Olrich and 21
children who have been orphaned in Gressier, Haiti are
closer to the $40,000
needed to build a permanent, earthquake resistant home thanks to your generous
gifts! The children are in the care of Hope For Life Children's Home.
You can still give by
credit card using the secure service below or by writing a check to
"Ekklesia Hattiesburg" (just write "Haiti" in the memo
line) to drop off on Sundays or mail it to Ekklesia Hattiesburg, P.O. Box 641,
Hattiesburg, MS 39403.
Meet Olrich (pictured above)
Olrich's mother abandoned him as an infant and his father who loves him could not provide the proper nutrition, care or schooling he would need. He came to Hope for Life very malnourished, but today is a thriving young boy who loves to throw dance parties wherever he goes!
When imagining a logo for Ekklesia, we were drawn to the simplicity of ancient Christian symbols. We drew our colors from paintings of the disciples, and how it would reflect our community statement of simply following together. We loved the horizon. We love how it represents hope. The reflection of the ‘e’ represents the rising sun upon that same horizon, and how we, the church, are incomplete without the presence of God. The three lines stemming from the sunrise represent the trinity, and also a new day, with new life. In choosing this logo, we are also choosing the symbol of our community that thrives on the ideals of simplicity & the newness that comes daily with the rising of the sun, and the God of great hope who makes all things new.
This Christmas we are raising money to build a permanent, earthquake resistant home for Olrich and 21 children who have been orphaned in Gressier, Haiti through Hope For Life Children's Home. The children currently live in a temporary structure once provided for relief workers after the 2010 earthquake which left 1.5 million displaced. The temporary structure consists simply of plywood walls and studs, dirt floors and temperatures reaching 115 degrees during the day in the summer leaving the children no choice but to remain outside. The total project will cost over $40,000, so we want to begin to make sure these children have a safe, permanent home with proper bathroom and shower facilities.
This Christmas consider "mailing" your family's and friends' Christmas gifts to Haiti by giving! You can even download a postcard to share with your friends/family to let them know where the "gift" is going. Haiti Post Card Pdf
Thanks to everyone who helped out to get our kids together with the kids from University Baptist for a fun afternoon of Laser tag. Remember, next Saturday Feb. 23rd our kids will all get together to serve breakfast at Hope House.