Congratulations are in order!
At this point in the year, I want to say congratulations to everyone! We just completed our 32nd year of school, had our 19th graduation, and since our beginning, have graduated 205 students.
To all the Sonlight parents who entrusted us with their children, who fed them, gave them a home, clothed them, loved them, and allowed us to be a part of the lives – we want to thank you and congratulations for having such great kids!
To all the Sonlight teachers – they are my heroes. They are the ones who are day in and day out making difference in the lives of our 307 students. They are the ones who teach, plan, listen, loved, keep them safe, and whose name will forever be etched in the students’ minds. Whether they have been here one year or many years you have made a difference in the lives of students for God. Today they stand in the place of the teacher who taught the grade before them. Congratulations!
To you the sponsors, you make the academy possible! Because of you, it’s a place where students can sit comfortably to learn, a place where all student have textbooks, a place where students are hearing about Jesus every single day of their live! Congratulations!
To our seniors, who worked hard and stayed the course, who are now leaving us- Congratulations! Please pray for them. If any of them come your way, please take good care of them for us.
Thank you from our hearts,
Ladies Day 2019 - Walking With God
Each year, Bridges Christian Church in Russell, KY travels to Sonlight and hosts a Ladies' Day for the ladies in Port-de-Paix - our staff, ladies who work at Sonlight, ladies from Sonlight Church and our community. All ladies are welcome! This year, Ianthia Hester spoke about Walking with God (this year's theme), and gave her compelling testimony about learning to live her life with God. Soeur Sarah (the ladies group at Sonlight Church) coordinated on the Haiti end, led worship and performed a skit. This year, there were over 900 women in attendance! Thank you to Soeur Sarah, and to BCC for putting on this incredible event! (Click photos to enlarge).
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!