The water cistern at our orphanage school in Smyrne is running dry - and we’re joyful, excited, and grateful!
“With joy you will draw water from the wells of salvation.” Isaiah 12:3
No, we’re not happy about the water problem (more on that in a minute). We’re overjoyed because of the incredible reason behind this emergency: The school that meets at the Smyrne orphanage has grown from 35 students in 2015 to 489 today, greatly increasing the demand on its resources!
Just think. By the small cistern pictured above, hundreds of children are flocking to Jesus where their lives are changed. They are receiving living water and literacy, the Bible and the ability to read it for themselves.
To meet the growing demand, Branch Lutheran Schools of Haiti added classrooms and increased the campus sanitation facilities. We’re now building more cisterns to triple the water capacity. A truck arrives monthly to fill the cisterns with drinking water. The Branch Schools in Carrefour, Leogane, and Pilate are also rapidly growing. We anticipate a total of more than 1,000 students for the 2020-2021 school year!
God has entrusted us with an awesome opportunity in Haiti. He is the one filling the classrooms. He is the one filling the hearts of children with the hope of salvation. We can share the work by filling the cisterns with drinking water.
Please support Branch Schools. We ask for your prayers for the students. Please pray that God will continue to bless the ministry and strengthen the hands of all who support it. Then, please give the best financial gift you can. Your gift will be carefully put to use to provide water, teachers, classroom supplies, nutrition, basic healthcare, and, above all, the living water that Jesus promised long ago at another well:
“Everyone who drinks this water will be thirsty again, but whoever drinks the water I give them will never thirst. Indeed, the water I give them will become in them a spring of water welling up to eternal life.” John 4:13,14
Thank you, friends, for your ongoing love, prayers, and support for the children of Haiti!