As we send them off to new ministries and new adventures, we can't thank them enough for their tireless work in Haiti, and you for your faithful support during their years in Haiti.
Scott, Lindsay, Cameron and Ethan Alexander are relocating to the US after seven years at Sonlight. This was actually Scott and Lindsay's second stint at Sonlight - they were with us before they had kids, and then this time with their two boys! Scott was the director of the Bible College, and Lindsay taught fourth grade before moving over to teach English and Computers in the Bible College.
Sarah Allen was with us for one year and taught second grade. Sarah is from Sacramento and had visited Sonlight and decided to come teach. She is returning to the US to attend college at UC Davis.
Katie Krabel taught preschool at Sonlight for four years. She shared her love of music by playing for concerts, programs and other events at Sonlight. Katie learned Creole quickly and well, and made many friends in our community with her easy smile and her Creole.
Ryan and Catherine King and their son Conrad have been in Haiti for three years. They came to us from Lebanon, Indiana, and are returning to their home church to work in youth ministry. Catherine taught fourth grade at Sonlight, and Ryan taught high school literature and history. Conrad did most of his work in the dirt in the schoolyard!
We pray God's richest blessings and peace on these friends of ours as they transition back to life in America. We wish them Bòn wout, bon kouraj.
Please pray with us as we search for new staff and teachers to fill these spots we will have next fall. If you or someone you know is interested in a position at Sonlight, please read here for more information about serving God in Haiti.
We've been dreaming about for a while, and are now working on, a skywalk to connect the Academy and SonCenter. It's slowly but surely becoming a reality!