Wednesday, May 9, 2018

Happy Birthday Father Marc - We miss you!

It’s May 9th! Today will always be an honorary holiday at Pwoje Espwa. Why you might ask? It's Father Marc’s birthday, of course!

While Father Marc was not physically at Espwa to celebrate the day today, the campus was brewing with excitement as everyone remembered the special meaning of the day.

We all are sending Father Marc love on this special day and want him to know that he is dearly missed by his Espwa family. We love you, FM!

Please remember Father Marc in your prayers this week as he turns another year older.

Monday, April 30, 2018

79 Years of Love - Happy birthday, Matant!

Last week was our dear Matant’s birthday! She turned 79 years old.

“Matant” means “Aunt” in Creole, which perfectly describes the role she plays at Pwoje Espwa. Since its founding, Matant has stood faithfully by Father Marc’s side. In the first years, Denise, which is Matant’s formal name, provided care and education to the kids at Espwa, acting as their house mother, spiritual guide, and teacher. She now works alongside of 25 house mothers, a liturgy team, and social workers giving them advice and wisdom on how best to care for the 300 children of Pwoje Espwa. Needless to say, she is an incredible woman.

We celebrated the day by decorating her house as a surprise, singing and praying together, and enjoying delicious cake. It was a very special day for a very special woman!

As Matant gets older, she experiences more aches and pains daily, especially in her legs and feet. Her eyesight is also very poor. Please remember her in your prayers this week, asking for health and expressing thanks for her service to Pwoje Espwa.

Sunday, March 25, 2018

Palm Sunday

This morning we celebrated Palm Sunday at Pwoje Espwa. Just like Jesus walked into Jerusalem 7 days before being crucified, house mothers, staff, visitors and children gathered in front of the Quad and walked toward the chapel with palms in our hands. Before leaving, Matante was sure to remind the kids not to “ the palms or throw them on the ground. They are holy.” (Of course, some couldn’t help themselves and by the end of Mass many were sporting interesting palm bracelets and crowns and the church floor was decorated with palms.)

Walking towards the chapel.

Ferlando really enjoying his palm. 

Mass with Father Gregoire was beautiful and included a recitation of The Passion put on by some of the older kids. The service ended with everyone singing together joyfully in unison as we prepare for Good Friday and Easter Sunday next week.

The Passion
And tonight… a special dinner of PIZZA will be enjoyed by the kids thanks to Sam and his trusty crew of pizza experts! Yum!

Saturday, March 10, 2018

International Women's Day

Thursday of this past week was International Women’s Day! Without women, Pwoje Espwa simply could not function. Women here are house mothers, cooks, and administrators. They are firm and kind, intelligent and generous, strong and understanding. They are truly what keeps our Espwa family moving forward.  

The women of Espwa gathered in the chapel on Friday to celebrate the special day and to discuss the challenges of womanhood and how we can overcome them together. Afterwards, sodas and snacks were shared.  Songs were sung as well. An example of one of these beautiful tunes is below:

“Famn yo, nou se rozo. Nou se rozo, se rozo nou ye. Lè lapli tonbe, nou pouse, nap boujane.”

“Women, we are reeds. We are reeds, reeds we are. When the rain falls, we grow, we are thriving.”

Here’s to strong women all over the world! Their strength and resilience are an inspiration to us all.