“The stone the builders rejected has become the cornerstone; the Lord has done this, and it is marvelous in our eyes. The Lord has done it this very day; let us rejoice today and be glad.” Psalm 118:22-24
Senkyem nan Me…fifth of May…cinco de Mayo. Most of the holiday’s celebrated in North America were usually not celebrated in Haiti when I lived there. In May of 2001 my place of work and residence were at the same address in Haiti; Delmas 83, Rue Ludovic #5 and within the walls of our compound were fresh avocados and since May 5th was fast approaching I asked the staff and Pastor Thomas if they made fresh guacamole with their avocados for Cinco de Mayo day. Their answer was “what is guacamole” and “what is Cinco de Mayo”. I told them I was going to prepare some guacamole for them and would prepare cheese enchiladas for the Mexican ‘holiday’ that is primarily just another North American drinking ‘holiday’.
The fresh tomatoes, onions and peppers were purchased from street vendors located in Petionville and the flour tortillas, foil pan, block of cheese, a hand grater and tomato sauce were found at the Eagle Market at Delmas 83.. They didn’t have corn chips so we ate our guacamole with saltine crackers as that was the way the staff and Pastor Thomas had always eaten the avocados in the past; with saltine crackers. Pastor Thomas, the staff and a few school teachers liked the guacamole and also the cheese enchiladas which were something new for them.
While the fifth of May is a ‘holiday’ for some people here it’s not a special day for everyone. The attached photo is of something very special to a bunch of Haitian children just north of Hinche, Haiti and it happens every school day because of donors like you. 361 hungry kids at Le Reformateur Lutheran will tell you that it is always a special day when the rice and beans are served for lunch. If you are interested in bringing a special day to a bunch of hungry kids living in Haiti and attending a Christian school please check out our website and prayerfully consider donating.
Dear Heavenly Father, you have called your servants to ventures of which we cannot see the ending, by paths as yet untrodden, through perils unknown. Give us faith to go out with good courage, not knowing where we go but only that your hand is leading us and your love supporting us through Jesus Christ our Lord and Savior. Amen.
May God be with you…Jay